Actor Enchong Dee considers the last 12 months pretty awesome, most especially career-wise.
Aside from opening his restaurant and recording an album, he plays one of the lead characters in the movie “Mano Po 7: Chinoy” that opens in theaters nationwide today.
“Lagi ko ngang sinasabi ’yung swerte naman nasa sa atin yan eh,” he said in a short interview right after the advance screening of the Regal Entertainment offering. “Tayo ang gagawa niyan (swerte) sa atin, so kapag walang nangyari (sa’yo) wala tayong ibang dapat sisihin kundi sarili natin.”
He plans to celebrate the holidays in Manila with his whole family. He also looks forward to some backpacking around Asia with his brother.
And next year? It’s off to an auspicious start for Enchong whose TV series, “A Love To Last,” is set to air its pilot episode by January.
Though saddened at first by the non-inclusion of “Mano Po 7: Chinoy” to this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), the feeling is now but a distant memory.
“Tapos na eh. Kumbaga ang pwede na lang naming gawin ay respetuhin ang pagbabago sa MMFF.”
All that said, Enchong is still excited for this year’s MMFF lineup, sharing that he plans to see some of the entries including “Seklusyon,” “Oro,” “Kabisera” and “Saving Sally.”
He said: “Mahusay ’yung mga nakapasok na films and this time nabigyan din natin ng bagong putahe ’yung mga manunuod natin.”
Working with Jessy
Enchong revealed he is now more comfortable working with Jessy Mendiola, his co-star in “Mano Po 7: Chinoy.”
They were paired prior in “The Reunion,” “Call Center Girl,” and “Your Song Presents: Boystown.”
On speculations that Jessy’s rumored boyfriend, Luis Manzano, must’ve been slightly affected seeing her love scenes with Enchong in the film during the advance screening, the latter finds it preposterous.
“Nakakatawa nga, kasi magkasunod ’yung pagtanggal ng damit ni Jessy tapos maririnig mo siya (Luis) ‘Magtanggal na rin kaya ako ng damit.’”
He added, “I’m actually proud du’n sa ginawa ko, kasi alam niya (Luis) na may respeto ’yung paghawak ko kay Jessy.”
“Mano Po 7: Chinoy” has Enchong portraying a drug addict, something far removed from the usual “boy next door” role. He welcomed the change, deeming it a chance to prove his versatility as an actor.
The handsome guy aims to accept more offbeat roles in the future.
“Siyempre hindi mo naman papabayaan ’yung mga proyekto na darating sayo. Kahit ano pa yan, kahit katiting na role eh ayusin natin,” he said.
Busy as he is, Enchong has n o t i m e for romance. “Pahinga. Wala naman expiration date ’yan, so ’wag natin madaliin,” he said.
Enchong called it quits with his non-showbiz girlfriend early this year. They are on good terms, with Enchong sharing that she even sent him a video greeting on his birthday.
Asked for the possibility of them getting back together, he said,
“Meron na siyang panibago kaya bigyan na siya ng katahimikan.”
He added, “Mahirap na din magsalita kasi siyempre may iba na rin siyang boyfriend, so hayaan na lang natin.” (Report by Stephanie Marie Bernardino and Jojo P. Panaligan)
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