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Tom feels like freshman on new taping

Tom Rodriguez

TOM Rodriguez says he felt like a newbie actor when he taped for the ‘High Rise Lovers’ episode of GMA-7’s new drama anthology, “I Can See You”.

Tom Rodriguez and Lovi Poe
Tom Rodriguez and Lovi Poe

“Siyempre, ang tagal ko ring hindi naka-acting kaya medyo nanibago ako sa first taping day namin,” he adds. “But after a while, sobrang enjoy na ako. It feels great to be working again before the camera after being away for so long because of the lockdown. You can feel all your creative juices working again.”

He is paired with Lovi Poe and they shot on a lock-in location in Clark, Pampanga for four straight days, directed by L.A. Madridejos and Rechie del Carmen.

“We had to follow all the safety protocols now needed in the new normal way of taping. Konti lang ‘yung taong involved. No bystanders. ‘Yung mga kailangan lang talaga sa taping.”

Everyone involved had to be tested first. “Yes, lahat kami, cast and crew, dumaan muna sa swab testing before we were allowed to be part of the taping, para sure na walang may virus sa aming lahat. Then sa set, we also practiced social distancing and constantly disinfecting and sanitizing ourselves and also everything on the set.”

Unlike before that they can tape until the wee hours of the morning, this time, they can only work for 12 hours straight.

“May limit ang working hours, kaya kailangan ma-maximize ninyo ang trabaho para matapos lahat ng scenes meant to be shot on that day. It’s like parang bagong pasok kami lahat sa eskwelahan and you should all do your assignments para walang masayang na oras. May kaba rin, but we’re all just happy to be back working after resting for six months because of the pandemic.”

So how is it working with Lovi Poe? “I’m glad to be reunited with Lovi. We play husband and wife na daraan sa maraming pagsubok dahil may kanya-kanya kaming goals sa buhay. Sanay na kami ni Lovi sa isa’t isa kasi we also played husband and wife before sa drama series na ginawa namin four years ago, ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’. Kaya madali na for us to do our scenes together kasi nagkakaintindihan kami agad.”

Supporting them in the episode “High Rise Lovers” of “I Can See You” are Winwyn Marquez, Teresa Loyzaga and Tetay Ocampo. The new series will start on September 28 on GMA Telebabad at primetime and the first story to be featured is “Love at the Balcony” with Alden Richards and Jasmine Curtis Smith.

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What’s on Hallypop

HALLYPOP is all set to rock your world as it premieres this Sunday, September 20 when GMA Network officially brings you the newest and first ever digital channel that’s a one-stop-shop for K-Pop, lifestyle, and entertainment shows.

This groundbreaking partnership between GMA-7 and Jungo TV gives Filipino viewers 24/7 access to the hottest shows including international concert tours, trendy music videos, and live performances of today’s biggest global superstars.


K-entertainment fans showed their excitement about Hallypop in social media with one fan tweeting: “The partnership makes GMA Network the first media organization in the Philippines to distribute channels from Jungo TV, specifically its concert network Frontrow and Asian Pop network, Hallypop. And now, it’s available on GMA Affordabox. Thanks for this, GMA Network.”

And someone adds: “Hi Filo K-pop stans! There’s a new channel in GMA called Hallypop and they will broadcast a bunch of K-pop contents and Korean variety shows! It would be nice if y’all could watch and support it.”

Netizens can’t also wait to binge-watch pop culture programs and see their favorite shows on TV, like “Running Man”, the hit South Korean variety show that
premieres in the country for the very first time. Catch the guestings in it of Korean heartthrob Park Bo-gum and Korean group BTS.

In Hallystage, witness the breathtaking concerts of Grammy-award winning performers U2 and Beyoncé that will surely keep viewers on the edge of their seats. Jaw-dropping performances from the nation’s top musicians will take the spotlight on Music Bank.

Sing along and jam with your favorite artists on StarGazeMuzik featuring high quality music videos produced out of Asia, in particular South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

K-pop royalty and starmaker Park Jin-young or JYP hosts the musical talk show JYP’s Party People. Viewers should not also miss the talk show Sidewalk Talk and reality TV competition K-Pop Star. Rescan your GMA Affordabox and other digital TV receivers now and don’t miss these programs and performances on the newest digital TV channel in the Philippines, Hallypop.

Publication Source :    People's Tonight
Mario Bautista
Former member: Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Urian)