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John Estrada shares the secret to his loving marriage with Priscilla Meirelles

John Estrada reveals how he keeps his marriage to Piscilla Meirelles a happy one.

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Rhea Manila Santos

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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01/15/2015 06:46 AM
John Estrada shares the secret to his loving marriage with Priscilla Meirelles
011515-john_main.jpgAfter spending time in the country with his family during the holidays, Tragic Theater actor John Estrada admitted he is relieved that his horror movie has finally hit theaters starting this month. John said he was really affected when co-star Andi Eigenmann got into an accident while doing a scene with him last December

“Una shocked talaga kami. Naisip ko shocked na, 'wow totoo ito' kamusta si Andi, parang ano kayang parte ang nabali sa kanya? But we're just thankful talaga na walang nangyari sa kanya. Ako honestly nung nahulog si Andi ang sabi ko hindi na matutuloy itong pelikulang ito. Nawalan siya ng malay at saka iyak lang siya ng iyak. Kaya nga bilib ako kay Andi talaga,” he said. John admitted he got really scared by the incident, “Oo, sobra. First time ko in twenty plus years, first time ko nakita ang ganung aksidente.”
 
With the film currently on its regular run, the actor was proud to say the movie is worth all the hype (after the MTRCB initially gave it a double X rating last month but has now changed it to R-16). “We're excited siyempre medyo natatakot ng kaunti but more of excitement dahil sa wakas mapapanuod niyo na ang Tragic Theater at pinapangako namin na medyo matatakot kayo dito dahil sa ganda ng pelikula.  The challenges here… direk Tikoy Aguiluz wanted our reactions to be, na aside from totoo, kasi medyo hindi siya gumamit ng effects masyado eh. Pati yung mga effects namin manual yun. May mga eksena na paulit ulit naming ginawa. So challenge sa artista na yung dapat two to three takes lang, twelve times mong gagawin or more with the same reaction. Ke full shot or long shot, gusto ni direk Tikoy pareho,” he explained..
 
In Tragic Theater, John plays the role of a priest who leads a group of spirit communicators and encounters a sinister presence in an abandoned theater. Another reason John is relieved about the movie is that the Latin words he used in his initial script were removed in the final cut. “Yun nga ako personally it crossed my mind na parang maybe we have to get rid of the Latin na dialogue, kasi totoo yung Latin eh. Good thing sinabi naman ni tita June Rufino of Viva,” he admitted.
 
During the red carpet premiere of the movie last January 7, John brought along his wife of four years Priscilla Meirelles. John said they are both very fitness-oriented which is why they can work out together. “Well medyo athletic din yung asawa ko. My wife is kind of athletic. If I run, she does run with me. Kailangan kasi ganun eh. Ano secret to our marriage? Respect, love and loyalty,” he shards.
 
For Valentine's day, John said he has never been the overly romantic kind of man. “Wala pa masyadong plano pero kami naman pag magkasama lang kami anything goes yun. We're really doing good. Honestly hindi ako nag-propose sa Valentines (laughs). Hindi ko maalala. Medyo matagal na kaming mag-asawa at matagal na kaming mag-boyfriend girlfriend bago kami kinasal but hindi naman every year kailangan espesyal,” he recalled. When asked which Valentine's day was most special for the two of them, John said he has a hard time deciding. “Hindi  ko na masagot parang hindi ko na maalala, parang wala ah (laughs). I think nung nung second Valentines namin inala ko siya sa Bohol. First time namin na matulog sa isang kuwarto,” he said.
 
Watch John Estrada in Tragic Theater with Andi Eigenmann and Christopher De Leon. Directed by Tikoy Aguiluz under Viva Films.