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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 22, 2015

Valenzuela Cong. Sherwin Gatchalian On Why He And Pauleen Luna Broke Up

VALENZUELA CONG. SHERWIN GATCHALIAN faced the entertainment press for the first time and he was quickly asked about his past relationship with Pauleen Luna. "Ang tagal na noon, 2008 pa," he says. "May word na Win sa name ko, pero doon na-lost ako. Hindi kasi right timing at that time. Hindi nagtugma ang priorities namin. Doon ko napatunayang mahirap to date someone from showbiz kasi day person ako. I sleep early, I wake up early. E, sa showbiz, it's the opposite. Kasi ang mga taping, puro sa gabi, magdamag. Yun ang big revelation sa'kin. Magkaiba ang aming working time. But we parted as friends naman. Up to now, may communication kami. We viber every now and then, so okay kami."

How did he feel when Vic Sotto became Pauleen's new BF? "I think she really goes for mature men. Kasi kami, 15 years ang age difference namin. So I was not surprise nang naging sila ni Vic. I think I'd be more surprised if kaparehong edad niya or mas bata sa kanya ang magiging boyfriend niya. Kasi she's really more mature than her age kaya mas gusto niya ng more mature partner."

There's talk that Pauleen and Vic will soon face the altar. Will he agree to be a ninong? "Maimbitahan lang ako sa wedding or sa reception, malaking bagay na. Kung bibigyan ako ng ibang role like ninong, it's really a privilege."

A graduate of Boston University majoring in finance and operation management, Sherwin is the eldest of the four sons of Plastics King William Gatchalian. His brother Rex is the mayor of Valenzuela while Wes is congressman of the Alay Buhay Partylist. Only one is not in politics, Kenneth, who's helping their dad in their family business.

Sherwin admits he plans to run for the senate under the NPC (Nationalist People's coalition). Does he think he's ripe for the senate? "I've been in public service for 15 years now," he says. "I was Valenzuela City Mayor for three terms and now, I'm a congressman. I think I have enough experience to serve in the national government. My advocacies include improvement in education like the Free Higher Education act, in our public transportation system, Metro-Manila Development and I'm anti-hazing."

At 41, Sherwin remains to be one of the country's most eligible bachelors. Who are his crushes in showbiz now? "First is Iza Calzado. I admire her beauty and her talent. Also, may half brother siya sa Valenzuela na pinag-aaral niya. Napakabait niya sa kapatid niya. Among the younger stars, it's Liza Soberano. Nakikita ko kasi, ang ganda-ganda niya."