Christian Bables is on hiatus from social media and he has a reason for doing so.
Though part of the entertainment industry for three years now, there are still things about being a “celebrity” that he can’t wrap his head around.
According to him, he deactivated his social media accounts after getting bashed online for articles quoting him falsely or saying things about him that he said aren’t true.
“Hindi po kasi talaga ako sanay sa ganito. Hindi ako sanay sa showbiz,” he said. “Though I’m learning how to go with the flow ngayon, natututunan ko na to go with the flow.”
It reached the point that he wanted to give up. He divulged getting depressed at times.
“Hindi ko in-expect na ganito pala ang mundong papasukin. Ang daming ’di totoo when all you gave was your kindness and your truthfulness to people,” he said without elaborating.
He is thankful to Boy Abunda who sat him down for a “talk.” The King of Talk’s advice became his weapon to get over despair.
“Sabi nga ni Tito Boy ‘Know your truth, know your core.’ Kung alam mo ’yung totoo sayo, hindi ka maapektuhan sa mga nababasa mo,’” Christian recalled Boy telling him.
The actor reiterated that he’s not in showbiz for the fame but just for love of the craft.
“I am here for my passion,” he related. “My mom wanted to me to be in the corporate world kasi du’n siya namamayagpag, du’n kami nabubuhay. She wanted me to work in our company kasi ako ’yung ayaw. Though I have all the chance para sundin siya, pinaglaban ko talaga na hindi. Umalis ako sa amin para mapatunayan ko lang sa sarili ko na kaya kong gawin ’yung passion ko and at the same time to live on my own.”
Well, his great passion for acting has paid off. “Die Beautiful” gave him his biggest break in 2016. It got him three Best Supporting Actor trophies from several award-giving bodies namely Metro Manila Film Festival, Gawad Urian and Luna Awards.
The actor topbills the short film “A Love Story In The Time Of HIV,” co-starring Aaron Rivera.
Another gay role, eh?
“Ako, wala namang problema sa akin kahit ano pa po ’yan whether it’s another gay role or kung ano pa man,” he said. “ (sabi ko sa management) kayo na po ang bahala kung saan niyo ako gusto dalhin basta wala akong restriction talaga as an actor. Kahit ano ipagawa mo sa akin gagawin ko.”
He said the role is far different from that in “Die Beautiful.”
“Isa po akong ulirang boyfriend dito,” he said. “Gay couple kami, ’yung partner ko po ay infected with HIV. Duon iikot ’yung story na ako, ’yung partner niya, despite of what he did andito pa rin ako for him.”
Christian said he didn’t hesitate accepting the project after reading the script. He said Boy helped him prepare for the role by telling him how HIV is transmitted and what happens to those who are HIV positive.
“I guess it’s too many to explain kasi ang daming napakaloob duon sa usapin na ’yan. Pero ang dami kong natutunan, sobrang dami. Natuto akong magingat (para wag magka-HIV),” he said.
He noted that regardless of gender, the main core of the story is that people should always stay faithful to their partners.
“A Love Story In The Time Of HIV” is one of three short films featured in a trilogy. The other films are “Young Love” and “To Love And Not Be Loved,” both directed by Lemuel Lorca and written by John Bedia.
The three films premieres at Trinoma Cinema 6 on May 17, which coincides with the celebration of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).
The executive producers are Boy and Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte.
Christian has two other films this year. First is “Recipe For Love” helmed b7 Joey Reyes and produced by Regal Entertainment. It co-stars Cora Waddell.
Second is “Bagtik” or “Signal Rock Intoy.”
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