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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.

Aug 28, 2019


inigo and maris racal

MARIS RACAL says she’s not worried that the movie “I’m Ellenia L” (a play on the word Millennial) will be shown at a time when she and her leading man, Inigo Pascual, are no longer together. “Hindi naman kami magka-love team dito,” she says. “The movie is not a love story or romance but more of a comedy. Hindi siya about a love team. I play Ellenia, a girl na may vlog at gustong maging sikat na influencer at makilala sa social media.

"The story is relevant these days kasi halos lahat, nasa social media na at marami nang may sarili nilang vlogs and I’m sure, lahat sila, makaka-relate kay Ellenia. And I’m glad that our Director, Boy 2 Quizon, assured us na the direction of the movie’s promo will not just capitalize on our love team but on the fact na very hot ngayon ang topic nito about social media.”

So why did she and Inigo break up? “E kasi away-bati kami, e. Wala naman kaming away na naging sobrang seryoso. It really never went overboard, kasi wala naman sa nature ng personality ko na nang-aaway. Basta usap-usap lang kasi may kanya-kanya kaming differences about a lot of things. Magkaiba lang ang mga gusto namin at wala namang anything worse than that.”

Was it difficult to accept the break up? “Hindi naman.  Natanggap naman namin agad na magkaiba kami talaga, lalo na in making decisions about our respective careers. Kung hindi talaga puede, huwag ipilit, di ba?”

Are they still friends? “Oo naman. We can work together up to now, like hosting nang magkasama at okay naman kami. We’re both professional. And even yung fans ng MarNigo love team, supportive naman sila sa aming kanya-kanyang careers. They’re happy that I have a new movie on my own, ‘Isa Pang Bahaghari’, where I play the young Nora Aunor. Kasama rin ako sa isang bagong soap, “Pamilya Ko’, with Sylvia Sanchez.”

“I’m Ellenia L” is directed by Boy2 Quizon and will be shown starting September 13 as part of the 3rd Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, produced by Spring Films, N2, and Cobalt Productions Company.