Actor and host Paolo Contis got the opportunity to become Showbiz Central's guest host yesterday, May 30. But Paolo was not spared from being put into the spot as he became the subject of yesterday's "Behind The Wall" segment. From interviewing model Daniel Matsunaga to being interviewed by co-host Pia Guanio, it was one exciting day for Paolo.
Looking a bit surprised at his current position, the funny Paolo quipped, "Kala ko host lang ako, e. Bakit ako nandito? Kala ko ako magtatanong, e!"
As the segment implies, Paolo would hear questions from three people whose identities were hidden via pixelized image and distorted voices. After the modulated hellos from the special informants, it was time for the questions.
GENEROSITY. The first informant asked, "Pao, alam naman natin na isa kang generous person. Style mo ba talaga ito? Paano mo sinusuyo si Lian [Paz] kapag nagtatampo siya sa iyo?"
"Ever since naman dati, e, masaya ako kapag ako ang bangka," said Paolo. "Feeling ko pag bangka, e, ikaw ang magastos. Basta sa kaibigan at sa tao ko, open ako sa lahat. Kay Lian, sinusuyo ko kung ano man. Kung kaya."
"Could we say that she is very spoiled sa iyo?" asked Pia.
"Ah, no naman," answered Paolo. "Actually, it's my job to spoil her pero siya ang never humingi. 'Yan ang masarap i-spoil, di ba?"
PUBLIC SERVICE. Special Informant #2 asked: "Noong child star ka, ipinagmamalaki mo na nag-artista ka para maging presidente ka ng Pilipinas. Ngayon, hindi ka pa presidente. Iyan pa rin ba ang goal mo?"
After hearing this, Paolo shrugged and said, "Well, kaya hindi pa ako presidente ngayon kasi 26 lang ako, e. Hindi pa ako puwede tumakbo. I love helping people. Marami na nagsabi sa akin na bakit hindi ako mag-run?
"Darating tayo diyan at nakakatulong naman din ako nang walang public service na position. Pero eventually as I grow older, then I believe it's time. Ibang decision-making na iyon at ibang pag-aaralan na iyon kasi I want to excel."
So what is his short term goal?
"I want to start directing in the near future," smiled Paolo.
When asked if he wants more kids, he joked, "Siyempre, pero not now. Maybe next week? Darating din tayo diyan, pero hindi kailangan madaliin."
WEDDING PLANS. The final question for Paolo was this: "Ngayon na may anak na kayo ni Lian, ang tanong ko, e, kailan ba ang kasal?"
"Alam naman ni Lian iyan and hindi namin prine-pressure 'yong sarili namin," said Paolo. "Kumbaga, nasa second stage kami ng relasyon namin at mas mataas. Pagmamahal namin sa isa't isa ay tumindi dahil iba na ang bond, e. Usapan nga namin na pag puwede nang mag-flower girl anak namin, e, game na 'yon. I make sure na reassured si Lian na walang dahilan mag-alala."
THE SACRIFICE. With the questions finally answered, it was time for Paolo to guess the informants. His guess for the first one was his friend and fellow actor Benjie Paras. The second one, he guessed his brother Carlo. The third one, according to him, was Lian.
True enough, his guesses proved right and it was time for him to either answer or leave the final question. After reading the question, he opted to answer it, saying "Sige!"
The question was: "Kapansin-pansin na simula noong bumuo kayo ng pamilya ni Lian, she chose to sacrifice her career. Pero totoo ba na malaki din ang isinakripisyo mo na maraming kaibigan nawala noong naging kayo na at, in fact, mayroon ka pa rin katampuhan until now?"
"Iyong sa sacrifice, siyempre habang nagbubuo ka ng pamilya may mga sacrifices kang gagawin," said Paolo. "Pero, tingnan mo naman ang kapalit. Mayroon kaming baby na napakaganda. So kahit anong mangyari, e, panalo kami kung ano man ang sacrifice na ginawa namin."
Concerning the lost friends because of the sacrifice, he commented, "Hindi ko sila kaibigan kung ganoon sila. I have no idea. Honestly, my friends are still my friends. Kung hanggang ngayon hindi sila maka-move on at ayaw nila kay Lian, e, manigas sila. Masaya kami, e, di ba? Kung sino mayroon kami ngayon, e, sila tunay namin na kaibigan. Iyon ang importante sa amin."
If he has anything to say to those people against him and Lian what would it be?
"Move on. Move on and get a life. Masaya kami, e, and I think Lian and I proved everyone wrong. We are very much in love and happy and we have a baby," he said.