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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

Ruru Madrid Launched To Full Primetime Stardom In 'Sherlock Jr' Where He Gets Three Leading Ladies: Janine Gutierrez, Gabbi Garcia, And The Cute Dog Siri

RURU MADRID was just the runner up in GMA-7’s “Protege” artista search in 2012. He was just a very thin 15 year old when he won and now that he turned 20 years old last December 4, he has since grown in bulk to sport a much hunkier physique and he now stands almost 6 feet tall.

After playing supporting roles, he has also surpassed the career of the male winner, Jeric Gonzales, as he's now being launched in his first primetime show where he plays the title role no less, “Sherlock Jr.” “I’d really like to thank GMA sa pagtitiwala nila sa akin and for giving me this big break kaya I promise to always do my best para mapaganda ang show at hindi ako mapahiya sa kanila,” he says.

He is paired anew with his ka-love team, Gabbi Garcia, and also with Janine Gutierrez as his first girlfriend who dies tragically when she tries to expose the misdeeds of a corrupt senator played by Tonton Gutierrez. “I’m happy na makatrabaho ulit si Gabbi. Napakadali, napakagaan niyang katrabaho so it’s always nice working with her kasi very comfortable na rin kaming dalawa sa isa’t isa.”

How about Janine? “We’ve worked before nang maging guest namin siya noon sa ‘Encantadia’, pero sandali lang at hindi kami naging magka-eksena. Nakaka-inspire to work with her kasi napakagaling niyiang artista. Natutuwa rin ako kasi hindi ko ine-expect na sobrang bait pala niya. Nakakahugot ako from her kapag kaeksena ko siya. Kasi yung eyes, niya nangungusap kapag tinitigan mo at madadala ka. I’m happy na nagkasama kami dito sa ‘Sherlock Jr’.”

In the story, he plays a fearless reporter seeking justice for victims of crime. His sidekick is a dog named Siri in real life, but who is given the name of Serena in the show. “Dati, takot na takot ako sa mga aso. Pero dahil sa show na ito, na-overcome ko ang phobia ko sa dog. Dati ilang pa ako kay Siri, pero ngayon, nayayakap-yakap ko na siya.”

Siri is actually the dog of Janine's character, Irene, and she's at odds with Ruru as Jack when the show starts. But when Janine dies, Ruru inherits her and she becomes Ruru's defender. Also in the show are Ai Ai de las Alas as Ruru's mom, Roi Vinzon as Ruru's stepdad, Tonton Gutierrez as Sen. Lawrence, the senator who's married to Rochelle Barrameda, Sharmaine Arnaiz as the mom of Gabbi Garcia who's not aware she's really the daughter of Sen. Lawrence, Andre Paras as Ruru's policeman best friend, Matt Evans as the son of Tonton with Rochelle, and newcomers Kate Valdez and Sofia Pablo as Ruru's younger sisters, under the direction of Rechie del Carmen.