Showbiz Central's special guest, co-host Zoren Legaspi, barely started with his hosting duties yesterday, May 16, when he was informed that he would be interviewed before the show's end. The surprised Zoren was all smiles when co-host Raymond Gutierrez asked if he was ready to face the questions, including the "Ultimate Question."
"Sa tingin ko," Zoren grinned. "Let's get it over with, come on!"
Showbiz Central presented three special informants with their identities hidden from Zoren. All of them are close to Zoren and he would have to guess who they all are.
The first informant, a woman, asked, "Zoren ito ang tanong ko sa iyo, dahil mas visible lately si Carmina, maraming nagsasabi na househusband ka. Nasasaktan ka ba pag naririnig mo ito?"
"Ito sagot ko diyan," a serious Zoren said. "Una, I don't care what they call me. Pangalawa, hindi ako nasasaktan kasi there was a time na... Alam mo, ako naniniwala sa kamay ng Diyos. The reason why hindi niya ako binigyan ng opportunities noong bata pa ang mga kambal, e, so that para may magbantay kahit isa sa amin ni Carmina. That time, very busy si Carmina, so sino tatayong magulang doon sa mga bata? Ako, naniniwala ako doon. Dumaan ako sa process na 'yon kung ano sinabi sa akin. Well, in my case, it was true. Househusband talaga ako and I'm proud of it. Ngayon, napalaki na ang bata at iba na sitwasyon ko ngayon."
The second informant asked, "Please rank the following as your first, second, and third priority: Acting, hosting, directing, and why?"
Zoren answered, laughing, "Hosting job, matagal ko nang gusto ito. Mga nine years ago, I wanted to host a show. May ginawa ako but it was not aired, pero maganda ang show sana. Pumunta ako ng America and iba-iba ginawa ko doon para maihatid ang America sa Pilipinas. Siguro I would rank hosting as one because it is really something new to me. Number 2, you know siguro acting, lalo na ngayon na magaganda mga nabibigay sa akin mga roles. Last ang directing kasi nakakatanda talaga siya!"
Is it that stressful?
"Oh, my gosh, hindi ganoon kadali!" exclaimed Zoren. "Mape-pressure ka!"
The third informant's question was related to directing. He asked, "Zoren, bilang isang director, handa ka bang i-direct ang mga naging ex mo o pati mga ex ni Carmina?"
"I always face the music," said Zoren. "Here sa Showbiz Central, e kailangan ko magsalita about sa rumors, e. I have to kasi it is my job. Kung sa directing ay binigay sa akin mga ex ko or ex ni Carmina, e, why not? I'll be very happy to do it kasi it is part of the job, e. Ganoon ako ka-broad na tao."
Will he direct Raymond's sister Ruffa Gutierrez?
"Oh, definitely!" smiled Zoren. "Definitely! Kung si BB [Gandanghari, Carmina's ex-husband Rustom Padilla] daw kung ididirek ko, puwede din! Actually I have a movie for him and mayroon din ako isinulat for him. Sabi nga ni Carmina, e, bagay doon si BB. I was shocked kasi it came from Carmina."
THE ULTIMATE QUESTION. Before Zoren could hear the Ultimate Question, the three informants were revealed to him. First was his mother Hershey Legaspi; second, his manager Manny Valera, and third, his friend Noel Chino.
After the revelation, it was time to reveal the last and hardest question. Raymond asked it himself.
"Na-reveal noon na isa sa mga dahilan kung bakit hindi nagtagal ang pagsasama n'yo ng kapatid ko [Ruffa Gutierrez] ay dahil hindi daw pabor sa iyo ang aking mother. Ngayon na naitatag mo na ang iyong sarili sa showbiz at marami ka na din success na narating, kung may gusto ka sabihin kay mom, ano iyon?"
"Totoo iyon na ayaw sa akin ni Tita Annabelle," said Zoren. "But at the same time, gusto din niya ako. Kaya hindi ako natatakot bumisita sa White Plains, e. You were kids at nandoon ako. Sometimes welcome ako, sometimes hindi din kaya ako tumatalon sa bakod. Naintindihan ko si Tita Annabelle, lalo na mayroon na akong anak na babe. Sabi ko nga, in the near future, ako ang magiging male Annabelle Rama! Ayaw sa akin ni Tita Annabelle, pero kahit sino naman manligaw kay Ruffa noon kasi, e, ayaw niya kasi."
So if he were facing Annabelle right now he would say, "Tita Annabelle, noon pa lang naiintindihan na po kita and you know, wala naman kaming bad blood and we are very civil especially with your dad also and Ruffa. I can talk to them face to face and malinis naman intention ko noon. Wala kaming problema ni Tita Annabelle and I salute Tita for protecting Ruffa that way. I think she has to."
As a message to his wife and kids, Zoren has this to say:
"To Carmina and to my twins, you know noong teenager ako, e, I wanted to accomplish the world. Plano ko noon punta ako sa Hollywood tapos dumating sila sa buhay ko. I did not capture the world, but the universe with them, with me around. Noong binata ako, kahit anong goal hindi ko narating. I told myself, 'Alam mo Zoren sa tingin ko pag nag-asawa ka, mararating mo ang goals na gusto mo.' True enough, noong nagka-asawa ako at anak, na-achieve ang goals ko since teenager ako. I want to thank Carmina and the twins for that."