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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.

Nov 11, 2016

JC De Vera Just Won Best Actor For His QCinema Filmfest Entry, Will He Win Again This Time For His Cinema One Filmfest Entry, 'Tisay'?

JC DE VERA just won his first best actor award as a gay prisoner in “Best Partee Ever” shown as part of QCinema FIlmfest last month. Now, he has another movie that is an entry in the Cinema One Originals Filmfest that starts showing on Monday, “Tisay”, opposite Nathalie Hart. This time he plays a barangay semi-pro basketball player who is seduced by the scheming Nathalie so he will agree to do some game fixing for his team. So which role does he find more difficult to play, the one in “Best Partee” or in “Tisay”?

“Both are challenging,” he says at the special presscon hosted by his and Nathalie’s mutual manager, Leo Dominguez. “Mahirap itong ‘Tisay’ kasi we shot the movie on actual locations in Tundo na overcrowded, masikip, sobrang dami ng tao kaya nightmare ang crowd control at ang mga tao, tumitingin sa camera. Mga ordinaryong tao lang kami, mahihirap, ayaw ng direktor namin, si Borgy Torre, na magmukha kaming artista. He wants us all the be looking so plain and common.”

Will he win another acting award? “I can’t say. It’s up to the judges, but as usual, I gave my all in portraying my role. Kung ibibigay ba sa’kin, why not? It’d be nice to win again.”

Aside from this, he is shooting another movie for Star Cinema. “It’s tentatively titled ‘Dear Other Self’ and I’m doing it with Jodi Sta. Maria and Joseph Marco, directed by Veronica Velasco. My scenes will be shot in Thailand. I’ve also started a new soap, ‘The Better Half’, a psycho-thriller with Shaina Magdayao, Carlo Aquino and Denise Laurel. Four years na ako sa ABS-CBN and they give me one soap a year.”

After its premiere night at Trinoma on Monday, the movie will then be seen at Glorietta Makati on Tuesday 2: 30 PM and Greenhills Theatre Mall at 6:30 PM, Glorietta on Wednesday at 5 PM, with Q&A with the cast. For other screenings, see the Cinema One website.