At a blog conference last February 26, newly-signed Kapuso actors Jason Abalos, Edgar Allan Guzman, and Paul Salas shared their thoughts regarding the new dramas with peculiar concepts that the GMA Network has been brewing.
‘Asawa Ko, Karibal Ko,’ ‘Dragon Lady,’ and ‘Kara Mia’ are the new television series which have been gathering online buzz due to their unique and odd concepts, and to which three of the said actors are starring in, respectively.
Jason Abalos stars as Nathan, who became the transgender woman Venus in ‘Asawa Ko, Karibal Ko.’ Edgar Allan Guzman is part of the ‘Dragon Lady’ cast that is about a woman with features of a dragon, while Paul Salas has a role in ‘Kara Mia’ which centers on two sisters with two heads but share the same body.
“As an actor, kaya nga tayo pumupunta kung saan may trabaho at kung saan masho-showcase natin ang craft natin. Para sa akin, masaya ako kasi mas na-challenge ako bilang aktor eh. Nagagawa ko ‘yung hindi ko pa nagagawa sa buong showbiz career ko. Masaya ako dahil sakto ‘yung timing ng paglipat ko. Paglipat ko, challenging roles agad ‘yung ibinibigay sa akin or hindi typical na teleserye o soap opera na ganito ‘yung story. Kumbaga may parang konting spice doon sa soap para sa isang aktor din. Kumbaga mas nakakagana ring magtrabaho,” elaborated Guzman.
Paul Salas expressed excitement in being part of Kara Mia. “Yung GMA naman po talaga is talagang the best po talaga sila sa paggawa ng fantaserye. Kumbaga professional na sila diyan so karangalan po sa akin na mapasali sa ganung mga plan nila katulad ng Kara Mia,” he said.
Jason Abalos, on the other hand, admitted that he was challenged to act for the role that was assigned to him. “Parang lumalawak yung range namin bilang artista para makagawa ng iba’t ibang klaseng roles para sa ibat ibang proyekto. Para sa akin, ito ‘yung puwedeng magpatagal kumbaga makikita namin kung hanggang saan ‘yung kakayahan namin.”
Watch the whole interview here:
The rapid increase in the price of basic commodities does not only affect the masses, but celebrities as well.
Philippine Statistics Authority recently revealed that the Philippines inflation rate reached 6.4% in August, which is the highest it has been for the past nine years.
Some Kapamilya and Kapuso stars shared how they’re affected and how they cope with the situation.
Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Jaclyn Jose said that everytime she goes out to buy something, she noticed that the prices for everything were suddenly doubled. “Ako mismo, I go to the market pati ako nagdidiskarte, kailangan mong diskartehan kasi doble talaga.
“The usual food I ordered that me and my son are getting, makikita mo ngayon doble ang presyo, but the same lang yung order namin. So, ramdam na ramdam ko din talaga.”
She said that in order to budget her money wisely, she just thinks of ways to buy everything she needs.
“Halimbawa one kilo gagawin mong 3/4. I went to Mahogany market the other day in Tagaytay, I go to Farmers.
“Kapag hindi ka magdidiskarte walang mangyayari.”
Meanwhile, Jason Abalos shared that it’s a person’s choice how to adjust to the price increase.
“Nasa lifestyle lang din yun. Kumbaga, kung medyo mahal ang mga bilihin, puwede ka naman kumain sa mga carinderia. Ako kasi, minsan yun ang ginagawa ko. ‘Tapos kung mayroon kayong maluluwang na lupa, di ba, puwede kayo magtanim kung anu-ano.
“Depende nga sa lifestyle kung medyo magastos ngayon puwede magtipid.”
For T.O.P member Adrian Pascual, Filipinos should learn how to be practical.
“Siguro practicality magiging praktikal. Hindi rin ako maarte na tao kahit Bicol express na 555 Tuna tapos mainit na kanin, G ako.
“Ganito gawin n’yo mag-grocery kayo dun sa mura ang bilihin. Magluto kayo kaysa bumili kasi sobrang makakamura.”
ABS-CBN comedienne Pokwang also feels the effects of inflation. “Dati naggo-grocery ka P5,000, P10,000… ito lang ‘yun?“
Donna Cariaga is dismayed at the prices of vegetables in the country.
“I’m from Baguio, nakakalungkot na maski sa Benguet mataas na gulay.”
Singer-acress Bayang Barrios opened up how difficult it is for them as they do not earn on a regular basis.
“Mga artists tulad ko na nagkakapera lang kapag may gig, ang hirap! Wala naman kaming monthly, gulay na nga lang at gatas para sa mga bata, grabe talaga ‘tong nangyayari.”
On the other hand, some stars gave tips on how to cope with the situation. Miss Philippines World 2017 Laura Lehmann said that lessening your night-outs can be a big help, and Iza Calzado suggested for people to establish side businesses.
TAGS: Adrian Pascual, Bayang Barrios, Cannes Film Festival, Donna Cariaga, iza calzado, Jaclyn Jose, Jason Abalos, laura lehmann, Miss Philippines World, Philippine Statistics Authority, Pokwang, T.O.P