David Licauco is thankful for all the doors of opportunities that opened for him because of his inclusion in the highly-successful drama Maria Clara at Ibarra. Now, he is being referred to as the “Pambansang Ginoo.”
“It’s pressure-filled so I try not to think about it,” David reacts. “Definitely, it was given to me for a reason. Perhaps, I just have to do my best at all times to be able to live up to that heavy name.”
The 28-year-old is very thankful for his recently-concluded TV show, which somehow made him a household name.
“Around five months ago, you wouldn’t tell that I’d get this far. If not for MCI’s popularity, I wouldn’t receive offers for brand endorsements. So, I’m simply grateful.”
“You just have to stay grateful considering that not every actor is given the same opportunities that I experience at present. So, even if there are times when you find it difficult and you’re feeling tired, you need to remain grateful because you also dreamt of this before,” David points out.
David admits that there are things that he finds hard to do now that he’s more recognizable to the public.
“Personally speaking, showbiz is like any other job. I treat it as work. So for example, when there are moments when I like to go out or hang out with friends, I would read comments that state that I should not be going out anymore because of my present stature. For me, I don’t find anything wrong with that as long as I’m not doing something overboard.”
Amid his current popularity, David vows that he will not change.
“I’m still my old self back when I was ten or twelve years old. I just have more responsibilities now, especially with the ‘Pambansang Ginoo’ title that was bestowed upon me. This is something I didn’t expect to happen. So, as I’ve mentioned earlier, I just have to do my best at all times to become a good example to those who support me, especially the youth.
“I would say that I have more conscious effort now to protect my image. I’m a public figure and many look up to me. So, I really need to be careful with all my moves,” ends David.
Arra San Agustin feels blessed and proud to be part of GMA’s newest primetime offering Mga Lihim ni Urduja.
“It’s a huge honor to be part of this ambitious project. Before this, I was also cast in Lolong which turned out to be a ratings winner. That’s why I’m very thankful to my home studio for their continued trust in my talent so that I’ll be able to give inspiration and entertainment to the viewing public.”
Does she feel any pressure since the timeslot they occupy is that of Maria Clara at Ibarra, which was a chart-topper, ratings-wise?
“Of course, there is pressure. But nevertheless, I trust our whole production, from the stars to our director to the production team. I’m certain that we have good material to offer.”
For the charming actress, it’s just okay to feel pressure.
“That only shows that we care. People will see that we want to make the show more appealing. I’m happy because this team is collaborative. They listen to our suggestions. Yes, I can say that we have creative freedom on the set. It’s definitely a huge thing for actors like us,” Arra states.