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Andre Paras: The method man

Andre Paras (Photo by Mikee Delizo)

Andre Paras (Photo by Mikee Delizo)

Don’t be surprised if you see the usually jolly Andre Paras being a bit quiet these days. Apparently, this is his way of getting under the skin of his character Bradly Castillo on the TV series “The Half Sisters.”

Andre explained that he opted for the method approach based on the advice of his workshop coach who told him that “acting is a 24/7 job.”

“Bale ang ginagawa ko, why not be just the character? Walang masama para masanay ako,” he says, adding, “Para maiba naman.”

His dad, comedian and basketball legend Benjie Paras agrees.

“Sabi niya kasi, acting is not supposed to be acting kasi natural lang dapat. So ’yun ang ginagawa ko, para internalizing my character will come naturally to me,” Andre says.

Adding to his motivation is his younger brother Kobe’s departure for the US some few weeks ago.

Kobe, who is known for his outstanding dunks, is fielding scholarship offers from several top schools in the US.

Andre recalls being emotional the day they bade Kobe goodbye. “Honestly, umiyak ako nu’ng nasa airport siya,” he relates.

Although he knew that his brother was just as sad as they were, Kobe made an effort to keep everyone’s spirits up. “Ayun, tuksuhan pa rin,” Andre says. “(Madalas) kasi hindi namin pinapakita (kapag malungkot kami) pero ako pinakita ko na. So he’s laughing at me, ‘Ahhh iyakin!’ Sabi ko naman, ‘Hindi, magagamit ko ito (sa pag-arte). Akala mo ha!’”

Andre says he already misses Kobe, whom he also considers his best friend. In fact, the former UP Fighting Maroons rookie admits that his game would not have improved had it not been for his brother.

“Kasi ang galing nga niya sa basketball so ’pag nababantayan ko siya, du’n ako natututo. You get challenged sa kapatid ko. Eh ngayon wala na siya so it’s just more of me and training alone na lang talaga,” he says.

Kobe may be away but Andre has nevertheless found an acting buddy in his co-star Derrick Monasterio.

“Para siyang veteran (magbigay ng advice). Dati talaga star struck (ako sa kanya) and then naging magkaibigan kami tapos sinasabi niya, ‘Bro, ikaw bahala. Basta kung anong character maibibigay mo, gawin mo lang.’

Andre, who recently transferred to San Beda College, is taking up Marketing. After earning a bachelor’s degree, he aims to enter film school.

He states, “One of my dreams talaga is to become a director or anything that has something to do with showbiz kasi I’m really interested in entertaining people.”

Star achievers recognized

As a Kapuso star marked a significant milestone in his life, several other celebrities from the same network have been recognized for their invaluable contributions to the industry.

Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera (Instagram)

Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera (Instagram)

New grad

Bankable actor Dingdong Dantes received his diploma from West Negros University for completing his Techno Management course.

The 33-year-old heartthrob was with his parents Angeline and Jose Sixto Dantes, along with girlfriend Marian Rivera, at the commencement exercises held last Sunday.

As seen in photos circulating online, Dingdong wore a Randy Ortiz barong adorned with a graduation sash during the ceremonies.

On Instagram, Marian posted a photo of herself with her boyfriend and his parents while inside a car, captioned: “We are proud of you mahal.”

After the graduation ceremony, Dingdong celebrated with a special dinner attended by family and friends.

It took  the actor 16 years to accomplish the feat.

Earlier, Dingdong took Philosophy and Human Resource Development at San Beda College. He also tried Interdisciplinary Studies and Communication Art courses at the Ateneo de Manila University.

“Sabi ko talaga, kailangang dumating ‘yung pagkakataon kung saan talagang matatapos ko siya. And finally… after so many years when I started college in 1998, matatapos na rin siya sa wakas,” he told “24 Oras” in an earlier interview. “Siyempre naman, we’re advocating for  education, so we should also practice what we preach.”

Dingdong hopes that his efforts would be an inspiration to others.

