40 is the new 20 for Ian Veneracion

Manila Bulletin - - Front Page - By REGINA MAE PARUNGAO (With re­port from Bhenj Agustin)

‘Ako na­man hindi ko tinatago ang age ko. I’ve been in the in­dus­try ng mata­gal na (pana­hon) and I’m just thank­ful na may nagti­ti­wala pa rin sa akin para bi­gyan ako ng mga projects.

Those who think the world goes down­hill once they hit age 40 would do well to take a look at Ian Veneracion. At 41, the ac­tor is just hit­ting his stride ca­reer-wise and look­ing good while at it. In fact, he has earned the moniker “BAEn­era­cion,” a nod to his hot­ness.

How does it feel be­ing mati­nee idol pop­u­lar at his age, we asked.

“It feels great,” he said in a re­cent in­ter­view. “I’m just thank­ful na

ang dami-daming op­por­tu­ni­ties na binibi­gay sa akin.”

While some men of his age go through midlife cri­sis, Ian is the op­po­site, call­ing it “midlife bless­ing” in­stead.

“Ako na­man hindi ko tinatago ang age ko. I’ve been in the in­dus­try ng mata­gal na (pana­hon) and I’m just thank­ful na may nagti­ti­wala pa rin sa akin para bi­gyan ako ng mga projects.’”

Work­ing with Bea

A perk of Ian’s resur­gence is be­ing paired with young, beau­ti­ful ac­tresses, among them Bea Alonzo, whom he stars with on “A Love To Last.”

It is the first time the two are work­ing to­gether and Ian is over the moon about it.

He is more than ex­cited. “Mata­gal ko na ta­laga siyang gus­tong maka­tra­baho, so ex­cited ta­laga ako,” he said, adding in jest, “Ac­tu­ally nu’ng una nag­dalawang isip ako, sabi ko hindi ba siya masyadong old para sa akin?”

Ian re­vealed he first thought Bea would be a “spoiled brat.”

“’Yung tipong pa-su­per­star kasi every­one treats him like a queen, sabi ko ‘Ay maarte ’to,”’ he said. He was wrong, of course. “So­brang down-to-earth pala niya. In just a few min­utes, nakita ko na hindi pala ta­laga siya ganon.”

Bea made Ian com­fort­able through friendly rib­bing, some­thing he can re­late to.

“Alaskador din ako eh and ako na­man kun­wari bagong kita ko pa lang ’yung tao tapos ijo-joke ko siya, it’s my way of say­ing na pwede mo din ako biruin, na magkaka­sundo tayo,” Ian shared. He re­called Bea ini­tially called him “Tito.”

“Sabi ko, ‘Aba, aba! Ang lakas mang-asar nito ah.’ Pero ngayon kuya na lang (tawag niya). At least me­dyo na-up­grade ako and I’m so flat­tered,” he said, laugh­ing.

Be­ing open with their per­sonal lives helped Ian and Bea main­tain great bond.

“Kasi as ac­tor you have to open up your­self ’di ba? Kasi the per­sonal life is part of your work eh, so very im­por­tant na as an ac­tor, more or less alam mo ’yung core nu’ng ka-tra­baho mo,” he ex­plained.

“I al­ways tell her stuff, eh. ’Pag nagk­wen­tuhan pa na­man kami, tu­loy-tu­loy na ta­laga at en­joy na en­joy na ako kaya nga madali kam­ing magka­sundo. Be­hind the scenes, makulit lang (kami).”

In do­ing scenes to­gether, Ian and Bea make sure they sup­port each other.

More, he sees to it Bea does not feel awk­ward do­ing the in­ti­mate scenes.

‘Re­spect’

“A Love To Last” tack­les re­la­tion­ships in a di­ver­si­fied fam­ily set­ting. Tak­ing from the show’s ti­tle, we asked Ian how he makes love last. “Re­spect,” he said. “Min­san kasi makukuli­tan ka sa part­ner mo but the re­spect should be con­stant. I think ’yun ’yung main ingredient ta­laga eh.” Di­rected by Jerry Lopez Sine­neng, “A Love To Last” also stars En­chong Dee, Ju­lia Bar­retto, Juan Kar­los Labajo, Han­nah Lopez, and Ron­nie Alonte, among oth­ers. The show airs week­nights on ABS-CBN’s Prime­time Bida block.

IAN VENERACION

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