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Aljon Mendoza on staying humble in showbiz: ‘Wala pa ako sa lugar para mamili ng projects’

‘Maalaala Mo Kaya’ actor Aljon Mendoza returns to the long-running drama anthology for their Valentine month offering on February 26.

Aljon Mendoza on staying humble in showbiz: ‘Wala pa ako sa lugar para mamili ng projects’-Rhea Manila Santos
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Rhea Manila Santos

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02/13/2022 11:04 AM
Aljon Mendoza on staying humble in showbiz: ‘Wala pa ako sa lugar para mamili ng projects’
Photo credit: @aljonmendozaa Instagram

Unlike his love team partner Karina Bautista, actor Aljon Mendoza is not a newcomer to Maalaala Mo Kaya, after being offered a role for the third time this month. The 20-year-old former Pinoy Big Brother Otso housemate shared how he felt after being offered to be lead actor for the first time.

“Nung pagkabigay sa amin nung script na-excite ako basahin kasi curious ako. So habang nababasa ko siya nadadala na rin ako eh. Yung character ko dito ibang iba siya sa Viral Scandal kasi dun medyo barubal, ganun. So dito sasabak ako sa English. Sa totoo naman nag-e-English naman ako pero kaya kaya naman yan. So yung tambalan naman namin dito ni Karina medyo may pagka matured. May build up habang patuloy yung story. Sa Viral Scandal kasi puro kulitan, pampasaya ng mga eksena kasi mabigat yung materyal so kami yung nagpapasaya dun. Pero dito mas madaming emotions kaming mapapakita, ganun,” he shared during the MMK mediacon. 

READ: Karina Bautista stars in her first MMK episode with Aljon Mendoza: ‘I’m very excited!’


In the MMK episode Love Ko ‘To which will air on February 26, Aljon and Karina play the role of a young couple named John and Theza, who will attest that love wins despite differences in social classes. Currently doing quarantine this week before they start lock-in taping, Aljon shared how he has been preparing for his role as John.

“Meron akong nakikitang similarities namin. Siyempre meron ding bago na magagawa ko na hindi ko talaga ginagawa kadalasan. Inaaral ko siyempre hinihimay ko din. Nagtatanong din ako kung anong puwedeng gawin, ganyan. Kasi malaking bagay para sa akin yung curiousity. Dapat curious ka sa character mo para mas marami kang malaman sa kanya. So ngayon habang naka-quarantine kami at hindi pa kami nag-shu-shoot, kinikilala ko pa yung character ko and  na-e-excite pa ako kung ano pa ang madi-discover ko sa kanya, ganun,” he explained.

 

READ: Aljon Mendoza and Karina Bautista share their advice for those who want to join showbiz: ‘Huwag mo sayangin yung talent mo’

Even though this is his third acting experience with MMK, Aljon said he still considers himself an actor that still has a lot to learn from the industry. Aljon was part of previous MMK episodes “Medal of Valor” and “A Mother’s Sacrifice”.

“Siyempre I like to believe na actor na ako and at the same time kasi iba yung pressure kapag nakapag-arte ka na before. Halimbawa third time ko na ‘to so every episode nag-se-step up ako, nag-le-level up yung performance ko. Pero siyempre may kaba pa rin pero mas gusto ko may mapatunayan. Mas gutom ako na makapatunay, para maka-perform ng well. Siyempre nakaka-pressure din pag yung story galing sa totoong buhay, sa totoong tao so kailangan talaga bigyan ng justice,” he said. 

 

READ: KarJon denies competing with other love teams: ‘We want to be different’

Even after three years of being in showbiz, Aljon admitted he still has a lot of roles he wants to try.

“Gusto ko din lumabas sa comfort zone ko. Pero for now kung anong ibibigay sa akin siyempre i-ga-grab ko yun. Wala pa ako sa lugar para mamili ng projects so kung anong ibibigay sa akin tatanggapin ko yun ng buong puso,” he admitted. 

Watch Karina Bautista and Aljon Mendoza in the MMK episode Love Ko ‘To as a young couple, Theza and John, who will attest that love wins despite differences in social classes on February 26 (Saturday) directed by Raz dela Torre. Watch MMK on A2Z, Kapamilya ChannelKapamilya Online Live on YouTubeABS-CBN Entertainment Facebook page, and iWantTFC. Outside the Philippines, it is available on cable and IPTV via The Filipino Channel.