Most of the cast of the youth-oriented show T.G.I.S., now defunct, have kept in touch through the years.
The T.G.I.S. barkada—made up of Angelu de Leon, Bobby Andrews, Red Sternberg, Raven Villanueva, Michael Flores, Ciara Sotto, Onemig Bondoc, Rica Peralejo, Bernadette Allyson, and Jake Roxas—was launched on GMA-7 in 1995.
On the set sprouted many friendships, but so did misunderstandings that actually led to more than just verbal arguments—they led to actual cursing and physical fighting.
Today the barkada is gathered for PEP.ph’s (Philippine Entertainment Portal) online talk show, PEP Live, to celebrate TGIS’s 25th anniversary.
And today, Red volunteers to answer the question.
“There was also an incident na si Angelu minura ko," he reveals.
Surprised by Red’s revelation, Angelu remarks, “Really? Bakit?”
Ciara says she remembers the incident.
Before Red could answer, Angelu quips, “O, huwag mo nang sabihin. Natakot ako bigla!”
Red recounts what happened anyway.
“During that time I was very sick, I was in the car, naka-heater ako. Kasi I was having chills, [but] I was still working.
“So every time na kailangan ako on the set, they would call me from the car kasi I was resting.
“E, si Angelu, ito, naka-telebabad. So I was already waiting sa set for sa eksena, and si Angelu, nasa isang sulok, naka-cellphone.”
Michael asks, “Sinong kausap?!”
Angelu answers with a laugh, “Wala, partyline! Partyline ang kausap ko! Hindi na alam ng mga millennials iyon!”
Red answers that it was probably not Joko Diaz because the incident happened on the set of T.G.I.S.
It was in 1998 when Angelu got into a relationship with Joko, who later became the father of her firstborn Nicole.
At the time, Angelu and the T.G.I.S. cast were already doing the show's spin-off, Growing Up.
Continuing his story, Red says: “So I was having a hard time kasi ang sama ng pakiramdam ko.
“I think, I said na, ‘Tawagin niyo ako kapag ready na si Angelu.’
“’Tapos, humirit siya ng, 'Anong feeling mo? Star ka?’”
Now Angelu is shocked, “Wah! Talaga ba?”
Michael answers, “Ay, grabe ka, Angelu!”
Red admits, “As in, talagang pinagmumura ko si Angelu!”
Angelu responds with a smile, “Dati, maldita talaga ako. Peace, Red.”
THE ONLY PHYSICAL FIGHT
For their part, Red and Onemig also got involved in a heated fight, which made headlines at the time.
The story is that Onemig arrived late for the shoot of the 1996 T.G.I.S. The Movie.
Fed up, Red punched him.
Today, for the first time, director Mark Reyes talks about the issue, admitting he actually had some involvement in the incident.
He recalls: “That time kasi, we were shooting the film, at the same time, doing the TV show, so the stress factor was really patong-patong.
“And then, Onemig was late, and then ito si Red, mainit na iyong ulo, everyone was really on edge na.
“Then, sabi ni Red, ‘Kapag iyan, dumating dito, sasapakin ko iyon!’
“Ako naman, stupid me, sabi ko, ‘Sige, sapakin mo!’”
Mike teases Direk Mark, “Ayon, kasalanan mo pala, e!”
Direk Mark continues, “And then, pak! Ewan ko who told me that ‘Direk, si Red sinuntok si Onemig.’”
Red clarifies that the fight between him and Onemig was the only time their misunderstanding got physical.
“In terms of physical, that was the only incident, kay Onemig. There was nothing else.
“Iyong sagutan, pikunan, mga three, four in the morning ‘tapos may mga mokong na hindi alam iyong linya, ayon, nagkakainitan. Aside from that, wala.”
Director Dominic Zapata remarks today, “Iyon talaga iyong dynamics ng totoong barkada. Talagang ganun siya, e.”