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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.

Oct 12, 2020



IAN VENERACION was introduced as a child actor in the sitcom “Joey and Son” on Channel 9 in 1982 with Joey de Leon as his dad. 

Now, the tables have been turned after 38 years as it is now Ian who plays the dad in TV5’s new sitcom, “Oh My Dad”. And he has not just one but three kids, and they’re not children but all grown ups.

Ian doesn’t mind playing dad at all as he already has grown up kids in real life. In “Oh My Dad”, he is not even aware that he has kids. He sowed his wild oats as a young basketball player in the story, not knowing he sired kids with various women because he went to the United States after his career as a cager waned due to a sex scandal.

He returned to Manila after more than a decade and lives with his dad, Ariel Ureta. It is then that his three kids started showing and introducing themselves to him as the products of his wild and wanton days.  

First was Louise Abuel, the teen actor who won the Dhaka International Filmfest best actor for the socially relevant coming-of-age film “Edward”. 

Then comes Sue Ramirez, a Kapamilya actress best known for the acclaimed film “Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wifi”. Last one is new comedian Adrian Lindayag, who turns out to be Ian's gay son.

“This comedy series is really a riot but it also imparts good family values about love and acceptance,” says Ian. “Lock in ang taping namin so we got the chance to really know each other. 

"Most of them, ngayon ko pa lang nakatrabaho but kasama rin namin dito si Dimples Romana as my love interest, pamangkin siya ni Gloria Diaz na neighbor namin. I’ve worked with Dimples before in the movie ‘Block Z’ kaya magka-vibes na kami.”

“Oh My Dad” is written by Alan Habon, directed by Jeffrey Jeturian who earlier made the long-running hit, “Be Careful with My Heart”, and produced by Atty. Joji Villanueva Alonso of Quantum Films who did the hit comedy, “Here Comes the Bride”, and the blockbuster award-winning romantic comedy “English Only, Please”. 

Also in the cast are Ynez Veneracion, Gerard Acao, Fino Herrera, Marx Topacio, Viveika Ravanes and Paolo Ohara. The show will air starting Ocrtober 24, Saturday, at 5 PM.