Jason Abalos thanks kid leads in Agua Bendita for being a challenging act to follow

Maliksi Morales, Bugoy Cariño, and Xyriel Ann Manabat garnered high ratings for Agua Bendita while playing the roles that will later be assumed by Jason Abalos, Andi Eigenmann and Matteo Guidicelli. "Huwag lang bumaba," says Jason about the ratings of the ABS-CBN primetime series when he and the other grown-ups come on the scene.


Actor Jason Abalos will finally be seen on Agua Bendita. He will come onscreena few days after female lead Andi Eigenamann also made her first appearance on the top-rating ABS-CBN primetime series yesterday, March 26.

For Star Circle Quest alumnus Jason, the delay was actually a good thing for him, Andi and other lead star, Matteo Guidicelli. It gave them more time to improve their acting skills before facing the cameras.

"Ako, mas okay pa sa akin kasi mas nabigyan pa kami ng oras para makapag-prepare kami at para makapag-isip-isip kung talagang ready na kami," he said in an interview during Agua Bendita's Summer Party last Thursday, March 25, at the Imperial Palace Suites penthouse on Timog Avenue, Quezon City.

As the adult character Paco, Jason admitted that while he was waiting for his schedule, he watched Maliksi Morales to see how he was portraying the role of young Paco.

"Pinapanood namin sila, binabasa namin ang script, minsan dinadalaw namin sila sa set para makita namin 'yong ginagawa nila. Kasi, mahirap 'yong paglabas namin, ibang-iba kami. Kung ano ang ginagawa ng mga bata, dapat meron pa rin kami kahit papaano na makita ng tao na kami pa rin 'yon," he said.

Jason added, "Siguro, ano lang, na-maximize lang 'yong mahaba ang gawin sa mga bata kasi gusto ng tao. Gusto ng viewers na mas mahaba sila, so 'yong ABS-CBN, parang pinagbigyan 'yong mga tao na pahabain sila."

TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW. The 24-year-old actor did not deny that he got a bit worried because Agua Bendita was doing so well in the ratings while the lead characters were still being portrayed by child stars Maliksi, Bugoy Cariño (as Ronnie), and Xyriel Ann Manabat (as Agua and Bendita).

"'Yon lang first week ng Agua Bendita, sobrang natakot kami kasi sobrang taas ng ratings, e," Jason said. "Parang nakakakaba na baka kami na, hindi kami handa, nakakatakot. Kami naman, viewers din kami ng Agua Bendita. 'Yong mga bata, talagang magagaling sila. Ang sarap silang panoorin. Siguro, kung hindi lang namin na-promote sa simula, okay lang na tuluy-tuloy pa rin sila.

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"Actually, suwerte kami," he continued, "malaking bagay 'yong ginawa ng mga bata para mataas 'yong rating. After nila, kami, 'yon na lang ang puwede naming ikatakot—huwag lang bumaba."


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