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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.

Sep 10, 2018

Valerie Concepcion, 30 Years Old, Doesn't Mind Playing Mother To Kiko Estrada, Klea Pineda & Migo Adecer In 'Ika-5 Utos'

VALERIE CONCEPCION is only 30 years old (she’ll be 31 on December 21 yet) but she now plays the mother of three grown up kids in “Ika-5 Utos”: Kiko Estrada, Klea Pineda and Migo Adecer. She’s also supposed to be the best friend and contemporary of Jean Garcia and Gelli de Belen, who are 49 and 45 years old, respectively.

“Okay lang yun, trabaho ito, e,” she says. “Hindi ko pinoproblema ang ganyan. Di naman siguro nila ako ika-cast sa role ko kundi ako magiging credible. Also, si Direk Laurice Guillen ang direktor namin and I welcome the chance to work with her. I know I will learn a lot from her and also my co-stars na mas matagal na sa’kin in showbiz. Marami lang kaming eksenang nag-aaway na tatlo. Sampalan kung sampalan at sabunutan. Yun yata ang ine-enjoy ng viewers ngayon, e.”

As usual, she plays the uber contravida in the story, married to Tonton Gutierrez but still steals the husband of Jean Garcia, Neil Ryan Sese, who she later kills accidentally.

Off cam, Valerie has finally found someone who is seriously in love with her and offers to marry her, Francis Sunga, who’s based in Guam. She met him by chance in a party and a friend introduced them to each other. “Noong una, wala akong interest kasi I just came up from a bad romance and I promised myself na hindi muna ako makikipagrelasyon and will just focus on myself. Nadala kasi ako sa last boyfriend kong manloloko. But he’s patient and persistent kahit na nga long distance relationship ang sa amin. Now, one year and a half na rin kami. My daughter Heather now calls him Papa. May daughter din siya from a past relationship and she gets along fine with Heather. He has proposed noong July pa, but di pa namin napag-uusapan kung kailan exactly kami magpapakasal. Kasi Catholic ako and Christian siya, so baka mag-civil wedding muna kami, then later, garden wedding naman. But parang it would have to wait kasi kauumpisa ko lang dito sa ‘Ika-5 Utos’.”

She’s very happy at this point in her life. “Everything is falling into the right place. Recently, I was able to finish college as a psychology major. Tapos, I met Francis na parang bigay ni Lord sa akin. Kahit magkalayo kami, I feel so secure with him. And then I got this good project na ‘Ika-5 Utos’, so I can’t complain.”
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