Gabby Concepcion’s boyish charm has not left him after all these years.
As the former matinee idol stars in TV5’s latest fantaserye, the Eula-Caballero starrer Cassandra: Warrior Angel, it is noticeable that Gabby sports a leaner body and he has mantained his winsome looks.
Apparently, his taping days for the said action-adventure soap has become a workout too.
This he talked about during the press launch of Cassandra, last Tuesday, April 30, at the TV5 Broadway Studio in Quezon City.
Gabby was presented to the media along with fellow cast members Eula Valdes, JC de Vera, Albie Casiño, Victor Silayan, William Martinez, Mercedes Cabral, Pen Medina, Art Acuña, Alwyn Uytingco, Vangie Labalan, Rocky Salumbides, Mon Confiado, Jopay Paguia, and Joaqui Tupaz.
TV5's primetime series will take viewers to the mystical world of angels and demons, where a young girl with untapped powers becomes humanity’s most trusted ally against the forces of evil.
Cassandra: Warrior Angel will air its pilot episode on May 6, 2013.
“Yung rehearsals namin ni Eula [Valdes], talagang mababawasan ka ng timbang sa init ng costume, sa init ng panahon.
“At saka yung location, yung mga movements. Meron kaming instructor na kasama,” revealed Gabby.
When asked about his transition from the ABS-CBN drama Kahit Puso’y Masugatan to the action-filled Cassandra, the actor said that when he was offered the role in the latter project, he knew he had to take on the challenge of his first “fantaserye.”
“Parati akong ganun, parati akong naghahanap ng bago at kakaibang project.
“Kaya nung prinesenta ito sa akin, sabi ko, ‘Ito, maganda ito.’
“And true enough, nung nakita namin, ako mismo … napakahirap talaga saka puro costume,” he enthused.
In an interview after the press conference proper, Gabby shared details about the physically taxing scenes in Cassandra.
“Maraming fight scenes! Yan ang isang dahilan kung bakit naglu-lose weight ako dahil ng sa mga eksena.
“Pero ang problema sa akin, malakas ako kumain talaga!
“Kaya kung hindi ako siguro kumakain, mas payat ako ngayon!”
EULA VALDES. In the same press conference, Eula did not try to hide her giddiness over working with her long time celebrity crush, Gabby.
According to the actress, she used to just admire Gabby like many other fan girls.
Now Eula, who has become an icon in Philippine soaps, cannot help but squeal a bit and tell the world that she just taped a kissing scene with Gabby, who is her onscreen partner in Cassandra.
Their characters in Cassandra are the star-crossed lovers Uriel and Larissa, who are also the parents of the title character played by TV5 princess Eula Caballero.
Gabby does not deny being flattered by Eula’s admiration for him, all the more when he was told that he was one of the reasons the 44-year-old actress chose performing for a career.
He said, “Alam mo, ngayon lang sa akin na-reveal na kami pala ang dahilan.
“E, di ko naman alam yun. Pero very happy ako, flattered nga ako na nabanggit niya yun.
“Kasi maski siya, napapanood ko siya, e. Nagulat nga ako na nandito na siya sa singko.
“Nung nasa Amerika ako, napapanood ko siya sa Dos [ABS-CBN].”
Was taping the kissing scene difficult?
Gabby replied, “Hindi naman nangyari kaagad yung kissing scene on the first day kaya meron kaming bonding time.
“Saka mas relaxed na ako dahil barkada ko naman, kaibigan ko naman si Rocky.”
Rocky Salumbides is Eula’s boyfriend who is also cast in Cassandra.
Did the 33-year-old model turn actor get jealous of him?
Gabby denied it, pointing out, “Very level-headed si Rocky, kasama ko siya.”
Asked if Rocky was present on the set when Gabby and Eula shot the kissing scene, Gabby answered with a chuckle, “Ewan ko kung nakasilip siya sa isang biyak na kahoy, pero hindi naman siguro.
“Okay lang yun! Pare-pareho tayong mga artista, e.”
Lastly, Gabby said that he respects and admires Eula as his co-actor.
“Si Eula, very serious siya umarte. Saka ang dali niyang kumambiyo… She’s very focused, I should say.”