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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.

Feb 26, 2023




QC COUNCILOR ALFRED VARGAS has presented the main cast of the movie he is producing, “Pieta”, led by Nora Aunor and Gina Alajar.  

He has now presented the other stars who are playing equally important roles in the film: Jaclyn Jose, Bembol Roco and Ina Raymundo.

Jaclyn Jose plays the mom of a young man who is with Alfred in prison, Bembol Roco is an eldely prisoner who becomes Alfred’s friend and adviser, and Ina Raymundo is Alfred’s girlfriend at the time he was arrested for allegedly killing his own father and with whom he reconnects after he regains his freedom.

Also in the cast of “Pieta” are Allan Paule as the prison warden, Tommy Alejandrino as Ina’s son who becomes close to Alfred and to Ate Guy, and Angeli Bayani as the young Ate Guy. 

“We have a formidable cast and I’m proud kasi all of them are award-winners, including the young Tommy Alejandrino who was best actor at the last Cinemalaya for ‘The Baseball Player’,” says Alfred. 

“It’s really an honor for me to be acting with three of the country’s best actresses: Nora, Gina and Jaclyn. Ngayon lang sila napagsama-samang tatlo oin one movie. 

"May pressure for me to give my very best in my scenes with them and I promise pagbubutihan ko nang hindi ako mapahiya sa kanila and to our director, Adolf Alix Jr.”

Aside from “Pieta”, he is also in the cast of the new GMA Afternoon Prime drama series, “AraBella”, which is also directed by Direk Adolf. 

He plays the role of Ariel, the sympathetic neighbor of Camille Prats who helps her after she loses her daughter. He will later be figuring in a love triangle with Camille and Wendell Ramos.

“I’m so grateful to the Lord kasi I get to do both of the things I love to do, which is to act and also serve the people,” he says. 

“After playing guest roles in ‘Magkaagaw’ and ‘Unica Hija’, full length ang role ko rito sa ‘AraBella’. 

"I choose only the projects na gusto ko, but when I read the script of ‘AraBella’, sobrang ganda ng kuwento. 

"Every week, andaming revelations, so viewers will surely follow it and I’m just happy to be a part of this great project. 

"It’s nice to be able to work with Camille, Wendell, and the two young stars who play Ara and Bella, Shayne Sava and Althea Ablan.”   

What does he like in Shayne and Althea? 

“Bilib ako sa sobrang galing ng dalawang drama princesses na ito. I’m sure na malayo ang mararating nila. 

"Si Shayne, parang anak anakan ko siya rito and I can see yung sincerity ng acting niya. 

"Pareho sila ni Althea, malawak at malalim ang range ng acting nila. Pareho silang maraming kayang gawin. 

"I have two daughter in real life, aged 12 and 11, so lumabas talaga ang pagkatatay ko sa kanila. 

"And now, I want to do projects na puedeng panoorin ng mga anak ko.”  

He really enjoyed taping for “AraBella”. 

“Masarap mag-report sa set kasi maganda ang chemistry ng buong cast. Tulungan kaming lahat so no bad vibes at all. 

"Inspired ako makatrabaho silang lahat. Ito yung show na pack up ka na, but you want to stay pa on the set.”