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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.

Feb 12, 2017

Ken Chan Surprised By The Very Warm Reception Of Audiences To His Angsty Yuan Lee Character In 'Meant To Be' With Barbie Forteza

KEN CHAN is said to be the one most favored by the fans of GMA-7’s hit primetime show, “Meant to Be”, as the leading man Barbie Forteza will ultimately fall in love with in the story. This is because there is now solid support for the Ken-Barbie love team called KenBie, which meant Can Be as opposed to Cannot Be. When they stage mall shows and the fans are asked who they like for Barbie, the answer is almost always: “Ken Chan!” What can Ken say about this?

“I don’t know what to say,” says Ken when we visited the set of “Meant to Be”. “Maski ako, nagugulat sa mainit na pagtanggap ng viewers sa pagtatambal namin ni Barbie at sa mismong very warm reaction nila sa character ko, si Yuan Lee. And to think na masungit at maangas ako sa show at lagi kaming nag-aaway na parang aso’t pusa ni Barbie. Akala ko nga, hindi nila matatanggap si Yuan Lee na ni hindi ngumingiti, but it seems nagustuhan nila yung role ko at may mga nagsasabi pang hihintayin nila ang pagngiti ni Yuan Lee. Ang sarap ng feeling na nalimutan na nila yung pagiging transgender ko sa ‘Destiny Rose’ and they embrace me now as Yuan Lee. Pero in fairness to the three other guys, meron din namang mga sumusuporta sa pairing ni Barbie with Jak Roberto, Ivan Dorschner and Addy Raj. So even pa rin naman ang playing field for all of us.”

Is there any envy or animosity between the four of them? “Personally, para sa aming apat, walang rivalry or competition. Yung fans lang ang nag-aaway, but for us, trabaho lang ito and we’re all very professional about it. Si Jak, matagal ko nang kakilala kasi pareho kaming nag-start sa ‘Walang Tulugan’ ng the late Kuya Germs. Si Addy, nakilala ko na sa isang event noong nasa kabilang istasyon pa siya. Si Ivan ang ngayon ko lang nakilala, but all of us, naging comfortable agad sa isa’t isa. Nagsusuportahan kaming lahat and we’re all just happy na naging big hit ang show namin sa primetime viewers.”

Good things are really coming Ken’s way as he has also just been chosen to be the new host of “Day Off” on GMA News TV with Janine Gutierrez, who in turn also has a new soap, “Legally Blind”, with Mikael Daez. Meantime, this week in “Meant to Be”.