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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.

Jul 13, 2021



ALBERT MARTINEZ transferred to GMA-7 but, strangely, the much awarded actor was not given any kind of grand welcome like what Pokwang, Beauty Gonzales and Bea Alonzo got when they moved to be a Kapuso. 

But Albert has already finished the first leg of his taping for the new soap, “Las Hermanas”.

He is now going through its second leg of lock in taping in a resort hotel in Pampanga and has also finished taping an episode for the 19th anniversary of “Wish Ko Lang”. 

The latest buzz about Albert is that he is having an off and on camera May-December romance with his leading lady in “Las Hermanas”, Faith Da Silva. 

This started as a blind item, alleging that romance bloomed between Albert and Faith while they’re doing lock in taping out of town. 

The grapevine says this is not surprising since Faith, the daughter of imprisoned actor Dennis Da Silva, is really looking for a father figure since she grew up with her father away from her in jail. 

She and Albert are also paired as lovers in the series where they co-star with Yasmien Kurdi, Jason Abalos, Thea Tolentino, Melissa Mendez, Rita Avila and Leandro Baldemor. 

Both Albert and Faith have yet to confirm the rumor, but no less than the staff of the show say their closeness and sweetness to each other cannot be denied, as Albert is always seen “making tambay” in the room of Faith in the hotel where they are staying. 

Faith is only 21 years old while Albert is 60 years old, but looking younger than his age as he’s quite well preserved. 

He has been a widower since his wife Liesl Sumilang succumbed to the big C in 2015. They have three kids, Alyana, Alfonso and Alessandra, who are all older than Faith. 

Faith was discovered when she joined Starstruck. Although she didn’t win, GMA still got her to do shows with them and she has appeared doing supporting role in various teleseryes and drama anthology shows. 

“Las Hermanas” is her biggest break so far as she plays one of the title roles alongside with Yasmien and Thea. 

However, there are those who doubt the veracity of the stories linking Albert and Faith since they say Albert is now contented living by himself and visiting his grandchildren every now and then. 

“Siguro, part lang yan ng early promotion for their show,” someone quips. 

Well, we will all know more about it when the presscon for the show is held and we can question Albert and Faith themselves directly about it. Let’s just hope they will tell the truth.