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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.

Dec 7, 2016

Joshua Garcia So Flattered When Folks Say He's The New John Lloyd Cruz & The Next Big Thing In The Kapamilya Network

JOSHUA GARCIA appears to be the breakout star of the year in Star Cinema’s surprise Metro Filmfest entry, “Vince & Kath & James”. Some folks are now predicting he’ll be the next big thing at the Kapamilya Network. No less than the members of the filmfest screening committee were charmed by his captivating performance and they’re all praising him. How does he feel when people compare him with JLC?

“Siempre, sobrang nakakatuwa po kapag sinasabi nilang ako yung new John Lloyd Cruz,” he says at the movie’s presscon. “Kinikilig ako kasi idol ko talaga siya. Makuha ko lang kahit na yung ¼ ng narating niya, masaya na ako.”

We first saw Joshua in person at the presscon of the afternoon soap “Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan” where he was paired with his original Pinoy Big Brother ka-love team, Loisa Andalio. But we didn’t take much notice of him then, until we saw him again acting with Sylvia Sanchez as his lola in “The Greatest Love”. It was then we wrote that he looks like a young John Lloyd Cruz. This was reinforced when we saw him as Daniel Padilla’s cousin in “Barcelona: A Love Untold”, where he acquitted himself well in his drama scenes with Aiko Melendez as his mom.

He now gets his greatest break as one of the title rolers in “Vince & Kath & James”, a teen love triangle romantic comedy where he shares topbilling with Julia Barretto and Ronnie Alonte, directed by Theodore Boborol of “Be My Lady”. Julia has been paired before with the likes of Enrique Gil in “Mira Bella” and Inigo Pascual in “Para sa Hopeless Romantic”, but her pairings with them didn’t click with the public. The movie will show if she has better on screen chemistry with Joshua and/or Ronnie.

The story of “Vince & Kath & James” was originally told through a series of posts on Facebook that went viral. It’s about how two teenagers fall in love with each other through text messaging and written by Jenny Almocera whose original title for it is “The Wrong Message”. The rights were bought by ABS-CBN Publishing and there are now 7 volumes of the story where the lead characters have gotten married and now have kids. The start of the story showing how their love affair developed is what the movie "Vince & Kath & James" is all about.