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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 16, 2019


jerome ponce with barbie imperial, mother lily monteverde, jane oineza and director easy ferrer

JEROME PONCE is very thankful that Regal Entertainment continues to give him a string of assigments now that he doesn’t have a regular soap. He first appeared with Regal in the hit Metro filmfest entry, “Haunted Mansion”, then in the youth movie, “Walwal”. Now, he plays his first solo romantic lead role in “Finding You” and this is quickly followed by another youth movie, “Ang Henerasyong Sumuko sa Love”.

“I really want to thank Regal kasi ang gaganda ng roles na binibigay nila sa’kin,” he says. “In ‘Finding You’, drectorial debut ni screenwriter Easy Ferrer, I play Nel, a young man afflicted with a rare condition called hyperthymesia. It means naaalala niya ang every single moment na nangyari sa buhay niya, pati specific dates and time. This is the opposite of amnesia, kunsaan nakakalimutan naman ng isang tao lahat ng nangyari sa nakaraan niya. Some people think blessing yung pagkakaroon ng good memory, but for Nel, it’s actually a curse kasi he came from a series of failed relationships and he cannot forget the painful experiences he went through in each of them, kaya hindi siya maka-move on.”

Three of his past girlfriends in the story are Barbie Imperial, Kate Alejandrino and Claire Ruiz. All of them broke his heart. His best friend is Jane Oineza as Kit. “Magkababata kami rito ni Jane. We know each other from childhood kasi neighbors kami. Kaya lang, nag-migrate yung family niya sa States, so nagkahiwalay kami. Ngayon, babalik na siya, kaya lang, she’s scheduled to be married na to some other guy. With her help, I will uncover some vague memories that cause an obscure pain in my life.”

He’s happy to be working with Jane in the movie. “We’ve first worked together in the afternoon soap, ‘Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita’ four years ago and we have managed to maintain our friendship since then. Assistant director din namin doon si Direk Easy Ferrer, kaya bale reunion namin ito. Napakagaling na artista ni Jane at masarap kaya katrabaho kaya lagi kaming masaya sa set. Very easy to work with din si Direk Easy na millennial na millennial ang dating pati treatment sa pelikula.”

“Finding You” is about finding that special someone in life. Off cam, has he really found his THE one? “Yes, I’ve found THE one na po. She’s not from showbiz and more than two years na kami.”