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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.

Aug 25, 2017

Roxanne Barcelo And Sweetheart Will Devaughn Reveal What Are Each Other's Endearing Qualities As They Star In The Romantic Movie, 'I Found My Heart In Santa Fe'

ROXANNE BARCELO and real life beau Will Devaughn star in the new romantic movie, “I Found My Heart in Santa Fe”, shot on location in Santa Fe in Bantayan Island, Cebu. “It’s a very beautiful place, very romantic and the perfect backdrop for a love story,” she says. “And when the story was presented to us, we fell in love ni Will we agreed to co-produce it.”

Produced by Blu Art Productions of Ms. Lyn Fajardo and directed by her husband, Bona Fajardo, “I Found My Heart in Santa Fe” will help the viewer to discover and explore this magical place with its pristine beaches where the sea meets the sky.

Roxanne and Will have been an item for four years now. “We first met in 2011 as presenters sa Star Awards,” Will says. “May connection agad, may kuryente, and we talked for four hours. Then 3 months later, we auditioned for a musical and I had to sing to her. I remember birthday ko pa nun. Hindi natuloy yung musical, but our friendship continued. I think the forces of the universe conspired. Pero 2013 pa before naging officially kami.”

What qualities endear them to each other? “Ang maganda is we started as friends muna," says Roxanne. "No putting of your best foot forward. Sa umpisa pa lang, nakalatag na lahat ng baho. We are so honest with each other. He’s very sweet, thoughtful, not just materially but even sa little things. He’s really a simple guy, hindi maarte sa katawan, easy to please.”

Will became emotional and teary eyed when it’s his turn to answer. “Sorry,” he says, wiping his tears. “Something got into my eyes. Sobrang lambing niya. Napaka-giving na tao. She’s a woman that every man would love to have as a friend, partner, soulmate. I know she’s the one, the love of my life. And she’s super funny. That’s important as there’s not a day that we don’t laugh together.”

When they do intend to take their relationship into the next level, which is settling down? “We started as friends and it’s a good way to start,” says Will. “As to when we’ll get to the next level, I guess kapag dumating ang tamang panahon. She deserves all the best so we will only do that when we get to where I need to be to be able to give her all the best.”

What can Roxanne say about this? “Tama naman yun. There’s a right season for everything. Right now, time for us pa rin para mas tumutok muna sa trabaho kasi ang daming opportunities na dumarating sa ngayon, kaya I want to give my 100% muna sa career ko. A line from the movie describes us perfectly: ‘Love doesn’t ask because it’s ready to love or it’s ready to trust.’ And that’s how I feel about it.”

Aside from this, Roxanne has also completed a new movie with Rafael Rossel, a psychological thriller about a series of killings during Holy Week, entitled “Way of the Cross”. She’s also in the cast of an international action flick, “Blood Hunters.” Next year, she and Will co-star with Glaiza de Castro in a bigger international movie. On TV, she is also in “Wildflower” on ABS-CBN playing an antagonist to Maja Salvador and getting good feedback for it. "It's her time to shine," says Will.

“Basta as of now, Will and I are just very proud to have done ‘I Found My Heart in Santa Fe’,” she says. “Lahat ng eksena rito, maganda. Those who have not been to Bantayan Island, ito na ang chance nyo to see how beautiful the place is. Hindi kami mahihiyang ipapanood ito kahit kanino, to viewers here and abroad. It will open on September 15 sa SM Cinemas as part of FDCP’s Cinelokal so don’t miss it.”

In “I Found My Heart in Santa Fe,” Roxanne plays Jennifer, a pretty girl who helps manage their family’s resort in the island called Beach Placid. Jennifer is heartbroken, coming from a love affair gone wrong. Will plays Viktor, a German-Filipino who loves adventure. He works with Green Technology, a company that goes into business ventures in different countries. He is well off but he can feel that he is missing something in life. The film follows their journey and blossoming romance.