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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.

Jan 31, 2022



MIGUEL TANFELIX and Derrick Monasterio are two of the Kapuso stars chosen to be part of the first batch of 8 Sparkle actors whose careers will get a special push this year. Looks like the former love team of Miguel with Bianca Umali is now truly a thing of the past. 

He’s paired with another Sparkle star, Ysabel Ortega, in two new shows, “Voltes V Legacy” which is slated for showing next year, and the youth-oriented teleserye, “What We Could Be”, directed by Jeffrey Jeturian. 

So how does it feel to be part of Sparkle’s Magic 8?

“We’re all excited kasi andaming plans ng network for us individually to shine more and so we’re looking forward to things that will help boost our careers in this new year,” he says. 

So how does he maintain his Sparkle? “You have to keep on reinventing yourself, try doing new things that will excite your fans everyday.  At para hindi mawala yung spark, you should also do things that inspire you.’’

The fans of “Voltes V” are wondering why it’s taking so long for the show to be aired. “Ang ‘Voltes V’ kasi, mahirap gawin. We have big sets, great costumes, new gadgets and the special effects, binubusisi talaga ni Direk Mark Reyes. But I am enjoying my role as Steve Armstrong. Talagang pinagaganda nang husto ang buong show and we’re sure hindi kayo madi-disappoint kapag pinanood nyo na ito.” 

How about Derrick? How does it feel to be part of Sparkle? 

“Just like the rest, I’m thrilled with the projects that GMA’s Sparkle has in store for us,” he says. “I offered a prayer to thank the Lord as this is a great blessing for me, for all of us to help our careers take off.”

How does he intend to maintain his Sparkle? “You just have to constantly renovate yourself and be curious and open to new learnings and to take all things that Mr. Johnny Manahan as head is teaching you like a sponge.”

He was last seen acting in “Legal Wives” and “Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko”, and co-hosting the game show “Catch Me Out, Philippines. So what can his fans expect from him in the days to come? 

“May bago raw teleserye intended for me so I look forward to that. I also want to focus more on my music now that I’ve released my new dance song, ‘Virgo’, and I’m glad maganda ang reception ng listeners dito.

How does it feel working with all the 7 other stars chosen by Sparkle in their batch? “It’s good that we’re all friends. We really have to work hard para hindi masayang ang opportunity na itong ibinigay ng GMA sa amin. I know we will all support each other. There’s no competition at all between us kasi we all love each other.