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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.

Dec 29, 2018

Eddie Garcia Doesn't Mind Getting Just A Special Jury Prize And Not The Best Actor Award

EDDIE GARCIA was predicted to win again in the Metro-Manila Filmfest as best actor for “Rainbow’s Sunset”, after he won earlier this year at the Cinemalaya and QC Cinema filmfests, but he was just given a special jury prize instead in the awards last Thursday, while his co-stars Gloria Romero won as best actress, Aiko Melendez and Tony Mabesa as best supporting actress and actor. How does he feel about it?

 “Okay lang naman, no problem. An award for any actor is a big bonus so I will treasure that special jury prize,” he says. “It’s an affirmation that you have done you’re job well. But I don’t consciously act on camera hoping my work will an award. Kung mapapansin, di salamat. Kundi naman, okay rin lang. My goal is to please the viewers so they’ll get their money’s worth. And I hope the awards that ‘Rainbow’s Sunset’ won will help people realize that this is a good quality film and it will attract more viewers to watch it in theaters.”

 He plays an aging gay in the movie, something he has done before in “Bwakaw”. “I’ve done other gay roles like ‘Tubog sa Ginto’ with the late Lino Brocka, ‘Nagalit ang Buwan sa Haba ng Gabi, and a comedy called ‘Paruparong Buking’. It was never a big deal for me. I just look at it as part of my job. But itong ‘Rainbow’s Sunset’, naiiba siya kasi it’s about the longtime love affair ng two senior citizens with the permission of my wife, Gloria Romero, unlike in ‘Tubog sa Ginto’ where my wife, the late Lolita Rodriguez, didn’t take it well and it ended in tragedy.”

 What would he do if he’d have a son who turned out to be gay? “Wala, I’d still love him. Hindi naman niya kasalanan if he were born that way. That’s why I don’t mind doing gay roles kasi it helps spread awareness na hindi naman masama kung maging bakla o tomboy ka. E, ipinanganak kang ganoon, you were created that way, so what can you do? Tanggapin na lang natin na may mga tao talagang ipinanganak na ang sexual orientation is different from what is considered normal.”

This year has been a very busy one for him and he hopes to remain active next year and beyond. “I started acting in the movies in 1949 in ‘Siete Infantes de Lara’. So by next year, 2019, I would have been acting for a total of 70 years na, and I have no regrets about devoting my entire life and career on acting. I also have no intention of retiring. Wala yan sa bokabularyo ko, ang magretiro. I will be doing this habang may kumukuha sa aking umarte and as long as God allows me to.”