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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.

Mar 16, 2019

Miguel Tanfelix On The Real Score Between Him And Bianca Umali Now That They're Reunited In 'Sahaya'

MIGUEL TANFELIX considers his role in “Sahaya” as Ahmad, a Badjao native, as one of the most colorful and challenging roles he has ever played. “Childhood friends kami rito ni Bianca Umali, who plays Sahaya,” he says. “We really studied Badjao culture to familiarize ourselves with the characters we play. A special set was built on a beach in Batangas to be the Badjao village where we live. Marami rin kaming underwater scenes so we had to learn ni Bianca how to dive and swim underwater. Love ko na siya rito since bata pa kami, but a city boy, Migo Adecer as Jordan, will come so magiging love triangle kami.”

His love team with Bianca, known as Biguel, has a huge fanbase since they were first paired in “Nino” and did several other soaps together. Rumors say that they were really on even off cam but things went sour when Ruru Madrid enter the picture.
“The truth is never naging kami,” he says. “Nagpaalam ako noon sa lola niya na manliligaw but I was told, huwag muna, so I didn’t pursue it.

 Miguel with Bianca
"About Ruru, magkakasama kaming tatlo nina Bianca sa ‘Sunday Pinasaya’ and we’re all good friends. You know naman sa showbiz, uso ang pagli-link, kahit kanino, puede ka ma-link. So you should know kung ano yung totoo at kung ano yung fake news. Basta kami ni Bianca, we’re the best of friends now. Matagal na kaming magkasama so we’re very comfortable with each other.”

It’s said that deep and lasting relationships are rooted in good friendship. Does he believe in this?  “Yes, kasi if you’re good friends, you care for each other, you look out for each other. So napakagandang foundation ng isang relationship ang pagkakaibigan, lalo na if the friendship is developed and nourished and can be tested through the years.”

As of now, aside from acting, he’s busy with his college studies as he’s determined to get a degree in entrepeneurship. “I want to manage my own businesses someday kasi hindi naman forever, maganda ang takbo ng career mo sa showbiz, so it’s nice to have a nice and sure fallback para hindi ka mawalan ng income.

"Meantime, very optimistic kami ng lahat ng kasama ko sa ‘Sahaya’, which starts airing on GMA Telebabad this Monday night, na magugustuhan ito ng viewers kasi talagang ginastusan ito ng GMA to make sure we come up with good and quality entertainment.”