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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.

Jul 24, 2018

Janine Gutierrez Happy & Proud To Be Alden Richards' Leading Lady & Be A Part Of A Big Budgeted Show Like 'Victor Magtanggol'

JANINE GUTIERREZ is elated to be Alden Richards’ leading lady in GMA-7 big-budgeted primetime soap, “Victor Magtanggol”, that starts airing on Monday, July 30. “I’m excited kasi dream ko noon pa to do a telefantasya like ‘Mulawin’ or ‘Dyesebel’,” she says. “Ibang experience kasi to do this kind of show as you will be transported to a different world na malayo sa pang-araw-araw mong buhay. The fantastic elements in the story is based on Norse mythology na nagkaroon ng Philippine setting. If you’re interested with stories about gods and goddesses,myths and superheroes, you will surely enjoy watching ‘Victor Magtanggol’.”

She will play the role of Gwen Regalado, a journalist who gets involved with Alden as Victor Magtanggol, something like the Lois Lane character in “Superman”. In the story, Alden will initially be ‘antipatiko’ to her when he accidentally pours some food into her gown during a party, but eventually, they will warm up to each other. Janine is part of the wealthy Regalado family of politicians, led by Eric Quizon as her ambitious dad who aims to be governor, Freddie Webb as her grandpa, Maritoni Fernandez as her haughty stepmom and Kristoffer Martin as her stepbrother who falls in love wit her.

“I’m proud to be part of ‘Victor Magtanggol’ kasi grabe ang preparations ng GMA-7 to make sure it will be a big spectacular treat to the viewers. Ginastusan nang husto ang sets, costumes, props, locations at may scenes pa kami shot in Japan,” adds Janine

Do they feel any pressure since they’ll be shown up against ABS-CBN’s top show? “Siempre, may pressure. We know kung ano yung babanggain namin. But we’re confident that we offer something different to the viewers. Kasi bukod sa napakaganda ng main story, may action din dito, may drama, may comedy. Kami namang mga artistang involved sa show, we’re always doing our best to make sure that we’ll deliver when it comes to acting para hindi kami mapahiya sa viewers.”

Because she’s paired with Alden, his fans with Maine Mendoza are now bashing her so much on social media. How does she feel about it?

“What can I do? Hindi lang naman ako ang bina-bash kundi pati si Andrea Torres who plays a Norse goddess in the show. At pati si Alden mismo. They don’t seem to realize na trabaho lang ito. Bakit nila pinepersonal? Sumosobra lang kasi kung minsan, kasi pati family ko, idinadamay nila. Galing daw kasi ako sa isang broken family. Ano naman ang kaugnayan niyon sa show? Pati birthmark ko, bina-bash. Malas daw. Sana, panoorin muna nila ang ‘Victor Magtanggol’ when it starts airing on July 30 right after ‘24 Oras’, bago nila kami i-ibash nang husto.”