If it weren’t for his busy taping schedule for the second season of his series Marry Me, Marry You, actor Paulo Avelino said he would definitely make time to visit his son Aki with ex-girlfriend LJ Reyes, who moved to the States last September along with her two kids (Aki and Summer, who is her daughter with former partner Paolo Contis). During the recent mediacon for the show’s new season, Paulo revealed that his 11-year-old son is already enrolled abroad.
“Medyo touchy topic na yan pero sa ngayon nasa New York din siya and happy naman siya. Nag-aaral na siya doon ngayon,” he admitted.
Paulo explained that despite the distance between them now, he and his son have found a way to still bond online because of their mutual love for online games.
“We do phone calls every now and then kung kailan siya free since baliktad na din yung oras. Minsan masyado nang late rin para makausap ko siya. Pero usually ang bonding namin parang gaming rin talaga. Kumbaga, parang mahilig din sa games yung anak ko. Siguro nagmana sa tatay,” he explained.
Earlier this year, Paulo ventured from being a casual gamer to being part of the esports gaming industry as one of the partners behind LuponWXC, a locally based esports and streaming company.
With Marry Me, Marry You’s new season coinciding with the ease in safety protocols in the country, Paulo said he is hopeful about the health situation in the country.
“Masaya ako at gumagaan na rin yung mga cases natin and pati yung restrictions dito sa Pilipinas. But at the same time anxious pa rin ako lumabas at makihalubilo sa maraming tao,” he said.
As their show continues to gain popularity, Paulo said he hopes it can bridge the barrier that was first put up because of the previous network wars.
“Ang ABS-CBN naman in the service of the Filipino people so hindi naman siguro nagma-matter kung kapuso, kapatid, or kung mga koreanovela or kung mga Hollywood movies yung trip mo, as long as you’re a Filipino anywhere in the world, parang hindi naman masamang panuorin kami at tangkilikin yung programa ng mga istasyon na iba sa istasyon na kinalalagayan mo. Dito sa season 2, ang surprise is kung magkakatuluyan ba sila or hindi. Kasi medyo grabe yung mga revelations na mangyayari na magiging hadlang sa pag-iibigan nilang dalawa and also sa family so sana mapanuod ng mga tao yun,” he shared.
Paulo also shared how he and co-star Jake Ejercito bond on the set when off camera. Jake is also a single dad to his daughter Ellie with ex-girlfriend Andi Eigenmann. Paulo said that their children are almost of similar ages. “Nagkukwuwentuhan lang kami sa mga anak namin. Casual lang. Pero hindi naman nag-ko-compare notes. Nagkukuwentuhan lang sa mga ginagawa ng mga anak namin,” he shared.
Marry Me, Marry You airs weeknights with its second season starting November 15 at an earlier timeslot at 8:40 pm on the Kapamilya Channel, A2Z, TV5, and Kapamilya Online Live on ABS-CBN Entertainment’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. Viewers who use any digital TV box at home such as the TVplus box only need to rescan their device to be able to watch the show on TV5 and A2Z. Its episodes are also available on iWantTFC, WeTV, and iflix, and on The Filipino Channel on cable and IPTV for viewers outside of the Philippines.