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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.

Jan 26, 2020


sylvia sanchez & jinggoy estrada in COMING HOME

JINGGOY ESTRADA looks like he lost a lot of weight when he faced the press for the presscon of his comeback movie, “Coming Home”, held recently at Discovery Suites.

“Nagpapayat talaga ako bago humarap uli sa kamera,” he says. “Nag-diet ako and lost 10 lbs. in one month. My last movie was ‘Ang Tatay Kong Sexy’ with Maja Salvador shown in 2016.

"It’s a comedy, this time, drama naman itong gagawin namin about a dysfunctional family full of good values about love, forgiveness and acceptance. I play Benedicto Librada, an OFW sa Qatar married to Sylvia Sanchez and we have six kids. Habang nakatira ako sa ibang bansa, natukso ako and I will have a mistress named Mercy, played by Ariella Arida. I’m happy to be back sa first love ko, ang pag-aartista.”

The movie is produced by his own Maverick Films in cooperation with ALV Films of Arnold Vegafria, written by Gina Marissa Tagasa and directed by Adolf Alix Jr., with some scenes to be shot on location in Qatar.

Playing his children in the movie are Edgar Allan Guzman, Martin del Rosario, Shaira Diaz, Vin Abrenica, his own son Julian Estrada and his helf brother Jake Ejercito in his first movie role.

Why didn’t Jinggoy go back to the action roles he used to do before?

“Matanda na tayo, hindi na maniniwala ang viewers na nakikipagsuntukan ako o nakikipagbarilan. So family drama na lang na may halong comedy but with a good messaage about family values. I've done this kind of movie before in ‘Katas ng Saudi’ that won as FAMAS 2007 best picture and best actor naman ako, and also ‘Magkaibigan’ na entry naman sa 2008 Metro Manila Filmfest. ”

The movie’s star-studded cast also included Smokey Manaloto, Almira Muhlach, Chanel Morales, Joko Diaz, Samantha Lopez, Alvin Anson, Janna Agoncillo and with the special participation of Geneva Cruz.