BARBIE FORTEZA was introduced in the presscon of “Anak ni Waray Vs. Anak ni Biday” as the Kapuso Primetime Princess. How does she feel about it?
“Grabe no?” she says with a laugh. “Talaga ba? Baka may kumontra, e hindi po sa’kin galing yan ha. Sa kanila po. Basta I’m sobrang grateful to my network who has been taking good care of me for ten years now.”
She almost becomes teary eyed. “Gusto ko lang magpasalamat nang maraming-marami for all their love, trust and continuous support. But siempre, may pressure din, kasi hindi biro mabigyan ng ganyang title. But like I always say, basta I will give my 100 percent sa lahat ng projects na ipinagkakatiwala sa akin ng GMA. Kagaya nitong ‘Anak ni Waray vs. Anak ni Biday’, napakalaki at napakagandang project nito. Kinunan sa iba’t ibang parts ng Pilipinas and supported kami ni Kate Valdez ng mga batikang artista like Snooky Serna, Dina Bonnevie, Celia Rodriguez, at marami pang iba. Kumpletos rekados talaga.”
And this is the second time she’s being pitted against “Ang Probinsyano” after “Kara Mia”. “Opo nga. Round 2 na. Wala naman pong problema sa’kin yun. I just consider it as a new challenge for me to do better than before. I think any kind of competition is good kasi it serves as an inspiration that will motivate you to strive harder. So ayun, bring it on. Ang panalangin na lang namin, magustuhan sana ng viewers at panoorin nila ang ‘Anak ni Waray vs. Anak ni Biday’ kasi hindi lang ito basta comedy, kundi may drama rin, ipinapakita ang magagandang tanawin sa Leyte at sa Ilocos, and it also offers good insights about family values kaya masisiyahan talaga sila.”
She was paired with her real life BF Jak Roberto in her last two shows, “Kara Mia” and “Wait Lang, Is this Love” in “Wagas”. Jak is almost always seen shirtless in his pictorials and shows. In social media, the comments usually say: “Ang sarap-sarap naman ni Jak.” Does she somehow feel offended when other people make remarks like this?
“Not really, naku, alam ko namang masarap talaga siya, e,” she laughs. “Kaya may mga nagnanasa sa kanya. Pero swerte rin siya dahil ang ganda ko kaya, di ba? Ha ha ha!”
So how is their relationship doing after almost three years? “Okay naman so far. Smooth sailing kasi friends talaga kami. We travel together, like we experienced winter in Japan. May travel vlog kasi siya, which he himself edits, and yung kinikita niya roon, yun ang pan-treat niya sa akin when we travel. Next destination namin is South Korea, but we would have to wait kasi very busy ako right now sa bago kong show. Panay-panay ang taping namin kaya bihira nga kami magkita lately. Trabaho muna.”
“Anak ni Waray vs. Anak ni Biday” starts airing tonight right after “24 Oras”