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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jul 29, 2015

Mike Tan Getting Raves For Portrayal Of Paul Tanchinco In 'Rich Man's Daughter', Will Play The President Of Our Country In New Movie

MIKE TAN is the Ultimate Male Survivor of Starstruck 2 exactly 10 years ago. Many writers are wondering why his career has not really soared higher when he's got what it takes to be a bigger star. He has the advantage of height, he's hunky (as shown in his Boardwalk underwear pictorials) and he can also act well.

"Ako rin, I'm wondering about it," he says. "Sabi ng iba, dapat daw gumimik ako. But will it be worth it? Kasi I believe that if you just do you work well, always do your best, mapapansin ka rin and your time will come. Right now, I'm so happy kasi sobrang ganda ng feedback sa performance ko as Paul Tanchingco, the closet gay brother of Jade in "The Rich Man's Daughter' that will end in two weeks. When people see me sa church, o sa mall, kilala nila ako as Paul. May nagsasabi pa, lalaki ka pala, akala namin bading ka talaga. Pati sa twitter, natatawa ko pag may nababasa kong 'nagdududa na ko kay Mike Tan, bading yata talaga'. So it means effective ang acting ko."

So what will happen to Paul as the series ends? "Basta abangan nyo kasi may malaking rebelasyong mangyayari sa story dahil kay Paul. Last taping day na namin sa Monday at somehow nakakalungkot kasi family na kami talaga ng buong cast."

What if he gets typecast in gay roles? "Kaya nga sa next show ko, I wish lalaki naman ang role ko. I'm supposed to audition for a new show. Sana, makuha ako, kasi ibang-ibang Mike Tan naman ang makikita sa akin doon. I'm also doing a movie now na lalaki ang role ko, 'No Boyfriend Since Birth' for Regal Entertainment. Best friend ako ni Carla Abellana na may gusto sa kanya pero di ko masabi kaya nagkagusto siya kay Tom Rodriguez. I'm also doing a new movie for Director Cesar Buendia, 'Panginoong Diyos-Diyosan'. It's an advocacy film against corrupt politicians. I've read the script at napakaganda ng role ko. I will start as a student and will end up as the corrupt president of our country."

Mike has a non-showbiz girlfriend and they've been on for nine years. It's good she's not hinting for them to tie the knot soon? "Alam niya marami pa akong gustong mapatunayan at marating sa career ko. Gusto ko makagawa ng significant indie films na masasali sa international filmfests and she's very supportive. Siya rin naman, marami pa rin siyang career goals so settling down is not part of our immediate plans."