When I have to find kindness and gentleness in this maddening show biz world, I turn to my amigo, Dingdong Dantes. I was so touched when he called me out of the blue just to express his support at the height of a controversy I was embroiled in back then. I also cherish the time he invited me and my kids to join him and his fam/friends on a moonlight cruise around Boracay.
I wish you could know him the way I do. The next best thing would be to read on to know a little more about the true gentleman, Dong.
How has your relationship with Marian evolved through the years?
Each year together is another year of maturity both as individuals and as a couple.
How do you keep your-self grounded?
I just make sure to live my life according to how I want it to be. This is done mainly by giving supreme value to relationships, particularly with my family and friends.
How do you manage to stay faithful to Marian when you’re surrounded with other beautiful women in show biz?
I just make sure to practice these two virtues: 1) appreciating beauty in all forms; and 2) being faithful.
What movie of yours are you most proud of?
I am proud of everything I do. I try not to play favorites. All roles are as exciting as the others, given the situation at the time they were shot.
What has fame and fortune taught you?
Fame and fortune should be the least results of someone, who chose to do the right thing, and did it with his/her full potential, for the greatest moral reasons.
What are your unfulfilled dreams?
To become a pilot… but hey, there is still time.
What don’t people know about you?
I am a frustrated basketball player.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Manggang hilaw and kamias, both with rock salt, to keep me up and energized on the set.
How do you handle Marian’s jealousy attacks?
What jealousy attacks? I have not seen them for a long time. (Hehehe.) Seriously, I’m glad we have both matured in different and significant ways.
What was it like working with the staff of Star Cinema? How different are they from those of GMA 7?
Different set of people, with a different label, but all with the same passion and love for our chosen craft.
What do you want to change in the local show biz industry?
Why would I want to change this industry who has been nothing but generous to me? What I would do is to contribute more to its beauty by instilling integrity, quality and social relevance in the projects that I choose.
How do you like to be remembered?
Hard to specify. Too early to tell. However, if you read through this article you can pretty much have a picture of what is about to come.