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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 8, 2017

Aga Muhlach Back In The Movies As The Disillusioned Eldest Son Of Ronaldo Valdez In The Family Drama, 'Seven Sundays', But Still Wants To Do Romantic Love Stories

AGA MUHLACH is back on the big screen in Star Cinema’s “Seven Sundays”. His last film was Viva’s “Of All the Things” with Regine Velasquez in 2012. “Seven Sundays” is the story of the dying father of the Bonifacio family, Ronaldo Valdez, whose last request to his four children is for them to visit him for the next seven sundays as he would soon be departing due to a terminal illness.

Aga is Allan, the eldest, who’s married to Donita Rose as Betchay and they have three kids. Aga has chosen to stay in their province, unlike his siblings who all moved to Manila. He lives a simple life compared to Dingdong Dantes as Bryan, the more financially successful second child who made it big in the city. Dingdong has a severe case of sibling rivalry with Aga who he feels remains to be the more favored child.

The third child is Cristine Reyes as Cha, the only girl, who got married so early to Kean Cipriano. The youngest is Enrique Gil as Dex, who feels out of place because his siblings were already grown ups when he was born. Will they be able to reconnect with each other as family members while they meet together for the next “Seven Sundays”?

Why did Aga choose to do a family drama like “Seven Sundays” as a comeback vehicle when he’s better known as a romantic leading man paired with much younger leading ladies?

“Kasi nga, hindi pa ako nakakagawa ng ganitong family drama,” he replies. “Drama ito but light ang treatment na may kurot, may tama sa puso. At maganda yung role ko as a character na parang napabayaan ang sarili niya at may little regrets sa kanyang naging buhay. At least, it’s not just another romantic movie or love story. Also, first time ko to work with Dingdong, Cristine and Enrique, and with our director, Cathy Molina, na ang sarap palang katrabaho kasi magaan sa set at laging nakangiti.”

So he no longer wants to do the kind of romantic films he used to do before? “Puede pa rin naman, pero siempre, yung vehicles na mas babagay na sa’kin ngayon. During the time na wala ako, ang daming bagong love teams na dumating starring the new generation of actors we have today, so mas bagay na sa kanila yun. One movie I’d really like to do is my reunion movie with Lea Salonga after we did ‘Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal’ and ‘Sana Maulit Muli’. Matagal nang pinaplano yan but hindi matuloy-tuloy. E, ngayon, she’s doing a musical on Broadway, so ewan kung kailan pa kami magkakasama. But we definitely owe it to the public na gumawa uli kami ng movie. We will make it happen, we just don’t know when. Well, sabihin na lang nating if it’s gonna happen, then it’s gonna happen.”

One of his younger leading ladies, Claudine Barretto (“Kailangan Kita”, “Dubai”), has encountered some problems lately. What can he say about her? “She’s a misunderstood person, but if you’d really get to know her, you’d understand her and you will love her more. I wish her to be more brave at huwag magpadala sa mga naninira sa kanya. Hayaan na lang niya sila because people will always judge, so let them be. She should just really go back to work and resume her career.”