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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.

Dec 9, 2019


AGA MUHLACH is ecstatic over the positive feedback his performance in Viva’s “Miracle in Cell No. 7” is getting after it was shown in special screenings. Most of those who’ve seen it are now predicting he’s a shoo in to bag the best actor award in the coming Metro-Manila Filmfest where the movie is an official entry.

Aga plays the role of Joselito, a mentally challenged man who is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. He goes to prison for allegedly raping and killing a little girl who he just actually wanted to help. Later on, his daughter Xia Vigor grows up to be Bela Padilla, who will do everything to prove that her father is truly innocent.

“Thanks for all the good comments but I don’t wanna expect anything,” he says. “I’m just glad that after so many years, may entry ulit ako sa Metro Filmfest, where I won two best actor awards for ‘Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal’ and ‘May Minamahal’ about 28 years ago. Pero kung mananalo ako uli for ‘Miracle in Cell no. 7’, I promise, magpa-party ako to celebrate with you all.”

For the past several years, he spends Christmas quietly with wife Charlene and their twins, Andres and Atasha. “Pero ngayon, ibang-iba ang Pasko namin kasi I’m busy with the promo of our movie, sasama pa ako sa parada and then I will attend the awards night.

"Busy talaga. My wife and kids said they’ll help me promote the movie. Sasama raw sila sa float ng ‘Miracle in Cell no. 7’ para ma-experience nila ang Parade of Stars on December 22.”

Are his kids joining showbiz soon? “I won’t stop them if they want to, kasi showbiz din naman ang naging hanapbuhay ko. But for me, dapat tapusin muna nila ang college education nila. But they’re the ones who’re gonna decide for themselves. Nasa tamang pag-iisip na naman sila.

"Basta alam naman nila kung ano ang sentiments ko about that matter. Kung ako lang, I want to protect them kasi showbiz can be very cruel at tiyak na somehow, masasaktan sila, but it will be their final decision, not mine.”

“Miracle in Cell no. 7” is a very special film for him. “Lahat kami ng kasama ko, from our director Nuel Naval to the cast and crew, we all worked hard doing this movie.

"We shared so much laughter and also tears along the way ng co-stars kong sina Joel Torre, JC Santos, Mon Confiado, Rico Soliman and Jojit Lorenzo who play the prisoners na kasama ko sa cell no. 7, child star Xia Vigor who plays my daughter, John Arcilla as the prison director and Bela Padilla as my grown up daughter.

"So I want to thank all of them, including Viva, for the wonderful experience of doing this movie which is meant for the whole family. Promise, you’ll enjoy it, tatawa kayo, iiyak kayo dahil maaapektuhan ang damdamin nyo at hindi nyo siya basta malilimutan.”

MIRACLE IN CELL NO. 7 opens in theaters on CHRISTMAS DAY!!!!