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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.

Feb 2, 2021



RURU MADRID is being built up by GMA-7 as their young action star. He's now taping the action-adventure series, “Lolong”, where he fights a giant crocodile terrorizing a whole town. 

He’s paired with Shaira Diaz in the upcoming show, but before that, they get to be special guest stars first in the hit GMA News TV’s primetime romantic fantasy, “The Lost Recipe”, as a special pre-Valentine treat to its viewers. 

“We play Jordan and Julienne, a couple looking for a caterer for our coming wedding,” says Ruru. “Mikee Quintos and Kelvin Miranda play chefs at kinuha namin sila for our wedding, pero umeksena rin ang rival nila, si Thea Tolentino.”

So how is it working with Shaira? 

“Ngayon lang kami nagkatrabaho and she’s very professional. Very supportive siya in our scenes together at sa batuhan pa lang namin ng linya, you can really feel nandun na siya at ramdam na niya ang eksena.”

How about Shaira? How is it working with Ruru? 

“He’s a real gentleman,” she replies. “Inaalalayan niya talaga ako at napakahusay rin niyang umarte. Maski mag-adlib, magaling siya, so madadala ka talaga sa eksena.”

They’re glad to be special guests in “The Lost Recipe”. “Nakakatuwa ang MiKel love team nina Mikee and Kelvin kasi napaka-sweet nila talaga sa isa’t isa,” says Shaira. 

“No wonder kinikilig ang fans sa kanila. Feeling ko, may something talaga between the two of them. We’re happy for them na nag-click ang show nila at siya nang highest rating show ngayon sa GMA News TV.”

Meantime, Shaira is also enjoying her action role in “Lolong”. 

“Hindi lang si Ruru ang may action scenes kundi pati ako, so I took special training sa martial arts and in doing my own stunts. 

"Maraming exciting scenes ang ‘Lolong’ at ginastusan talaga ng GMA ang malalaking eksena so abangan nyo dahil it’s going to be one of the biggest offerings ng Kapuso network for this year. 

"But as of now, panoorin nyo muna ang ‘The Lost Recipe’ sa GMA News TV Monday to Friday at 8 PM.”

Here's hoping the Ruru-Shaira tandem will also click with viewers even if it's common knowledge that, off cam, Ruru is linked with Bianca Umali while Shaira, with Edgar Allan Guzman.