A decade after leaving the banking industry in order to focus on doing comedy, Victor Anastacio said he is happy to show off more of his acting chops in TBA Studios’ latest project Dito at Doon where he plays the role of one of Janine Gutierrez and JC Santos’s closest friends.
“Wala naman akong naramdaman na ere or something from Janine or JC. So madali sila katrabaho. At the same time talaga kakaibang experience siya kasi yung rest time mo and then matutulog ka na, sila pa rin yung nakikita mo, nag-ku-kuwentuhan pa rin kayo, bonding after the shoot, inuman kayo ng mga water, juice, and tea. So ang sayang experience niya. Nakatulong din na as time progresses parang naging mas natural na yung batuhan. So malaking bagay talaga,” he said.
The talented comedian said he also enjoyed the locked-in taping experience in his first project after the lockdown last year.
“Nakaka-spoil nga yung nangyari sa TBA na fixed yung hours and then yung rest days. Nakaka-spoil yung ganung set up. At yung focus mo ay nasa kanila. Makikita mo na rin yung breakdown, kung ano yung eksena mo bukas, ano yung eksena mo three days from now. So pabor din ako sa ganitong set up kasi naging advantage,” he said.
Victor says he is thankful for the technology that allows virtual communications between friends and loved ones during the pandemic.
“Malaking bagay talaga yung internet. Sobrang suwerte natin na nangyari ito at a time of internet na puwede tayo mag-video call, may mga online seller at the same time connected ka with family and your best friends. You can continue buying yung mga Dalgona coffee, mga lockdown foods, and support each other din. Kasi pag na-bored ka, mahirap eh. Salamat sa internet at puwede tayo mag-stream ng movies. Siguro the biggest thing about the future in two years, ten years, sana parang nightmare na lang ito, “ he explained.
During the recent Dito at Doon mediacon, the former Goin' Bulilit and Funny Ka Pare Ko writer also revealed just like their characters onscreen, he also experienced flirting with someone online.
“Meron yung before the pandemic na talagang natuloy na nagkita tapos yun, masaya naman. May mga tao na nilalandi mo pero hindi kayo magkita kasi siyempre umiiral pa rin yung safety first. So parang andun na kayo sa nagkakasundo na kayo, okay na, pero wala safety first pa rin. Safety first, landi later (laughs),” he admitted.
With the new lockdown imposed this month in Metro Manila and other cities in the country, Victor shared his sentiments on returning to strict home quarantine again.
“Ang bilis eh. Ang bilis nung part two eh. Naramdaman natin lahat na medyo tumigas na rin tayo kasi sanay na tayo kahit papaano. Masasabi ko na good thing pero at the same time parang handa ka na na sige, lockdown ulit. Kabisado mo na eh. Pero I think yung most frustrating thing is makikita mo yung the rest of the world, kung paano nila na-handle, kung paano nila nasagot, nag-ko-concert na, nagtatrabaho na. I think yun yung pinaka frustrating,” he added.
Dito at Doon is now available for streaming on the following online platforms:
Cinema '76 @ Home (https://cinema76fs.eventive.org/welcome)
iWant TFC (https://tfc.tv/)