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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.

Jul 8, 2022



GMA ARTIST CENTER SPARKLE introduces two more new Sparkada hunks: Vince Maristela and Michael Sager. 

Vince is a former child actor, but he says he feels like he’s starting all over again. His photos showing him shirtless are a hit on the internet as he really has a good physique. So what is his secret?

“I share physical fitness tips with my fans in my social media accounts,” he says. “I always tell them it’s 70 percent diet and 30 percent workout. You have to be more careful with what you eat.” 

He is happy to be part of the first GMA-Wattpad show collaboration, “Caught in His Arms”, which is topbilled by the love team of Sofia Pablo and Allen Ansay. He appears with other Sparkada talents.

“Sobrang sarap katrabaho sina Sofia and Allen kasi they give us good tips about acting,” he says. 

“In the story, I play Tristan, the oldest sa aming magpipinsan. It’s close to what i really am, kasi ako talaga ang pinakamatanda sa Sparkada group namin. Ako ang nagbibigay ng advice.”

Is there any rivalry among him and the other Sparkada boys? 

“There’s no competition among us kasi magkakaibigan kami, magkakasama kami sa workshops at may kanya-kanya rin naman kaming projects. 

"And ako, I really make an effort na makisama sa lahat. I regard everyone as my equal.”

Who among the Kapuso actresses would he like to be paired? 

“I’d want to work with Bianca Umali. When I first saw her, nai-star struck ako. Ang lakas kasi ng dating niya, may wow factor.” 

Vince is 21 and is graduating from college this year, major in marketing management. 

Michael Sager is 19 and he plans to take up business in college.  

Michael feels so fortunate that he was given the chance to work with Jillian Ward in a recent episode of “Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko” and it rated very well.

“It was my first acting experience and it’s truly a great experience,” he says. “I realized acting is a very challenging job. 

"Akala mo kasi, madali lang when you see the glamor side. But it takes a lot of hard work on the set. 

"I was so nervous at first, but Jillian was very friendly and all the other veteran actors in the show, kaya I became comfortable agad.”

Who among other Kapuso stars would he like to work with? 

“It’s singer Zephanie Dimaranan. I’ve worked with her na kasi in a music video so we know each other.”

This early, he already has lots of fans in his social media accounts. 

“I’m so thankful to my supporters who have joined me in this journey in showbiz. They all inspire and encourage me. I enjoy performing in ‘All Out Sunday’ for them. 

"I’m having fun with the AOS barkada. I’m also lucky to be part of ‘Caught in His Arms’ and it’s nice working with Sofia and Allen kasi they’re so friendly and helpful to us newcomers.”