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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.

Aug 15, 2021



BIANCA UMALI's journey as Farrah in "Legal Wives" has started last week and she is so inspired in playing her most mature role to date as the third wife of Dennis Trillo in the hit GMA Telebabad series, “Legal Wives”. 

“First time ko pong gumanap ng isang wife at ang character ko rito, naging rape victim pa at nabuntis,” she says. 

“I feel so privileged to be a part of a big-budgeted show like this na ginastusan talaga ang sets and costumes. And I feel proud to be a member of the huge powerhouse cast. Gumaganap po rito bilang parents ko sina Bernard Palanca and Maricar de Mesa.”

We can’t help but recall the first time we met Bianca when she was only 9 years old. 

She’s a child star who’s part of the kiddie show “Tropang Potchi” in 2009 and among her co-stars then were Ella Cruz and Julian Trono who later became a love team. 

We learned then that she’s an orphan as both her parents died early and she was raised by her Lola Vicky. 

Up to now, she still feels pain each time she remembers that she grew up with her mother and father by her side. Now, she has to contend with the virus and the lockdown.

“Last year, noong first few weeks, wala akong work at bawal lumabas so nami-miss ko talaga yung working in the outside world,” she says. 

“But as days go on, you learn to adjust. Ang sobrang kinatatakutan ko noon, even now, is yung ma-infect ako ng virus kasi tiyak na hindi ako makakapagtrabaho. 

"My lola needs me. Kaya sobra-sobra talaga ang pag-iingat ko as I don’t want to lose the chance and the ability to work and earn a living.”  

We noticed that there was a time she was bashed after she posted her photos in a bikini and some folk even body-shamed her. 

“Yes, sabi ng iba, masyado akong pumayat. But ganun talaga, kung artista ka, kahit anong i-post mo, may mga magba-bash sa’yo so ready na ako sa mga ganon. 

"Part of the job yan as you can never reality expect to please everyone at lahat may opinion about you. So I just don’t mind them na lang. 

"I don’t want to give them the satisfaction of me being affected and making patol to them. Never akong sumagot sa bashers. 

"Yun kasi ang gusto ng mga negative people, ang sumagot ka, so ayoko nga dahil hahaba lang.”