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Kinargataki regrets looking for real dad

  • Written by Mario Fetalino Jr.
  • Published in Showbiz
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TAKI Saito is happy to be one of the teen stars in “Trip Ubusan: The Lolas Vs. Zombies”. She is paired
with “Eat Bulaga” That’s My Bae winner Kenneth Medrano and they’re one of the three love teams in the
movie. The other two couples are Shaira Mae de la Cruz-Miggy Tolentino, and Athur Solinap (as the
driver of the bus attacked by zombies) and former “Wowowin” dancer Lovely Abella (the conductress of
the bus).

Taki was born in Japan with a half-Pinay/half-Japanese mother. “”My dad naman is half-
Japanese/half-Brazilian,” she says. “I never saw my dad because he and my mom had a bad breakup. They
were both just 20 when I was born. When I was five, my mom got a job in Paris and we stayed there for
8 years. When we returned here, 13 na ako and I don’t know how to speak Tagalog or English. French
lang ang alam ko. My mom wanted me to go to an international school but I said I prefer a local school
so pinasok niya ko sa Colegio San Agustin and that’s where I learned how to speak Tagalog and also

Didn’t she try to communicate with her dad? “I did. Through social media, I met his parents
and other members ng family nila. Okay naman ako sa kanila. But when I got in touch with my dad, who
lives in Brazil, through Facebook, he was not excited at all. He acknowledged me, but parang cold siya
sa’kin. Nagsisi nga ako kasi sinekreto ko pa yun sa mommy ko, na I’ll get in touch with him.”
So did she feel sad growing up without a dad? “Actually, no. I’m 17 now and I can say that my
mom really raised me well and I never felt there’s something lacking sa buhay ko. I never met my dad
so parang wala naman akong na-miss. I regretted it nga na kinontak ko pa siya. Sana he didn’t answer
my message na lang para sa utak ko, may mystery pa rin na maybe he’s a perfect dad. My mom has
remarried and I have a stepdad na okay naman. I also have a stepbrother who’s 5 years old.”

So how did she get into local showbiz? “A family friend introduced me to Direk Dominic Zapata
of GMA-7 and he introduced me to TV5 where I became a regular in ‘ParangNormal Activity’. I’m now
managed by Triple A and they got to cast me sa ‘Calle Siete’ and ‘Eat Bulaga’, and after that, in
‘Trops’. Right now, I want to be part of a GMA-7 teleserye. I heard they’ll have auditions for ‘Boys
Over Flowers’ so I will surely try that. I think bagay naman sa’kin kasi Japanese ang original noon
and may Japanese blood naman ako.”

So is she now playing beautiful music with her ka-love team, Kenneth Medrano? “Okay naman
siya, but no, he’s more like a Kuya. Actually, he’s much older than me.”
Taki is 17 while Kenneth is now 26 years old and is rumored to have a wife and kid in Cebu.


WE’RE so happy for Regal Entertainment and Mother Lily Monteverde that it was their horror entry,
“Haunted Forest”, that was chosen as official entry in the Metro Manila Filmfest this coming Christmas
holidays. A horror film is always a surefire hit in the annual film fiesta, just like last year’s
“Seklusyon” which was not even scary.

Two years ago, Regal’s entry was “Haunted Mansion” and it ended up as one of the topgrossers
even if its stars have no proven track record at the box office, led by Janella Salvador. The films of
Janella after that didn’t do well at the tills, like “Mano Po VII” and “Bloody Crayons”.
Now, she has a new film that was also entered in the filmfest, “My Fairy Tail Love Story”, a
fantasy-romance. But we think it’s “Haunted Forest” that has better chances of being a blockbuster
since, for some inexplainable reason, viewers just want to get a good scare at the movies on

Just like “Haunted Mansion”, “Haunted Forest” also has no big stars in its cast. They’re
mostly borrowed young stars from Star Magic, like Jane Oineza, Maris Racal, Jameson Blake and Jon
Lucas, who are supported by more senior stars Raymart Santiago and Joey Marquez. This is under the
direction of Ian Lorenos who, last year, also entered the family drama “Mano Po VII”, but which failed
to make it as an official entry. As they say, kundi ukol, 'di bubukol. He’ll be vindicated this time
since “Haunted Mansion” is the only horror entry in this year’s festival and has great chances of
ending as one of the topgrossers.

The other three entries revealed last Friday are “Ang Larawan”, a period musical starring
Rachel Alejandro, Joanna Ampil and Paulo Avelino; “Siargao”, a romance filmed in the surfing capital
of Mindanao starring Jericho Rosales and Erich Gonzales; and “Deadma Walking”, a gay comedy with
Joross Gamboa and Edgar Allan Guzman from producer Rex Tiri who was not successful joining the
previous festival until this time.

The other four entries previously approved are “All of You”, a romantic-comedy-drama with
Derek Ramsay and Jennylyn Mercado from Quantum  Films who has a good track record at the filmfest with
past hits like “English Only, Please” and “Walang Forever” ; “The Revengers Squad” with Vice Ganda,
Daniel Padilla and Pia Wurtzbach; “Ang Panday” with Coco Martin and Mariel de Leon; and “Meant to Beh”
with Vic Sotto, Dawn Zulueta, Andrea Torres, Sue Ramirez, JC Santos, Daniel Matsunaga, Ruru Madrid and
Gabbi Garcia.

JERIC Gonzales has not been given a regular show after the afternoon soap, “Oh My Mama”,
almost a year ago. Now, he’s finally appearing in “Super Ma’am” on primetime and after this, he will
also be included as a mainstay in the new and yet untitled show of Bianca Umali and Miguel Tanfelix
that will  replace “Alyas Robin Hood”.
“Yes, nagkatrabaho na rin uli ako after doing a lot of guestings sa iba’t ibang shows ng GMA,”
he says. “In the meantime na wala akong regular show, nagbabad ako sa gym to workout regularly at
ngayon, ready na raw akong magpa-sexy. Ha ha ha!”
So he’s ready to go daring and disrobe before the camera? “Why not? Basta ba maganda ang
project at ang role ko.”
In “Super Ma’am”, he was given a good role as a guy who helps title roler Marian Rivera in her
fight against the evil Tamawos. He plays Isagani, who was successful in killing the big snake who
possesses the sakra that killed one of Marian’s enemies, Baraka.
“It’s an honor na makatrabaho si Ate Marian sa show,” adds Jeric. “Nakaka-inspire siyang
makasama kasi kahit pagod na sa fight scenes, hindi nagrereklamo. Sayang nga dahil maikli lang ang
role ko sa ‘Super Ma’am’ at may taping na rin ako para sa aming bagong show nina Miguel at Bianca na
magsisimula ang airing this Monday, November 27.”!