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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.

Jun 11, 2018

Internet Sensation Donnalyn Bartolome Gets Biggest Break On The Silver Screen As One Of The Lead Stars In The Suspense-Thriller 'Cry No Fear'

DONNALYN BARTOLOME gets her biggest break playing one of the lead roles in the suspense-thriller “Cry No Fear”. A youtube sensation who started posting her own song and dance videos when she was only 13 years old (she’s now turning 24 on July 9), she quickly developed her own following and later on moved to Facebook.

She writes her own songs and her single, “Kakaibabe”, became a hit after it became part of the movie “Diary ng Panget” soundtrack in 2014. She has since had other hits and TV5 then got her to appear in some of their shows like “Wattpad Presents”. She also started doing movies with Viva Films, like “Fangirl/Fanboy”, “Darkroom”.

“Nagpapasalamat talaga ako sa Viva for giving me this big break in ‘Cry No Fear’,” she says. “Dati, best friend lang lagi ang roles ko, ni Nadine Lustre o ni Anne Curtis. But now, I share topbilling na with Ella Cruz. I’ve been attending some acting workshops kasi at, siguro, nakita ng Viva na kaya ko na. Big learning experience ito for me as I learned so much from our director, Richard Somes. Kasi dati, pabebe lang ang roles ko, but here he reallly taught me how to emote kasi ngayon lang ako nakagawa ng suspense-thriller. I’m a fan of Direk Richard after I saw his horror movie, ‘Corazon’, with Erich Gonzales. Di nga ako makapaniwalang ngayon, katrabaho ko na siya.”

Her life was put in danger while doing one scene in “Cry No Fear”. “Sa eksena, tinatakasan namin yung intruders na pumasok sa bahay namin at dumaan kami ni Ella sa bubong and from there, tatalon kami sa aming swimming pool to escape. It took five takes bago ko na-perfect yung pag-jump ko. Pagod na pagod na ako and it’s so cold kasi umuulan sa eksena. Sa last jump ko, hindi na ako maka-surface again and I felt, lumulubog na ako at nalulunod ako so I said help, help. Si Ella ang tumulong sa akin. She jumped into the pool and saved me.”