Awardee Gabby Con­cep­cion re­calls ex­pe­ri­ence at Seoul Int’l Drama Awards

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shared. REGINA MAE PARUNGAO

Gabby Con­cep­cion reached another mile­stone in his ca­reer re­cently by win­ning the Asian Star Prize at the Seoul In­ter­na­tional Drama Awards 2017 for his per­for­mance on the GMA se­ries “Ika-6 Na Utos.” In an in­ter­view with

and se­lect mem­bers of me­dia, Gabby ex­pressed his hap­pi­ness, say­ing it is his first-ever in­ter­na­tional award.

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“Ang sarap ng na pina­pan­uod pala tayo du’n. ’Di ba, na artista, isa ako sa mga nabi­gyan (nila) ng paran­gal,” “Ako nga lang din daw ang out of 250 he en­thused. Filipino na nom­i­nate.”

Gabby said he al­most had sec­ond thoughts fly­ing to Korea as he re­al­ized there were no other Filipino ac­tors with him.

“Ang sabi sa akin, ako na lang daw ang umalis at kailan­gan kong pumunta kasi nanalo pala ako.”

Dur­ing the award­ing cer­e­mony, Gabby had the chance to hob­nob with Korean star Park Bo-Young, who was named Best Ac­tress.

“Magkatabi kami. Usap-usap lang ng konti. Buti na lang marunong din siya mag-English kahit konti,” he

While there, some di­rec­tors and pro­duc­ers in­quired about him and his avail­abil­ity to do projects in Korea.

“May mga nag­tanong lang kung sinong nagha-han­dle sa akin. Ganu’n lang, wala pa na­man sinasabi kung may o ano...” of­fer

Gabby restarted his show­biz ca­reer in 2008, fol­low­ing a 13-year, self-im­posed hia­tus.

He stayed in the US that time, be­liev­ing his act­ing ca­reer was over.

to see my dad. I didn’t re­ally in­tend to re­sume my ca­reer,” he noted. af­ter­wards “Bu­ma­lik lang ako ng Pi­nas

“Pero in­alok ako ng tele­serye. Tapos nagsnow­ball na ang mga kaya ’yung ko, pin­auwi ko na din dito.

’yung mga gamit ko, nakatengga lang sa fam­ily Ac­tu­ally projects

Amer­ica.” Gabby con­sid­ers his sec­ond wind a “bonus,” and as such he is will­ing to do any­thing to sus­tain it.

As if to prove this, Gabby shared he is set to do an indie film this year un­der award-win­ning di­rec­tor Maryo de­los Reyes.

“Ika-6 Na Utos” is a con­sis­tent toprater and there are al­ready talks for its ex­ten­sion to next year.

The ac­tor ad­mit­ted he didn’t ex­pect the show would go this far.

“Very grate­ful Es­pe­cially lang ako. ka­pag kiniki­lala ng mga tao, masaya ako. Sabi nga nila, ‘You are only as good as your last project’ kaya ako, ta­la­gang ini­igi­han ko dahil baka ito na ’yung huli ko (na

show),” he said. Gabby doesn’t mind the neg­a­tive feed­back the show gets from de­trac­tors.

“This is a world of en­ter­tain­ment. Siyem­pre merong hindi na-e-en­ter­tain, nag-re“Pero meron din na­mang mga tao na gusto ’yung sam­palan at bug­bugan, ’yung ng re­act,” he said. ac­tion show.”

Gabby ac­knowl­edges “Ika-6 Na Utos” en­abled him to ex­pe­ri­ence a lot of firsts in his decades-long act­ing ca­reer.

On the se­ries, Gabby plays a pi­lot who is hav­ing an af­fair with Ryza Cenon’s char­ac­ter while mar­ried to Sun­shine Di­zon.

He quickly dis­missed the no­tion he ex­pe­ri­enced the same thing in real life. “Wala akong pinagsabay. Ti­nat­a­pos ko muna ’yung isa bago ako GABBY CON­CEP­CION with his award magka­roon ulit ng bago,” lang, ‘No’ for now fans he said.

In the same in­ter­view, Gabby was asked about his shelved movie project with ex-wife Sharon Cuneta.

It was back in De­cem­ber when the two were re­ported to be re­unit­ing on­screen.

Ac­cord­ing to the ac­tor, he turned down the of­fer, claim­ing “wala akong nakita sto­rya, puro lang.” so I just felt syn­op­sis He main­tained he was hop­ing for some­thing more. “Big re­union kasi ’to eh, kaya sana mas may Ang ta­gal ng in­aan­tay ng ’to ’di ba?” im­pact. fans He also ex­plained sign­ing a fresh con­tract with GMA af­fected his de­ci­sion. “Bagong pa­sok ako, na ayaw kong mawala iy­ong ng na kau­ump­isa lang namin tapos bigla akong gagawa sa iba,” mo­men­tum (GMA-7) Gabby said. But what about Ding­dong Dantes (who was able to top-bill a Star Cinema-pro­duced movies), we asked. Gabby said his sit­u­a­tion is “dif­fer­ent.” All that said, Gabby main­tained he still wants to make a film with Sharon. “That’s how I feel, one time whether it’s the last movie we’ll ever gonna do, at least maski

may­roon kam­ing pri­ne­senta. Ang ta­gal na kasi hini­hingi ng ’to, ayoko rin silang biguin.” (With re­port from Jojo P. Panali­gan)

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