Character actor Michael Sandico’s showbiz comeback

NAGBABALIK SHOWBIZ ANG magaling na dramatic actor, Michael Sandico. He was 14 years old nang gawin niya ang pelikulang Alkitrang Dugo in 1976 with Lupita Concio as his director. Sinundan agad ito ng High School Circa 65 ni Direk Maryo J. delos Reyes.

Hindi matatawaran ang husay at galing ni Michael pagdating sa drama. Nag-training workshop via Philippine Education for Theater Association (PETA). Naging stage actor din ito in a play Artista Sa Palengke (1979) with Direk Maryo J. and with Orlando Nadres in Paraisong Parisukat, (1980). He considers Gabun his best performance ever with Direk Maryo in 1981. Hindi natin malilimutan ang mga classic films na ginawa niya tulad ng Abel at Cain ni Lino Brocka, Moral ni Marilou Diaz-Abaya, at Minsan Isang Gamu-Gamo ni Lupita Concio.

Nang magbalik-‘Pinas si Michael in 2010, kinuha siya ng GMA-7 para sa teleseryeng Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak, a remake of a film na produced ng Viva Films. Hindi nagtuluy-tuloy ang showbiz career ni Sandico dahil pabalik-balik siya sa US because of his family. Twenty eight years siyang nanirahan sa America, pero walang regrets ang actor na pansamantala muna niyang iwanan ang showbusiness.

“Had I not migrated to America, my career would probably have flourished. No regrets, maganda naman ang naging takbo ng buhay ko sa US. Alam ko namang may babalikan ako rito. Kahit papaano, nakagawa naman ako ng mga pelikulang tumatak sa isip ng bawat Pilipino,” sey ng aktor.

Inamin ni Michael, gusto niyang makagawa uli ng teleserye o pelikula. Excited nga niyang ikinukuwento na sobrang na-miss niya ang acting. Siyempre, priority ng aktor ang kanyang pamilya, all out support naman ang mga ito sa muli niyang pagharap sa kamera. Sana nga raw mabigyan uli siya ng pagkakataong makalabas sa teleserye at pelikula. This time, seryoso ang pagbabalik-showbiz ni Michael Sandico.

Sa totoo lang, kulang na kulang nga tayo sa mga cha-racter actor, paulit-ulit na nga lang natin silang napapanood. Palipat-lipat nga lang ng network pero the same faces. Bakit hindi natin bigyan ng pagkakataon ang isang Michael Sandico? Kung performance level din lang ang pag-uusapan. Sigurado kaming pasok sa banga ang nagbabalik na aktor.

Saludo kami sa acting performance ni Michael dahil napanood namin ang kanyang mga pelikula. Pinatunayan niya ito sa mga past films with award-winning directors. I’m sure, hindi magdadalawang-isip ang Kapamilya, Kapuso at Kapatid Network na kunin ang serbisyo ni Sandico para sa isang makabuluhang soap at pelikula. Naniniwala kasi kami, kapag magaling kang artista and you have the right attitude, hindi ka mawawalan ng project.

 

TWO OF THE hottest and most talented hearthrobs from rival networks will be wooing the phenomenal singer-actress Miley Cyrus. To capture the attention of Billy Ray Cyrus’ daughter-superstar, son of master rapper Elmo Magalona and ultimate crush ng bayan Sam Concepcion will battle it out with thrilling performances on one stage.

Elmo is deemed as one of Filipinos favorite as his performances has been most requested by fans in weekend musical variety show. He also points out something he and Miley share in common – having musician parents!

Sam has been the apple of the eyes of Pinays since emerging as the winner of Little Big Star singing contest. He has been consistent in being a positive role model for the youth. Sam was also chosen by Dreamworks to sing the theme song of the first Kung Fu Panda in 2008 and will star in the musical Peter Pan. For Sam, getting closer to Miley is a dream come true.

So, between Elmo and Sam, who’s it gonna be for Miley? Which song will climb into the heart of Miley on June 17? Who will win the crowd? See for yourself at the concert.

 

AYAW Paawat!
by Eddie Littlefield

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