Joshua says Julia is “diamond”; Kuya Dick vies for QC vice mayoralty seat

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IF Julia Barretto were a gemstone, what will she be? This was the question asked to Josh Garcia when members of the press visited the set of “Ngayon at Kailanman” recently.

“Ano ba ‘yung gemstone?” And since Julia’s character Eva in the teleserye wants to be part of the country’s number one jeweler, this was what Josh was asked about. Para may connect.

“Ah, ‘yun ba ‘yon? Para sa akin, sabi niyo nga diamond. Kasi ‘yun ang pinakamahal. At pinakamamahal ko si Julia.”

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Everyone shrieked with delight. Kinilig lahat sa pahayag ng binata. And yet, he cannot really say the level he and Julia are in now as far as their closeness is concerned.

“Wala namang nababago, kung may nakikita man sa amin ang mga tao as to how we care for each other, ‘yun ‘yon. Ganoon kami. And hindi naman na kami kailangan pang maging conscious sa pagpaparamdam namin ng aming pagmamahalan sa isa’t isa.”

He turned a year older. What was Julia’s birthday gift?

“We went to their resthouse in Bulacan with some friends. Doon namin sinalubong ang birthday ko. Si Julia nag-prepare lahat. siya bumili ng pagkain, everything. Nag-Boodle fight kami. para nga kaming mga baboy. After kumain, tulugan. And doon naman ako nakiramdam ng kahit maikli lang o konti’ng pahinga eh, sulit. walang phone calls para sa trabaho, walang text messages. Rest talaga. At si Julia ang nagbigay sa akin noon.”

During the launch of their teleserye, Josh admitted his big crush on Alice Dixson. But when the chance came for him to have a scene without dialogues with Iza Calsado, he said he was also mesmerized.

“Tinginan pa lang ang eksena namin pero grabe ‘yung mata niya. Nakaka-conscious. Overpowering!”

What do the audience need to expect in the coming nights with Ino and Eva’s journey?

“I thinik ‘yung napalabas na eh, nung tinulungan ko sila nung bumagyo. Marami rin kasi’ng other stories na kailangan na subaybayan ng mga tao. with Ms. Alice and Ms. Iza. Kami ng brother ko (Jameson Blake) with our Lola (Rosemarie Gil) and Mommy Alice. ako sa family ni Eva. Kaya exciting every night. Tonight naman, marami kaming isasara’ng mga scenes with our magdamagang taping.”

All days, Joshua finds Julia getting sexier and sexiest. Though during the recent ABS-CBN Ball, a lot of netizens bashed Julia in her sexy cocktail dress.

“I didn’t know what she was gonna wear to the ball. Napansin ko nga na masyado’ng sexy and revealing. pero when we were at the party na and everyone’s looking at her lovingly, masaya na ako, As far as the bashers are concerned, wala naman kasi’ng sinabi du’n na long gown lang ang dapat na isuot ng artists. Formal. and that was where she was most comfortable, Gusto naman niya ng ibang look. Maganda naman. Hindi malaswa. So let her. Gusto nga rin ng Mommy Marj niya, eh.”

Was his birthday wish granted?

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“These days, ang lagi ko na lang wish for myself eh, ang mabigyan ako ng good health. kung meron pa akong ibang wish, para na sa family ko. na mabilhan ko na sila ng lupa’t bahay. ‘Yun ang binubuno ko pa po ngayon. Konti na lang naman pero bago ang lahat, sila muna ang uunahin ko.”

The very reason why, when it comes to the affairs of their hearts, Josh and Julia have made it a point to focus first on the opportunities being granted them-their flourishing careers and who knows what will be next.

Que sera, sera!

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YES, Kuya Dick (Roderick Mendenilla Paulate) has decided to run for the Vice-Mayoralty seat in Quezon City. He will be running under the KDP (Katipunan ng Demokratikong Pilipino) with Chuck Mathay as his Mayor.

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After filing his COC (certificate of candidacy), he met with his loyal friends from the press for lunch. Actually a birthday lunch for yours truly, too-to have a heads up after the last time we chatted with him when he still was not sure as to what to do.

