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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 19, 2016

Rafa Siguion Reyna, A Versatile Actor Who Can Do Both Musicals & Drama With Equal Ease, Also Raised With Good Breeding By His Mom Bibeth Orteza

VARIOUS KAPUSO STARS showed up on stage during the GMA Network Christmas Party for the press, but only one was gracious enough to come down and approach our table to personally greet us, Rafa Siguion Reyna. This is rare among showbiz denizens. One of the hosts that night is still relatively an unknown but we interviewed him and wrote lengthily about him. But that night of the party, he saw us an just ignored us. How sad but that's actually the normal thing in showbiz. Very few folks remember if you do them a good them, but right something negative and they'll quickly talk to you. Rafa's good breeding shows, thanks to his mom, Bibeth Orteza, who is so well loved in the industry. Rafa usually play character roles in GMA soaps but he doesn’t mind.

“Okay lang to do supporting roles, basta tuloy-tuloy ang work,” he says. “But kung bibigyan ba ako ng demanding lead role, why not? I’ll grab it and thank GMA. Pero di naman ako nagmamadali.”
The difference of Rafa from other actors is that he can do TV and theater work with equal ease. He can sing and dance and play a foreign character even in imported musicals like “Saturday Night Fever” and “Grease”. He should've joined "Superstar Duets" and gave everyone a run for their money.

“I feel complete as an actor with the roles I get both on TV and the stage,” says Rafa who can do both
musicals and drama with equal ease.

Rafa and his mom Bibeth donated prizes at the Christmas party, like a microwave oven and Bibeth’s traditional Christmas gift, spicy “tuyo” with sauce, which is based on a 25-year old recipe in her own kitchen. Thank you, Rafa and Bibeth.