Christian Bautista wants to pursue acting seriously

Singer ChristianBautista would love to devote time to polish his acting chops. "I have to trainmyself pa to act on TV. On camera kasi iba ‘yon, e, sa stage. So gusto ko sanayandin ‘yong sarili ko. Pero sa ngayon I know I need to learn a lot pa. I hope Ican, 'tapos we'll see if it's for me or not."


Fresh from the successof the recently concluded musical WestSide Story, singer Christian Bautista has been very vocal in expressing hisdesire to pursue an acting career.

Last night, November 6,at the MYX Mo! event held at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds, the27-year-old balladeer declared, "I wannabe an actor!"

Christian alreadydabbled in acting before the camera, like in ABS-CBN's primetime series Kampanerang Kuba back in 2005 and Regal Entertainment's 2006 MetroManila Film Festival entry Mano Po 5. Yet he still sees the importance of formal training, like acting workshops, since he still needs to learn a lot about onscreen acting.

"I have to train myselfpa to act on TV," Christian told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal). "On acamera kasi iba ‘yon, e, sa stage. So gusto ko sanayan din ‘yong sarili ko. Perosa ngayon I know I need to learn a lot pa. I hope I can then tapos we'll see ifit's for me or not."

FRIENDSWITH SITTI. Christian's frequent collaboration with bossanova artist, Sitti, has raised speculation on whether or not a romance is going on between the two singers. Christian and Sitti did a duet of the song "Captured," which is in his third studio album carrying the same title released earlythis year. Christian returned the favor when he guested in Sitti's latestChristmas album titled Ngayong Pasko.They rendered a duet of the song, Baby,It's Cold Outside.

At the launching of Ngayong Pasko held in Red Box at TriNomaMall in Quezon City last October 29, Christian dropped by topersonally hand Sitti a bouquet of flowers as a gesture of support.

Christianclarified, however, that he and Sitti are only friends and that they enjoy workingtogether. The fact that they're both under Warner Music Philippines only made thingsmuch easier for them to collaborate on some projects.

"Sitti and I arefriends and we like singing together kasi ‘yong music namin medyo pareho ngkonti, hindi kami masyadong loud, easy lang."

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But the possibility of elevatingthe friendship to something more is always open admitted Christian: "Well Sitti'staken pero if she is single, you know, anything can happen. Pero right now we'revery good friends."

At this point,Christian enjoys the single life after hisrelationship with fellow singer, Rachelle Ann Go, fell through. Christian, who popularizedthe song "The Way You Look At Me," courted Rachelle Ann for two years before publiclyannouncing that they were officially together in 2006. The pair broke up latelast year citing "misunderstandings and differences that we couldn't work outup to now" as the reason behind the split.

Christian has obviouslymoved on, as he told PEP: "I'm enjoying singleness. Okay naman and I'm learning.You can also be happy when you're single and mas marami kang puwedeng gawin."

He and Rachelle Ann remaingood friends as they continue to work together every Sunday in the musicalvariety show, ASAP ‘08. "Rachelle andI are friends," smiled Christian in closing.


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