The year 2010 has been a very good one for actor-politician Monsour del Rosario.
After six months in office, the actor-athlete is enjoying his life and newfound calling as a public servant. He won as councilor of Makati City in the May 10, 2010 elections.
"Happy ako na nanalo ako. Nung birthday ko, May 11, na-proclaim akong konsehal!" a still-overwhelmed Monsour told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), when we interviewed him in his Makati City Hall office before he took his holiday break.
"Unang-unang magandang nangyari, nag-campaign ako mula December of 2009 para sa election ng May 10. So, how many months 'yon? Six months, from December to May, 2010. Kampanya nang kampanya.
"Happy ako na nanalo ako, pero hindi kaagad nagkaroon ng magandang takbo sa City Hall," continued Monsour.
But he would rather not elaborate on the problem.
"Basta, nagkaroon ng problema, ng tensiyon" he simply stated. "Kasi siyempre, ibang camp, e. Dalawang camp. Ako naman, gusto ko lang naman magtrabaho at makatulong, makagawa at makisama sa lahat."
Monsour hinted at factions involving supporters of newly-elected mayor Junjun Binay and then outgoing vice mayor Ernesto Mercado. Mercado ran for mayor of Makati City but lost to the son of former Makati City mayor and now vice-president Jejomar Binay.
The tension-filled start which characterized Monsour's entry into politics ended after a few months.
"Well, buti naman at naayos. Nagka-stress ako doon, e. Ang nerve ko dito, naipit. Naipit yung nervous system ko dito," he said, pointing at his nape.
"Naospital ako, out-patient, almost every day nasa therapy ako. Hindi ko lang sinasabi dahil sa away-away dito. E, ayoko ng gulo, gusto ko masaya lahat.
"So, nung nag-ayos sila, nagkabati-bati last September, medyo maganda na ang takbo [sa City Hall]... May, June, July, and August, ang gulo-gulo no'n.
"In October, nagkaroon ng barangay elections, tumulong ako ng konti sa mga kakilala ko sa mga barangay," said Monsour.
DOING ACTION. Before October ended, an offer for Monsour to star in a action series came, and he was just too willing to appear on it. He says he doesn't think this poses a problem to his duties as council member.
The action series titled PNP P.A.C.E.R.: Special Action Force is to be aired this January 2011 on TV5.