Despite his enormous fame, local showbiz A-Lister Aga Muhlach was always shy around people he didn’t know. Looking back at his colorful life, he explains the irony by the fact that he practically grew up in the business and had long been sheltered by his stardom.
Everything changed when in 2012, he felt the need to step up and offer a new brand of leadership in his province of Camarines Sur, as a congressional candidate. While the public knows full well how the dramatic actor’s very first political bid turned out, he believes it had a very positive outcome in his life nonetheless.
“Natutunan kong buksan ang sarili ko sa mga tao nung kampanya, at nalaman ko kung gaano kasarap makilala ang mga kababayan natin,” Aga expressed at his “homecoming” with the entertainment press after what he calls his “busy year” away from where he belongs.
“Mahal na mahal kong makasama ang tao, at napakasuwerte ko that I can continue to meet more and more Filipinos from all over the country with my show on TV5, Pinoy Explorer.”
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Although the travel-cum-adventure series premiered with Aga in New York City, the rest of the season will see him in the best kept secrets of the Philippines’ provinces, such as Romblon’s mysterious “Blue Hole” this weekend.
“Nakakatawa nga na sa pag-iikot ko ang tawag nila sa akin, ‘Senator’,” chuckled the ever handsome celebrity. “Kasi I feel that it’s time for me to give back to the public that has supported me all these years, kaya kahit nasa kotse lang ako sa probinsya, binababa ko yung bintana para batiin sila. And sa mga oras na yon, I make sure na kanilang-kanila ako.”
Aga also talked about the Filipino’s unbelievable kindness through his immersions all over the country, while shooting for Pinoy Explorer.
“Pag inimbita nila ako makikain sa kanila, sumasama talaga ako at doon ko nakikita kung gaano kabait ang Pilipino. Bubuksan nila yung kahuli-hulihang delata nila para sa iyo,” he shared. “Kaya apart from all the adventures and sights I experience for the show, dahil din sa mga taong nakikilala ko, I can truly and honestly say, ‘It’s more fun in the Philippines’.”
At the intimate luncheon on Monday, Aga also excitedly talked about another project for TV5, which once it airs in few weeks will turn him into a game show host.
“It’s called Let’s Ask Pilipinas and it’s a franchise of the US game show, Let’s Ask America,” he enthused. “What’s interesting about it is it fully makes use of technology because the players need not leave their homes, since they’ll be playing via Internet.”
He is also excited to be able to explore something totally new to his career. Aga confessed he was hesitant to accept the project at first since he has never hosted a show, much less a game show.
“Nung una nag-alangan ako na lalabas ako sa comfort zone ko, ngayong pang 44 years na ako at happy naman ako sa lahat ng aspeto ng buhay ko,” Aga explained. “But then I thought, hindi pa naman ako ganoon katanda na takot sumubok ng iba, so I said to myself, why not diba?”
The mechanics of Let’s Ask Pilipinas are similar to the format of the iconic Family Fued where contestants will be asked how they think the majority of surveyed Filipinos answered a particular question.
“The questions can be anything like, ‘Kaninong toothbrush ang gagamitin mo sa bahay kung hindi mo makita ang toothbrush mo?’” Aga related laughing. “Puwede ring ‘Saan nyo gustong makita ang mga mambabatas na nagwaldas ng pork barrel?’”
As he laughed at this second example in the company of long-time friends, the one and only Aga Muhlach could not help but shake his head at the mess the country is in today.
Knowing that he can speak his mind at his home base, he thought out loud, “Sa dami ng nangyayari ngayon, nagpapasalamat ako na ako ay isang artista sa ating industriya.”
Pinoy Explorer airs Sundays at 6 p.m. on TV5’s “Weekend Do It Better” weekend primetime block. Let’s Ask Pilipinas premieres on October 14.