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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.

Jun 11, 2021



BEAUTY GONZALES was officially presented by GMA Network as a Kapuso star in a zoom presscon last Friday. 

She’ll star in a new show titled “Loving Miss Bridget”, to be directed by Adolf Alix Jr.  

“Ibang-iba ang show sa mga nagawa ko na before, so I’m excited to do it,” she says. 

“Kung dati, may edad na mga nakatrabaho ko, now mga bagets na. I’m happy to work with a new group of people and with younger actors, mga bagets. But I’ll never forget ABS-CBN kasi I learned so much from them, like work hard, give respect, don’t take anyone for granted.” 

Was it easy for her to decide to move to GMA-7? 

“No, it’s hard, making the decision. After my manager, Arnold Vegafria called me, I had sleepless nights, but naisip ko, with all the changes happening now, andaming nangyayari ngayon, di ba, so I also need this change. 

"The offer came at the right time kasi natapos na yung shows ko sa TV5 and they have no new project naman for me. So ang GMA for me, it was meant to be.” 

What would she say to those who’d give her negative comments and say she has no “utang na loob” to ABS?

“Sa mga magnenega, basta all I can say is I love you all and come watch me on GMA.” 

What’s the reaction of her family about her move? 

“My husband, first, sabi niya, GMA? Are you sure? Yes, I said, the other station with a heart and they’re accepting me. He’s very happy naman. 

"He always tells me to follow my heart and he made it easy for me to decide. Very supportive siya.  

"As for my mom, I was in our province in Dumaguete when Arnold called me and my mom said, when someone offers you work, go for it.” 

She says it was a sentimental homecoming for her in her native Dumaguete. 

“Kasi, four years kaming hindi nag usap ng Mother Ko, so it was a coming home for healing. Now, we’re okay and she gives me a lot of encouragement. 

"She texts me everyday. I’m so glad na umuwi ako kasi na-experience ng anak ko yung mga bagay I experienced nung bata pa ako, like tumakbo-takbo sa bundok, maligo using a tabo, magluto using wood, walang kuryente. 

"I’m just so happy my daughter experienced it.” 

What has she got to offer to GMA? 

“This is the new improved Beauty and they can expect so much from me. In GMA, I can do everything, even action, sampalan, suntukan. 

"Even comedy kasi idol ko si Michael V and we used to watch ‘Bubble Gang’ sa province, so sana, maka-guest ako sa kanila. 

"Ang hindi ko lang kaya is kumanta, kasi baka katapusan na yun ng career ko. I just feel so blessed that I get to continue with my job and thankful to GMA for this opportunity and my career growth with them. 

"I feel like it’s a new adventure and I’m starting a new chapter in my life. I promise to GMA, hindi kayo mapapahiya sa’kin as I will do my best.”  

She says being in showbiz was never a part of her plan. 

“As a child, it never crossed my mind na maging artista ako. Gusto ko lang at 15, maging may ari ng sementaryo sa Dumaguete kasi we have our farm and a huge lot there. My mom said, morbid ka! 

"Sumali ka sa PBB! So she made my yaya pila for me kaya ayun, nakuha ako and I was tagged by Kuya as the Rebellious Beauty kasi ayoko ngang sumali, pinilit lang ako ng mama ko. 

"Tapos, naging artista ako. And now, I’m thankful God gave me this talent to be part of shows that tell stories about other people’s lives. I’m so blessed kasi di ko ito ine-expect at di ko rin hiningi, but ibinigay sa’kin and now I love it!” 

Who among her Kapamilya friends did she inform first that she’s moving to GMA? 

“Actually, wala akong sinabihan. Even when my husband had Covid, hindi ko rin pinagsabi but it was the darkest days of my life. It’s good he survived it. 

"But i know my friends in ABS, they’re happy for me. May mga nag-text na nga sa kin and they’re congratulating me.”