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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.

Dec 2, 2021



BIANCA UMALI just renewed her contract with GMA Artist Center. 

“I’ve been a Kapuso since I started my showbiz career as a child actress 12 years ago,” she says. 

“Dito nagsimula ang lahat and I am so happy to find a home in GMA Network. Ito lang ang alam kong tahanan ko, so dito na rin ako magtatagal hanggang tinatangkilik ng mga tao ang career ko bilang aktres. 

"Masarap maging Kapuso kasi ramdam na ramdam ko ang pagmamahal at pangangalaga nila sa akin. I also want to thank GMA Music for giving me a break in singing with my first single, 'Itigil Mo Na'.”


Bianca got very positive feedback for her performance as Farrah, the third wife of Dennis Trillo in “Legal Wives” which is about Maranaw culture. 

Some folks now say she is one actress who is very effective in portraying ethnic maidens on screen as she also gained raves for her performance as a Badjao girl in “Sahaya”. 

“I’m really thankful to GMA for giving me such challenging roles that help enlighten viewers about the lives of our countrymen na iba ang culture,” she says. 

“Doing these roles is an eye-opener for me kasi marami akong natutuhan about their lifestyle and traditions.” 

Bianca is glad that after doing consecutive dramatic roles, she is now given a comic break as she joins the gang of the longest-running gag show on air, “Bubble Gang”. 

“Yes, isa na po akong ka-Bubble. Magpapatawa naman po ako ngayon at mapapanood nyo ako doing gags and skits every Friday this December. 

"I’m thankful to the other cast members kasi tinuturuan nila ako ng tamang comic timing and how to deliver punchlines more effectively.” 

Bianca has also completed all her scenes in HBO Asia’s fantasy action series, “Half Worlds”, and it is scheduled to be aired next year. 

She plays the lead role of Alex, an engkanto who is looking for a magical plant that will save her and other engkantos from their hunger for human flesh. This is directed by Mikhail Red. 

Some fans of her Biguel love team with Miguel Tanfelix are wondering as to when they will be paired again but the possibility seems remote. 

Miguel is now playing the lead role in the live action version of “Voltes V” and the rumor is that he is currently playing beautiful music together, on and off screen, with the pretty Ysabel Ortega, his leading lady. 

As for Bianca, it’s common knowledge she’s on with Ruru Madrid but some folks say it looks like they’re no longer sweet to each other. 

Ruru is now requesting to be paired with Kylie Padilla with whom he was reported to have had a romantic fling when they were paired in the TV series “TODA One I Love”. 

As we all know, Kylie is now free again after calling it quits with her husband Aljur Abrenica.