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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.

May 21, 2017

Kiko Estrada Wants To Have Formal Closure With Barbie Forteza, Doesn't Know Another Ex, Kim Rodriguez, Is Pregnant

KIKO ESTRADA is the third wheel in the romance of Derrick Monasterio and Bea Binene in “Mulawin Vs. Ravena”. His last show was “Sinungaling Mong Puso” then he did a movie, “Pwera Usog”.

About his lovelife, how does he feel that his ex-GF is now said to be playing beautiful music with Jak Roberto? “Confirmed na ba yun?” he says. “Kung totoo, I’m happy for them.”

Would he still be willing to work with Barbie? “Of course naman, she’s one of our best actress today so kahit sino, gugustuhing makatrabaho siya.”

So he’s not avoiding her? “Not at all. Gusto ko nga siyang makausap so we can have a formal closure pero siya itong ayaw akong kausapin. I really don’t know what I have to do kasi wala naman kaming pinag-awayan talaga. Maski tanungin nyo siya, wala akong maisip na naging away namin. Kaya gusto kong ayusin dahil I want us to remain good friends. Naging on kami noong May last year after we did ‘That’s My Amboy’. Bale three months lang kami. Love siya ng mommy ko (Cheska Diaz) na nalungkot nga noong malamang hindi na kami. But I’m very happy sa success niya ngayon, lalo na’t top rater ang ‘Meant to Be’ niya. I wish her all the best.”

His other ex-GF, Kim Rodriguez, is said to be preggers. How does he feel about it? “I haven’t seen her for sometime so I don’t know what’s happening in her life. I didn’t even know na may bago siyang boyfriend, so I don’t really know what to say. If it’s true, sayang naman ang career niya.”
He initially didn’t want to join showbiz. “Ang lolo ko (Paquito Diaz) was the one who encouraged me to try it para magaya raw ako sa kanya, the best contravida in local showbiz. I asked my dad (Gary Estrada) and he said, it’s up to me to decide. Ganun din ang sabi ng mom ko. Now, I’m enjoying it.”

He has three half siblings each with Gary (who’s married to actress Bernadette Allison) and Cheska (who’s married to businessman Carlos Morales). “Ako ang pangangay sa aming lahat.”
Will he also join politics like his dad and other relatives, Manila Mayor Erap, Jinggoy Estrada, JV Ejercito? “I’m taking up Diplomatic Affairs in college, so who knows, baka later on, pumasok din ako sa politics. But as of now, sa acting muna ako as I find much fulfillment as an actor.”

In “Mulawin vs. Ravena”, he plays the role of Rafael, the best friend of Derrick Monasterio as Almiro. “I play a gray character. Noong una, mabait ako, but magiging magkaribal kami ni Derrick kay Bea Binene and my character will change. I’m happy with this show kasi first time ko ring makakatrabaho si Manong Joko.”

But isn’t Joko Diaz his uncle since he’s the brother of his mom? “Yes, but ever since, Manong ang tawag ko sa kanya, e. Yun na ang nakasanayan ko and we’re really very close to each other. Katrabaho ko rin dito si Tita Angelu de Leon, whose daughter Nicole is my first cousin kasi si Manong Joko ang dad niya. We’re all okay and everyone’s happy.”