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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 18, 2018

Kiko Estrada Remains Loveless After Breakup With Barbie Forteza, Wants To Focus Totally On His Acting Career

KIKO ESTRADA is dead serious in his ambition to be recognized as a good actor rather than just as a rugged hunk. “Although I do pictorials and scenes showing me without any shirt on, my main concern is more about people recognizing me for my good acting,” he says. “And I’m happy that I’m being given projects where I get the chance to show that I can do different kinds of roles.”

Right now, he plays a wholesome role as Justin in the GMA-7 romantic comedy, “My Guitar Princess”, as the confidante of Julie Anne San Jose, who plays the title role. Julie doesn’t know he’s secretly in love with her. On the big screen, he’s one of the four leads in Regal Entertainment’s new youth oriented film, “Walwal”, that opens on June 27. But in another film, “My Stepmother’s Lover”, he does a nude love scene with Sunshine Cruz, his most daring movie to date.

Kiko’s paternal dad was the late George Estregan, who did a lot of sexy films. His dad, Gary Estrada, also went sexy but later forayed into politics, although he has not forgotten acting as he is now seen regularly on the hit GMA-7 afternoon soap, “The Stepdaughters”, where he plays the dad of Katrina Halili.

Kiko’s mom is former actress Cheska Diaz and his maternal grandfather was the famous contravida, the late Paquito Diaz. So you can say that acting is really in his blood. Although he grew up with his mom, he’s quite close to his dad and to his family now. Gary is married to Bernadette Allison and Kiko is close to her and his three half-sisters.

“I’m currently working with my mom in a movie, ‘Walwal’,” says Kiko. “So ang dream ko naman ngayon is makatrabaho rin ang dad ko as we haven’t worked together. Since we’re both with the Kapuso network, hindi naman siguro imposibleng mangyari ito in the near future.”

Her ex-GF Barbie Forteza has since found a new love in Jak Roberto, but Kiko says he has remained loveless since then. “It’s my choice. Mas gusto ko talagang mag-focus muna sa career ko. Maraming projects na dumarating and I want to give my best efforts and my undivided attention to them. I'm proud of 'Walwal' which gave me the chance to work with a respected writer-director like Joey Reyes. I learned so much from the experience with him guiding me in my role as an aimless young man who's a playboy at nagkaroon ng malaking problema sa buhay.”