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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.

Jan 10, 2017

Dave Bornea Didn't Make It As Finalist In Starstruck6 But With 'Alyas Robin Hood' & Being A Member Of One Up, He's Now Busier Than Winner Migo Adecer

DAVE BORNEA is one of the newcomers introduced in “Alyas Robin Hood” who is making waves as Julian, the son of Judge Romulo (Toby Alejar) and nephew of Maggie (Cherie Gil) who is sad to learn that it's his own relatives who plotted against hero Dingdong Dantes as Pepe. Dave is also a member of the GMA boyband called One Up, whose members are not only good singers and dancers, but also all good looking. How was he discovered?

“I’m from Talisay, Cebu at sumali ako sa Starstruck 6,” he says. “Umabot ako hanggang sa 18 finalists kami dito sa Manila. Noong piliin yung Final 14, di ako nakasali. Sobrang sad ako noon kasi dream ko talaga mag-artista. But after six months, nakatanggap ako ng call para mag-join sa One Up at heto, napasama ko sa hit primetime show na ‘Alyas Robin Hood’.”

He can now say he’s even luckier than the guy who won in Starstruck 6, Migo Adecer, who’s hardly noticed in his small role in “Encantadia”. “I guess blessing po talaga kasi noong una, hirap na hirap ako sa Tagalog ko dahil born and raised ako sa Cebu. I have to train hard to speak nang diretso in Tagalog. But don’t get me wrong, proud Visayan ako, pero dahil Tagalog ang salita sa showbiz, kailangang ma-master ko ito.”

Dave is a hotel and restaurant management junior in the University of City but he has to put his studies on hold to pursue a career in showbiz. “Sayang naman kasi ang career opportunities na dumating sa’kin. I’m the eldest of three kids at gusto kong tumulong sa pag-aaral ng dalawang kapatid ko na nasa Cebu pa.”

He’s currently being linked to his love interest in “Alyas Robin Hood”, Lindsay de Vera, but he says they’re just good friends. “Sobrang bata po siya at 16. 20 na ako. Wala po akong lovelife. Puro trabaho muna. But Lindsay is a very close friend. Kasama ko siya sa workshops kaya mas kilala na namin ang isa’t isa.”

In “Alyas Robin Hood”, David as Julian is very happy when his dad, Judge Romulo, admitted in public that he was just forced to frame up Dingdong for a crime he didn’t commit. This put David’s life in danger and Dingdong assures the judge he will protect David from their enemies.

Meantime, Megan Young as Sarri is now in love with Sid Lucero as Dean, so Dingdong as Pepe can no longer hope to get her back. Andrea Torres as Venus has become more violent after Pepe broke her heart. Pepe helps David as Julian to be reunited with his dad Judge Romulo but what they don’t know is that they were followed by the villainous thugs Anthony Falcon as Chino, Mike Flores as Llama and Jade Lopez as Chef.