“Meron pa namang hanggang until December kung gusto mo magpalit ng decision. Pero ako, decided to na ituluy-tuloy na ang pagsisilbi ko sa mga kababayan natin. Patapos na ang term ko bilang Konsehal. At madalas naman na ako ang humahalili sa ating mahal na Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte as pro temporae kapag magpe-preside at pipirma ng mga kailangang aprubahan. sa simple’ng usapan, OIC.”

One of the names who came up who will pit against him as Vice-mayor in the next elections is Tito Senator Sotto’s son, Gian.

“Ang sabi ko nga sa mga nauna na mag-interview sa akin when I filed my COC, huwag na kaming intrigahin ni Gian. Piliin na lang nila kung sino ang gusto nila. Kung ano ang choice nila, kasi ngayon, meron ng choice na pagpipilian. dati kasi, hindi magandan ‘yung maririnig mo na kaya ka ibinoto kasi wala na silang choice.”

And the issues against him that keeps cropping up.

“Limang taon at 11 months na ‘yan na paulit-ulit. ‘Yung mga nakasabay ko with the same cases, dahil hindi naman sila kilala, natapos na in two years, ako ayaw talaga tigilan. Magwa-one year na naman. Six years na. Anniversary na. Magkita-kita uli tayo. Hanggang ngayon pinaga-aralan pa rin ang kaso ko?”

He is still in “Ang Probinsyano.” Why is he not making movies?

“Mahirap kasi ang schedule like kung gagawa ako ng indie movie. Nakakahiya naman sa kanila na may cut off ako eh, kelangan tapusin ang pelikula in how many days lang. I was suppiosed to do nga ‘yung “Mamang” with Celeste Legaspi. Oo naman. Nami-miss ko nga. May nagsulat nga na I should have done it. Syempre, kanya-kanyang interpretasyon pa rin ang bawat role.”

No Mrs. Paulate yet. First love. Binalikan. Exes Baggage. The Hows of. Bakit wala pa?

“Meron naman ako binalikan noon, Alam mo ‘yun. Kilala mo. Si Olma (Inocentes). Na nag-asawa na pero we’re still friends. Si Jackie (Aquino). Nung mag-career na ako kai parang medyo nakaligtaan. Nagsunud-sunod ako sa Regal dati. Naging manager ko si Dondon Monteverde. Then, busy na talaga. Hanggang politics came na. nang mamatay si Papang, hindi ko na rin maiwanan si Mamang. Alam mo ‘yan.”

You may or may not answer this. A question many have been wanting to ask but can’t.  People have that thinking na kapag ang lalake wala pang asawa, bading. Are you still affected by that?

“Hindi na. Nakita mo naman ang roles ko. Hanggang ngayon kilala si Roderick Paulate sa roles na ganon. So, lahat ba nag gumaganap na ganon, bading? Hindi naman ‘yan ang basehan.Syempre, I come to that point na pag-uwi ko ng bahay eh may makakausap naman ako to talk about how my day was. Eh, aso ko sumasalubong sa akin. Matatakotnaman siguto ako kapag kinumusta ako ng aso ko.”

In a jokingly manner, “kaya ‘pag dumadaan ako sa salamin, ask ko siya Kumusta ka? sa tono’ng bading. eh, sumasagot naman ‘yung nasa salamin nalalake’ng lalake. Mabuti naman ikaw? sasagot uli si bading “Huwe?” Buwelta si lalakeke, Oo nga. Ano nga? Eto, okay ako ‘noh! Sagot ni bading. Hahah Joke ‘yan. Oo naman naiisip ko na rin ‘yan. Nandyna pa sina Papang at Mamang. Pero alam naman nila na may mas binibigyan ako ng prayoridad. Ngayon, pupuna ako sa puntod ni Mamang.”

To say thank you?

“Sasabihan ko bumoto siya. Baka kasi dalawin ako later at makipag-usap pa. Hindi ko alam kung saang distrito ba siya.”

Those are the things we really miss when taking with Kuya Dick. Ang hindi nawawalang batuhan ng mga kwento’ng baklaan, tawanan, seryosohan.

Seriously? I am from the 3rd district of Quezon City. Barangay Socorro is whre my tatay Guido (Renato del Prado) was once a Kagawad. We so loved our dear mayor Herbert Bautista. When he announced his candidacy du’n sa Anabels’ itinaas na namin ang kamay ni HB for the win. Now we did it again for KUya Dick. For V. (Victory).

Lezz do dizz!

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