Ian Veneracion downplays popularity issue with Richard Yap

IAN Veneracion on popularity: "I just do stuff that I enjoy doing and if it brings fame, money, or respect from other people, it's still work for me to do these things."

The actor answers questions that he now is more popular that Richard Yap.

Both Richard and Ian were cast of the 2016 film "The Achy Breaky hearts" as Jodi Sta. Maria's leading men.

"The thing is, I don't use that... personally, I don't use [popularity] as basis. Kasi, for example, I love my job as an actor. I love working with different people, I love telling stories, doing scenes. If sa ibang show napapansin, sa ibang show hindi, that's beside the point actually. You don't do these things to be rich and famous. Obviously, [that's] for the wrong reasons. You do it because you love doing these things. If I will make you famous, e, di good. If it happens to bring you money, e, di, good."

Ian said: "Yun nga, hindi ako kumukuha ng survey, wala akong graph. Hindi ako nagme-maintain ng graph na, 'O kapag ginawa ko ba 'to, ito ang magiging stand ko sa social perspective?' Hindi, I just follow my heart. I just do stuff that I enjoy doing and if it brings fame, money, or respect from other people, it's still work for me to do these things."

Does he feel he's more popular now as compared when he was still a kid?

"Alam mo, may mga nagtatanong din sa akin niyan. Pero maybe, we think that it's a big difference when, for example, you're famous or not famous. You're imagining, pero actually, no. It's the same. I ride the same car, I live in the same house, I have the same wife, I have the same kids. I play guitar every morning, I ride the same motorcycle-it's the same. So siguro nga, nagbabago lang ang perception sa 'yo ng ibang tao kapag click ang show mo ngayon, or hindi click ang show mo ngayon. Pero ikaw, wala namang diperensiya yun."

On Sunday, May 13, Ian's first major concert titled "Ian in 3 Acts" will be held at the Resort's World. However, the actor hesitates to invite his former co-stars, like Bea Alonzo in "A Love To last."

"Nahihiya akong mag-invite kasi kakanta ako, e! Pero sa totoo lang, nahihiya akong mag-invite ng mga kaibigan kong actors kasi nga, feeling ko, baka tumaas ang kilay nila. If I'll say na I have a concert, baka sabihin nila, 'Ha, concert? Ano ang alam mo sa music?' Di ba, may ganun? Nararamdaman ko yun, e. So, nahihiya akong mag-invite. At the same time, siyempre ang daming magpapa-picture sa kanila. Ayokong maobliga sila para lang pagbigyan ako."

But he can show that he can also sing.

"Sana, pero... saka excited ako. It's a kind of show that I would want my family, my friends, my really close friends to watch because it's not... hindi siya yung basta-basta show lang. Hindi yung napilitan ka lang pumili ng kanta and then kakantahin mo. It's the whole concept, the flow. Siyempre, gusto kong makita nila, pero baka maging hassle sa kanila. Siyempre, mga celebrities sila, maraming magpapa-picture sa kanila. So, ayoko lang makaabala."

In one of Sharon Cuneta's interview, the Megastar was quoted saying that she wants to work with Ian in a project.

"I have no idea. Nobody told me anything about it. May nagtatanong lang if ever na magka-movie with Sharon Cuneta... of course, that would be great. Of course, I'll be honored to be her partner in a movie. Pero wala pa, I don't know, I don't know. I don't know if they're talking about it, if they have plans. I have no idea, honestly."


Former sexy star Patricia Javier admits she resorted to drugs because of love. It happened in 2002 when she had a relationship with a businessman, and later on found out that the guy is married.

Patricia is referring to Cedric Lee, who is also the father of Vina Morales's daughter.

"Masasabi ko nung medyo... because of love, alam naman ng mga tao yun na na in love ako sa may asawa, so parang yun na. Because of that situation, there was a time na I tried to take ecstacy. Yung ecstacy na yun, pag tinake mo, parang love, love, love lang. Parang nawawala yung ano mo... yung lungkot. Pero ang napansin ko, after mawala yung ano epekto na yun, ang mangyayari nun, sobrang double-double yung sadness mo. So, hindi siya maganda na gamitin talaga."

She confessed that she tried drugs for two months, but realized it doesn't do her any good. Kasi ang ano lang naman sa akin, hindi kasi ako umiinom, e, I don't drink liquor. So, ngayon, one of my friends said, 'O, try mo 'to, para you feel happy.' Kaya yun, na-try ko yun, kaya alam ko kung ano yung experience ko dun."

Patricia also mentioned that her love of God is the only way to seek happiness.

"And then, meron akong isang na-try na masasabi ko sa ating lahat na ito, pag ito yung tinanggap sa katawan mo, you will experience forever happiness, which is the love of God. Yun pala talaga yung missing in my life at that time, kasi nga... nung tinalikuran ko lahat nung hindi maganda, nagkaroon ako ng mabuting asawa."

At present Patricia is happy with her chiropractor husband, Dr. Robert Walcher with their two children.


Watch renowned international talent Stephen Bishop at the world-class LausGroup Event Centre on May 26, Saturday.

Countryside Entertainment Inc. and RW 95.1 FM, in partnership with LausAutoGroup will be staging the popular crooner behind the chart-topping and popular hits "It Might Be You", "Separate Lives", "On and On", "Something New in My Life", "Never Letting Go", "Save it for a Rainy Day", "Send a Little Love My Way (As Always)", "Walking On Air" and "Make It Last."

"Love Rocks" will feature Bishop in with Host J Michael and Grammy Nominee Bobby Wilson.

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