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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 18, 2021



TEEJAY MARQUEZ and JEROME PONCE emerged as a popular love team when their BL or Boys Love web series, “BenXJim”, became such a big hit online last October. 

It was shown on Regal Entertainment’s youtube channel and each episode had more than a million hits. 

The show ran for a total of well loved seven episodes. 

Recently, Teejay and Jerome were surprised when they were informed that they both won as best actors in a BL series in the 2020 Asian Gigster TAG Awards in Chicago, defeating Kokoy de Santos and Elijah Canlas of “Gameboys”.

Written & directed by Easy Ferrer (“The Missing”), Teejay plays Benjamin or Ben while Jerome plays Jimson or Jim. 

Set amidst the pandemic lockdown, the two leads are childhood friends and next door neighbors who have lost touch after Jim’s family moved to Davao. 

In turn, Ben’s family have migrated to the U.S. and they’re convincing him to follow them, but he wants to finish his college studies first. 

He learns that Jim is coming back to their old house and he gets excited as he has always harbored deep feelings for his Ben. His ex-BF, Leo (Johannes Rissler), wants to reconcile with him but he rejects him. 

Then Jim’s girlfriend, Yana (Sarah Edwards) also arrives. 

Ben feels jealous with the arrival of Yana, but a delivery courier, Olan (Ron Martin), makes his life more colorful. 

The first season ended with their relationship hanging in the air. Will they fight for their love or will they just give up? 

Now comes, “Ben X Jim Forever, Season 2”, currently streaming on UpStream.ph.  

So what’s the difference between Seasons 1 and 2? 

“Mas maraming idinagdag na bagong characters,” says Teejay in their zoom presscon. “At mas daring din ang new season.  May kissing scene na sina Ben and Jim this time.”

How did he prepare for it? 

“Siempre, nag-toothbrush, nag-mouthwash. Pinaghandaan talaga. But this is not my first time to kiss a guy. 

"Meron din kaming kissing scene ni Kokoy de Santos in Star Cinema’s ‘Hellcome Home’, pero very mild yun compared sa ginawa namin dito ni Jerome which is one long take at mas mapusok. Mas may kilig.”

How is it working with Jerome? 

“Sobrang okay siya, magaan at maayos na katrabaho, at mabait na kausap. It’s so easy to like him. Maraming mangyayari dito sa ‘Ben X Jim’ so don’t miss it.”