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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 23, 2018

Richard Yap Welcomes Being Reunited With Jodi Sta. Maria And The Chance To Work With Robin Padilla In 'Sana Dalawa Ang Puso'

RICHARD YAP is glad to be back in a regular TV show in “Sana Dalawa ang Puso”. “I did two films, ‘Achy Break Hearts’ and ‘Mano Po 7’, so na-miss ko talaga doing a soap,” he says.

How is it working again with Jodi Sta. Maria after “Be Careful with My Heart”? “It’s still the same. Masaya kasi friends na kami and we’re really comfortable with each other. We just picked up from we left off. I play a different character here, so it’s a new challenge for me. Pero lalo kay Jodi kasi she plays dual roles. Bagong challenge din na kasama namin ngayon ang isang Robin Padilla sa show.”

How did he feel when Robin says he was initially intimidated by being the third wheel in their love team so he had to request a meeting with him first? “I think it’s a way of breaking the ice for us to get to know each other better muna before we started taping. I didn’t know about his concerns then, but I also sort of felt na we should get to know each other muna, so I didn’t have any hesitation to meet up with him. Right naman niya to ask for a meeting kasi mas senior siya sa akin. He’s thanking us but the truth is, we should be the ones thanking him for agreeing to do ‘Sana Dalawa ang Puso’, kasi I don’t think itutuloy ito ng ABS without him.”

Since Jodi is playing two characters, Richard says he doesn’t think he and Robin would be fighting over her. “Sa story kasi, yung mayamang Jodi, si Liza, ipinagkasundo ng parents niya sa parents ko for us to have an arranged marriage. Siempre, we’re both resisting the idea. Si Robin naman at yung isa pang Jodi, si Mona, both come from the working class. So, doon magkakaroon ng mga conflict in the course of the show kaya abangan nyo when we start our telecast on Monday, January 29 kapalit ng ‘Ikaw Lang ang Iibigin’.”