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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.

Nov 18, 2017

Arjo Atayde On The Challenge Of Playing A Good Boy In 'Hanggang Saan' After His Intense Contravida Role In 'Ang Probinsyano'

ARJO ATAYDE gets to work with his mom, Sylvia Sanchez, in ABS-CBN’s new afternoon soap, “Hanggang Saan”, that will replace “”The Promise of Forever”. So how does he feel about the prospect of acting with his mom? “It’s unexpected, but I’m so happy and thankful to be working with my own mom as not every mother and son are given this kind of opportunity, so I’m just enjoying every moment of it,” says Arjo. “The first thing I did when I learned about the project, sabi ko sa kanya, ang taba mo, kailangan, magpapayat ka, so pinilit ko siya to run everyday with me.”

In “Hanggang Saan”, Arjo plays Paco, a law student and Sylvia is his mom who is forced to do a criminal act when Arjo’s son was put in danger. He plays a good boy here, unlike in his past shows where he usually played bad guys, like in “Ang Probinsyano’’ as contravida to Coco Martin. So how is his transition from bad to good? “Mahirap. Six years na ako in acting and this is a new role and new genre for me. But I’m confident that with my mom’s help, who’s my number one critic, maitatawid namin ito. Siya ang nagsasabi sa’kin kung kulang o sobra ang acting ko, e.”

How will Sylvia assess her son’s acting? “Even as a newcomer, okay na siyang umarte,” she says. “Nag-workshop sa Star Magic at dun pa lang, nakita na namin ng father niya, malalim siya, kaya proud kami sa kanya. Ako, marunong din nung nagsisimula ako, pero na-develop na lang through the years dahil kinarir ko. Siya, malayo pa ang mararating niya as an actor.”

And how will Arjo describe his mom? “Mabunganga siya, but very caring. I remember one time, umuwi ako nang madaling araw, I was so careful na may magising, tapos biglang may nagbukas ng ilaw at lumabas siya sabay sabi sa’kin: Saan ka galing? I’m really proud to work with my mom in this project that aims to touch people’s lives and give inspiration to viewers about one’s love for family.”