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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 7, 2019


winwyn marquez as tingting in BEAUTY QUEENS


winwyn with this author, lolo mario b

WINWYN MARQUEZ is a GMA artist, so she’s thankful that the Kapuso Network has allowed her to do a mini-series for iWant streaming, “Beauty Queens”.

“After I read the script, nagustuhan ko talaga at ang ganda pa ng role ko as a beauty queen na naging rebeldeng NPA,” she says. “Tapos, this will give me the chance to work with Director Joel Lamangan and Ms. Gloria Diaz as my mom.

"Hindi kami natuloy noon sa ‘Pamilya Roces’. Yun pala, dito sa ‘Beauty Queens’ kami nakatakdang magkasama kaya nagpaalam ako agad sa GMA and I’m so happy and grateful na pinayagan naman nila ako.”

In “Beauty Queens”, she plays Tingting. “I’m the second child of Tita Gloria, a former Miss Universe in real life and also in the story. Elder sister ko si Maxine Medina and younger brother ko si Ross Pesigan. As our mom, Tita Gloria pushes me and Maxine to be Miss Universe also, just like her.

"But Maxine won as Miss International at ako naman, napasali sa Miss World and I end up as First Princess. Our only brother will turn out to be gay at siya ang mananalong Miss Gay Universe. The show is exciting kasi ipapakita talaga ang behind the scene happenings sa beauty pageants.”

She’s paired with Albie Casino in “Beauty Queens”. “Pareho kaming UP students na naging activista at namundok. We’ll have kids of our own, but later on, magkakahiwalay kami but we’ll remain to be good friends.”

She used to be part of “Sunday All Stars”. Will she now join GMA-7’s new Sunday show, “All Out Sunday”, that will replace “Sunday Pinasaya”?  “I don’t know, wala pang abiso.

"Pero sana nga, kunin nila ako kasi I really miss dancing at gusto ko na sumayaw uli. My manager, Arnold Vegafria, says I might do a new soap next year after ‘Dahil sa Pag-ibig’. Sana matuloy.”

She was very effective playing contravida to Sanya Lopez in “Dahil sa Pag-ibig” that viewers bashed her. Did she regret accepting a villain role? “No, kasi in fairness, alam naman ng tao that I’m just playing a role. Ang lakas ng impact ng role ko roon as Portia, kasi everywhere I got, tinatawag nila ako ng Portia, even abroad. Generally, maganda ang feedback sa’kin doon, so okay lang.”

Her first cousin, Michelle Dee, is competing in the Miss World pageant soon. Since she’s an international beauty title holder herself as Reina HispanoAmericana, did she give Michelle any advice?

“I’m sure na mas maraming advice ang ibinigay sa kanya ng mother niya, si Tita Melanie (Marquez). I’m very confident na malaki ang laban niya kasi she comes from modeling. She’s doing very well even online. Malakas ang self-confidence niya and she’s very articulate. Basta ang sabi ko lang sa kanya, magdala ng extra everything: extra shoes, extra gown, even extra make up, kasi you never know as to when you will need them.”

Her ex-boyfriend, Mark Herras, is rumored to be walking down the aisle soon with his new GF named Nicole Donesa. What can she say about this?

“Honestly, I’m so happy for him, for them. Push na nila yan. I haven’t seen him for so long, but we parted naman as friends and I wish him all the best, kung totoong they plan to settle down.”

How about her, does she have a new lovelife? “Wala. I’m going to spend Christmas in the States and I’ll go solo. I’m leaving on December 20 and stay with some relatives in Los Angeles. I will be back here on January 5 kasi tuloy-tuloy na ang taping namin ng ‘Beauty Queens’ by then. So, merry Christmas everyone!”