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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 20, 2021



ROCCO NACINO is back in a primetime teleserye after playing support to Dingdong Dantes in “Descendants of the Sun”. 

And this time, he plays the male lead role in the domestic drama, “To Have and to Hold”, as a husband torn between Max Collins and Carla Abellana. 

The role was meant to be for Derek Ramsay, who backed out as he’s now busy with Ellen Adarna.


Doesn’t he mind being the second choice in “To Have and To Hold”? 

“Not at all,” says Rocco. 

“Sobrang ganda nung role, bakit ko naman tatanggihan? And it’s really an honor for me to be acting with great co-stars like Max and Carla, with Director Don Michael Perez guiding us. 

"I’m really happy sa akin napunta ang project na ito because it’s such an engrossing romantic drama na tiyak na susubaybayan ng viewers on primetime sa GMA Telebabad.” 

He plays Gavin in the story, a top chef who cooks in his own restaurant. He is married to Max as his lovely wife, Dominique, who is busy with her own career as an interior designer. 

But because they’re so absorbed with their own careers, they drift apart and he later meets Carla who plays the role of Erica. 

“The first time I read the script, actually, natakot ako,” says Rocco. 

“Kasi it’s about a couple who’s having problems with their marriage. Sabi ko, naku, kakakasal ko pa lang sa misis ko (Melissa Gohing), tapos, troubled marriage agad ang story ng bago kong show. 

"Baka ma-traumatize ako after playing a husband na may malaking problema sa marriage niya? 

"Ang maganda lang, both Max and I are married and we said we’re just playing our roles, na ibang-iba sa what we are in real life.” 

It’s his first time to be paired with Max. So how is it working Pancho Magno’s wife? 

“She’s very giving as a co-star. I had so much fun doing our scenes together kasi she really dives intensely into her character. 

"Ang ganda ng mga batuhan namin ng linya, lalo na sa confrontation scenes so abangan nyo. It was a wonderful experience.” 

How about working with Carla Abellana? 

 “Carla plays Erica, the woman I met nang nagkakalabuan na ang relationship namin ni Max. 

"We’ve worked na together before and she’s always a joy to work with because of her dedication and commitment to her craft. 

"You have to be on your toes when you’re with her as she always gives her best in every scene.” 

“To have and to Hold” will replace the repeat of “Endless Love” on primetime that ends this week. It will have its premiere telecast on Monday. 

In the supporting cast are Rafael Rosell, Roi Vinzon, Valeen Montenegro, Ina Feleo, Gilleth Sandico and Bing Pimentel.

Also being introduced in the show is the new love team of young Kapuso stars Luis Hontiveros and Athena Madrid. 

Athena is the younger sister of Ruru Madrid who used to be called Rere when she joined the last season of Starstruck. 

It’s good she changed her screen name as Rere is so unbecoming for someone so pretty like her. People might think her full name is RereTokehin.