TOM Rodriguez is back on primetime with “Someone to Watch Over Me”, where he plays a young man who gets afflicted with early onset of Alzheimer’s disease, making him lose his memory. “Our memories define our experiences in life so if you’d lose it, we’d lose even the memory of our loved one,” he says. “Dito, ang nakalimutan ko, in my role as TJ whose brain cells degenerate, is my own wife, played by Lovi Poe as Joanna, and the memory that I remember is my past girlfriend, Max Collins as Irene. The concept is really very intriguing, very sensitive, and you’d really pray hard it won’t happen to you.”
How did he prepare for his role? “I researched on it, also watched a lot of video documentaries. We’re not aware of it but ang dami palang cases of young people na nakukuha 'yung sakit na 'yun. It’s really sad.”
So how is it working with Lovi Poe? “It’s a pleasure working with her kasi mabait siya, a very giving actress and person. Masarap siyang katrabaho kasi she’s awesome at madadala ka sa eksena. We’re also thankful to our director, Maryo de los Reyes, for helping us interpret our roles better. I’ve worked before with Direk Maryo in ‘Nino’, pero guest lang ako sa pilot week. This time, buong show na. And we’re all glad that GMA is tackling such as an issue as memory loss on primetime kasi it’ll help viewers, especially young people today, to learn and understand more about this degenerative disease.”
If ever he’d be afflicted with this disease in real life, who would he like to take care of him. Will it be Carla Abellana? “Yes, why not? But siyempre, ayoko namang magkaroon ng ganyang sakit.”
Tom remains to be one of our most amiable and likeable actors today. At the presscon, he raffled off several gift certificates of the fast food store he’s endorsing, Burger King. He knows several stars have won awards for their roles as Alzheimer’s afflicted patients, like Gloria Romero in “Tanging Yaman”, Judy Dench in “Iris” and Julianne Moore who finally bagged an Oscar for “Still Alice”. Here’s hoping he’ll also get to win an award for his role as TJ in “Someone to Watch Over Me”.
DERRICK TO STAR IN OWN SERIES
THE concert 'Oh Boy’ stars four GMA Artist Center actors-singers and most writers who attended its presscon think that Derrick Monasterio is the one most likely to succeed and hit it big after Alden Richards, compared to his companions in the show. For one thing, he’s the youngest at 21 as Rocco Nacino is now 29 years old, Aljur Abrenica is 26 and Jake Vargas is 24.
He’s also the tallest at 6’1” and he can also act well. He is also a good host and he’ll once again be the host of a beauty pageant, Miss Global 2016, to be shown on GMA this coming September. His debut album is doing very well and he has a very good PR like Alden. He likewise has a build up contract with Regal and will have his own solo movie soon.
At the recent birthday party of Mother Lily, he impressed a lot of people with his rendition of “The Prayer”. Soon, he will have a new show on GMA-7, a sitcom called “Tsuperhero”, that will replace “Conan My Beautician” that is ending soon.
Will he be ready to show some skin in their “Oh Boy” concert on September 23 at Music Museum? “Basta kung ano ang ma-feel ko at that moment while I’m performing, I will do it,” he says. “If the audience would ask for it, they would get it. Kaya ko naman to do something naughty. I’ll make sure they will enjoy the show. But sana, ma-appreciate din nila 'yung singing ko.”
Derrick says he’s more of a balladeer and he’d be singing songs of his favorite singers, like Josh Groban and Martin Nievera. “Happy akong makasama sina Rocco, Aljur at Jake dito sa concert namin. GMA Artist Center assembled us and they’re training us to be total performers. Matagal na rin since we last performed sa ‘Sunday All Stars’ so we promise to give the audience a good time sa bagong career path namin as a boy band who’ll do singing and dancing. Sana, mag-hit ito nang husto, so we can go on tour, dito sa bansa natin and even abroad.”
“Oh Boy” will be directed by Marvini Caldito, with Soc Mina as musical director, produced by Dreamstar Events. The special guest is Julie Anne San Jose. Tickets are now available at all Ticketworld and Ticketnet outlets at P1,500, P2,000 and P2,500.
ALDEN DOMINATES PEP LIST YEAR 3 AWARDS
CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners in the PEP List Year 3 Awards Night held last Sunday at Crowne Plaza, hosted by Mikael Daez and Jasmine Curtis Smith. The well-loved Alden Richards won the most number of awards that night: Celebrity Pair of the Year and Newsmakers of the Year with his ka-love team, Maine Mendoza, who’s currently in the U.S. so Alden got her trophies for her. Alden also won the trophies for Male TV Star of the Year, Best PEPTalk episode of 2015 and Male Stylish Star of the Night. Maine also won the Female Breakout Star of the Year and Female TV Star of the Year Awards. Gabbi Garcia won as Female Stylish Star of the Night.
The other winners in the Editor’s Choice category are: Teleserye Actress of the Year: Glaiza de Castro, The Rich Man’s Daughter
Teleserye Actor of the Year: Ken Chan, Destiny Rose
Primetime Series of the Year: On The Wings Of Love
Daytime Series of the Year: Destiny Rose
Male Breakout Star of the Year: John Arcilla
Female Comedy Star of the Year: Angelica Panganiban
Male Comedy Star of the Year: Wally Bayola
Teleserye Supporting Actress of the Year: Cherry Pie Picache, On The Wings Of Love
Teleserye Supporting Actor of the Year: Arjo Atayde, Ang Probinsyano
Variety/Game Show of the Year: Eat Bulaga
Comedy Show of the Year: Sunday Pinasaya
Reality Show of the Year: The Voice Kids Season 2
Best PEPtalk Episode of 2015: Alden Richards
And here are the winners in the PEPsters Choice Awards:
Newsmaker of the Year and Celebrity Pair of the Year: Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza/AlDub
Female Movie Star of the Year: Kathryn Bernardo
Female Teen Star of the Year: Kathryn Bernardo
Male Movie Star of the Year: Daniel Padilla
Favorite Wedding of the Year: Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera
Male Teen Star of the Year: Darren Espanto
Child Star of the Year: Sebastian Benedict or “Baeby Baste”
Someone observes that the PEP editors seem very partial to gays and lesbians. Glaiza won as best actress for her role as a lesbian in “Rich Man’s Daughter”, Cherry Pie won as best supporting actress also for her lesbian role in “On the Wings of Love” and Ken Chan won as best actor for his transwoman role in “Destiny’s Child”. “On the Wings of Love” also won as best primetime series and “Destiny Rose” as best daytime series. A naughty writer quips: “Baka may tie up sila sa LGBT community.”
Another writer says: “At mas maraming winners na Kapuso kaysa Kapamilya huh!”
To which another writer retorts: “Di bale, babawi naman ang mga Kapamilya sa Push.com awards ng ABS-CBN. Sa list of nominations pa lang nila ngayon, nangingibabaw na ang mga Kapamilya so, for sure, puro sila ang win doon. Dapat, mag-put up na rin ang GMA ng sarili nilang Pull.com awards naman.”
(We're sure they got it.--Ed.)