Jak Roberto explains why GMA management forbids him from playing gay roles

by James Patrick Anarcon
Jul 28, 2017
Jak Roberto wishes to play gay roles in the future. However, his management wants him to continue with his hunky image. "Kasi minomold ako na Abs ng Bayan, tapos gay role!"


After the successful run of GMA-7's primetime series Meant To Be, Jak Roberto returns to the Kapuso comedy anthology show Dear Uge.

It was through this show that he got the tag "Abs ng Bayan" since his character Berto is always topless.

However, for his Dear Uge comeback, Jak was shocked that some changes happened to his role.

Laughing, he said, "Nagtataka nga ako bakit may damit na ako sa Dear Uge ngayon, e!

"Dati kasi, pagdating ko sa [set ng] Uge, kung ano na yung suot ko, minsan kasi naka-basketball shorts lang ako at saka sando, okay na 'yan, rehearse ka na.

"Pagkapasok ko ng tindahan, topless na 'yan, kabitan na ng lapel."

Apparently, the Berto character has already evolved from being a water boy to a professional.

He added, "Ngayon, nakabalat na sapatos, black na pants at saka polo shirt."

Does this mean he won't be seen topless anymore in the show?

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The 24-year-old hunk actor answered, "Nagagawan ng paraan, e! Kapag hindi nabubuhusan, [sasabihin ko] 'Ang init dito!'

"Topless pa rin, pero okay naman. Ang laking pasasalamat ko sa Dear Uge na at least, sila yung nag-launch sa akin ng ganon."

For his next project, would Jak choose to go wholesome or keep up with the "Abs ng Bayan" tag and continue showing his body?

Jak responded, "Open po ako sa kahit anong role! Actually kahit nga gay, e."

However, his management--GMA Artist Center--wants him to continue the leading man-hunk career path.

He explained with a smile, "Kasi minomold ako na Abs ng Bayan, tapos gay role!

"Kahit ano naman po, ganito sa Meant To Be na pa-teenybopper. Okay lang naman po, basta regular na trabaho."

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other reporters spoke to Jak during the July 23 Sunday PINASaya set visit at GMA Network Center.

Jak is one of the semi-regular hosts of the Sunday noontime variety show that is currently celebrating its second year anniversary.

SITCOM WITH MEANT TO BE BOYS. With regards to his next project, Jak said that auditions are being lined-up for him for the network's upcoming shows.

Last June, Meant To Be ended with a cliffhanger wherein his character--along with Ivan Dorschner, Addy Raj, and Ken Chan--suddenly woke up while floating in a swimming pool.


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Ken's character Yuan then asked the boys, "Anong nangyari kagabi?"

The last scene then flashed the question: "Ano nga ba?"


Some fans assumed that Meant To Be might have a second book after its successful run.

Jak cannot confirm yet if there will be a Book Two.

However, he disclosed that he might be doing a project with the Meant To Be boys.

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He said, "Alam ko hindi soap. Parang sitcom.

"Di pa po ako sure dun, ha. Pero yun lang po yung naririnig ko, parang sitcom, parang Palibhasa Lalake."

Palibhasa Lalake is a sitcom aired in ABS-CBN starring Richard Gomez, John Estrada, and Joey Marquez which ran from 1987-1998.

Currently, Jak has returned to the gag show Bubble Gang and makes appearances in Unang Hirit and Day Off.

Abangan ang mga challenge na gagawin namin bukas para sa isang DAY OFF winner #DayOff

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