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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 12, 2020



GABBY CONCEPCION is glad to be spending Christmas in the country this year. 

“Usually kasi, since 2008, umaalis kami ng family ko to celebrate the holidays abroad and we just return home after the new year,” he says. “But this year, we cannot travel with the kids due to the pandemic kaya stay put muna kami rito. So for a change, mae-experience ng mga bata ang Pasko natin sa Pilipinas. Iba rin kasi, e.”

Gabby just returned from his lock in taping for GMA-7’s new primetime soap, “First Yaya”, where he gets another young leading lady, Sanya Lopez. So how is it working with Sanya for the first time?

“Even before, marami akong narinig na magandang bagay about her. I know malaki ang fan base niya and now, gusto kong makarating sa loyal fans niya na I had so much funworking with idol. 

"First time ko makaranas ng lock in taping but she has already experienced it, so she oriented me tungkol sa lahat ng health protocols we were required to do on the set. 

"Mga bata nga silang kasama ko rito, along with Cassy Legaspi who plays my daughter. Grabeng energy nila kaya nahahawa ako sa sipag nilang magtrabaho.”

He says they’ll resume lock in taping by January. 

“First leg pa lang yung ginawa namin, for two weeks. Then after the Christmas holidays, we’ll do the second leg of our taping para marami kaming matapos na episodes. Ang target ng GMA is to start its telecast in March, so abangan nyo dahil very entertaining ang show na ito where I play the vice president of the Philippines na later on, magiging presidente ng bansa.”

Their co-stars in the show are Maxine Medina, Pancho Magno, Pilar Pilapil, Gardo Versoza, Sandy Andolong, Buboy Garovillo, Cassy Legaspi, Cacai Bautista, Thou Reyes, Glenda Garcia, Analyn Barro, JD Domagoso, Anjo Damiles, Jerrick Dolormente, Cai Cortez, Kiel Rodriguez, at Jhenzel Angeles.

Recently, his eldest daughter, KC Concepcion, posted their photos while they're having dinner together in Makati. How is it seeing her again? 

“We had fun having dinner of Spanish food in a Makati restaurant,” he grins. “Since magka-lockdown in March, nito lang November kami uli nagkita so antagal din. It’s so nice to see her again and keep in touch. 

"She just came then from Cagayan to distribute relief goods sa mga taong nabiktima ng grabeng baha roon. I’m so proud of my daughter kasi she’s so civic oriented and is ready to help our kababayans who are in need.”