Cesar Montano was in his element when we had our regular Thursday Club bonding at his resto Bellisimo (Scout Rallos Extension) with Alvin Anson, Bayani Agbayani and Noel Cabangon.
We sang our hearts out as if we were competing in “The Voice.” In between songs, Buboy kept saying “I love you” to all of us and thanking us for standing by him. There’s so much love in his heart, which leaves no room for bitterness or hatred. He’s all revved up for his new teleserye on GMA 7 (premieres tonight after “Anna KareNina”), “Akin Pa Rin Ang Bukas” where he portrays a lawyer. He is also all agog preparing for a fun run project close to his heart, “Candy Rush.”
Buboy is happy being busy and he is also busy being happy.
What will viewers learn about love from your new teleserye?
That above everything, love is most important. It’s greater than trust and respect. You can’t buy love. You just have to share it.
What’s it like working with Lovi Poe and Solenn Heusaff?
They are both lovable, kind and easy to work with. Very professional and sincere.
What’s your state of mind right now?
I focus on positive things. I believe everything works together for good.
When your three daughters are of age, what will you advise them about men and love?
I will tell them to remember what I have been advising them since Day One—that I will expect them to be righteous in every decision they make, especially when it comes to their choice of a partner and also in love matters.
At this point in your life, what else do you want to achieve?
I want to focus on my kids’ education and righteous behavior.
I want to make my fellow actors/directors believe that there should be a certain time frame for “One Day Work.” We should get united and fight for this. It must be defined so we will know how many hours can be considered “One Day Work.” I’m calling the attention of all actors from all networks/film outfits. Let’s make it happen. This is not just for us but for our kids, too. If we do this, we will gain more respect from our fans, kids, employers and co-workers… [so] we will respect ourselves more. It will also be beneficial for the quality of our shows because our performances will be enhanced and not rushed or done with less energy or short preparation. There should be a law [on “One Day Work”] and it must be immediately applied.
Tell us about your project, “Candy Rush.”
It’s a fun run. Not a competition. It’s a run against diabetes to be held on Sept. 29 at the Quirino Grandstand (for inquiries, call 0916-3485232). It’s an awareness campaign so people will know how dangerous the disease is. Both my parents had it. Every 10 seconds, someone dies due to diabetes-related complications.
What’s your take on the pork barrel scam?
Disgusting! It’s a shame! But this unfolding truth should serve as a silver lining for a better “government of the people, by the people and for the people.”
PERSONAL: Muchisimas gracias to my good friends Medwin and Eugene Marfil of True Faith and Prince of Pop Opera Jonathan Badon for serenading us with Michael Jackson’s songs at the birthday party we hosted for the late King of Pop. Special thanks to GMA News, especially to Jessica Soho and Nelson Canlas for the coverage. Super thanks to Pinky of Fernando’s Bakery for the yummy MJ cupcake tower.