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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Oct 17, 2016

Christian Bautista On Working With Julie Anne San Jose & On Rachelle Ann Go As The One Who Got Away

CHRISTIAN BAUTISTA’s last concert was almost five years ago at Meralco Theatre. He then did theatre in “Ghost” and “Jersey Boys” and appeared in several TV shows. Now, he goes back on the concert scene with Julie Anne San Jose at the Kia Theatre, “When Julie Anne Meets Christian”, on November 11. So how is it doing a show with Julie Anne?

“First of all, I’m glad she no longer calls me Kuya,” he says. “Kasi when we first worked together in ‘Party Pilipinas’ and ‘Sunday All Stars’, Kuya Christian ang tawag niya sa’kin. She’s now more relaxed with me and it’s a joy to work with her kasi she’s so beautiful and when I’m with her, I feel so young. She’s also a great performer, she always gives it her all so I’m excited to do this concert with her. We assure the audience they’ll have a great time.”

But don’t they belong to different genres, since he’s pop while Julie Anne does RnB? “Actually, that’s what makes it more interesting nga, kasi magkaiba kami ng genre, tapos, pagsasamahin. We can meet naman in the middle and she can also do ballads. One other thing I admire in her is that she’s so good in social media, connecting with her fans. Ako, hindi, e. So I wish I’d be more like her who’s so active in social media. She can really conquer the world someday kasi she can do anything: sing, dance, act, host. She’s exciting to watch and still has a long way to go.”

Julie Anne is also a good dancer. Will they have a dance number together? “Unfortunately, I don’t really dance but if the audience would ask for it, gagawin ko ang lahat para lang mapasaya sila.”
What happened to his role in “Encantadia”? “It has been put on hold kasi naging very busy ako with ‘Jersey Boys’, but now that its run is about to end, then I can return na to ‘Encantadia’.”

His ex-GF Rachelle Ann Go is making waves doing theatre in London and Broadway. Doesn’t he feel any regret that she’s the one who got away? “We’ve maintained naman our friendship, so I’m very happy for her success abroad. She’s the next Lea Salonga. Yun naman ang dream ng bawat artist, e. To perform in London, in Broadway. Pero yung she’s the one that got away, marami naman silang that got away. Ha ha ha! But we all move on. Tapos na tayo dun.”