Vandolph swears he's still a true-blue comedian


Being included in the cast of ABS-CBN's newest action-adventure series, Palos, doesn't mean a serious Vandolph. According to the young comedian, his character in the said primetime program still requires him to deliver punch lines. Quizzed if he's entertaining the thought of trading blows and punches with Cesar Montano and Jake Cuenca, Vandolph replied in jest, "'Yon nga ang nire-request ko."

With an action-adventure series now listed under his credentials, is Vandolph turning his back on comedy?

"Hindi naman nagbago character ko," clarified Vandolph to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last night, January 22, during the press conference of ABS-CBN's new action series, Palos.

In the said series, Vandolph plays the character of Giuseppe—a computer wizard who is a good friend of Jake Cuenca's character, Giancarlo.

Although he admitted that starring in a teleserye is a fresh undertaking and a welcome break from sitcoms, the son of Comedy King Dolphy and actress Alma Moreno revealed that assuming the role of Giuseppe is not a complete departure from his comfort zone.

"Medyo kinakabahan din ako kasi first time ko mag-teleserye, so challenging at the same time excited," said Vandolph, talking about Palos.

As for his role and the necessary adjustments, he enthused: "Ang binago lang, computer genius ako pero komedyante pa rin ako."


LIFE AS A MARRIED MAN. Last December 3, 2007, Vandolph finally married his longtime girlfriend, Jenny Salimao, in an emotional church ceremony held at the St. James Church in Ayala, Alabang.

Prior to the wedding, the pair had been going out for four years already, so adjustments as a married couple according to Vandolph are minimal, if not, nil.

"Wala nang adjustment period," he revealed. "Kumbaga, mas naging proper lang ‘yong mga hindi napagkakaintidihan, mas madali na ngayon ayusin."

Personally, being a husband contributed a great deal in altering Vandolph's outlook and priorities—two shaky areas in his life when he was still a free-wheeling bachelor.

Discussing the present, the young comedian shared, "Mas focus [ngayon] kasi before marami pang baka ‘to, baka ‘yon. Ngayon, nandito ka sa isang trend na kailangan mong iangat ‘yong pamilya mo at hindi ka na lang mag-isa ngayon, dalawang utak na'ng nag-iisip ngayon."

And since the love month is just around the corner, how is he planning to spend the upcoming Valentine's Day?


"Ako din wala pa, e, iniisip ko pa lang pero gusto ko maging memorable kasi first Valentine's namin as a married couple, so dapat memorable," he sighed while simultaneously adjusting his nerdy spectacles.

Aside from Palos and his marital bliss, Vandolph is also excited to see his dad on the big screen together with another ace comedian, Vic Sotto. It was reported that Dolphy and Vic would star in a movie after a long and tedious negotiations.

"Good, good, magandang tandem ‘yon, silang dalawa magsama sa movie. Malakas ‘yon," he quipped.

Proving that he is still a true comic, Vandolph wittingly announced, still referring to the Dolphy-Vic flick: "Ang masasabi ko lang diyan, dapat kasama ako!"


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