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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.

May 17, 2019


the cast of DAHIL SA PAG-IBIG

BENJAMIN ALVES’ last soap was “Kapag Nahati ang Puso”, a morning show. He’s now in “Dahil sa Pag-ibig” which is in Afternoon Prime, replacing “Inagaw na Bituin” starting this Monday. He plays a very demanding role as Eldon Corpus, an OFW in Saudi Arabia who is sentenced to die by beheading after he killed an Arab man, the husband of Winwyn Marquez. He would be freed only if he’s able to pay the blood money of P50 million and this becomes the problem of the wife he left behind, Sanya Lopez.

“Mahirap ang pinagdaanan ng character ko,” he says. “May scene na nire-rape ako ng isang Arabo sa disyerto. Nanghina talaga ako. Si Winwyn Marquez seduced me kaya inaway ako ng husband niya, leading to his death. In prison, binugbog ako ng guards at umiiyak akong nakiusap kay Sanya to help me at gumawa ng paraan para mapalaya ako. Grabe yung kaapihang dinanas ni Eldon, yung feeling ng you're so helpless at wala kang magawa kasi nasa ibang bansa ka kaya basta surrender ka na lang sa mga ginagawa sa'yo."

He wants to thank their director, Ricky Davao, for helping him out in interpreting his role. “We had workshops and I always listen to him kasi gusto ko talagang mapagbuti ang trabaho ko sa show and give it the best of my ability. I want people to see me grow and recognize me as a serious actor, that’s why I’m giving all my heart and soul to be credible in this show.”

Benjamin is glad to be back to work after two sad incidents in his life, the sudden death of his dad in Guam due to heart attack and his subsequent break up with Julie Anne San Jose with whom he was on for two years.

“It was really a bad time, and people seems to be more concerned about the breakup than losing my dad. It’s hard but suddenly losing your father is so painful. It takes time before get healed after realizing that life is really short and you should spend more time with your loved ones.”

That’s why he’s glad to be very busy acting again. “Being busy helps take your mind off your grief. Aside from this, I also did a movie with Director Adolf Alix, ‘Mysteries of the Night’, with Solenn Heussaff.”

At the presscon of “Dahil sa Pag-ibig”, we saw Dominic Roco, who plays Benjamin’s best friend in ths show, walking out. When we asked him why, he readily admitted he felt hurt. “Kasi mali na naman ang spelling ng pangalan ko,” he says. “Ginawa na namang double C yung Roco. I mean, ang tagal ko na rito sa GMA, up to now, they can’t still get it right? Kaya nakakasama talaga ng loob.”