A gutsy fam­ily

Ev­ery day is a soap opera on e!’s lat­est re­al­ity se­ries ItTakesGutz ToBeaGu­tier­rez.

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ents all these while.

You mean they waited un­til the cam­era is rolling to an­nounce such big news?

Richard and Sarah have fi­nally de­cided to bring baby Zion to Manila and in­tro­duce him to the world al­though the soap opera star has reser­va­tions about how his fans would re­act to the shock­ing rev­e­la­tion.

Nev­er­the­less, we get to see Annabelle and Ed­die driv­ing to the air­port to re­ceive their youngest grand­son and han­dling the big se­crecy that sur­rounds his ex­is­tence. My favourite char­ac­ter has to be big momma Annabelle who proudly an­nounced that she lit­eral- ly hunted her for­mer su­per­star hus­band Ed­die down and got preg­nant in or­der to force him to marry her.

She was only 13 when she fell in love with the hand­some movie star who was 11 years her se­nior, and made it her life’s mis­sion to bear his chil­dren and carry his last name. Six kids later, Annabelle is sure that her hus­band is here to stay ... or at least she hopes so.

Al­though we don’t see much footage of Ed­die on the show, it is pretty ev­i­dent that the fam­ily is in awe of his achieve­ments and re­gard him with much re­spect. The boys do their best to make him proud, and Ray­mond who has al­ways been in the shadow of his more suc­cess­ful twin brother, tries harder to win the fa­ther’s ap­proval.

Al­though the twins share the same fea­tures, Ray­mond is ob­vi­ously the heav­ier brother and openly bat­tles his weight is­sues in the se­ries as we see him hit­ting the gym and try­ing to main­tain a healthy life­style. How­ever, his reck­less par­ty­ing ways threaten to undo all his hard work.

En­ter­tain­ing and love­able, it is not hard to see why the Gu­tier­rez are adored by many.

De­spite some of the char­ac­ters’ heavy Filipino ac­cent, it is easy for view­ers to fol­low the con­ver­sa­tion thanks to the sub­ti­tles, al­though it must be noted that the au­dio qual­ity leaves a lot to be de­sired.

The light­ing also seems to be a lit­tle off in cer­tain scenes and gosh, the make up ... some­one has to tell Ruffa that it is okay not to layer on that much of foun­da­tion in one sit­ting.

It is also an­noy­ing that the show also does a lot of hard sell­ing, nam­ing al­most all of their spon­sors and worse, as many times as they could.

Nev­er­the­less, it can­not be de­nied that It Takes Gutz To Be A Gu­tier­rez is funny, dra­matic and en­ter­tain­ing, and has the po­ten­tial to be­come our lat­est guilty plea­sure. Now, if they would only change the ab­so­lutely hor­ren­dous theme song ...

Catch It Takes Gutz To Be A Gu­tier­rez ev­ery Sun­day at 10pm on E! (Astro Ch 712).

Fam­ily af­fair: dubbed the Kar­dashi­ans of South­east asia, these Philip­pines tabloid roy­al­ties prove that they have what it takes to make rat­ings gold.

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