Young actor and dancer Mark Herras appeared live on Showbiz Central yesterday, February 28, to answer the current issues involving him, particularly the status of his relationship with young actress Ynna Asistio and his thoughts on the new StarStruck winners.
SC host John "Sweet" Lapus and his three puppet co-hosts, the Echoserang Frogs, interviewed Mark for the "Sweet Talk" segment. Sweet was only there to lay in the questions. The three puppets served as the analyzers—they would exclaim the word "Echos!" if they thought that Mark was merely spouting a showbiz answer.
Mark was asked by Sweet if he felt threatened in any way by the growing number of StarStruck winners, the latest being Steven Silva and Sarah Lahbati.
"Hindi naman," answered Mark. "Para sa akin kasi, unang-una, natutuwa ako every time na nagkakaroon ng bagong batch na StarStruck kasi nga kumbaga, ang grupo ng StarStruck, e, lumalaki. Sa akin, hindi naman ako natatakot kasi challenge 'yon, e. Kung tingin ko na mate-threaten ako sa kanila, e, ibig sabihin dina-down ko sarili ko."
For Mark, it should be a motivation for him to do better instead.
When he was done with his answer, the three frogs screamed "Echosera!" in unison.
"Bakit n'yo naman sinabi na echosera ang sagot niya na hindi siya nate-threaten?" Sweet asked the three frogs.
"Kasi, girl, I have a follow-up question," said one of the frogs. "Before, sa isang interview when Mark was asked about Sarah and Steven, sabi niya 'No comment.' Bakit ganoon?"
"Meron? Saan 'yon?" Mark asked back, then remarked, "Lahat ng seniors tinanong kung sino mga bet sa StarStruck."
YNNA ASISTIO. The discussion now concentrated on Ynna Asistio. "Nililigawan mo na ba officially si Ynna?" asked Sweet.
"Yes po," admitted Mark.
But again, his answer was met with a unified "Echosera!" Apparently, one the frogs was farming on Facebook's Farmville and saw the accounts of Mark and Ynna and their status both appeared as "Married."
When asked to explain, Mark said, "Iyong Facebook, maraming applications at maraming puwedeng gawin. So, puwede ka naman maglaro in the meantime sa status mo. Once nag-iba ka ng status, e, marami nagre-react. Masarap lang basahin mga comments ng mga tao!"
"Actually, ang follow-up ko diyan," started Sweet, "kaya daw dinedenay n'yo na kayo na daw ay may mga Mark-Jennylyn fans daw na nagagalit kay Ynna. Ano comment mo diyan?"
"Every time talaga na nagkakaroon ako ng partner na iba, e, talagang nagre-react [ang fans]," said Mark. "Hindi mo naman sila masisisi, pero siguro din na hindi naman habambuhay at dapat matuto silang makisabay."
Well, rumor has it that Mark is once again trying to get back with ex-girlfriend Jennylyn Mercado and that he supposedly gave her flowers last February 14.
"Baka hindi ako!" laughed Mark.
But his answer was met once again with "Echosera!" and one whispered something Sweet's ear. "Madalas ka daw dumalaw sa taping ng Gumapang Ka sa Lusak?" asked Sweet. (Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak is Jennylyn's afternoon soap with Dennis Trillo.)
"Noong pumunta ako doon sa taping nila, e, wala doon si Jen," explained Mark. "Ang pinuntahan ko, e, sila Mart Escudero. Kasi ang location nila ay tatlong tumbling lang mula sa bahay namin. Noong second time naman, naglalaro ako ng basketball at umagang-umaga, pinuntahan ako ng second unit director nila at sinamahan ko siya sa set, tapos biglang may isang eksena si Jen."
JENNYLYN ON-LINE. After explaining his side on his supposed visits to Jennylyn's tapings, the actress was immediately available for a reaction via phone patch.
But Sweet asked Jennylyn first about her reaction to the fans being hurt when she and Mark are paired or linked to other stars.
"Well, sa buhay naman namin, e, hindi ka sa isa lang napa-partner," said Jen. "Iyong iba, nag-e-experiment, at okay lang 'yon. Sana maintindihan din nila."
When asked to give a message to Mark, Jen said: "Ituloy lang niya ang magandang takbo ng kanyang trabaho. Nag-i-improve siya at galingan niya. Alagaan niya si Ynna."
So what's her comment that Mark is finally courting Ynna?
"I'm happy for him at nakahanap na siya ng tamang girl para sa kanya," said Jen. "Kung saan siya sasaya, e, nandito lang kami, susuporta namin silang dalawa."