Nacino is so happy, looking like he just won in the lotto, when GMA-7 hosted a solo presscon for him for the renewal of his contract as a Kapuso star. Is it true his talent fee has been doubled? “No, they gave me an increase but I’m not at liberty to reveal how much,” he says. “Basta I’m feeling so happy kasi I feel so loved na they want me to stay in their roster of talents for the next three years.”
He’s really lucky because he’s only the second runner up in Starstruck 6 but he’s now the most successful discovery in their batch. The winner, Stephen Silva, and the 1st runner up, Enzo Pineda, have both left GMA7, including the female winner, Sarah Lahbati. “I guess it pays to be loyal and to just keep on working hard and doing your best,” he quips.
He plays the role of Aquil in “Encantadia”. How did they feel when their show edged out their rival in the ratings game? “Siempre, palakpakan kaming lahat, the whole team was jubilant. Mas ginanahan kaming magtrabaho. At sana, mas marami pang manood now na it’s not a requel anymore but a retelling na with new stories.”
So, how is Sanya Lopez as Danaya, his love interest? “She’s okay. Magkasama lang kami sa workshop kanina.”
The show’s fans seem to like them a lot and are following their daily exchanges on Twitter, calling their romance a Twitterserye. “Yes, the feedback is encouraging. Parami nang parami ang fans ng loveteam nina Aquil at Danaya and parami rin nang parami ang mga eksena namin ni Sanya together. May mga nagre-request na nga na sana, huwag na lang patayin si Aquil, kasi sa original, he was killed. But what we have now is a retelling. So may new twists na in the story and you’ll never know what will happen next.”
So what’s the real score now between him and Sanya? “I’m really getting to like her. She’s very attractive and I like her passion and enthusiasm for her work. I enjoy her contagious laughter and I admire her eagerness to learn. I can feel that she’s very focused on her career kaya naman tinutulungan ko siya, lalo na sa fight scenes. Both of us kasi are warriors at marami kaming action scenes so I make it a point na alalayan ko siya. But as to where all this is going, let’s see. Mahaba pa naman ang itatakbo ng show dahil until next year pa kami, e. As of now, though, I can feel na pareho kami, career muna ang focus, lalo na ako, dahil marami pa akong roles na hindi nagagawa. Dream ko pa to have my own album, and there’s a plan for our successful ‘Oh Boy’ concert to do a provincial tour and in May, there’s an invitation to take it abroad kapag tapos na ang ‘Encantadia’.”
Her ex, Lovi Poe, has been quoted that if it’s true that he and Sanya are an item, then she’s happy for them. How about him? Is she happy for Lovi and her reported new foreigner BF whose photos she has posted on her social media account?
“Hindi ko pa nakikita ‘yung photos nila. Kasi I don’t follow her anymore. Basta she played an important part in my life before, but I have already accepted na hindi siya talaga para sa akin and I have moved on. Ayokong masabing bitter ako. Nagulat lang ako when she broke up with me, but I realized, what’s the better way to show that you really love someone than to willingly let her go. Maging masaya ka na lang para sa kanya.”
What if GMA would pair them again in a new show? “Okay lang for me to work with her, pero siguro, mag-workshop muna kami.”
GLAIZA ENJOYS BEING BAD ON ‘ENCANTADIA’
GLAIZA De Castro is so busy with her role as the fiery Pirena in the hit GMA-7 primetime telefantasya, “Encantadia”, that she has to turn down other offers. But she cannot say no to doing charity work, so she top bills a fundraising show tonight, October 22, at the UP Cine Adarna, Magsaysay Ave., UP Campus, 6 p.m., for the benefit of the PGH Pediatric Cancer Ward. She’s doing this after just organizing a successful fun run for the benefit of Special Education students in Valenzuela City a couple of weeks ago.
“I’m getting so many blessings in my life, so I feel I should give back,” she says. “Taun-taon ko namang ginagawa ang ganitong charity projects para makatulong sa less fortunate fellowmen natin. Ang nakakatuwa lang, ang daming gustong sumu-porta para tumulong kaya nakakaganang ulit-ulitin.”
She’s getting raves for her portrayal of Pirena where her dominant screen presence threatens to overwhelm her co-stars. One editor even said she now joins the ranks of immortal contravidas in local showbiz like Celia Rodriguez, Carol Varga and Zeny Zabala.
“Mahirap siyang gawin kasi sobrang intense ni Pirena. Kung minsan nga, nadadala ko na siya sa totoong buhay,” she laughs. “But I’m enjoying being Pirena. Ang gusto ko lang, sana makita ng viewers na hindi siya basta masamang tao kundi may reason why she became bad.”
Sunshine Dizon, the original Pirena, is also part of the new “Encantadia”. Has she asked for tips from Sunshine? “No. Nahihiya ako. At saka, we don’t have any scenes together.”
She’s being offered the lead role in “Manananggal sa Unit 23 B” but she begged off. “Kasi inuumaga kami sa taping ng ‘Encantadia’ at ayokong mag-suffer yung movie at mabitin sila. Our show is running until next year and I vowed to focus and be totally committed on this muna. I’ll record my next album and I’ll accept movies next year na kapag tapos na ito. For my second album, I’m now writing new songs. I just finished one, nakakaiyak siya.”
She was linked to Benjamin Alves who wrote the blurb for her first album, “Synthesis”. Benjamin is now playing beautiful music with Julie Anne San Jose. What happened between them?
“Nothing. Although we became the best of friends, never naman naging kami, there was no commitment between us. Kaya walang break up na nangyari like some people say. I’m happy for him and, yung mga nagsasabing galit ako kay Julie Anne, it’s not true. Okay kami.”