Social media influencer, model and now aspiring actor David Licauco has been tagged as Kapuso Network’s “Chinito Heartthrob.”
It’s a fitting moniker for the Mr. Chinatown 2014 first runner-up, who recently signed with GMA-7 and Regal Films.
The showbiz newbie gets his baptism of fire as he joins the stellar cast of GMA’s upcoming fantaserye, Mulawin vs. Ravena, the much-awaited sequel of the 2004 TV epic, Mulawin.
He reveals, “I’ll be playing Malik. It’s a new character.”
“I’ll be the best friend of Bea Binene, whose character was played by Angel Locsin before.”
“I’ll be doing a lot of action stuff, ‘coz I heard there will be a lot of fight scenes.
Because of his action-intensive role, David has been getting physical lately—hitting the gym to pack more muscle, and getting back into his martial arts regimen, which includes Muay Thai, boxing and even arnis.
“It’s a great honor to have been included in this epicserye!” David exclaims.
“Not many newbies get the chance to act alongside such established artists, and I’m still amazed by the sheer immensity of the entire production! Mounting a fantasy series with all the props and costumes is no joke! It’s almost like a Hollywood feel!”
“This early, I’d like to thank the management and of course, the production staff for trusting me with this role. I’m still a work in progress, but I promise to give it my best shot!”
Despite being the showbiz greenhorn among the cast members, David finds himself blending in well with the group.
“I’ve been bonding more with Kiko [Estrada], but I’m slowly getting to know more of them.”
“I must admit that even now, I still feel kinda starstruck being amongst such luminaries, like Carla Abellana and Dennis Trillo,” he confesses.
Aside from immersing himself in acting workshops, David has improved immensely with his conversational Tagalog.
“I’ve been reading a lot of Tagalog books lately, and watching a lot of local flicks. I actually checked out the original Mulawin series, just to cop the right feel,” he says.
David is also currently working on a movie project for Regal Films, Flames of Summer, where he stars alongside Isabelle de Leon and Martin del Rosario.
He will also be appearing in GMA-7’s newly-launched teleserye, Pinulot Ka Lang Sa Lupa.
David is currently managed by ALV Talent Circuit and GMA Artist Center.
Award-winning comedian and TV host Michael V. continues his journey as a Kapuso after renewing his contract with GMA Network, Inc. on March 15.
Present in the contract signing were GMA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Felipe Gozon.
He was very happy to renew his ties with the network, his home network for more than two decades,
He said, “Dito na ko ng 21 bilang Kapuso. Ito talaga yung bahay ko. Sinubukan kong gumawa ng project sa ibang network pero dito talaga yung puso ko, hindi ko maaalis. Isa pa, masaya ako sa ganda ng relasyon ko with everyone here to the point na parang hindi na boss yung turing ko sa kanila, kung hindi parang kamag-anak na.”
At present, Bitoy headlines two of the network’s programs – the longest-running gag show Bubble Gang and the family sitcom Pepito Manaloto.
He shared that he is very happy and thankful with the viewers’ incessant support to his shows all these years, “Actually, kaya kami running pa rin ngayon ay dahil sa viewers. Kaya naman makakaasa sila na may iba pang mga dadagdag at bibisita. Para yun sa kanila e. Sabi ko nga, they inspire us. Sa kanila kami humuhugot ng inspirasyon o idea so masaya ako sa suporta nila sa amin since then.”
During the contract signing, GMA Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon said he is delighted that Bitoy continues to affirm his loyalty to the Kapuso Network, “Well, si Bitoy naman idol ng marami e. Para sa akin, siya ang pinakasikat na comedian sa ngayon. At proud ako diyan kasi wala akong naririnig na negative about him.”
He also added, “And the fact that we are still together for 20 years and more, siguro naman we don’t have to say anything about loyalty.”
Meanwhile, GMA President and COO Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr. described Bitoy as a unique individual with tremendous talent, “Isa ako sa taga-hanga ni Bitoy because he is just so unique, so great and admirable as a co-worker that aside from making us all very proud, we are extremely happy na nariyan siya at patuloy ang kanyang tiwala. At tayo naman ay patuloy na naghahanap ng paraan para ipakita sa kanya yung appreciation namin.”
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