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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 21, 2016

Glaiza De Castro Has Charity Show/Meet & Greet With Fans At UP Cine Adarna This Saturday, October 22 To Help PGH Pediatric Cancer Ward

GLAIZA DE CASTRO is so busy with her role as the fiery Pirena in the hit GMA-7 primetime telefantasya, “Encantadia”, that she has to turn down other offers. But she cannot say no to doing charity work, so she top bills a fundraising show this Saturday night, October 22, at the UP Cine Adarna, Magsaysay Ave, UP Campus, 6 PM, for the benefit of the PGH Pediatric Cancer Ward. She’s doing this after just organizing a successful fun run for the benefit of Special Education students in Valenzuela City a couple of weeks ago.

“I’m getting so many blessings in my life, so I feel I should give back,” she says. “Taon-taon ko namang ginagawa ang ganitong charity projects para makatulong sa less fortunate fellowmen natin. Ang nakakatuwa lang, ang daming gustong sumuporta para tumulong kaya nakakaganang ulit-ulitin.”

She’s getting raves for her portrayal of Pirena where her dominant screen presence threatens to overwhelm her co-stars. One editor even said she now joins the ranks of immortal contravidas in local showbiz like Celia Rodriguez, Carol Varga and Zeny Zabala.

“Mahirap siyang gawin kasi sobrang intense ni Pirena. Kung minsan nga, nadadala ko na siya sa totoong buhay,” she laughs. “But I’m enjoying being Pirena. Ang gusto ko lang, sana makita ng viewers na hindi siya basta masamang tao kundi may reason why she became bad.”

Sunshine Dizon, the original Pirena, is also part of the new “Encantadia”. Has she asked for tips from Sunshine? “No. Nahihiya ako. At saka, we don’t have any scenes together.”

She’s being offered the lead role in “Manananggal sa Unit 23 B” but she begged off. “Kasi inuumaga kami sa taping ng ‘Encantadia’ at ayokong mag-suffer yung movie at mabitin sila. Our show is running until next year and I vowed to focus and be totally committed on this muna. I’ll record my next album and I’ll accept movies next year na kapag tapos na ito. For my second album, I’m now writing new songs. I just finished one, nakakaiyak siya.”

She was linked to Benjamin Alves who wrote the blurb for her first album, “Synthesis”. Benjamin is now playing beautiful music with Julie Anne San Jose. What happened between them? “Nothing. Although we became the best of friends, never naman naging kami, there was no commitment between us. Kaya walang break up na nangyari like some people say. I’m happy for him and, yung mga nagsasabing galit ako kay Julie Anne, it’s not true. Okay kami.”