Aga Muhlach braces for exciting challenge

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MUHLACH. “Effective leadership starts with a happy home.”

“Don’t quit your day job.” We often hear this unsolicited advice when actors decide to pursue politics. In the United States, Ronald Reagan, Clint Eastwood, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sonny Bono and wrestler Jesse Ventura held important public posts at some point in their careers—as did Jerry Springer, who became Cincinnati’s scandal-plagued mayor 14 years before he began hosting his controversial talk show in 1991.

We’d run out of space if we listed down the many Filipino celebrities who have managed to parlay stellar appeal into political gold—there’s Joseph Estrada, Vilma Santos, Bong Revilla, Tito Sotto, Herbert Bautista and pugilist Manny Pacquiao, to name a few.

Even movie king Fernando Poe Jr. figured in a contentious political tussle in 2004 (for the country’s presidency, no less), as did screen icon Nora Aunor, who missed her bid for a gubernatorial post (in CamSur) in 2001.

True, some actor-politicians are better than others, so it isn’t right to generalize our bias against them—after all, as the theory of pluralism posits, a country’s political equilibrium is based on the existence of diverse and competing interests.

Surprisingly combative

Like the Superstar before him, Aga Muhlach wants to serve the people of Camarines Sur in Congress. The 43-year-old heartthrob was surprisingly combative when we talked to him early this week, explaining that he was merely defending himself against the issues hurled at him—from his alleged Spanish citizenship to his lack of residency in the municipality of San Jose.

Aga discloses, “Sometimes, Charlene (Gonzales) and I would look at each other and say, ‘Masarap naman ang buhay natin—why are we doing this?’ How can I prove myself if they don’t let me? Let me serve, and if you’re not satisfied, you can get rid of me after three years! In politics, your decisions are crucial because you’re dealing with people’s lives!”

Years ago, Aga shared with us his dislike for politics. What made him change his mind? He answered this when we talked to him last year, when he was promoting his acclaimed starrer with Regine Velasquez, “Of All The Things”: “Effective leadership starts with a happy home. I don’t see why I should get into politics if my intentions aren’t good. I know I can do more than just entertain people—I want to do something more concrete.”

Win or lose, the actor says he won’t stop acting, but “lalo pa akong magiging choosy sa tema ng mga pelikula ko. Even when I do a rom-com, dapat mas may kabuluhan—because I also have to grow up!”

Among actor-politicians, who does he want to emulate? His quick reply: “Vilma Santos is one of them. She gave me wise advice: ‘Just be yourself, and you’ll be fine. Don’t be somebody you’re not—people like you for who you are.’”

What’s his next move? Aga flashes his bedimpled smile and says, “For now, my immediate target is to lose weight (laughs)!”

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  • 12JEM

    28 Calamansi a day and plenty of fruits and vegetables a day and stay semi-vegetarian by avoiding red meat…Fish…3 liters of water a day…Exercise….Sex, at least 3 times a week.

    Vegetables, preferably not cooked.   Eat  daily ripe papaya for regular bm. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/R7U3M7MSRMV7ZUV7V7YBSNR5VQ Jon Paul

      ano ito, spam? bakit nakalusot ang comment na ito wala namang connection sa article.

      • tagalinis

        Hindi ka yata marunong umintindi, eh! Nagbibigay siya ng advice para mag-lose weight si Aga!

      • I_kabod

         hahaha! benta hirit mo!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/R7U3M7MSRMV7ZUV7V7YBSNR5VQ Jon Paul

    Nakalusot ka di ka naman Bicolano! GAGAMITIN MO LANG ANG MGA TAGA-CAM SUR PARA PAGDATING NG ARAW MARAMI KA RING MAKUKURAKOT! URAGON KA!

    • tagalinis

      Bakit si Dado Arroyo ba, bicolano? At paano mo nalamang hindi siya bicolano?

  • I_kabod

    lahat sa industriya, last resort ang politika.  mag aartista na din ako!

  • superpilipinas

    IF YOU KNOW WHAT IS GOOD FOR THE PHILIPPINES. PLEASE DON”T VOTE FOR HIM.

    HE MAY BE GOOD FOR CAMERINES SUR BUT CONGRESSMEN VOTE FOR LAWS AFFECTING THE WHOLE COUNTRY. HE IS NOT GOOD FOR THAT.

    HE DOES NOT HAVE EXPERIENCE TO BE THE VOICE OF CAMAINES SUR IN CONGRESS. HE SHOULD RUN FOR VICE MAYOR FIRST. FOLLOW THE LEAD OF BISTEK.

  • FORTHE GOOD

    Compared to the corrupt dynasty he is fighting, Aga is much better.

    Their district has remained impoverished after decades of political dynasty.

    Go Aga!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NXV3F6YUQWDOA4HPYOFN5F2N3U Danyel

    kamukha ko talaga cya……para akong nananalamin e…..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4RLENCX7D5QB7BPFJFBENEPZNE rage b.

    Give it a go Aga! why he might be the right one so anong masama kung mag go go si aga

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4RLENCX7D5QB7BPFJFBENEPZNE rage b.

    para  maiba naman kilala mo nga pero yun at yun lang wala namang changes from father to son then wife then son again,hay naku go aga!maray na AGA.

  • w33k3nd3r

    Gwapo ka Aga pero please, don’t turn people off by joining politics and making it into a business. You’ve enough already!

  • batangsulpok

    Isa na namang artista ang magiging pulitiko at sana’y mag-isip isip ang mga taga-Camarines Sur kung 100% si Aga na mag-silbi sa kanila o maging katulad nina Bong Revilla na part time lang pagiging senador.

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