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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.

Nov 5, 2019


aga muhlach & alice dixson in NUUK premiere night

alice & aga with their director, veronica velasco

AGA MUHLACH is quite happy with the positive comments he got for his acting as Mark Alvarez, the mysterious stranger in “Nuuk”, which had its successful premiere night at SM Megamall last Monday. Those who’ve seen the movie were also impressed by the intriguing mystery in the story and the beauty of the ice-covered locations shot in the capital of Greenland.

Aga is suddenly busy as the year ends with two new movies to be released consecutively in the last two months of the year. “Nuuk” opens in theaters this Wednesday, November 6, and next month, he has an entry in the annual Metro-Manila Filmfest, “Miracle in Cell No. 7”, a remake of a Korean blockbuster which opens on Christmas Day.

We remember we first saw Aga when he was a ten year old boy at the shooting of a movie of his late aunt, Amalia Fuentes, somewhere in Intramuros. He was with his late dad then, Cheng Muhlach, and we told his dad that Aga has so much star potential. “I’m just praying that he will grow taller than me,” said Cheng did.

And that, Aga did. He went on to become one of the top matinee idols of his era. Now, he just turned golden boy on August 12 and he says he’s not only older, but also much wiser.

“I’ve definitely learned a lot from my mistakes and I can say I’m more well grounded now with my family,” he says. “My wife Charlene is a real good influence one me.”

How is it shooting “Nuuk” in Greenland? “We shot there for almost 3 weeks and it’s extremely cold. The temperature is often subzero, so hirap na hirap kami mag-shoot sa exteriors. After each scene, takbuhan kami agad sa loob where there is a heater to keep us warm. Pero bagay talaga kasi ang Nuuk as the setting of our movie. It’s dark and chilly, with a very mysterious feel to it.”

He says “Nuuk” as a location suits their film perfectly. “Psychological thriller ang movie as you can’t figure out kung totoo ba yung character ko or gawa-gawa lang ni Alice Dixson as Elaisa Svendsen who’s depressed because her Danish husband just died. In Nuuk, nakaka-depress kasi talaga as you feel isolated from the rest of the world as it seems to be in the middle of nowhere.”

He adds that he had fun doing the movie. “I really enjoyed making it kasi the material is kakaiba, something na hindi ko pa nagagawa before and Nuuk is a place I’ve never been to. I also enjoyed working with Alice again after doing three movies with her sa Regal in the 90s, ‘Hot Summer’, ‘Joeyboy Munti’ and ‘Sinungaling Mong Puso’. Now, we’re both more mature and more comfortable with each other.”

He feels so happy in his life right now. “I’m just grateful that at my age, I still get a lot of good offers and can still do big movies like ‘Nuuk’ and ‘Miracle at Cell No. 7’. Personally, I’m very happy with my family. Our twins ni Charlene, Andres and Atasha, are turning 18 on November 5 (Tuesday) and they are both very good kids.

My other son, Iggy Boy (his son with Janice de Belen), is also doing great with his own restaurant and has now also has his own family and has given my great grandchildren. Really, I feel so blessed and I want to thank God for all His wonderful blessings in my life. He’s so good to me.”