Brazilian model turned actor Bruno Folster feels at home in the Philippines

"Ifeel very much at home here. And there is so much to see in this country. Wouldyou believe that I don't get bothered by the traffic here? It's one of thereasons why I stay because there's so much character in this country." Bruno isone of the cast members of TV5's HushHush.



Ang tanging purpose lang ng pagpunta sa Pilipinasng Brazilian model na si Bruno Folster ay para lamang sa isang photo shoot atilang modeling assignments. But two years have passed at hanggang ngayon aynandito pa rin siya.

Sey nga ni Bruno, masyado siyang na-in love saating bansa kaya nakalimutan na niyang umuwi sa sarili niyang bansa.

Born in Sao Paolo, Brazil , Bruno Folster (BrunoPantaroto in real life) started modeling at the age of 16. Hindi namankataka-taka na maging isang male model si Bruno dahil sa magandangpangangatawan niya at facial features. He is, afterall, a combination ofBrazilian, Italian, German and Spanish blood.

Sa edad niya ngayon na 21 years old, Bruno hasappeared in various TV commercials, print ads, billboards, fashion spreads andrunway shows for different designers all over the globe.

"I've done modeling jobs in Italy, Japan , Thailand, Hong Kong , China and here in the Philippines. It is only here in Manila thatI stayed for such a long time. Why I decided to stay? Because I love the peoplehere. I love the working here with my friends.

"Some people ask me why I like it here whereas alot of Filipinos are wanting to leave the country. I simply say that I havethis certain connection with the country. I feel very much at home here. Andthere is so much to see in this country. Would you believe that I don't getbothered by the traffic here? It's one of the reasons why I stay becausethere's so much character in this country," mahaba munang simula ni Bruno nangmakausap na ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa informal presscon nainihanda ng TV5 for their primetime shows sa Mario's restaurant in TomasMorato, Quezon City, noong Friday, August 15. Bruno is in the show Hush Hush.

WANTING TO GO TO BORACAY. Kung meronnga raw na gustong puntahan si Bruno, ito ay ang Boracay Island . Sa dalawangtaon niyang nakatira sa ating bansa, lagi na lang daw hindi natutuloy angpagpunta niya sa isa sa pinakasikat na tropical beach sa buong mundo.

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"It's so funny because I'm living here for the pasttwo years but I haven't been to Boracay," tawa pa niya. "I've been hearinggreat stories about Boracay from other tourists and I am always eager togo.

"But my chances to go to Boracay have always beencancelled because of work. I've cancelled my Boracay trip twice because amodeling project suddenly comes up. I can't afford to not do my work, so I haveto rebook and eventually cancel. Hopefully, I would be able to go just as soonas my schedule is free."

PILIPINO IN TWO YEARS. Angnakakagulat pa kay Bruno ay marunong na itong magsalita at makaintindi ngTagalog. Sabi nga niya na sa dalawang taon daw na pamamalagi niya rito aynatuto din siyang magsalita dahil sa mga nakakatrabaho niya at sa mga nagingmga kaibigan niya.

"When I arrived here, I speak very little English.I only spoke Portuguese, Spanish and a little French. I need someone to translateTagalog for me. Pero ngayon, marunong na ako," sabay tawa niya.

"I tried reading local newspapers, magazines, andtabloids. I practiced it by myself at first. There are similar words in theSpanish language that are also in Tagalog. Kaya madali ng konti.

"I want to enroll in a language school to furtherhone my Tagalog speaking skills. I want to work with more people here and Idon't want to have this language barrier. Gusto ko mag-Tagalog paramaintindihan nila ako."

NO GIRLFRIEND. Nang tanungin namin kung may girlfriend siyangayon, sagot ni Bruno ay wala raw. Isang bagay na hindi kapani-paniwala dahilimposible na ang tulad niya ay walang karelasyon.

"I used to have one before pero wala na siya. Shewas a Filipina. We were okay but I think we weren't meant to be. Besides I wantto concentrate on my work. I can date anyone but no serious commitment."

Bukod nga sa modeling ay naging busy na sa TV siBruno. Una siyang naging part ng grupong Show Boys ng SOP. ‘Tapos ay na-cast siya sa telenovela na Marimar bilang kaibigan ni Marvin Agustin (who played Rudolfo SanInes).

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HUSH HUSH. Ngayon ay kasama siya sa drama series na Hush Hush ng bagong bukas na TV5. Ang iba pang kasama rito ni Brunoay sina Bernard Palanca, Ina Feleo, Dominic Ochoa, Krista Ranillo, Joem Bascon,Ana Feleo and Valeen Montenegro.

"In Hush Hush,I play one of the contract players in a talent agency. The show is a lookbehind what is happening with actors when they are not acting in front of thecameras. It's kind of a reality show but we are not playing ourselves. We playdifferent characters with different attitudes and problems.

"I'm happy that I was given an opportunity toexplore other things aside from modeling, singing, and dancing. I like toimprove on my acting skills if its needed. I'm open to a lot of possibilities.I'm still young and I don't want to waste any chances to improve and getnoticed."


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