Diego Loyzaga is aware that his new show Precious Hearts Romances: Los Bastardos is going head-to-head against GMA-7's My Special Tatay, where his mom Teresa Loyzaga plays a kontrabida.
My Special Tatay is Teresa's first teleserye in GMA-7 after being with ABS-CBN since her showbiz comeback.
Meanwhile, Los Bastardos is Diego's comeback in the afternoon slot after his series Pusong Ligaw ended in January 2018.
When PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) brought this up, Diego exclaimed, "Magkatapat nga!"
Were they able to talk about their shows being rivals in terms of timeslot?
"Ang sinabi ko nga sa bahay, walang lilipat ng TV!
"Sinabi ko na kasi yung mga kasambahay namin, they love watching Mama, kasi grabe si Mama mag-kontrabida.
"Pero kami ni Mama, habang nagkakape sa umaga [tinanong niya ako], 'Oh, paano 'Nak kapag pinalabas na yung Bastardos?'
"[Sabi ko] 'Di ko alam, Ma, basta yung remote control ng TV, ilalagay ko sa Dos tapos ilalayo ko na!'"
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other entertainment reporters spoke to Diego during the press conference of Los Bastardos at the Dolphy Theater.
During the press conference, Diego was asked how he feels about playing a "bastardo."
It is no secret that in real life, Diego is the illegitimate son of Teresa with Cesar Montano since they are not married.
During the presscon proper, Diego said that he did not have any hesitations about accepting the role just because he is a "bastardo" in the series.
Jake Cuenca, Marco Gumabao, Joshua Colet, and Albie Casino portray the other "bastardos" in this Kapamilya teleserye.
At the press interview, Diego was asked if he found the Los Bastardos title offensive.
The 23-year-old actor said, "It's not offensive at all and to play a role like this, if anything, it makes me wanna do it more.
"I accept who I am, tanggap ko sarili ko and hindi ko kailangan patunayan kahit kanino na...
"Look, I'm an actor, I'm acting, this is the role that's been given to me.
"Hindi nakakabastos yung pamagat ng palabas, hindi siya nakakabastos.
"It's not like they made the role literally to my life, kaming lima lahat kami bastardo dito.
"And being a bastard itself, ikahihiya mo ba yun? Hindi naman.
"Ang mga bastardo, meron pa rin namang nagmamahal sa kanila so there's nothing wrong with it at all."
Since the show is under the Precious Hearts Romances umbrella, people are already expecting that the five lead actors will have steamy scenes.
In fact, the teaser showed the five boys baring their skin and abs.
Diego gets to play a character older than his real age.
How did he prepare for his role as Joaquin Cardinal?
"When this project was first introduced to me, I cannot say that I was actually fit. Lima naman kaming lalaki na lead.
"Yung role na naibigay sa akin, ako yung kinikilalang panganay, so ako yung second eldest dito.
"I've never played a role na older than my actual age. I'm 30, I play a CEO.
"So I never played a role anything close to this so it's completely different.
"Meron kaming mga hubaran na mga scenes but it's not just all about showing off our body, it still is acting."
Los Bastardos premiered on ABS-CBN's Kapamilya Gold afternoon block last Monday, October 15.
On October 22, viewers got the first glimpse of the five male leads.