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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.

Oct 31, 2021



MARCO GUMABAO clarified once and for all at the presscon of his new movie, “My Husband, My Lover”, that he and Ivana Alawi are not in a relationship. 

“We are just friends,” he says. “For about a year now. Pero hindi kami. My last girlfriend was four years ago. I’m now 27 years old and gusto ko, my next relationship would be yung girl na pakakasalan ko na. 

"No use to waste time and money lalo na ngayong pandemic. And I want that girl to be a Christian, yung makakasundo talaga ng family ko.” 

As Noel in “My Husband, My Lover”, he plays Kylie Versoza’s husband who splits from her when he finds out she’s pregnant and she’s not sure if the father is him or her lover, Adrian Alandy. 

He then finds new love in a smart lawyer, played by Cindy Miranda. He has hot love scenes with both Kylie and Cindy.  

“Okay lang sa’kin makipag-love scene kasi wala namang magagalit since I’m not committed to anyone.

"Ang ganda ng script ni Ricky Lee, but kinabahan ako kasi very demanding ang ipapagawa sa characters, lalo yung love scene na three some kami nina Kylie and Adrian. 

"But I just trusted Viva kasi I’m sure viva won’t give us a project na hindi makakatulong sa career namin. At saka when I learned about the cast, I said, okay lang kasi friends ko sila.”

How does it feel doing love scenes with Kylie who, everyone knows, is the real life squeeze of Jake Cuenca? 

“Nagpaalam ako kay Jake kasi friends naman kami. We played brothers in ‘Los Bastardos’. Sabi ko, akong 3rd wheel sa kanila and I asked for his blessing. 

"And he said, bro, you have my blessing. I needed that go signal from Jake para maitodo namin ni Kylie ang mga eksena namin.” 

Can he relate with his role as Noel in “My Husband, My Lover”? 

“Honestly, no, kasi wala pa naman akong asawa in real life. Pero ang gaganda ng lines ko as the husband na natorotot. 

"I have to project myself as Noel, para walang makitang Marco Gumabao ang audience. As the husband of Kylie na pinagtaksilan niya, I learned it’s not that easy to replace the love of your life with another person. 

"I have an affair here with Ariella Arida on the rebound but later on, gusto ko ring bumalik kay Kylie. In real life, I don’t know kung magagawa ko yung ganung pagpapatawad.”