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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.

Sep 8, 2020


PAOLO CONTIS obviously profited well from the good feedback he got for his fine performance in the drama flick, “Through Night and Day” when it was rediscovered by viewers of Netflix.

We’ve always maintained that he’s one of our better actors. It’s just too bad he got so identified with comedy through ‘Bubble Gang’ and also with villain roles.

We’re glad he’s now shooting a new movie for Viva and also playing a lead role in GMA-7’s new drama anthology, “I Can See You”, with Yasmien Kurdi and Andrea Torres as his leading ladies.

It’s very noticeable that he has lost weight lately, unlike before when we’d see him in “All Out Sundays” looking chubby and chunky. What happened?

“Pinangatawanan ko ang pagpapayat kasi masyadong bumibigat ang timbang ko,” he says. “Nahihirapan akong yumuko to tie my shoes.

"E kasi noong quarantine, wala kang ginagawa dahil walang tapings, kain ka pa ng kain. So lolobo ka talaga. Now, it’s so hard to diet.”

He has stopped eating a lot. “The first thing I did is to resort to juicing. Puro juice lang muna, so dusa, kasi ang sarap kayang kumain. In one week, six days, puro juice lang ako at isang araw lang ako kumakain ng totoong food. Napapanindigan ko naman.”

He also now does some exercises. “Sinasabayan ko ng jogging, around our village lang. Sa panahon ngayon ng pandemya, it’s really important to stay healthy and strengthen our immune system, para mas lumakas ang resistencia ng katawan natin laban sa virus.”

So how is it taping his “I Can See You” episode?

“Okay naman, kasi na-miss ko rin talagang umacting. We shot on location in Laguna, sa Cavinti and sa Lake Caliraya in Lumban.

"Walang virus cases doon, but we still practice the usual safety protocols and restrictions to make sure walang mai-infect sa amin.”

What’s the story all about?

“The title of our episode is ‘The Promise’. I play a man who’s grieving over the death of his wife, si Yasmien Kurdi, then I met Andrea Torres pero may mahiwagang mangyayari sa amin kasi, sasapian ni Yasmien si Andrea. Abangan nyo dahil naiiba yung story nito.”

Paolo has also found a new career as talk show host in GMA Artist Center’s online show, “Just In, Kumustahan on Line”.

His recent interview with now U.S. based former actor Leandro Munoz registered a lot of hits after he admitted he has a daughter who’s now a transman. Paolo is so relaxed as a host.

“Talagang parang nangungumusta lang ang style ng pagi-interview ko,” he says. “Ayokong nape-pressure yung celebrity na kausap ko, para mas makapag-open up siya to the viewers.”