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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.

Sep 17, 2023



DENNIS TRILLO is celebrating his 20th anniversary as a Kapuso.  He joined ABS-CBN in 2001 when he was 20 years old as batchmate of Bea Alonzo and Alfred Vargas.

Now, they’re all with GMA-7. 

Dennis moved to GMA in May, 2002 to be the leading man of Jolina Magdangal in the afternoon drama, “Kahit Kailan”, which was directed then by Ruel Bayani, who later moved to ABS-CBN. 

Since then, Dennis has done a lot of hit shows as a Kapuso, including “Zaido, Pulis Pangkalawakan”, “Gagambino”, “Mulawin”, “Magdusa Ka”, “My Husband’s Lover” and the most recent is the runaway hit, “Maria Clara at Ibarra” where he played Ibarra. 

GMA gave him the title Drama King. How does he feel about this?

“I’m flattered, but I’m not conscious of labels,” he says.

“I just want to thank GMA for all their trust and support to me all these years. 

"And ako naman, I just make sure to do my best in whatever job they give me. Lagi ko lang pinagbubutihan ang trabaho ko.”

And as he celebrates his 20th anniversary, he is assigned another great show where he is now reunited with Bea Alonzo, “Love Before Sunrise”, that will replace “Royal Blood” starting this coming Monday. 

How does he feel about working with her again after they did the teen show “K2BU” at ABS-CBN two decades ago.

“I am just too happy and grateful to work with her again,” he says.

“Kasi sa ABS-CBN noon, bagets pa kami. Sobrang bata pa niya, teenager. 

"But through the years, it’s nice to know we’ve both grown in our respective careers and now, pinagtagpo kami uli to work together again. 

"And ‘Love Before Sunrise’ is just perfect project for our reunion on screen.”

Dennis plays Atom and Bea plays Stella. 

They used to be sweethearts but they broke up since they were in love but at the wrong time. Many years later, they meet again. 

Will love be sweeter for them the second time around?

“The story is about second chances,” says Dennis.

“Parang yung nangyari sa amin ni Jennylyn (Mercado, his wife) na naging kami when we did ‘Gumapang Ka sa Lusak’. 

"But it only lasted for a year, then we met again at yun, mas naging successful ang relationship namin the second time around.”

GMA has given them a star-studded supporting cast: Andrea Torres, Sid Lucero, Jason Abalos, Ricky Davao, Tetchie Agbayani, Vaness del Moral, Rodjun Cruz, Sef Cadayona, Matet de Leon, Isay Alvarez, Nadia Montenegro, Vince Maristela and Cheska Fausto, as directed by Mark de la Cruz. 

Don’t miss the exciting start of this unforgettable romance drama on Monday, September 28.