Kapamilya celebrities Markus Paterson and Gigi de Lana team up for the first time as they star in a two-episode musical miniseries about finding love in the digital world.
Titled #SpeedThatMoves, the show was posted on the YouTube channel of local telecommunications brand PLDT Home on February 10.
The miniseries’ first episode focused on the characters of Markus (played by Markus) and Vanna (played by Gigi) as they navigate their feelings for each other, following Vanna’s hit duet cover of Markus’ song online.
In an exclusive interview, Gigi and Markus talked about the ways they could relate to their roles.
Just like in the story where the lead character is experiencing pressure to perform and outdo himself, have they experienced the same thing in real life?
Markus said, “In real life music is one of my passions, but I never put myself under pressure to write more or less. Whatever comes to mind, I put to paper, and you never know which one becomes a hit. I am grateful that my label and producers treat me like family and they encourage creative freedom for us as artists.” Aside from being an actor, Markus is also a singer who has released music under the label Tarsier Records.
Likewise, Gigi, who is known for doing digital concerts with her band, said, “Hindi ako nape-pressure kasi I love what I’m doing. When it comes to singing never ako napressure, kinakabahan oo.”
When asked for a similar experience wherein they were able to build and keep relationships online as in the story, Gigi brought up how her band – the Gigi Vibes Band— received a lot of support from people they have only met in the digital sphere.
“Actually, Gigi Vibes online gained a lot of supporters and viewers because people love music and we’re able to share our music with them with our fast internet connection. And with that, we gained friends and family not by blood but also by heart.”
As for Markus, he attributed making new online friends to his gaming habit. He also shared that although he has never experienced building a romantic relationship online, he has huge respect for those who are in long-distance relationships.
“Well coming from gaming a lot, I’ve made a lot of friends online and even met up with them in real life, to finally put a face to a voice. In terms of romantic relationships, I’ve never formed one online, but for those who are in long-distance relationships, saludo ako sa kanila.”
Sharing her takeaway from their episode, Gigi has this advice for everyone, “My takeaway is not to be afraid to show the world who you truly are. And it’s important na yung choices mo sa buhay ay gusto mo talaga gawin and that you love what you do.”
“Nag stick sa’kin is yung nag-decide ako for myself. Kasi alam niyo when you are deciding lalo na when you have to make a choice, mahirap eh. Minsan kailangan mo ng assurance and advice from other people. But at the end of the day, it’s on you. It’s your choice. Lakas lang talaga ng loob [because] everything is a risk.”
As for Markus, he said, “Whenever I’m in a bad spot myself, I genuinely do try and write about it, pick up a guitar and see what flows. But to anyone out there struggling with the pressure of daily life, I’d encourage them to also find solace in connecting with their loved ones.”
On relating to his character, he said, “If I were in my character’s shoes, I’d probably do the same thing or maybe make it grander. Haha! If you find a connection that’s meaningful, it doesn’t matter where you find it, you have to keep it.”