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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 27, 2015

Brazilian Actor Fabio Ide Says Being Part Of The Afternoon Soap 'Destiny Rose' Has Made Him More Compassionate To Gays And Lesbians

BRAZILIAN ACTOR Fabio Ide admits the lead role that GMA-7 gave him in "Destiny Rose" gave his career a very big boost. "People who see me in public now call me Gabriele, which is my name in the show," he says. "There's really nothing like a hit show on TV to make you a more familiar face for the public."

How does he feel that he stars in a show where the lead character is a gay who becomes a transwoman? "You know, in Brazil, I never associated with gays, lesbians and transgenders. I avoided them because there is prejudice against them in some places in my country. If you're straight, why would you hang out with them? But here, I became closer to some gay friends and I'm not ashamed to be seen hanging out with them. I like their company because they're not plastic, they're also so talented."

But this doesn't mean he has had a relationship with a gay. "My gay friends know I'm straight and they respect that. We respect each other. Yun ang importante para we can go on with our friendship. And that's why I'm proud to be a part of 'Destiny Rose' as it's a show that tries to educate the viewers to have more compassion with gay people. There should be love and respect for one another. I'm also happy that we all get along fine in the cast and everyone is so good to me."

What does he think of Ken Chan in the title role? "He's perfect for the role. So dedicated to his craft, so it's nice to work with him. Also with Katrina Halili, Manilyn Reynes, Jackielou Blanco. They're all very good. At nakakatuwa kasi we were just told na kami na raw ang number one sa afternoon dramas ng GMA-7 so it's overwhelming. This week, naikuha ko na ng visa si Katrina as Jasmine and her mom Jackielou as Dahlia. I gave Katrina a diary and I told her to write again kasi I like the way she writes, without me knowing she's just fooling me and she just assumed the identity of Ken Chan."

Meanwhile, Ken's book published using his pen name, Destiny Rose, is a big success and Michael de Mesa as his benefactor Armani tells him to write more books as Destiny Rose. But Armani's sister, Irma Adlawan as Bethilda, continues to maltreat Ken as Joey and his mom Manilyn as Daisy. Ken has met his long lost sister, Sheena Halili as April, but their dad Joko Diaz as super contravida Lito hides Sheena and orders her not to see her gay brother again. Sheena's boyfriend, Ken Alfonso as Aris, helps her escape but Joko shoots them.