Piolo Pascual is uncomfortable about walking the ramp half-nude

"It's not because mahihiya akong rumampa. You can say it's my personal conviction,"says Piolo Pascual about his decision not to join the controversial BenchBlackout underwear fashion show recently.

Hunky actor Piolo Pascual may have not joined thecontroversial Bench Blackout, but he had his own fashion show as Benchlaunched its newest perfume, Pure Passion, at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City yesterday, August 16.

Before people put malice into that event, Piolo clarifies that he did not intend to snub the Bench Blackout knowing he would have a fashion show of his own. (Click here to readrelated article )

"Ang totoo niyan, dati pa naming ito pinaplano," explained Piolo. "Hindi ko talaga plinano na isunod. But I spoke with Mr. Ben Chankanina and I really apologized about not joining Bench Blackout becauseeven before I signed up with them, that was my only request."

The Bench endorser also told the media that he's not reallycomfortable walking the ramp, especially if he's topless.

"Parang it's really my conviction not to join and so Ididn't want to offend also. Parang Ijust want to... Parang mas okay na rin na wala ako sa show. Kasi from the very beginning talaga, hindiako comfortable sa fashion show. Hindiako comfortable na magrampa ng, siguro, nakahubad."

He added, "Never naman ako nag-ramp nang nakahubad, e. I was doing ramp for Inno Sotto and hindinaman talaga ako [nakahubad]. And withmy commercials and the characters that I do, it's part of the campaign. It's not part of something na kailangan molang gawin just because you wanna show off."

ACTOR TURNED PRODUCER. After Lobo, Piolo is now concentrating on theindependent film that he produces. Thefirst-time producer is excited to talk about Manila, which is written byRaya Martin and Adolf Alix. It is atwinbill inspired by Lino Brocka's Jaguar and Ishmael Bernal's ManilaBy Night.

Piolo said that he chose to produce an independent film overa mainstream movie because he believes it's going to be more challenging."Gusto ko muna i-test 'yong waters sa independent films because it's more broadand it's more challenging," the actor said.


He added, "I don't wanna gohead-to-head naman with Star Cinema because sila 'yong nag-groom sa akin. I believe that magkaiba naman ang market ngindie sa mainstream. And I'm exclusivewith Star Cinema and I signed up for three movies in three years with them. You know, if they let me co-produce withthem, well, it's good."

Piolo told the media that they're almost done shooting Manila. Based on his experience, the actor-producer learned that it wasn'teasy producing a film.

"Kapag na-pack-up kami medyo malaki rin ang gastos. Pero I'm learning how to do it, to do thebusiness," said Piolo.

Is it true that Piolo is a "kuripot" producer?

Piolo smiled and answered, "As much as possible, hindi ako[nakikialam] sa expenses. But there wasa time na na-pack-up kami sa Malabon dumpsite because it was raining sohard. Also, last night, we were short becauseit rained again."

Despite this, Piolo just thought that it was all part of thelearning experience. "Ang hirap, birthpains, because I never thought na ganun pala kahirap mag-taping kapagnapa-pack-up ka. But, you know, we'dlike to provide more jobs for a lot of people and kasama ng trabaho 'yon, e."





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