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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.

Nov 13, 2020



 THE powerhouse CAST AND CREW of Net25's first romantic drama 'ANG DAIGDIG KO'Y IKAW'

YNNA ASISTIO joined showbiz when she was 15 years old in 2006, hosting the youth-oriented show “Candies” for GMA-7. She then did several shows with them and even movies with GMA Films. 

In 2013, she moved to ABS-CBN and also did a number of shows with them, but she was never given a lead role. 

Now, she finally gets the chance to play the lead in Eagle Broadcasting Net 25’s first drama series, “Ang Daigdig Ko’y Ikaw”, written by Bing Villanueva, directed by the award-winning indie filmmaker (“Pamilya Ordinaryo”, “Quick Change”, “Fuckbois”) Eduardo Roy and with Nestor Malgapo Jr as executive producer. 

“Pinag-pray ko po talaga ito,” Ynna says at the show’s launch at the Iglesia ni Cristo Museum where the presscon was held. “And I’m so thankful God answered my prayers.”

We remember that Ynna posted a video some months ago showing her crying and saying she’s tired and she’s surrendering herself to the Lord. 

“I felt so down that time,” she admits. “Parang nawala ako kay Lord and wala akong work, may pandemic at lockdown pa. So I talked to Him directly and asked for His help. Now I want to share with people na with God, you will know the right direction. 

"And God has answered my prayers. When you make God the center of your life, everything will fall into the right place. Now, I’m super happy with the break Net 25 is giving me in ‘Ang Daigdig Ko’y Ikaw’.”

She learned never to lose hope. “We should never give up kasi when God makes the way, everything will go right. After 14 years in the industry, now lang ako nabigyan ng ganitong break. At first, kabado ako, kasi andami naming pinagpilian and I’m glad ako ang napili. 

"Nervous din ako with my acting, but with the help of our director, Eduardo Roy, and my leading man, Geoff Eigenmann, nabalik yung confidence ko sa harap ng kamera. They guide me and support me lalo na sa mabibigat na eksena.”

How is it working with Geoff? 

“At first, naiilang pa ako kay Geoff. I thought aloof siya, but my first impression was wrong, kasi he’s so easy to work with. First day pa lang, he tried to bond agad not just with me kundi sa lahat ng kasama namin sa set. 

"And Direk Edong Roy says we have good rapport and chemistry on screen, lalo na kapag nagkukulitan kami, so I’m really grateful na siya ang nakapareha ko. He’s very professional at napakagaan katrabaho.”

In the story, she plays Reina Dimayuga, the daughter of a wealthy couple who owns the only hotel in their town. 

She dreams of being a classical singer but tragedy strikes their family and she becomes the primary caregiver of her ailing, wheelchair-bound mom, played by Tanya Gomez. She also helps her dad, Manolo Silayan, to manage their hotel.

Supporting them in equally important roles are Elizabeth Oropesa as their town’s mayor, AJ Muhlach as Elizabeth’s lawyer son, Richard Quan and Shiela Marie Rodriguez as the parents of Geoff, Blaise del Mundo as Geoff’s younger sister, Ariella Roces as Ynna’s best friend, Anna Muhlach as a nurse who has a huge crush on Geoff, 

Jiro Custodio as the hotel’s bellboy, and Myrna Tinio and Jellex David as Winnie and Rambo, Geoff’s friendly neighbors. “Ang Daigdig Ko’y Ikaw” will be seen on Net 25 every Saturday at 8 PM.

Going back to Ynna, how does she feel now that her ex-boyfriend, is about to be a father again with his current girlfriend, Nicole Donesa? “A baby is a blessing so I wish both of them well,” she says. 

Would she be willing to be the child’s ninang? “Why not? If they’d ask me. Okay naman kami ni Mark.”

How about her? When does she intend to have a baby? 

“Dream ko rin yan, lalo na nga 29 na ako. But I have to find the right man first. I trust God na lahat naman, darating sa tamang panahon, with Him guiding me. As of now, I focus muna on 'Ang Daigdig Ko'y Ikaw' para mapagbuti ko nang husto ang acting ko at magustuhan ito ng viewers."