Actor TJ Trinidad changes manager, but prefers to stay as a Kapamilya

"Long-time friend kona sila, from Tito Eddie [Gutierrez, Annabelle's husband] pa. Si Richardka-boxing ko sa The Fort. Me and June parted muna before I spoke with Ate, sowalang problema sa kanilang dalawa," says TJ Trinidad when asked why he chose Annabelle Rama to be his new manager.



Nagpatawag siAnnabelle Rama through publicist Jun Lalin ng isang mini-presscon para sabagong alaga ng ina nina Ruffa, Richard, at Raymond Gutierrez—ang Kapamilyaactor na si TJ Trinidad.

Pagdating sa venue sa isang bagong bukas na cake andcoffee house sa Tomas Morato, ang unang katanungan palagi sa one-fourthSpanish, one-fourth Norwegian, and one-half Filipino brown-eyed looker, kungmagiging Kapuso na ba siya. Very identified kasi ang bago niyang manager saGMA-7.

"I don't know,pag-uusapan pa namin ito ni Ate [tawag ni TJ kay Annabelle]," sagot ni TJ buthe hopes to stay a Kapamilya.

Raul "TJ" TrinidadJr. (the TJ stands for Trinidad Jr.) led a charmed life evenbefore he entered showbiz. The youngest son of a retired pilot, TJ finished high school at Colegio San Agustin and his B.S. in Commerce at De La SalleUniversity.

He has been acommercial model since 1986, starting with San Miguel and Close-Up but it wasonly in 2003 that he entered showbiz as Judy Ann Santos's other leading man inthe ABS-CBN soap opera Basta't Kasama Kita with Robin Padilla. Their team-upwas successful enough to warrant a second soap (Krystala) and a movie (AishiteImasu 1942) until Ryan Agoncillo entered the picture. And so, TJ was paired withKristine Hermosa in Gulong ng Palad, with a reunion soap in Prinsesa ng Banyera.

Although low-key, TJis fortunate enough to be paired with the biggest leading ladies of ABS-CBNfrom Juday and Kristine to Claudine Barretto (Walang Kapalit) and HeartEvangelista (Hiram Na Mukha).

For the past fouryears, he has been handled by former manager June Rufino.

Why did he changehis manager?

"I feel I needed achange. We [he and June] parted well, wala namang naging problema," paniniguroni TJ.

Kung may balita raw nahindi sila ayos ni June, he knows na sa kanilang dalawa, the parting wasamicable.

Why Annabelle Rama?

"Long-time friend kona sila, from Tito Eddie [Gutierrez, Annabelle's husband] pa. Si Richardka-boxing ko sa The Fort. Me and June parted muna before I spoke with Ate, sowalang problema sa kanilang dalawa."

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Back to the originalquestion, it was Annabelle who answered kung ililipat niya ba si TJ sa GMA.

"Pag-uusapan pa anglahat," sagot ni Annabelle. "Pero sa tingin ko naman, kung hindi kailangan,huwag na. Ang gaganda ng projects na ibinibigay ng ABS kay TJ, ang lalaki ng mganaka-partner niya. May meeting pa kami next week sa ABS, doon ko pa langmalalaman kung ano ang balak nila kay TJ. Pero sa tingin ko, meron pa."

Dagdag naman ni TJ, "Ifeel I am a Kapamilya talaga. I started my career there. I'm not closing mydoors to GMA though."

Annabelle and TJ'sfirst project as manager-talent is the upcoming Star Cinema movie of Richardand KC Concepcion, For The First Time. Ang last project naman ni TJ for June isthe pilot episode of Love Books sa TV5 na "Have Baby Will Date" with ValerieConcepcion.

PEP (PhilippineEntertainment Portal) asked TJ two last questions. Halos nakapareha na niya angbiggest leading ladies of ABS-CBN, sino pa ang gusto niyang maka-partner saKapamilya? At kung sakaling malipat siya sa GMA-7, sino ang gusto niyangmaka-partner?

"Si Bea [Alonzo]. Hindi pa kami nagkakatrabaho kahit guesting lang,"sabi ni TJ. "Sa GMA, siguro si Marian [Rivera]. I've worked with her saDesperadas and we were able to talk. Wala siyang ere, mabait, friendly peroprangka. Yun ang gusto ko sa isang tao, e, hindi plastic."


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