Show business is undoubtedly a challenging industry to be in — besides the ruthless competition among artists, there is also the public’s unrealistic expectation for celebrities to look and act perfectly at every waking moment. If they don’t, then the “chismis,” the intrigues and the bashing begin to hound and pound them.
It therefore takes an enduring passion for their craft for artists to survive the “hazards” of the job. For the pressure can get so unbearable it’ll make you want to quit.
Thankfully, 33-year-old Carlo Aquino is just as deep into his acting and music as he was as a child star that he is ploughing forward despite his much-publicized fall out with on-and-off girlfriend Angelica Panganiban.
It can be recalled that the pair were reunited on screen via the 2018 box-office hit “Exes Baggage.” They rekindled their romance not only on the set, but off-cam too, spending the rest of the year together lovey-dovey like before.
And then one day, Panganiban announced out of nowhere she’s distancing herself from Aquino because of all the bashing and negativity she’s been getting for being with him.
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It didn’t help that in the following months, the couple stopped posting their photos together on their social media until netizens allegedly spotted Aquino was vacationing with another woman.
What ensued was a he said-she said scenario, where Aquino downplayed the issue and said he and Panganiban were still on speaking terms; with the latter quickly deploring what he said, categorically stating they have cut all communication between them.
Panganiban went a step further and said that Aquino actually led her on. In fact, she posted on Twitter, “Nope. Sorry. Spare me. Si khang at si josh lang ang tinuturing kong pamilya. Gusto kong maging mabuting tao. Pero ayokong maging bobo :)”
‘Her emotions are valid’
And so, even as he was promoting his upcoming birthday concert “Liwanag” in concert late last week, Aquino had no choice but to face the lingering controversy. The “bobo” post was very fresh after all, going viral only three days before this interview.
A cool and calm Aquino simply said, “Para sa akin lang kasi kung may apoy, hindi mo naman bubuhusan ‘yon ng gasul para lumaki pa. Huwag na lang siguro nating pahabain. ‘Yung emotions niya valid ‘yon, kung ‘yon ‘yung nararamdaman niya, ibigay na natin sa kanya ‘yon, di ba? Ayaw ko na rin pahabain kasi ang tagal na rin [ng issue], I think six or seven months.”
The singer-actor clarified however that he has no ill feelings for Panganiban and insisted he had done his part in appeasing her very early on.
“Nag-sorry na naman ako. Sincerely, nag-sorry ako sa kanya and hindi ko kailangang mag-sorry in public dahil napa-plastikan ako kapag ganun. Personal, mas maganda ‘yon. Ilang beses naman na kaming nag-usap. I think okay na ‘yon for me.”
If anything, the actor gallantly said it is gratitude that he has for his ex-girlfriend, crediting her for his resurgence of his career.
“Di ba ilang beses ko rin sinabi sa inyo na malaking bagay siya kung bakit ako nandito ngayon? So very thankful ako every day sa kanya.”
Under the overall direction of Frank Mamaril and the expert musical direction of Louie Ocampo, Aquino chooses to look forward to his birthday concert to highlight his lesser known passion for music.
“Nagsimula ako na tinuruan ako ng kapatid ko na mag-gitara ng right-handed, eh left-handed ako so hirap na hirap ako. Tapos natuto ako sa kaliwa at dun nag-umpisa ang lahat,” he said of how his musicality grew.
Besides guidance from his brother, Aquino shared his father likewise helped him along exposing him to the various genres of music, particularly the classics. And since he’s known for his appeal across all generations whether on TV or the movies, the singer-actor is making sure his repertoire will have something for everyone.
“Gagawa ako ng maliliit na fillers ng iba ko pang musical inspirations ko gaya ng boy groups and alternative and acoustic artists pati old hits,” he enthused, clearly making every effort not to wallow in his latest bout of intrigues.
Ultimately, in keeping with his show’s title, Aquino hopes to “spark the light of inspiration” and remind people to chase after their dreams despite the odds just like what he continues to do in his career.
“’Yun naman ang pinakaimportante talaga di’ba?” he ended.
“Liwanag in Concert” happens on August 31 at the Music Museum, after which Aquino will go full blast in shooting his next movie with Maine Mendoza, “Isa Pa with Feelings” under Black Sheep Productions.