To further motivate young students, the actor pushed for the “One Chair One Child” project that aims to provide chairs to the students of Iloilo City, which was battered by Typhoon “Yolanda” last year.

“Para bawat isa sa kanila (ay) may bagong upuan pagdating ng June,” he  said. “Malay mo, ang uupo roon ang magiging susunod na doktor, scientist, abogado or maybe one of the next leaders of our country.”

Louise delos Reyes and Rocco Nacino (Instagram)

Louise delos Reyes and Rocco Nacino (Instagram)

Kapuso Walk of Fame

Some 196 personalities received stars on the Kapuso Walk of Fame recently for their continuous efforts that help improve the industry.

Spearheaded by Master Showman German “Kuya Germs” Moreno, the project was inaugurated yesterday in front of the GMA Network Center building  in Quezon City, where the brass stars were embedded.

Among those who received recognitions were news anchors Jessica Soho, Mel Tiangco, Mike Enriquez, Arnold Clavio, Vicky Morales, Howie Severino, Jiggy  Manicad and Pia Arcangel.

Earning their own slots are GMA talents, Aljur Abrenica, Rocco Nacino, Julie Anne San Jose, Kristoffer Martin, Bea Binene, Louise delos  Reyes, Derrick Monasterio, Rafael Rosell, and veteran actress Gloria Romero.

Kapuso stars at Twilight, Lanzones Festivals

Rhian Ramos, Angelu De Leon, Jeric Gonzales, Jackie Rice

Rhian Ramos, Angelu De Leon, Jeric Gonzales, Jackie Rice

Two festivals of equal significance—Vigan’s Raniag Twillight Festival and Camiguin’s Lanzones Festival—are about to become all the more spectacular this weekend as GMA Network, through its regional arm, GMA Regional TV, brings its brightest stars to fascinate Kapusong Bigueños and Camiguinons, respectively.

Jumpstarting the series of exciting activities is the much-awaited visit of the cast of top-rating fiery afternoon series “Pyra Babaeng Apoy” to the Heritage City of Vigan.

Lead star Thea Tolentino, together with Jeric Gonzales, Elle Ramirez, and Zandra Summer participate in the Raniag Twilight Parade tomorrow, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. They are to light up Vigan streets in a tour that will start from the Vigan City Hall up to the city’s most popular park, the Plaza Burgos, where the Kapuso Night will be held at 7 p.m.

In the said Kapuso Night, Thea, Jeric, Elle, and Zandra, will be joined by co-star Angelu de Leon, and Kapuso stars Mike Tan, Jackie Rice, Kevin Santos, together with comedians Pekto and Boobay.

Meanwhile, the 4th Raniag Twilight Festival just gets bigger and brighter as the Kapuso Primetime Queen Marian Rivera makes her way to Vigan on Oct. 27, Sunday, to mingle with her supporters via a Kapuso Fans’ Day to be held in front of the Vigan City Hall at 8 p.m. Prior to this trip, Marian has already made waves in the cities of Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Batangas, Lucena, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Tagbilaran, GenSan, Naga, Dumaguete, and Bacolod—areas where she notably received phenomenal audience turnouts.

Also on the roll this weekend is the Lanzones Festival celebrated annually in the country’s second smallest province—Camiguin—specifically in the town of Mambajao, as a thanksgiving for the island’s bountiful harvest.

Festivities begin today, Oct. 25, with the Mutya ng Buahanan 2013 happening at the Provincial Tourism Center at 7 p.m. to be participated in by GMA Artist Center talent Derrick Monasterio.

On Sunday, Oct. 27, GMA Regional TV mounts a Kapuso Night at the Provincial Tourism Center at 7pm featuring Rhian Ramos, lead actress of newest primetime drama series Genesis, together with Bea Binene, Ken Chan, and Gladys Guevarra to delight Kapusong Camiguinons.

Highlights of GMA Network’s participation in the Raniag Twilight and Lanzones Festivals can be seen on Let’s Fiesta TV Special which will air on Nov. 17 and 24, respectively, via the Network’s regional stations in Bicol, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Dagupan, Ilocos, GenSan, Bacolod, and CDO.

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