These are my work credits: In THE PHILIPPINES ONE MORE CHANCE I haven’t kept a video of my first ever performance. Awww. But I have got a photo! Diane. She is my scene partner. We did a scene from a movie called One More Chance. A Filipino movie. Translation here: Movie: One More Chance
** they were best friends. Then they become lovers. The girl chose a career over the boy and the boy already found someone. In the scene, they are working in a project, Popoy is an Engineer and Basha is an Interior Designer. Girl: Bash/Basha ; Boy: Popoy/Poy
Basha: I don’t feel bad at all, I am fine.
Popoy: Here you go again
Basha: What do you mean, here I go again?!
Popoy: That attitude! The attitude of saying you’re fine but you’re actually not.
Basha: Bu there’s really no problem.
Popoy: Bash, how can I fix the problem if you don’t wanna say it. If you don’t wanna say anything at all. Bash: Poy, you can’t fix all problems. And believe me, you don’t wanna know what the problem is.
Popoy: Can you just tell me what the f*cking problem is?!!
Basha: Do you really wanna know???!!! ….. It’s me. The problem is me! Because it just hurts me so much even when I know I don’t have the right to feel this way! ……. I wish I could bare the pain I am feeling inside …. because I was the one who chose this, right? I was the one who wanted this … I wish I can also tell you that … …. that I am happy for you … for the both of you … I wish I can… But I can’t. I just can’t … I am a worse person. Because the truth is I’m still hoping for you to choose me .. Choose me .. Choose me again. Popoy: I love her. Basha: I know, I know Popoy: She had me at my worst. You had me at my best. But you took everything for granted. Basha: Is that what you really think I did? I just made a choice. Popoy: And you chose to break my heart. Photo was taken backstage. He’s Popoy from the movie. Same level of charisma, I see. Isn’t it? It was during our recital at Star Magic Workshops – Basic Acting.
ANG BABAE SA SEPTIK TANK The Woman in the Septic Tank Click me Jocelyn, Rainier, and Bingbong are three film school graduates who are dead set on making an Oscar-worthy film. They set out to do a quick pre-production as a courtesy call to their lead actress played by Eugene Domingo, and a thorough inspection of their film’s major location, the Payatas dumpsite. They believe they have a winning script, and the energy and drive to make their dreams come true, no matter what the cost. NO NO! No one was put in a Septic Tank when we improvised a scene from the movie. I was the one in red. I played the part of the Director. Sitting beside me is a guest actor. His name is Martin Del Rosario. A brilliant guy. He played the part of the Producer. And my scene partner, Jane / Papoose. As The Great Eugene Domingo. It was a 15 minute scene from the movie. One of the best scenes of this internationally acclaimed movie. Wanna see it? Click me!! This was during our recital/ graduation of the program by Star Magic Workshops – Advanced Acting of the 12 Tools of Ivanna Chubbuck. ** I have learned a lot from Star Magic. During scene studies, every week I have tried exploring characters. I played a pervert, a gay man under a curse, and I remembered doing a monologue from the movie I Spit On Your Grave, I played a nanny in a haunted house, a playboy and a lot!
BANANA SPLIT This is a gag show in the Philippines. And this was my first time on TV.
Banana Split is a comedy gag show broadcast in ABS-CBN every Saturday evening featuring Angelica Panganiban (whom I luuurve so much), Jason Gainza, and John Prats, with Pooh, Zanjoe Marudo and Ryan Bang. Actors are behind me. I don’t even know their names hihihi. I was a neighbour of one of those ladies. I was with one of my “conventional” friend, Rose Ann Valle Faderes, (ya, she always wants her name written completely) who starred in an indie film called POSER by Aldwin Bongao.
JUAN DELA CRUZ
The series tells about Juan dela Cruz, an orphan boy who was brought up in a church by a Roman Catholic parish priest named Father Cito, who guided him towards goodness and faith upon Jesus. His devotion to Christ led Juan to refer to Jesus as “bossing” (Filipino for “boss”, due to Jesus being considered as the “shepherd”, or “boss”, and the “flock” the followers of Jesus). One day, Father Cito was killed by a thief, and Juan ends up at Lola Belen’s house in Quiapo, Manila. Unknown to him, he is half-aswang, the son of Samuel Alejandro, the Haring Aswang (King Aswang) and also the prophesied Anak ng Dilim (Child of Darkness). He is fated to rule over the Aswangs and take over the human race. However, Amelia, Juan’s mother, is a human and a Tagabantay (Guardian), coming from an ancient lineage of defenders using the Bakal na Krus (Iron Cross) to protect the humans from the Aswangs. By the time he grows up as an adult, Juan later joins the Kapatiran (Brotherhood), a group composed of people who seek to destroy the Aswangs. The group help train Juan into becoming the next Tagabantay. Later, the Engkantos and Diwatas aid Juan in his duties which seems to have a bigger and important role on the continuing conflict between the aswangs and the humans. I played an “Aswang” (The equivalent of Vampire) Well, a modern one. That necklace is a symbol of my being a vampire. I worked at the office of the “head Vampire” (whatever!) I worked with a renowned Singer/Actress in the Philippines, Zsa Zsa Padilla. With my friends, as usual, Rose and Escel. ———————————————————————– JUAN DELA CRUZ take two The TV Soap aired for a long time. The Talent’s Casting whatever didn’t noticed that I have been in the show before. So, I was called to be a TV Anchor. But shoot I didn’t get a video of me. Photo was taken while I was enjoying all the props in the set because the show was very magical! I was with the creatures. Eeeeeh! And the fairies! .. And a brave actor called Aaron Villaflor. ** I saw a lot of green screen on the set. It’s just amazingly funny when the actors used their hands and fingers for a supposed supernatural power and nothings actually coming out but they looked so serious. I loved it!
MULING BUKSAN ANG PUSO Muling Buksan Ang Puso (Lit. Unlock The Love Again / English: If Only) is a 2013 Philippine melodrama television series directed by Manny Q. Palo and Nuel C. Naval, starring an ensemble cast spanning three generations lead by Enchong Dee, Enrique Gil, and Julia Montes in a heart-wrenching story about the beauty and the dark side of love. The cast was just amazing! Most are leading and premiered and veteran actors from my country. People that I look up to. I played a Nurse. Lady on my left is Cherie Gil, a stereotyped evil antagonist in my country. My heart was pounding during the scene! I wanted to kiss her! On my right is Pilar Pilapil, a premiered actor. In the scene the baby is supposed to be dying and they are begging me to save his life (Yes! I felt proud! I mean, duh??! They begged for me haha). I was an actual student nurse for 2 years. For real. See that photo above, I took the photo which is why I was not there. They were my “clinical” team.
While doing all these, I have a got a day job 🙂 With my colleagues, Rizza and Krissy.
It was not easy finding a place to do my passion in the Philippines. A place where they find “western” looking people more beautiful than their own blend (or any foreigner at all). Showbizness in the Philippines is not about talent sometimes. It’s about looks and who-do-you-know. Just being blunt. I have also faced a lot of rejections but I didn’t feel bad about it because I knew since then that REJECTION should be basic! Basic.