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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 20, 2023



MARK ANTHONY FERNANDEZ has never been this busy, doing so many movies, one after another. 

And he wants to thank Viva for the big boost they gave to his career. 

Since he joined them, he has done several movies, including “Doblado”, “Deception”, “Barumbadings”, “House Tour”, “Scorpio NIghts 3”, “Pamasahe”, “Night Bird” and the latest is “Bela Luna”. 

He has also finished a new mini-series with Rose Van Ginkel, “Stalkers”, that will stream end of October, directed by East Ferrer.

Mark turned 44 on January 18 and he feels like he is given a new lease on life with all the wonderful things that is happening to his career right now.  

“Marami talaga akong dapat ipagpasalamat sa Viva for energizing my career,” he says. 

“They give me a lot of good projects and for that, I’m really thankful.”  

We’ve noticed that he’s been more daring in showing off his physique in the movies he does. 

In “Scorpio Nights 3”, he had frontal nudity in his scene with Christine Bermas.  

In “Night Bird”, he is shown walking around shirtless and in the scene where Christine is torturing him, he’s only in his underwear.  

“Well, mas matapang ako ngayon kasi pinaghirapan ko naman ang porma ng katawan ko ngayon,” he says. 

“Talagang nage-ensayo ako everyday at hinahanap na ng katawan ko kapag hindi ako nakapag-exercise. 

"I’d say I’m more fit now than when I was much younger, so I feel puede naman akong maging mas daring sa movies that I do now.”  

In “Luna Bela”, he plays a criminal who makes Angeli Khang his hostage while he is being pursued by cops. 

Soon, romance blooms between the kidnapper and the hostage. Angeli is the battered wife of Julio Diaz who often uses her against her will. 

In Mark, she feels the tenderness and care she has never felt before and she falls for him.   

That Mark acts so well is not surprising because of his pedigree. 

Both his parents are actors, Alma Moreno and the late Rudy Fernandez. 

His grandfather was a respected actor-director in the 50s, Gregorio Fernandez. 

He got rave reviews for his performances in such movies as “Mangarap Ka” and “Dos Ekis”. 

There was a hiatus in his career after his bout with drugs and his brush with the law in Pampanga.

But now that he is given a second wind in his career, he doesn’t mind if he’s assigned to do a lot of erotic films since he is also given challenging roles in them. 

Viva is also doing movies about love affairs between two guys. Would he be willing to do a Boys Love movie?  

“I already played a gay role in ‘Barumbadings’ with Baron Geisler, but we weren’t required to do do gay sex scenes there,” he says. 

“Okay lang naman siguro to do such films, but hindi ko kaya yung makikipaghalikan o bedscene sa kapwa ko lalaki. 

"Actually, what I really want to do is a dual role, gaya ng ginampanan ni Angeli Khang in ‘Bela Luna’ with two different roles as Bela and Luna. 

"My dad did a movie like that with my mom, ‘Babalik Ka Rin’. Kung may magre-remake noon, I’d be happy to do it.”