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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.

Jan 24, 2018

Jojit Lorenzo, Theatre & Character Actor, Gets Big Break Playing His First Lead Role In The Musical 'Changing Partners'

JOJIT LORENZO is a theater actor who also appears in movies and TV shows. We first noticed him in the Cinemalaya entry, “Last Supper No. 3” in 2009, an absurd comedy where he co-starred with a very young JM de Guzman. In 2011, he won the best supporting actor award in the Cinema One Originals Filmfest for his role as a fixer in “Anatomiya ng Korupsiyon”.

Other films he did playing supporting roles are “Lola” for Dir. Brillante Mendoza, “Azucena”, “Yaya Angelina’, “Txt”, “Now that I Have You”, “Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo”, “Born to Love You”, “Instant Mommy”. On TV, he did soaps like “Walang Hanggan”, “Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo”, “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin”, several stories in “Wansapanataym”, and the last was “Pusong Ligaw”.

He now gets to play a lead role in the musical play turned full length film, “Changing Partners”, where he won the best actor award in the Cinema One Filmfest last November. In the movie, which opens on January 31, he really changes partners several times, with co-stars Agot Isidro, Anna Luna and he’s also into a gay relationship with Sandino Martin. At the movie’s presscon, Jojit and Sandino were asked about having a gay relationship. Sandino was more open about it.

“Basta ako, I appreciate beauty, maganda man o guwapo,” he says. “I stand by it. For me, I believe that gender is fluid. I come from a Mormon family and that idea came to me when I was in college. I believe that as human beings, we are sexual. Love is a universal language so we can love everybody else, even an animal, a plant, ganun po ang paniniwala ko.”

In the case of Jojit, he tries to evade any personal questions. “Wala po akong asawa,” he says. “Tama na yun. Pag-uusapan pa ba po natin yun? Puede bang huwag na lang, para personal na lang? Puede bang huwag na nating isama yon? Ayoko po, e.”

So, let’s just respect his decision. The important thing is both he and Sandino give excellent performances in “Changing Partners” that opens in theaters on January 31.