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EXCLUSIVE: Ronnie Liang admits he is enjoying his K-pop star look

Ronnie Liang takes the stage starting this June in ‘Bituing Walang Ningning.’

Rhea Manila Santos

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04/11/2015 01:06 PM
EXCLUSIVE: Ronnie Liang admits he is enjoying his K-pop star look
041115-ronnie_main.jpgWith the recent announcement that former Star Power finalist Monica Cuenco will be reprising the lead role of Dorina Pineda in Resort World Manila's stage adaptation of Bituing Walang Ningning, singer Ronnie Liang was also presented as part of the cast of the upcoming production. The show, which is a collaboration between Resorts World Manila, VIVA Communications, Inc. and Full House Theater Company Entertainment and Productions, Inc, is based on the 1985 Nerissa Cabral classic.

Ronnie admitted he was personally invited to audition for the show. “Last time pinatawag ako nila Boss Vic (Del Rosario) and then they asked me if I wanted to do a musical play pero wala pa silang sinasabi kung ano yun. Sabi ko, 'Yes boss, why not?' And then after a while I received a call from Veronique (Del Rosario) na I got the role of Gary,” he told Push.com.ph.

Playing a role originally brought to life by Joel Torre on the big screen, Ronnie will be working with with Monica and Mark Bautista (originally played by Sharon Cuneta and Christopher De Leon respectively on the big screen). “Si Gary yung ka-love triangle dun sa original movie na Bituing Walang Ningning. Musical director siya lagi ni Dorina in every show or concert. Okay kasi before si Mark Bautista nakatrabaho ko sa ASAP tapos nakakasama ko din minsan sa mga shows. Pero si Cris Villonco at saka sila Monica Cuenco first time ko silang makaktrabaho and I'm so excited. This thing is so new to me. First time akong makaka-experience ng musical play and I'm so thankful sa Viva,” he shared.

Apart from rehearsals for Bituing Walang Ningning, Ronnie said he has been busy with singing engagements and doing promotions for an independent film. “I was busy with my out of the country concerts with Sarah Geronimo and at the same time I promote my third album Songs of Love. It was launched last October pero ngayon kami gumagawa ng mga mall tour, radio tour, and TV promotions. At the same time, I had an indie film din called Esoterika Maynila directed by Elwood Perez. It was part of Cinema One film festival. Last March 24 kasama siya sa Hong Kong film festival. It was my first lead acting role. I play Mario, siya yung innocent guy from the province and napunta siya dito sa Manila and he had to go through a lot of experiences. Medyo sexy movie siya. Kasama ko sila Boots Anson-Roa, Carlos Celdran, Vince Tanada, and Snooky Serna,” he admitted.

During the Bituing Walang Ningning the musical event, many of the press noted how Ronnie could be mistaken for a Korean artist now with his lighter hair and hairstyle. “Napapagkamalan nga ako eh (laughs). Ang peg kasi nung album medyo may pagka-K-Pop kasi they're always telling me na mukha akong K-pop. So pinanindigan ko na sa cover ng album and the way I dress sa mga show,” he admitted.

The 30-year-old singer-actor said he even knows how to sing some K-Pop songs now. “Yeah meron na pero hindi ko kinakanta sa show kasi yung mga kababayan natin gusto nila English or Tagalog songs,” he added.

Currently going strong with his non-showbiz girlfriend of five years, Ronnie said they have managed to make their long distance relationship work. “Okay lang. I am taken na, five years. Okay naman kami, happy naman. She's in the States,” he said.

When asked if he would ever move abroad permanently for love, he does not deny that it is a very real possibility. “Yes. Mag-aasawa din ako pero not yet. Career muna, siya din naman ganun.”