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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.

Jul 4, 2019


MIGUEL TANFELIX considers playing the role of Michael V’s only son, Malix, in the movie “Family History”, which opens in theaters on July 24, a very big blessing.

“Working with Tito Bitoy is a learning experience for me and Bianca Umali as we really learned so much just by watching him work on the set,” he says. “He wrote the script himself and also directs it. Nakakatuwa siyang tingnan giving us instructions about a scene, then he’ll also act with us in the same scene playing my dad.

"He is such a creative force in the movie and I believe he can win an award for his script and direction. But very relaxed lang siya kaya walang pressure sa set. He guides us but also gives us leeway to interpret our character sa paraang comfortable kami.

"Pati tungkol sa buhay, he gives us advice. Mag-invest daw kami ng earnings namin sa real estate at sa alahas.”

Last Sunday, he resigned from being a part of the noontime comedy show, “Sunday PinaSaya”, and many of his fans were surprised. “Kasi wala na akong pahinga,” he explains. “Pati Sunday, may trabaho.  I also want to resume my college studies this semester. Third year irregular ako sa entrepeneurship course ko in La Salle Dasmarinas. So nagpaalam naman ako nang maayos and they understood my situation.”

How does he feel about “Sahaya” being transferred to an earlier time slot? “Marami kaming fans ni Bianca na mga bata and in a way, this benefits them kasi mas may chance silang mapanood kami in an earlier time slot before they sleep for school the next day. Kami naman, we respect the decision of management. They know what is best for the show.”

But how does it feel that they’re being pitted against a show that’s been on the air for almost four years. “We know, yung katapat namin, sobrang established na in its slot. But we take it as a challenge.

"Honestly, since the show started, we do not focus on the ratings but on how to make the show better, para mas mapaganda namin and for viewers to continue watching us. As of now, lahat kaming connected sa ‘Sahaya’, we’re all highly motivated para magtulong-tulong na masa mapagbuti pa ang trabaho naming lahat sa ikagaganda ng show.”