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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.

Apr 12, 2018

New Kapuso Stars Kate Valdez & Mikee Quintos Consider It A Great Blessing To Be Working With Nora Aunor & Gina Alajar In 'Extraordinary Love'

THE LIFE BLOOD of showbiz is the discovery of new and capable talents that audiences will admire and idolize so the networks continue to introduce their latest and newest stars. Kate Valdez and Mikee Quintos are two of the most promising stars of the Kapuso network and they’re obviously being developed by GMA-7 to be future lead actresses. Kate Valdez, who's the prettiest face among GMA new stars today, is now supporting Ruru Madrid in “Sherlock Jr.” while Mikee is in “Sirkus” that will soon end its telecast. Both of them now feel blessed to be given the rare opportunity to work with Nora Aunor in “Extraordinary Love”.

“I felt so happy when I was informed na magkakasama kami ni Mikee sa bagong show kasi we’re really good friends na after having worked together then sa ‘Encantadia’,” says Kate who is actually much prettier in person than on screen. “And it’s even a bigger surprise that makakasama namin ang isang nirerespetong aktres like Ms. Nora Aunor. I’ve seen some of her work before at talagang hanga ako sa husay niya sa pag-arte. I’m sure marami kaming matutuhan from her.”

“This is a real big blessing for newcomers like us ni Kate,” says Mikee. “Nora Aunor is a living legend at big bonus na makakasama rin namin dito sina Ms. Cherie Gil at Mr. Gardo Versoza, na kasama ko rin ngayon sa ‘Sirkus’ and they’re both really very good. Tapos, we also have Mr. Wendell Ramos at ang director pa namin is Gina Alajar who handled us before sa acting workshops namin sa GMA kaya tiyak na great learning experience for us itong ‘Extraordinary Love’. Excited kami ni Kate kasi sa ‘Enca’ noon, magkakampi kami as Lira and Mira. Pero ngayon, baligtad ang sitwasyon kasi magiging magkaaway kami at marami kaming mga eksena ng tarayan dito kaya abangan nyo.”

GMA wants to make it clear that Nora Aunor has a special participation in the new drama series. Yes, she has a cut off time for her tapings, which is 10 PM, which some quarters think is too early since more senior stars like Gloria Romero and Eddie Garcia have 12 midnight as their cut off.

But in fairness to Ate Guy, she starts taping at 6 AM, which is earlier than the other stars. What we want to find out now is how would Ate Guy gauge the acting of the newcomers she’s working with for the first time, Kate and Mikee. Papasa kaya sa kanya ang kakayahan sa pag-arte ng mga baguhang ito?