HELLO to our Valued Readers. I am elated and really honored to have been given a space in the well-read Pilipino Mirror. After three years, I am back to writing. I could have turned down the offer to have a regular weekly column because I have a very busy schedule as a film director, actor, TV Host and talent manager to name a few. But I couldn’t resist writing. It is my first love. As they said, “First love never dies”.

The pandemic has created several “firsts” for everyone including people in show business. “First” that we don’t have regular projects. Andaming apektado sa krisis na ito. More so the displaced workers at ABS-CBN. As a director, I used to have at least one project a month but for the past 7 months, I only got one. I cannot complain because shootings are put to a halt because Covid 19 easily spreads. This invisible enemy has been claiming lives of several individuals. “First” also that we learned to discover our inner talents. Dahil nga sa bahay lang tayo, our pen-chant for writing, painting, crocheting etc have been developed. Mas nakapagsulat tayo ng maraming articles, maraming scripts and natuto tayong gagamitin ang ating creativity to paint, to bake at marami pang iba. Because of this, maraming showbiz people na natutong mag online business. Others even went up to the extent of doing a house to house selling of their products. Take the case of Erick Fructuoso. Dahil sa hirap ng buhay, hindi sya nahihiyang magtricycle driver at the moment kasi naghihintay pa sya ng products. Hindi niya ikinahihiya ‘yon dahil disen-teng trabaho naman ‘yon.

Isa si Eric sa mga humble na tao sa industriya. Kahit may pangalan na siya dahil sa mga successful na pelikula at teleseryes niya, nakaapak pa rin ang kanyang mga paa sa lupa. Para sa kanyang pamilya, namamasada siya. Other celebrities should look at this as an example.

Si Bidaman John Padilla nagbebenta ng mga lumpia and other sweets.

Marangal na trabaho ang ginagawa nila so walang dapat ikakahiya. Lalo na ngayon na talagang mahirap ang buhay.

Si John Padilla ay hindi rin nahihiyang maglako house to house sa kanyang mga lutong bahay. It can be recalled that he is in the Top 12 of the Bidaman competition in It’s Showtime. Magaling na singer din si John.


After winning 4 international Best Actor awards, actor-singer Ron Macapagal joins Martin Nievera, Bamboo, Ogie Alcasid, True Faith in the same recording company

Speaking of Bidaman, Ron Macapagal during this pandemic spent time to hone his skills in singing and playing guitar. He also had a few stints with guesting in It’s Showtime online. Despite the pandemic, this young actor has won several international acting awards. In April, he won Best Actor Honorable Mentionat the Oniros Film Awards in Italy for his sterling performance in “Cuckoo”, a film which talks about man’s descent to madness. This was followed by another Best Actor award at the Druk International Film Festival in Bhutan for his moving performance in “Covered Candor (Tutop)”. The awards didn’t stop since in August, he won another Best Actor statute at the Sweden Film Awards for his performance in “Homecoming (Mammangi)”. Last month, he won his 4th Best Actor award from the Port Blair International Film Festival in Bollywood for “Homecoming”. The film earlier give him a local Best Actor award (Lead Actor Performance Excellence) at the Urduja Film Festival. On top of this, he will ink a contract with a record company for his first single. He is doubly proud because he will be joining popular singers Martin Nievera,Bamboo, Ogie Alcasid, True Faith, Marco Sison, Zsa Zsa Padilla among others at PolyEast Records.

We wish Ron Macapagal the best of luck in both his acting and singing careers!


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