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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.

May 4, 2018

Kiko Estrada Happy With His So Many New Projects But Grieving Over The Passing Of His Maternal Grandmother

KIKO ESTRADA is being projected as a sexy hunk with his shirtless photos seen on billboards, in magazine pictorials and on social media. His cover photo with Kapuso hunks Derrick Monasterio, Jak Roberto and David Licauco as Mega Man Best Bodies 2018 was a big hit.

“I go to the gym four times a week and eat the proper diet kasi my work requires me to be buff,” he says. “But my goal is to be eventually recognized as a fine actor, not just as a piece of meat known for doing beefcake photos. In the long run, I believe it’s talent that will make you stay long in the business and not just your abdominal muscles. Pero hindi naman ako nagmamadali. As of now, happy naman ako with the boy next door role GMA-7 has given me in my new daily show, ‘My Guitar Princess’, with Julie Anne San Jose that starts airing on Monday, May 7, before 'Eat Bulaga'. I’m her confidante at may gusto ako sa kanya in the story, but my two sisters played by Isabelle de Leon and Jazz Ocampo, are so totally against her.”

He’s happy that he’s doing a lot of movies. After doing ‘Pwera Usog’ and ‘My Fairy Tail Love Story’ for Regal, he’s now doing two new movies where he plays serious roles. For Director Adolf Alix, he’s doing the sexy drama “My Stepmother’s Lover” with Sunshine Cruz, produced by his own manager, Arnold Vegafria; and for Director Joey Reyes, he’s part of the youth-oriented flick, “Walwal”, where he plays a ladies’ man.

But although he’s happy with the way his career is going, Kiko is sad because his fraternal grandmother, Lola Nena (wife of the late actor Paquito Diaz), was diagnosed with pancratic cancer and passed away a few days after the “My Guitar Princess” presscon. She was laid to rest last Tuesday.

“The last time I saw her, I encouraged her, even danced with her. Ayaw naming magpakitang malungkot kami so pinasaya ko siya telling her about the projects na ginagawa ko ngayon for TV and the movies at natuwa naman siya sa magandang takbo ng career ko. I’ll have good memories of her kasi I grew up with her.”