Aside from starring in Maalaala Mo Kaya’s 30th anniversary episode “Ink of Smile” as well as being part of the teleserye Huwag Kang Mangamba, Enchong Dee said he is thankful for 2021 which also marks his 15th year in showbiz.
“I think having to say that five years na ako, ten years na ako, 15 years and so on, it’s a medal. It’s something you can show to your peers and your family na ‘Look, I’m still needed. I can still offer something because I’m still here.’ I’m very humbled actually. Not privileged but humbled to be working, na kapag nagdadasal kami sa set bago magsimula, isa dun sa mga dasal namin ‘Lord salamat dahil nakakapagtrabaho kami sa gitna ng pandemya, sa panahon na maraming naghihikahos’ kaya I’m very humbled,” he said during the MMK mediacon last November 3.
With his MMK episode almost coinciding with his birthday this year, the talented actor shares what his wishes for on his natal day.
“Tulog? (laughs) At saka siguro yung time off to learn new things. I want to immerse myself with more business people. I want to immerse myself with a different lifestyle? Dito sa Pilipinas kasi, aminado tayo na naging privileged tayo. Pero I want to go back to kung ano yung nakasanayan ko. I need to ground myself every now and then. Hindi ko ikakaila na paminsan-minsan lumalaki yung ulo ko, ‘di ba. Kaya kailangan ko ng reset. I need to ground myself every once in a while,” he admitted.
During the MMK mediacon, Enchong revealed that he had been receiving offers from other networks but chose to stay a loyal kapamilya.
“Meron (offer), even prior to the pandemic, prior to the shutdown. Pero kasi ang lagi kong sinasabi, nasa punto na ako ng buhay ko na kung ano yung na-establish kong relationship, mas importante kasi sa akin yun eh, yung pera kikitain mo yan. Kilala niyo naman ako kung paano sa pera. Pero hindi kasi yun yung main goal ko sa trabahong ito. Ayoko ng magsimula ng bagong relationship because I feel like I was able to establish a good relationship with people that I’ve worked with for the past 15 years. And ang hirap ulit magsimula, that’s number one. Number two, ang plan B ko kasi is to be a business tycoon. Yun yung isa sa mga pangarap ko hindi ang mag-switch ng network. And number three, again this is just my opinion, pero kailangan kasi ako ng kapamilya. Unti-unti nababawasan, paminsan-minsan may nababalitaan tayong nag-de-decide and I respect their decision. I know they have every valid reasons why they are doing that pero ako, yun lang yung sa akin,” he explained.
The MMK star also shared what other project he is looking forward to doing next after his projects this year.
“Kakatapos lang ng Huwag Kang Mangamba, kakasimula nung PBB (Pinoy Big Brother), nag-a-ASAP pa din. Meron akong inaasahan na isang pelikula na gustong gusto ko gawin, and supposedly mag-sa-start siya end of November and matatapos siya before Christmas. Pero na-move so next year yun yung iintayin ko. Pero for the meantime, gusto ko siguro magpahinga kasi natataranata yung utak ko sa mga lock-in tapings. Ngayon pa lang ako nasasanay. ,” he said.
Watch MMK’s 30th anniversary episode “Ink of Smile” starring Enchong Dee on November 6, Saturday on the Kapamilya Channel and A2Z, Kapamilya Online Live on ABS-CBN Entertainment’s YouTube channel and Facebook page, and iWantTFC. For viewers outside of the Philippines, it is available on The Filipino Channel on cable and IPTV.