Piolo Pascual is filled with mixed emotions as Dahil Sa Pagibig draws to a close this week. While he will miss working with his co-stars, he said that he’s proud because they’ve done their best to make the teleserye a success. He is also happy to know that he has given justice to his role as a priest who was forced to do what is right and fight against his own father played by Christopher de Leon.
“Sobrang hirap. Last night we shot a scene na humingi siya ng tawad sa akin. Ang hirap kasi bound ka e, nakaabito pa ako, nasa simbahan kami. Pero kung normal lang yun, inampon ako tapos pinabayaan ako, it would have been different. Pero binigyan ako ng magandang buhay, naging pari pa ako… Ang hirap ng dynamics namin ng tatay ko, si Tito Boyet (Christopher’s nickname). Pero ang saving grace ko naman ay sobrang galing niya. It was awe-inspiring because nakakadala yung acting ni Tito Boyet, yung discipline niya sa trabaho, yung passion niya, yung artistry niya,” he told Push.com.ph during their on-location shoot at Antipolo last June 27.
Piolo also commended his leading ladies Cristine Reyes and Maricar Reyes for portraying their respective characters really well. “Si Maricar, the last time I’ve worked with her was in Lovers in Paris. Ever since naman raw [yung acting niya], si Maricar ang galing umarte talaga. Pero dito talaga mas may kumpiyansa na siya, mas kumportable na siya. Makikita mo na nakakapaglaro na siya ng character, so mas masarap to do a scene with her. Si AA (Cristine’s nickname), revelation sa akin because first time ko siya makatrabaho. Hindi ko alam na ganon pala siya kagaling umarte. Napakasensitive, ang dali niyang maapektuhan, ang dali niyang madala [sa mga eksena].”
On rumored romance with Cristine
But aside from Cristine’s talent in acting, Piolo couldn’t help but remark on her effortless beauty as well. “Ang liit ng beywang niya! Kapag kinakausap mo, sabi ko [sa isip ko], ‘Ang sexy ng batang ‘to!’ Ang sexy lang tapos ang ganda. Talagang walang pores [yung mukha niya], tapos ‘pag tumingin... walang effort. Nakakamangha minsan panoorin at nakakamangha tignan kasi ang ganda-ganda niya, ang galing-galing niya, tapos ganon lang siya, yun na siya.”
As for the previous rumors linking the two of them, Piolo maintained that there was never anything romantic going on between him and Cristine. Add to the fact that he’s also good friends with her boyfriend Rayver Cruz. “Siyempre lalabas at lalabas naman ang totoo. I think they’re still together. Nakikita ko sila sa ASAP, nagaasaran pa rin kami. Rayver and I are friends so hindi naman mawawala yung asaran sa ASAP. You see them [together], yun na yun.”
On his part, Piolo admitted that he’s open to be in a relationship if given the chance. But since there’s no one special in his life right now and he’s not getting any younger, he’s determined to make the most out of his showbiz career. “Siyempre naman. Nakakaramdam naman tayo ng ganyan. Hindi naman nababaling sa trabaho lahat ‘yan. Kaya antay na lang. Buti naman ang blessings, sunod-sunod ang trabaho, so tanggap ng tanggap para hindi na natin maisip. Habang bata, habang kaya, trabaho lang. I am happy where I am. I am able to do a lot of things. So if it’ll be given, it’ll be given in God's time.”
Dealing with negative publicity
Despite the persistent intrigues that he gets involved in, Piolo happily said that his faith made him stronger and enabled him to move forward. “It’s part of the trade. The most important thing is having the right faith. Otherwise, kapag wala kang paniniwala o pananampalataya sa taas, mabubuwag at mabubuwag ka. Pero pinapasa-Diyos ko lang naman lahat. Tao lang ako.”
Asked if he harbors any resentment towards anyone, Piolo added that he’d rather have peace of mind than be affected with all sorts of negativity. “I can safely say na may peace akong natutulog ‘pag gabi. Hindi naman ako palaaway na tao. Bahala na ang tao magisip at makipagaway, problema na nila yun. [Basta] okay ako.”
Piolo Pascual on dealing with controversies: 'Hindi naman ako palaaway na tao'
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