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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.

Mar 31, 2018

Barbie Forteza In A Special Lenten Show, 'Elehiya', A New Primetime RomCom 'Inday Will Always Love You', & A New Movie, 'Almost A Love Story'

BARBIE FORTEZA is featured in a Black Saturday drama special from APT Entertainment entitled “Elehiya (Elegy)”. This Lenten offering is a drama-horror story about faith and hope. Barbie co-stars with APT’s homegrown talent, Taki Saito. She plays Lucia, a fake seer who fools people in claiming she can contact spirits of the dead.

She has lost her faith in the Lord after their mom died and their dad abandoned their family. Taki is her younger sister who, as it happens, is the one have a real third eye. They are both thrown into a terrifying experience they’ll never forget when both of them start to really see dead people who ask for their help. Will this be the way for Barbie to regain her lost spirituality?

Barbie is also busy taping for her new primetime romcom, “Inday Will Always Love You” that was shot on location in Cebu, and she’s now promoting her new movie, “Almost a Love Story”, that was filmed on location in Italy no less. Her leading man in both the TV show and the movie is Derrick Monasterio.

Barbie says she had a great time shooting the movie in Italy. “Mahirap kasi konti lang kami ng crew

working there kaya tulong-tulong kaming lahat sa shooting. Pero enjoy namin, lalo na nga’t tinulungan kami ng mga kababayan natin who are based in Italy na talagang inalalayan kami sa set and were very hospitable to all of us.”

How is it working with Derrick? “Maalaga siya sa kasama niya. Winter nang mag-shoot kami sa Italy at sobrang lamig kaya, kung minsan, hindi sapat ang pangginaw na suot ko. Sa labas, he hugs me para yung body heat niya, mai-share niya sa’kin.”

Won’t her BF Jack Roberto get jealous about this? “Wala namang malisya yun kaya walang dapat ipagselos. Kaysa naman mapulmunya ko roon sa ginaw, di ba? Alam rin niyang Derrick and I have become good friends dahil ang dami na naming nagawang shows together. Gentleman naman si Derrick at mabait talaga kaya mapagkakatiwalaan.”

The movie is directed by Louie Ignacio who says it’s a joy working wtih Barbie and Derrick. “Pareho silang mahusay kaya walang problema sa shoot at mabilis kaming nakakatapos ng mga eksena each day. Barbie is not just a star, she’s really an actress na lalong humuhusay as each day goes by. Si Derrick naman is a perfect leading man. Pareho silang real troupers at walang arte sa katawan.”

In the movie, Barbie is the daughter of an OFW. Lotlot de Leon, who works in Italy as the nanny of Derrick, the son of Ana Capri. Barbie is in Manila and she got to know Derrick through video calls. Eventually, Barbie goes to Italy and they meet in person. Will love bloom between the two of them? That’s what you’ll find out when you watch the movie that opens in theaters nationwide on April 11.