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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.

Sep 10, 2021



MARCO GUMABAO made quite a splash in the big hit, “Revirginized”, as Sharon Cuneta’s hunky leading man. 

He’s now paired with Julia Barretto in the new TV5 romantic drama, “Di Na Muli”, produced by Viva Entertainment, so someone quips he’s obviously now Viva’s top leading man.

“Hindi naman,” he demurs. “I guess I’m just lucky hindi ako nababakante. 

"Julia has been a friend from way back when we’re both still with ABS-CBN. I’ve also guested in her vlog and we had fun. I was so happy when Viva informed me we’re doing a new show together, ito ngang ‘Di Na Muli’ for TV5.  

"It’s a breeze working with her, masaya siyang kasama on and off the set, kaya it’s easy to build up a chemistry with her.  I enjoyed our whole experience taping the show while on lock in location.”

What’s his role in the series? 

“I play Mico, na maraming palpak na ginawa sa buhay, but actually, he just wants to prove himself. When I meet Julia, I’m surprised that she doesn’t want to be touched, kahit na shake hands lang. 

"Then I learned na she has this ability na kapag nahawakan niya ang isang tao, nalalaman niya agad ang oras kung kailan ito mamamatay, so she’s really scared to touch anyone.”

He eventually becomes instrumental for Julia’s character to accept her unusual gift.

“Ako ang dahilan kaya nawala yung takot niya as I was able to convince her not to avoid the gift. 

"I made her realize na  puede niyang gamitin yung power niya to help people appreciate their life more and how to make the remaining days of their lives useful for their loved ones.”

Has he done anything in his life that he regrets and would make him say “Di Na Muli” niyang gagawin?

“Honestly, I’m not the regretful type. I believe that kung may mali in our decisions, I think it happens for a good reason. 

"So ako, I just accept my mistake and try to learn my best from what happened. I’m not the type who’d tell myself na sana hindi nangyari ito, hindi ko ginawa ito. 

"Iniisip ko na lang kung anong aral ang makukuha ko rito, so I can gain something from the experience and be a better man.” 

Can he relate with his character in show? 

“Yes, I can relate with my character. Kasi si Mico, dati relaxed lang siya, carefree, but his life took a big turn when he handled their business to help his family. It also happened to me when my dad (Dennis Roldan) is arrested and I’m now the one responsible for our family.”

Marco and Julia are supported in “Di Na Muli” by Marco Gallo as the third wheel in their love triangle, Angelu de Leon as Julia’s mother named Grace, Baron Geisler as Angelu’s brother who is gay, and Bobby Andres as Marco Gumabao’s dad, Alfred. 

In the story, Marco and Julia will fall in love but later on, they will find out that Julia’s real dad is also Bobby Andrews, so it will turn out that they are brother and sister, and their love affair is a forbidden one.