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What was your favorite part about playing Ybarro/ Ybrahim?
Definitely not the fact that he was torn between two girls (sisters Alena and Amihan)! I like his character growth. After starting out with no clear direction in life, he grew into his role as the long-lost heir to the throne of Sapiro.
did having your love team partner Gabbi Garcia (alena) around make the long hours of filming easier?
Of course. We’ve known each other for three to four years now, so we’re familiar with each other’s habits and quirks. I know when she feels down and needs a little pick-me-up. I know when she feels pikon already and when I should stop with the teasing. We know each other inside out.
What would you say is your love language?
Quality time and acts of service. I like showing, instead of saying, how I feel.
do you remember your very first date?
It was the girl who asked me out. She was 17, and I was 12. I had the biggest crush on her, and I was so surprised that she liked me back. It all happened so fast; I think what she said was, “Eh ‘di tayo na?” Just like that. For our first date, she wanted to watch a movie, but I was worried about asking permission from my parents. I snuck out, and we ended up just grabbing a bite at the mall.
How about the first time you asked someone out?
I was in first year high school, and I remember saving my allowance for a movie date with the girl. For me, it’s not about where you go or what you do—what makes a date great is when you are happy together and want to continue spending time with each other. but honestly, I’m not the “date” type of guy. I prefer going to the girl’s house and meeting her family. With Gab, it was her parents who invited me over. I always bring something when I visit them, like flowers for Gab and puto from Marikina, my hometown, for her mom.
What are your plans now that encantadia has wrapped up?
I miss doing indie movies. I did Above the clouds, a movie with Pepe Diokno and Pepe Smith, about three years ago. I miss having more creative freedom to improvise on set. I also want to go island-hopping in Palawan or somewhere not too crowded. If I had all the time in the world, I would go to Amsterdam. They say everything is legal there! (Laughs) No, I just want to have fun and let go of all my worries.
“I like showing, instead of saying, how I feel.”