Martin happy to be hated

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    Martin Del Rosario
    Martin Del Rosario

    JANE Oineza is happy with her role as a tech savvy millennial in “Ang Henerasyong Sumuko sa Love.”

    “I play Ma-an, a very competitive person,” she says. “Vlogger siya at gusto niyang maging top social media influencer. She advocates woman empowerment, kaya lang, may problema siya. Ang biggest rival niya is Thia Tomalia, na mas maraming regular subscribers kaysa sa kanya. And what irks her is the fact that Thia is the current girlfriend of her ex-boyfriend. So nai-insecure siya and she wants to prove that she’s not only the better vlogger but also the better girlfriend.”

    She heads the big cast of the movie that also includes Myrtle Sarrosa, Tony Labrusca, Jerome Ponce and Albie Casino. Was there a point that she really gave up on love?

    “Sumuko ako sa isang relasyon, but not on love. I believe in having a special someone that inspires you. But if it goes wrong, dapat hindi ka sumuko, especially when it comes to loving yourself.”

    What’s the craziest thing she did for love?

    “I forget myself, kasi masyado kang naka-focus sa mahal mo. But I’ve since learned my lesson. Dapat ‘di mo rin kalimutan ang sarili mo.”

    Jane’s last boyfriend was Kyle Secades. They were both “Pinoy Big Brother” (PBB) housemates, but Jane was in “PBB All In,” while Kyle was in “PBB Teens 737.” They broke up a year ago and since then, Jane has been unattached.

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    Regine Velasquez is busy rehearsing for her concert with Sharon Cuneta, “Iconic,” at the Big Dome on October 18 and 19.

    But aside from this she is also busy with three movies. “I’m in the new movie of Sarah Geronimo, ‘Unforgettable,’ which I did just for her and sobrang galing niya. And guest din ako sa ‘M&M,’ film fest movie nina Vice Ganda and Anne Curtis. But meron akong natapos na full length movie sa Cinema One Film Festival to be shown in November, ‘Yours Truly, Shirley’.”

    “Biyuda ako dun na kamamatay lang ng asawa and I believe that a young singer is the reincarnation of my late husband,” she related, “The last movie I did was ‘Of All the Things” with Aga Muhlach in 2012. May naumpisahan akong ‘Mrs Recto,’ pero ‘di natapos. I agreed to this film kasi comedy. Ayoko ng drama, sobrang nai-stress ako. The director, Nigel Santos, is so bagets. Nahihiya pa sa’kin. Basta sabi ko sa kanya, gusto ko take one lang ang mga eksena para hindi nawawala ang authenticity nito. Kasi kapag pinauulit sa’kin, naiiba ang timpla ng interpretation ko.”

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    Arra San Agustin was supposed to be Ken Chan’s leading lady in “My Special Tatay,” but their team up didn’t click with the viewers who preferred Ken to end up with Rita Daniela.
    Arra now gets her biggest break playing the title role in “Madrasta,” which airs every afternoon on GMA-7.

    Arra is a discovery of “Starstruck 6” where the female winner was Klea Pineda, now also being launched in her own soap, “Magkaagaw,” with Jeric Gonzales. Arra has done supporting roles and also became a regular in “Bubble Gang.” How is it now that she’s finally given her big break playing the lead role in “Madrasta”?

    “Siempre, sobrang nagpapasalamat po ako sa GMA sa pagtitiwala nila sa akin,” she says.

    “Pressured po ako on how the people will receive it, but I’m really doing my very best para hindi ako mapahiya. I think we’ve come up with a show for the whole family that will easily endear itself to the viewers’ hearts.”

    In “Madrasta,” she plays the role of Audrey, a nurse who comes from a poor and humble family. “Gusto kong makatulong sa family namin kasi baon kami sa utang para lang maka-graduate ako sa college. Susubukan kong magtrabaho abroad, sa Canada, pero victim ako ng illegal recruiter and I was sent back to Manila.”

    Playing her leading man is Juancho Trivino who saves her when she tries to kill herself. He is a doctor, Sean Ledesma, whose wife, played by Thea Tolentino as Katharine, abandoned him and their kids. Juancho then meets Arra and makes her the stepmother or madrasta of his kids with Thea.

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    Martin Del Rosario says he himself was very surprised when his name was called as the winner of the best actor award in the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) awards night held at One Esplanade. This is for his portrayal of the gay Daniel in the PPP top grosser, “The Panti Sisters,” which is now on its fourth week.

    “I’ve won awards as best supporting actor but this is my first best actor award,” he says. “I was at a loss for words kasi hindi ko ine-expect na mananalo ako and I was not able to prepare any speech. I felt na hindi lang ako ang nanalo kundi kaming tatlo ng sisters kong sina Christian Bables and Paolo Ballesteros. Honestly, kami naman kasi talagang lahat ang gumaganap sa title role ng ‘The Panti Sisters,’ so dapat lang na i-share ko ang award ko sa kanila.”

    Some people really doubt his masculinity. How does he feel about it?

    “Well, it means, very convincing talaga ang performance ko, so okay lang. And I’m glad kasi sa bago kong teleserye sa GMA-7, ‘The Gift,’ kontrabida naman ang role ko. I’m a young politician here na arogante, abusado, at inaapi ko si Alden Richards as Sep, without knowing na half brothers pala kami as we have the same mother, si Jean Garcia. Actually, dahil sa akin kaya nabaril sa ulo si Alden as Sep at nabulag.”

    Is he afraid Alden’s fans will bash him for oppressing their idol in the show?

    “Ay, sigurado na, given na ‘yan. I’m sure maraming maiinis sa akin. But I’m glad to be given the chance to play a role na totally opposite sa gay roles na ginagawa ko. Dito, brusko naman ako, lalaking-lalaki, kontrabida kay Alden and it will show that I’m capable of playing different kinds of roles at hindi puro kabaklaan. We’re all happy in ‘The Gift’ kasi laging nagte-trend worldwide ang show namin, which means marami talagang nagkaka-interes manood nito.”