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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.

Jun 9, 2023



MARIEL PAMINTUAN started as a child actress doing roles both as a Kapuso and as a Kapamilya.  

She first played the young Maxene Magalona in “Kamandag” on GMA and later did “Alakdana” and “Once Upon a Kiss”. For ABS-CBN, she did “Volta”, “Angelito, Batang Ama” and “Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo”. 

She stopped acting for a while to focus on her studies and she is now a marketing graduate from the College of St. Benilde. 

“Bale ngayon lang po ako nakabalik and I’m happy that GMA Sparkle got me to be managed by them,” she says at the presscon of “Luv Is: Love at First Read”. 

Almost a year ago, Mariel was bashed big time after she attended the GMA Gala Night and later said in her videos that she just pretended that she enjoyed attending the event but she didn’t really know the people there and they also didn’t know her. 

She also said she didn’t like the food served to them. 

After she was heavily criticized on the internet, she said sorry on Tiktok and said she meant her comments to be a joke. How does she feel about it now? 

“It was a humbling experience but I’m grateful na dahil doon, heto, nakuha ako sa role ko in ‘Love at First Read’ where I play contravida to Kyline Alcantara. 

"When I attended that GMA affair, I spent so much for my gown and everything. I was thinking, andaming invited doon, paano kayo ako mapapansin?”

So she made those jokes, not knowing it will offend some people. 

“I have no intention of offending anyone. And I didn’t know the media will pick it up and it will go viral. 

"Kasi if you watch my Tiktok post, part talaga noon ang sarcastic jokes and humor ko. I didn’t expect people will take it so seriously at magiging big issue. 

"So nag-sorry ako sa lahat and I apologized to those who felt offended.”

What did she do to the controversial videos? 

“Tinanggal ko na po ang videos na yun and I’ve learned my lesson to be mindful of what I say. 

"Naiyak ako sa bashings sa’kin: Starlet ka lang! Ingrata ka! So now, mas maingat na ako sa mga sinasabi ko. 

"Nang bina-bash na ako, nagpakumbaba naman ako and I think we’ve all moved on. I’m not a bad person naman po.”

It so happened that her family is also going through a problem that time.

“I really felt down that time kasi nagkaroon ng breast cancer ang mother ko, na siyang nag-push sa akin to join showbiz. 

"Now, mabuti na lang at okay na siya and we’re all praying huwag na bumalik ang cancer niya.”

She’s just happy that GMA Sparkle understood her. 

“Ang totoo, I really enjoyed attending the event and seeing big GMA stars like Heart Evangelista and Marian Rivera. 

"And I’m really so thankful that GMA invited me and I was given the chance to attend such a big event. And honestly, I’m very proud to be a Kapuso.”

Isn’t she worried that viewers might bash her again for playing a villain role in “Luv Is: Love at First Read”? 

“Sana naman huwag silang magagalit sa akin, kasi I’m just playing a role. 

"Pero talagang maldita po yung role, feelingera, so tiyak magagalit sa’kin ang fans nina Kyline Alcantara and Mavy Legaspi. 

"But sa set po, masaya kaming lahat. Naging maganda ang bonding ng buong cast at staff. 

"So don’t miss ‘Love at First Read’ when it starts airing this Monday, 5:40 PM, kapalit po ng ‘Family Feud’, just before ‘24 Oras’.”