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Rap Fernandez is thankful for the perks of being a showbiz child

Rap Fernandez is thankful that there are people in showbiz who treat him with respect because he is the son of Rudy Fernandez and Lorna Tolentino.

BY NAPOLEON QUINTOS

FRESH SCOOPS

1/26/2011 7:42 AM
Rap Fernandez is thankful for the perks of being a showbiz child


While Jolo Revilla has the privilege of starring in the TV version of Agimat, a project based on the films done by his grandfather Ramon Revilla and also by his father Senator Bong Revilla, Rap Fernandez dreams of remaking Bitayin si Baby Ama and Pasukuin si Waway, both breakout films by his late father Rudy Fernandez. "Mayroon akong archive ng mga old movies ng papa ko, ako 'lsquo;yung nag-aalaga. Nasa archive ng ABS-CBN, pero mayroon din akong kopya, digital nga lang. Sa ngayon, hinahanap ko 'lsquo;yung kopya ng Baby Ama."

Rap'rsquo;s venture into acting now begins as he stars in Wansapataym presents Rod Santiago'rsquo;s Buhawi Jack where he plays kontrabida to Action Drama Prince Gerald Anderson. Rap'rsquo;s father Rudy is from the famous showbiz clan of the Padillas that include Robin Padilla, Rustom Padilla, and Zsa Zsa Padilla. Having a filmmaking degree, Rap said he agreed to jump into acting to prepare him for his future plan of directing movies. "Feeling ko, maganda siyang stepping stone para matupad ang pangarap ko na mag-direk at mag-produce balang araw. Parang kailangan ko rin kasing mag-work habang nagdidirek, hindi pwedeng nagdidirek ka lang na walang ibang ginagawa."

He shared that he had tried directing a short film before where he got help from the friends of his parents, like renowned actor Gina Alajar and Ricky Davao, with some funding from his mother Lorna Tolentino. "Ang title nung movie was Nakaw. Nag-enjoy naman ako kasi mga naka-work ko ay mga professional performers like sila Tita Gina Alajar, Ricky Davao. Nahiya nga ako dahil hindi ko masyadong na-backup-an 'lsquo;yung project kasi ang dami namin. Pito kaming nagdirek, may kanya-kanyang eksena, magulo nga. Bale gumastos ako ng two hundred thousand, nagbigay ng kaunti si Mama."

Rap admitted that his first day of taping for Buhawi Jack wasn'rsquo;t an easy experience. He recalled having trouble with his lines, but thanked his co-stars for assisting him. "'rsquo;Yung first few sequences, talagang nag-buckle ako tapos talaga sinuportahan talaga ako nila Gerald. Kasi nung una kong banat, medyo nakalimutan ko yung linya ko. Kinausap ako nung direktor. 'O, ganito, basahin mo yung script, pag-aralan mo ang linya mo.' Nagkaroon kami ng talk. After that, I decided, 'Okay, papatayin ko na ito para focus na ako sa work."

Whenever he would come to the set, Rap noticed that most of the production staff regard him with respect. He said he thinks this is because people still see him as the son of Rudy and Lorna. Nevertheless, Rap is thankful for the sort of "special treatment" he frequently gets. "Kung ang mga magulang ko nga ang sinasabing dahilan, nagpapasalamat ako dahil 'lsquo;yung pagmamahal nila sa magulang ko, nag-carryover na lang sa akin. Ayos yun. Malaking biyaya ito sa akin. Baka may nagawa akong maganda nung nakaraan kong buhay, tsumamba ako, kaya ipinanganak ako na sila ang mga magulang ko. Suwerte rin kasi pinalaki nila a