Did you know that Dion Ignacio was supposed to be part of GMA-7's afternoon series The Stepdaughters?
During the teleserye's press conference last February 2018, it was announced that Dion will portray the role of Froilan, the brother of Francis (Mikael Daez), and was supposed to be one of the kontrabidas.
When the character appeared a month after the show's premiere, it was Edgar Allan Guzman who actually portrayed the role.
Back then, the Victor Magtanggol project was still under wraps.
When Dion spoke to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during the July 23 presscon of Victor Magtanggol, he revealed why he was replaced in the afternoon series.
Dion said, "Siguro hindi nagkaintindihan sa schedule tapos noong binigay sa akin yun [role], parang apat na linggo pa bago ako magtaping.
"So nandiyan na yung Victor Magtanggol, nakapagtaping na, wala na, mahihirapan na yung schedule. Tapos nagulat nga ako, si Edgar Allan na.
"May pagkakontrabida. Nakita ko nga kay Edgar Allan."
Did he feel any regrets about not doing The Stepdaughters?
Dion admitted, "Sayang din kasi blessing yun, e.
"Pero meron namang kapalit. At saka okay din ito, excited din ako dito kasi parang superhero, maiba naman.
"Hindi kontrabida, e. Dito relaxed lang yung character."
FROM VILLAIN TO NICE GUY.
For a change, Dion will play a good character in Victor Magtanggol as the brother-in-law of Alden Richards's character.
He is the husband of Alden's sister played by Chynna Ortaleza.
Dion said about his character, "Dito, parang mabait na father na gagawin lahat para sa family niya. Bayaw ko si Alden dito kaya lagi kami magkasama kahit sa work niya.
"[Si Chynna], mag-asawa kami dito tapos meron kaming isang anak [Yuan Francisco]."
How is his experience on the set of Victor Magtanggol?
"Sobrang relaxed sa set kasi ang babait nila. Lalo na si Alden, bonding namin nito, ML, e, Mobile Legends, kasi pareho kaming gamers.
"Yun yung bonding namin tapos magaling yung director namin, si Direk Dominic Zapata.
"Kasi isang eksena, matagal kunan kasi parang pelikula.
"Detalyado kahit yung pagkuha ng susi, kukunan yung kamay mo, tapos wide shot. Si Direk kasi, kwela din, joker."
MISSING BIDA ROLES?
In the past, Dion had the opportunity to play lead characters in teleseryes, such as Saan Darating Ang Umaga? (2008) and Magdalena (2012).
He also served as the lead villain in teleseryes Maghihintay Pa Rin (2013), Kailan Ba Tama Ang Mali? (2015), and Magkaibang Mundo (2016).
However, in his recent projects, Dion was assigned to play supporting roles, particularly in MariMar (2015), Mulawin vs. Ravena (2017), and here in Victor Magtanggol.
Does he miss playing lead roles in his TV dramas?
"Siguro kung may chance na mabigyan uli, grab lang ng grab.
"Hindi naman, kung meron, e, di grab lang.
"Pero thankful ako sa Artist Center, sa GMA kasi kahit papaano, hindi niyo man ako napapanuod na laging may show, at least andito ako, kahit maliit o malaking blessing, masaya ako. At least napifeel ko, love ako ng GMA."
According to Dion, transferring networks also did not cross his mind.
He reasoned out, "Sobrang at home na ako dito, kilalang kilala ko na lahat, kahit san mag guest, magtaping, kilala mo na.
"Parang kumportable ako dito, at saka naniniwala akong meron 'yan, dadating din.
"Kaya ginagawa ko, kahit support, talagang ibibigay ko yung best ko, kasi iniimagine ko, siguro itong show ko na ito, audition para sa next show ko.
"Iniisip ko, sobrang lahat kami, mahalaga yung characters. Parang keyboard 'yan, mahalaga bawat isa sa amin."