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July 30, 2015, Thursday
  • Tolentino thanks gov’t agencies, private sector & media for their participation in metrowide earthquake drill. 3 hours ago |
  • MMDA’s night-time earthquake drill to be held in Pasig City on Thursday. 3 hours ago |
  • MMDA’s metrowide earthquake drill ended at 12:20 noon Thursday. 3 hours ago |
  • MMDA & Makati gov’t give Makati earthquake drill an ‘almost perfect’ 9 out of 10 success rating. 3 hours ago |
  • Marikina 161 Rescuers hope gov’t personnel & people will remember the quake drill in case of an actual tremor. 3 hours ago |
  • NDRRMC Exec. Dir. Alexander Pama notes gov’t agencies’ response to quake drill was very quick. 3 hours ago |
  • MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino declares the metrowide earthquake drill a success. 5 hours ago |
  • Arrest warrant sent to U.S. Embassy for Fil-Am Jonathan Viane who is suspect in a woman’s brutal slay in Olongapo City. 5 hours ago |
  • 133 Filipino soldiers who served as U.N. peacekeepers in Haiti return to the Philippines. 5 hours ago |
  • Sen. Grace Poe not surprised that Pres. Aquino picked Mar Roxas as LP’s standard bearer. 5 hours ago |
  • House Minority Bloc to hold ‘Kontra-SONA’ next week. 5 hours ago |
  • China conducts military drill in South China Sea. 5 hours ago |
  • Agusan del Norte experiences rotational blackouts. 5 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino joining 10:30 am earthquake drill in Malacanang. 5 hours ago |
  • Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo not ready to run for the vice presidency in 2016. 5 hours ago |
  • MMDA’s earthquake drill all over Metro Manila happens at 10:30 am Thursday. 5 hours ago |
  • Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice says a wider consultation will be held on who will run as Mar Roxas’ running mate. 21 hours ago |
  • Erice says LP members who are congressmen, governors & local gov’t ofcls. will endorse Roxas as pres’l bet in a separate event next week. 21 hours ago |
  • LP congressman Erice confirms Roxas will be endorsed by the President as LP’s standard bearer at 9 am on Friday. 21 hours ago |
  • QCPD Chief Joel Pagdilao named new PNP NCRPO Chief. 21 hours ago |
  • Sen. Chiz Escudero to decide in September on whether or not he will run for the vice presidency in 2016. 21 hours ago |
  • Prosecution blocks Sen. Jinggoy Estrada’s plea for a medical check up at Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan. 21 hours ago |
  • LP Sec. Gen. Mel Sarmiento says Pres. Aquino will endorse Roxas as LP’s standard bearer on Friday, July 31 at Club Filipino. 21 hours ago |

Bong proud to be called ‘Indio’

By MST News | Jan. 27, 2013 at 06:00pm
Sen. Bong Revilla is very proud of the GMA-7 fantasy-drama , the network’s opening salvo for 2013.

“Well, who wouldn’t be? This is said to be the Kapuso’s biggest and most expensive project to date. Budget, story, production value and cast-wise, wow! I’m very thankful to GMA for entrusting me a project as grand as Indio for my first-ever prime time offering,” he says.

Its pilot episode garnered an impressive rating.

“Thank you! It feels good. At least, all our efforts are rewarded. In terms of budget alone, Indio is equivalent to five films. Wait till you see the Spanish setting. And of course, the special effects! This is really one program which every Filipino can be proud of as it exhibits our rich culture and history.”

He didn’t want to star in a drama series before and would rather do movies. Many are curious what convinced him this time.

“Let’s just say that I’m not getting any younger. It’s time to explore and try something new. I told GMA that I wanted to do a soap opera but it should be of epic proportions since this could also be the last time I’ll do something like this. Presto! Indio was a perfect vehicle.

“One thing more, I’m enjoying the tapings. Of course, I sacrifice a lot especially that it eats up much of my time. But seeing the rushes, it’s all worth it. I’m happy to have made the right decision!”

In Indio, some of the Kapuso’s top female talents are giving strong support: Jennylyn Mercado, Rhian Ramos and Maxene Magalona. He will have romantic involvement with all three in the story.

“Now you see how appealing Indio is? Ha-ha-ha! But seriously, I’m honored to be paired with them. They are three of GMA’s prized properties. Especially with Jen and Rhian whom I worked with in films before, I can say that not only did they become lovelier, they also improved remarkably as actresses,” ends Bong.


According to Jennylyn Mercado, 2013 is a good year for her.

“I have a great start,” she says. “After my afternoon soap Hindi Ka Na Mag-iisa, I’m part of the new Kapuso soap Indio where I play one of Sen. Bong Revilla’s leading ladies. It’s an ambitious project in terms of scope and budget. I’m simply happy that GMA cast me in here!”

The pretty actress-singer-host reveals that Indio is not easy to do.

“For one, it’s costume-heavy since the story depicts the era when we were under Spanish rule. Mine is hot and you can just imagine the preparation. The dialogue is also one tough area to contend with. We are to deliver long and deep Tagalog lines. It’s good that we have a Spanish teacher on the set to guide us. I’m just so proud to be part of this show!”

How is it working with Sen. Bong?

“Actually, this is not my first time with him. Remember Resiklo a few years ago? Well, he’s still the same. As a leading man, he’s always caring. His dedication to his craft is also admirable. I only have good words for him,” adds Jen.

Asked about the rumor that she’s not in speaking terms again with Patrick Garcia because he allegedly stopped visiting their son Alex Jazz, the HOT TV host avers, “I don’t want to talk about it anymore. As far as I’m concerned, I only want the best for my son.”
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