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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.

Oct 28, 2015

Aljur Abrenica Thankful That GMA-7 Has Given Him A New Show Even If Their Court Case Has Yet To Be Fully Resolved

IT'S REALLY NOT a good year for Aljur Abrenica. He's hoping the historical movie "Hermano Puli" where he'll play the title role and which is an entry in the coming Metro-Manila Filmfest will help boost his currently dormant career. But it has now been officially pulled out due to lack of financiers so his hopes of having a filmfest entry just went up in smoke.

As we all know, after Aljur rebelled against GMA-7 and filed a case for the termination of his contract with GMA Artist Center, his career took a nosedive as no one sided with him. He was then obviously in a hurry to hit it bigger after Paulo Avelino, who was also in his batch, became a bigger star when he moved to ABS-CBN. But GMA-7 doesn't really neglect him as he's given shows regularly.

He was only 17 when he started in Starstruck 5. He's now 25 years old. We hope he has now learned his lesson: that you can't rush things. That things will happen, if they'd indeed happen, sa tamang panahon, just like in the case of Alden Richards who was even rejected then in Starstruck.

Aljur is thankful that after doing a guest stint in "The Half Sisters", he is now finally given a regular show in "Dangwa", where he'll figure in a love triangle with Janine Gutierrez and Mark Herras. "Finally, I'm here again," he says. "I'm thankful sa naging journey ko. I've always been a Kapuso naman."

So is his legal case with GMA now officially settled? "Hindi pa totally fixed but the results for both sides are positive naman, so far. As much as I want to share what's happening, yung mga good news na nangyayari, I'd rather iwan na lang sa lawyers ang details, out of respect sa kanila, sa GMA at sa kaso mismo."

At the height of the controversy, did it enter his mind to quit showbiz? "I'll admit, pumasok yan sa isip ko and I got worried na baka hindi na ako makabalik, e saying din naman yung pinaghirapan ko, kung nasaan man ako ngayon. But faith helped me go on. Mas nakilala ko ang sarili ko. Yung suporta ng family ko. Now, I'm glad we got the chance to reconcile with the network. Nagpapasalamat akong kahit ongoing pa rin yung kaso, binibigyan na nila ako ng trabaho. Parang walang nangyari. Right now, I'm very excited sa bagong
relationship ko sa GMA, sa trabaho ko and even sa relationship ko sa mga katrabaho ko at sa sarili ko."
But even if he was not able to do "Hermano Puli", Aljur has finished an action-drama, "Mabalasik", for Director Renato Bautista. He plays an outlaw who is being hunted by a cop, played by Rocco Nacino. And even before this is shown, he will soon start shooting a new movie also for Director Renato Bautista. This is the Film Development Council's Sinag Maynila entry to be shown in March 2016. This is entitled "Expressway", a road movie where he will be co-starring with Kiko Matos, RK Bagatsing and Alvin Anson. The other entries in the Sinag Maynila Film Festival are "Lila" by Gino Santos, "Mrs." by Adolph Alix, "Dyamper" by Mes de Guzman and "TPO (Temporary Protection Order)" by the very controversial director, Jay Altarejos.