Annabelle Rama through publicist Jun Lalin ng isang mini-presscon para sa
bagong alaga ng ina nina Ruffa, Richard, at Raymond Gutierrez—ang Kapamilya
actor na si TJ Trinidad.
Pagdating sa venue sa isang bagong bukas na cake and
coffee house sa Tomas Morato, ang unang katanungan palagi sa one-fourth
Spanish, one-fourth Norwegian, and one-half Filipino brown-eyed looker, kung
magiging Kapuso na ba siya. Very identified kasi ang bago niyang manager sa
"I don't know,
pag-uusapan pa namin ito ni Ate [tawag ni TJ kay Annabelle]," sagot ni TJ but
he hopes to stay a Kapamilya.
Raul "TJ" Trinidad
Jr. (the TJ stands for Trinidad Jr.) led a charmed life even
before he entered showbiz. The youngest son of a retired pilot, TJ finished
high school at Colegio San Agustin and his B.S. in Commerce at De La Salle
He has been a
commercial model since 1986, starting with San Miguel and Close-Up but it was
only in 2003 that he entered showbiz as Judy Ann Santos's other leading man in
the ABS-CBN soap opera Basta't Kasama Kita with Robin Padilla. Their team-up
was successful enough to warrant a second soap (Krystala) and a movie (Aishite
Imasu 1942) until Ryan Agoncillo entered the picture. And so, TJ was paired with
Kristine Hermosa in Gulong ng Palad, with a reunion soap in Prinsesa ng Banyera.
Although low-key, TJ
is fortunate enough to be paired with the biggest leading ladies of ABS-CBN
from Juday and Kristine to Claudine Barretto (Walang Kapalit) and Heart
Evangelista (Hiram Na Mukha).
For the past four
years, he has been handled by former manager June Rufino.
Why did he change
"I feel I needed a
change. We [he and June] parted well, wala namang naging problema," paniniguro
Kung may balita raw na
hindi sila ayos ni June, he knows na sa kanilang dalawa, the parting was
Why Annabelle Rama?
"Long-time friend ko
na sila, from Tito Eddie [Gutierrez, Annabelle's husband] pa. Si Richard
ka-boxing ko sa The Fort. Me and June parted muna before I spoke with Ate, so
walang problema sa kanilang dalawa."
Back to the original
question, it was Annabelle who answered kung ililipat niya ba si TJ sa GMA.
"Pag-uusapan pa ang
lahat," sagot ni Annabelle. "Pero sa tingin ko naman, kung hindi kailangan,
huwag na. Ang gaganda ng projects na ibinibigay ng ABS kay TJ, ang lalaki ng mga
naka-partner niya. May meeting pa kami next week sa ABS, doon ko pa lang
malalaman kung ano ang balak nila kay TJ. Pero sa tingin ko, meron pa."
Dagdag naman ni TJ, "I
feel I am a Kapamilya talaga. I started my career there. I'm not closing my
doors to GMA though."
Annabelle and TJ's
first project as manager-talent is the upcoming Star Cinema movie of Richard
and KC Concepcion, For The First Time. Ang last project naman ni TJ for June is
the pilot episode of Love Books sa TV5 na "Have Baby Will Date" with Valerie
Entertainment Portal) asked TJ two last questions. Halos nakapareha na niya ang
biggest leading ladies of ABS-CBN, sino pa ang gusto niyang maka-partner sa
Kapamilya? At kung sakaling malipat siya sa GMA-7, sino ang gusto niyang
"Si Bea [Alonzo]. Hindi pa kami nagkakatrabaho kahit guesting lang,"
sabi ni TJ. "Sa GMA, siguro si Marian [Rivera]. I've worked with her sa
and we were able to talk. Wala siyang ere, mabait, friendly pero
prangka. Yun ang gusto ko sa isang tao, e, hindi plastic."