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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.

Mar 6, 2021



MIKAEL DAEZ says “Love of My Life” is one of the most successful shows he ever got involved in. 

The impact on the audience is just overwhelming, with many viewers expressing their very favorable response and feedback on the internet.

They're really reacting to his role as the lucky Nikolai who is torn between two women, Rhian Ramos as Kelly and Carla Abellana as Adelle in the story. 

To what would he attribute the show’s enormous success?

“I believe this is a team effort,” he says. “Everyone did his best, specially during the lock in taping when we all really contributed to make it a good show. And the camaraderie among us is great that it shines through our work.”

So he’s partial now to lock in tapings? 

“Oh yes, I prefer it kaysa sa former tapings na ngaragan. Dito, maaga kaming natatapos, and we’re right on the set sa Tagaytay, so we just go back to our rooms to rest until taping resumes again the next morning. 

"It works out for me kasi Bones (Megan Young, his wife) was with me on the set and we were able to adjust well sa setup namin.”

Most of his difficult drama scenes are with Coney Reyes, who plays his estranged mom. Was he ever intimidated by her? 

“Sa totoo lang, mahirap matakot sa isang taong tawa lang nang tawa. She’s such a happy person. 

"Ang problema namin, masyado kaming natutuwa off cam. Kaya kailangan na naming mag-take, but Direk Don Michael Perez is still waiting for our good vibes to die down.”

He admits most of his scenes with Coney are too emotional because she’s so antagonistic towards him. 

“Yes, mabigat ang mga eksena namin ni Tita Coney. There was a lengthy scene na a couple of pages long, so we talked about our characters muna. Ano bang pinagdaraanan ni Nikolai at ang reactions niya as my mother, Isabella, so buong-buo yung emotions namin. 

"Kahit mahirap at mahaba ang scenes namin, take one lang kami lagi, kasi mahirap ulitin, napakahaba. We all enjoyed working with her.”

Is it true he and Megan eventually plan to live outside of Metro-Manila? 

“We bought a place in Subic and we visit it at least once every two weeks, but we’re still fixing it up. It’s a very old house so inaayos pa namin. But we’re happy kasi we ourselves do the renovation to make it our own. 

"Enjoy kami sa provincial life, but our work, siempre, is still here in Manila. Meantime, don’t miss the last two weeks of ‘Love of My Life’, dahil mas paganda ng paganda ang takbo ng story.”