Despite being one of the lead stars of new series “Bagani,” seasoned actor Albert Martinez won’t pass up the chance to spend a month and a half in Los Angeles, California in April to be with family.
In an interview, he was bursting with excitement over visiting Alyanna, his eldest daughter with the late Liezl Martinez, and granddaughter Adalynn Riley in the U.S.
“I wanna play with her all day,” he said, as it will be his first time to see her.
“Okay lang ako mag super yaya—tatlo na inalagaan kaya expert na ako diyan.”
His son Alfonso is already 29-years-old while daughter Alissa is 23. Albert knows it’s only a matter of time before they start thinking of having a family of their own, if not already. As such, he wants to maximize his time with them.
“Just want to enjoy my apo, my kids,” he said sans apology.
What about finding new love in America, we teased.
“I’m not looking for it but when it comes to that, why not. Pero right now hindi siya part ng consciousness ko. I’m too pre-occupied sa mga anak ko, I’m so excited to see my granddaughter. Tsaka ang trabaho dire-diretso,” he answered.
Forever in his heart
Albert admits he still cries at night thinking of Liezl who he lost to cancer in 2015.
“Hindi mawawala ‘yun (sakit),” he said. “I’m surrounded by memories, I’m surrounded by love, I’m surrounded by our great time together at hindi ganu’n kadali na buburahin ko na lang lahat ‘to.”
Work has been a friend. There are days Albert comes home so tired that he goes straight to bed with lessened time thinking of his wife.
“Imagine mo kung wala akong ginagawa hanggang ngayon. Baka may depression na ako,” he thought aloud.
He is thankful to the executives of his home network ABS-CBN, who helped him get back on his feet. Note that three weeks after Liezl left, the actor was cast in “All Of Me.” later, he became one of the main antagonists on “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.”
Then “La Luna Sangre.” Then “The Good Son.” Now “Bagani.”
So far, so fun
On the fantasy series “Bagani,” Albert plays Agos, father of one of the lead cast members, Enrique Gil.
They reunite after working on “Princess and I” in 2012. It’s Albert’s first time working with Enrique’s 25-year-old love team partner, Liza Soberano.
So how is it working with the two, we asked.
“Mabait naman ‘yung dalawang ‘yun tsaka alam mong focused sa work and mature sila,” he said. “As far as being an actor is concerned, alam mo na they’re in for the long haul kaya maganda.”
“Maayos naman ‘yung attitude ng dalawa. It’s really nice to work with them,” he added.
Albert even noted Enrique has grown as actor compared to his performance on “Princess And I.”
“Talagang he’s totally a different person. He is more responsible, more mature and ‘yung focus niya sa work is impressive, very impressive.”
He also noted that though the two millennails seem to have a “thing” in real life, “hindi sila ganu’n ka showy in public.”
Among those he enjoys at work is the ambiance on set, proudly saying the production really invested much to have such wonderful design.
“Mukha siyang totoo. Every angle ng set parang real palace. Tapos gumawa sila ng fishing village na mukhang akala mo matagal ng nandu’n,” he shared. “Then may forest village na similar to the Ewoks.” (With report from Bhenj Agustin)
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