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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 27, 2021



RAYVER CRUZ is one former Kapamilya star who’s so happy he moved to be a Kapuso. 

Since he transferred to GMA-7, he is never without an assignment. 

He got to act in soaps like “Asawa Ko, Karibal Ko”, “Hanggang sa Dulo ng Buhay Ko” and now, “Nagbabagang Luha”. 

Aside from acting, he also got the chance to show his hosting, singing and dancing talents in such shows as “The Clash” and “All Out Sundays”. 

In contrast, his girlfriend, Janine Gutierrez, moved from GMA to ABS-CBN and we have yet to see her appearing in a new show.

“I’m really happy sa paglipat ko sa GMA-7,” says Rayver at the zoom presscon of “Nagbabagang Luha” that will start airing in GMA Afternoon Prime starting this Monday. 

He plays the role that Gabby Concepcion originally played in the movie version. 

He is the husband of Glaiza de Castro who is seduced by Glaiza’s own sister, Claire Castro. But he has topped Gabby in the film who only had Lorna Tolentino and Alice Dixson. 

In his case, Rayver is given another woman who is also madly in love with him, played by Myrtle Sarrosa. 

Is he also, like Alex, the character he plays, a ladies’ man in real life? 

“Naku, dito lang po yan sa ‘Nagbabagang Luha’ na pinag-aagawan ako ng maraming babae,” he laughs. “In real life, good boy po ako and stick to one. Ayoko po ng paiba-ibang girlfriends.”

How is it working with Glaiza de Castro in "Nagbabagang Luha"? 

"She's so amazing. Ang bilis niyang makapasok sa character niya kapag sinabing take na. Ako, I have to internalize well muna but siya, impressive talaga. Para siyang may switch na on and off sa harap ng kamera."

He’s earning so well it now looks like he’s preparing for his forthcoming wedding to Janine? 

“Malayo pa yun. There’s no need to rush. Dapat pagplanuhan munang mabuti. 

"I’m just thankful na ang daming dumarating na blessings sa buhay ko and I want to thank GMA for their continued trust in me. So, sa part ko naman, di ko dapat aksayahin yun. 

"I don’t take it for granted. I always give my best in all assignments na binibigay nila sa akin.”

He knows the right time will come for him to start his own family. 

“Like my brother Rodjun, ang tagal muna nilang engaged before they tied the knot. And when they did, talagang reding-ready na sila and now, they have their own baby. 

"So ine-enjoy ko muna yung pamangkin ko. Alam kong darating din naman ang tamang panahon from God as to when I can settle down and start my own family. 

"And for sure, kapag dumating na yun, hindi ko naman itatago sa press. Isa kayo sa unang makakaalam.”