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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


jo berry with alden richards in a cute scene in THE GIFT

JO BERRY got a lot of positive reviews for her credible dramatic acting in her first soap, “Onanay”, which is now being shown in some countries abroad like in the Dominican Republic where it’s a big hit with “El Amor Mas Grande” as its Spanish title. She’s now getting more positive comments from netizens for her believable portrayal as Alden Richards’ adoptive mother in GMA-7’s primetime drama, “The Gift”.

Viewers say she’s a standout in that scene where she got mad because Alden as Sep is determined to search for his biological mom and she’s afraid for him that he might just get hurt in the process. Netizens say she looks so convincing as Alden’s foster mom when the truth is that she’s actually younger than Alden as she’s only 24 and Alden is 27.

“Okay lang naman yun,” she says. “We’re just portraying our respective roles. Ganun din naman ako sa ‘Onanay’ as mother nina Mikee Quintos at Kate Valdez. Masaya lang ako na after ‘Onanay’, where I got to work with Nora Aunor and Cherie Gil, nasama naman ako ngayon sa ‘The Gift’ and given the chance na makatrabaho naman si Alden, si Tita Beth Oropesa as my mom, Lola Char, and si Miss Jean Garcia as Alden’s real mom. Never in my dreams ko naisip na mabibigyan ako ng pagkakataong makatrabaho ang magagaling na artistang ito.”

How is it working with Alden? “Naku, he’s very humble kahit na naging superhit yung last movie niya. And he’s always very professional na katrabaho. Masaya siya sa set and super down to earth kasi siya pa ang naga-adjust sa akin kapag magka-eksena kami dahil sa difference in our height. He’s really good natured.”

Would she say that joining showbusiness changed her life? “Oh yes, very much, kasi malaki ang naitulong nito sa aming ng pamilya. Malaki ang ipinagbago ng buhay ko. Ang pinakagusto ko, yung comments ng little people na gaya ko, na sinasabing nagsisilbi raw akong inspirasyon sa kanila para hindi sila mawalan ng pag-asa.

"Ako kasi, never kong kinonsider ang sarili ko na kawawa ako dahil sa kalagayan ko. Kasi, when you see yourself as kawawa, then magiging kawawa ka nga. Lahat tayo, ginawa ni Lord with a purpose at kailangan lang, hanapin mo yung purpose ni Lord para sa iyo.”

“The Gift” got more interesting in its last few episodes as Alden as Sep had visions of a man who he believes is his real father. Later on, Jean Garcia as Nadia chances upon him in the market and admires the beautiful drawings he makes even if he is blind. Then there was an altercation involving a bag snatcher and Jean’s wallet fell on the ground without her noticing it.

Alden then gets hold of the wallet and instantly, he has visions of his parents, Jean and his dad, TJ Trinidad. Beth Oropesa as Lola Char sees Alden’s photo as a child inside the wallet and realizes that Jean is Alden’s real mom but hides the truth from him. Will this be the start of Alden’s eventual discovery of who his real biological parents are? Alden will then be kidnapped. Who are the culprits who want to get rid of him?