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Why Mariel is a reluctant actress

/ 05:03 AM July 17, 2017
Mariel de Leon

Mariel de Leon

Mariel de Leon has always been vocal about being a reluctant actress. Since her parents are award-winning actors, she might suffer by comparison or be given little leeway for mistakes.

But after being crowned Binibining Pilipinas-International, Mariel has proven that there’s more to her than being the daughter of Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong. Her resemblance to Liza Soberano is a plus factor as she begins her foray into show biz.

What made Mariel change her mind? “I did say acting wasn’t my cup of tea,” she said. “But, I also said that I wasn’t completely closing the doors. It was a great opportunity to get asked to play Coco Martin’s leading lady in ‘Ang Panday,’ considering I haven’t had much experience in acting. So, it wouldn’t be smart of me to turn down the offer. ”


Any advice from her dad? According to Mariel, Boyet told her to study her character well and be nice to the cast and crew she works with.

Since it’s Mariel’s movie debut, I suddenly remembered one of her father’s earlier films, “Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon?” Just like Mariel’s movie, it was a Metro Manila Film Festival entry (1976). Boyet bagged the best actor award back then.

For sure, Mariel has a lot of her dad and mom in her, so she just might surprise us with her acting chops. After her baptism of fire in “Ang Panday,” wouldn’t a movie with her parents be a superb idea? Hear the De Leons roar.

Baby MJ’s 1st birthday

James Yap and Mic Cazzola are eagerly preparing for the first birthday of their adorable baby boy MJ on Aug 8. They will let us in on the details soon. The couple is back, fresh from their holiday in Mic’s native land, Italy, where they enjoyed giving MJ a taste of his Italian side.

Viva la familia Filitalia!

Nyoy nails it

I immensely enjoyed Atlantis Productions’ “Kinky Boots,” topbilled by my good friend, Nyoy Volante. I was awestruck by his portrayal of transvestite entertainer Lola. Nyoy really nailed it!

The time is ripe for Nyoy to try his luck on Broadway. The musical is hilarious and heartwarming in equal parts. I loved every bit of it: the chemistry of the characters and their on-point comedic timing, the flawless choreography, the flashy costumes and the catchy music.

Before the play began, Lea Salonga told me that it was her third time to watch the show and she couldn’t stop raving about it. Coming from a world-class thespian like her, you gotta take her word for it.


The musical is a celebration of gay power, a lesson in acceptance, and a reminder to pursue one’s true passion. Catch it while you still can—it’s running until July 23 at the RCBC auditorium (call 8919999). It ought to have an extension. The musical will inspire you to put on your kinky boots and turn every day into a party as you dance to the beat of your own drum.

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