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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.

Nov 23, 2015

Diether Ocampo Does Two 'Wattpad Presents' Stories For TV5 But Stresses He's Still With ABS-CBN

DIETHER OCAMPO has not been on the air since he did a teleserye with Piolo Pascual, “Apoy sa Dagat”, on ABS-CBN two years ago. He was supposed to do a new one with Judy Ann Santos but she got preggy so it was shelved. So it’s not surprising that he agreed to do an episode on “Wattpad Presents” of TV5. He’s paired with Ritz Azul in the story “Wicked Ways” that have started airing last night and will be shown until Friday, directed by Phillip Lazaro. He signed up to do not just one but two stories. His second “Wattpad” outing will be shown from December 14 to 18, entitled “Seducing Mr. Wrong”, pairing him opposite Viva artist Sam Pinto. Although he’s working with TV, Diether stresses that he’s still under ABS-CBN Star Magic.

“Pinahiram lang nila ako sa TV5,” he says. “Siempre, basta trabaho, walang masamang tinapay diyan.”
So what he’s been doing while away from the limelight? “I did some projects not in line with showbiz. Busy naman ako.”

He’s being linked with Michelle Cojuangco Barrera, a niece of Danding Cojuangco, but he requested the press not to ask him about his personal life anymore. As a matter of fact, right after the Q&A, he left immediately and didn’t have any one-on-one interview anymore.

After Diet’s episode, the next “Wattpad Presents” story is “Wrong Number” starring Star Factor winner Eula Caballero and Artista Academy runner up Mark Neumann. With Viva now handling TV5’s entertainment show, they now have also introduced their own stars in “Wattpad Presents”, like Monica Cuenco, star of the stage version of “Bituing Walang Ningning” who will star in “Iska Ispiritsta” that will be shown from December 7 to 11. Now that Boss Vic is in charge, we heard it’s not only Diether who’ll appear on TV5 but also Claudine Barretto who’ll be doing a teleserye with TV5 resident star Jasmine Curtis Smith. We heard they will be paired with either Robin Padilla or Cesar Montano. Maricel Soriano and Roderick Paulate are said to be doing a sitcom. We heard they also tapped Richard Gutierrez to star in the new reincarnation of “Ang Panday”. But if we were Richard, we’d honestly opt to have another show. “Panday” was already done before by Jericho Rosales on ABS-CBN with a big budget and shot in the Ilocos sand dunes, but it didn’t rate as high as expected. Just do something original and more appealing for today’s generation of millennial viewers.