Rocky Salumbides's gorgeous abs make up for his "sintunado" singing in Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah

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Rocky Salumbides kept hitting false notes during his March 12 performance as Dodong in the hit musical Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah.... Ze Muzikal (Vack With A Vengeance!). "Ewan ko, matatapos na lang [ang re-run], sintunado pa rin!" he admits.


Good news para kay Rocky Salumbides ang pagkapanalo niya ng best supporting actor sa Gawad Tanglaw para sa gay indie film na Muli, directed by Adolf Alix Jr. Ang awards night ay gaganapin ngayong Huwebes, March 17, sa St. Dominic College of Asia sa Bacoor, Cavite.

"Hindi ko nga ini-expect yun, e! Tsaka nomination sa ENPRESS (Entertainment Press Society)," banggit ni Rocky sa interview ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last Saturday, March 12, at the CCP Little Theater lobby.

Nominado rin si Rocky sa Golden Screen Awards ng ENPRESS sa kategoryang Breakthrough Male Performance para naman sa Tarima ni Neal Tan.

OUT OF TUNE. On the other hand, the award-winning actor couldn't hide his embarrassment sa hindi niya naibigay na tamang performance—more as a singer than as actor—sa hit musical na Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah.... Ze Muzikal (Vack With A Vengeance!); or at least sa napanood na show noong Sabado sa Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino ng Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Bilang Dodong, ang lead male character at object of friendly affection ng lead gay character na si Ada (alternately played by Gabe Mercado and Tuxs Rutaquio), maraming magagandang song numbers si Rocky, kabilang na ang "Ikaw Ang Superhero Ng Buhay Ko," a solo number composed by Vince de Jesus.

Sadly, though, he kept hitting false notes at aminado ang actor-singer—at least, for this musical—sa naturang kakulangan.

"Conscious ako, kasi hindi ako kumakanta nang live," pag-amin niya sa PEP.

Gayunman, kinatuwaan ng mga manonood na pumuno sa venue ang appearance ni Rocky sa naturang role. His strong stage presence, his well-endowed physique—especially when he goes topless, revealing his abs—made up for his "pagiging sintunado" na apologetic naman ang model-actor.

"Ewan ko, matatapos na lang [ang re-run], sintunado pa rin!" ang sabi niya habang natatawa.

Originally, last show na sana ng Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah re-run last Sunday, March 13. Pero ang nangyaring technical glitch due to faulty electrical wirings sa CCP noong March 5 ay dahilan para makansela ang scheduled shows that day.

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On March 19, Saturday, ang last two shows ng musical.

"Two shows, sa March 19, ako ulit yung panggabi sa closing," banggit ni Rocky.

Overall, maituturing ni Rocky—whose real name is Alvin Kirby Liwanag Salumbides—na worthwhile ang unang pagsabak niya sa isang full-length musical, kasama ang real-life girlfriend niyang si Eula Valdes, na siyang gumaganap sa bidang papel bilang red-haired heroine na si Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah.

"Oo, masaya!" sambit ni Rocky. "Yun lang pagkanta, kasi alam kong sintunado ako doon, e. Kaya pagdating dun sa song number, nako-conscious na ako. Kabado na kahit naitatawid din.

"Kasi sa pag-arte, nakukuha ko yung arte sa TV... ganyan. Pero ito, na live ang pagkanta, tapos walang take two sa arte mo, yun yung pinaka-challenge."

MATANGKAD NA DUWAG. After the last shows of Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah... Ze Muzikal (Vack With A Vengeance!), tuloy-tuloy naman ang pagte-taping ni Rocky para sa epicserye ng GMA-7, ang Amaya, na pagbibidahan ni Marian Rivera.

Ang huli niyang nilabasang teleserye ay ang Imortal para sa ABS-CBN. Ongoing pa ang series na pinagbibidahan nina John Lloyd Cruz at Angel Locsin, pero tapos na ang mga eksena ni Rocky.

"Oo, mortal na ulit ako ngayon," pagbibiro ni Rocky. "Sa Amaya, comedy naman. Ako yung alipin na duwag, pero matangkad—o matangkad na duwag."

Tungkol naman sa kanila ni Eula Valdes, "Okey naman kami. Sinamahan ko siya nung tinreat niya yung anak niya, kasi nag-silver at bronze sa eskuwela. So, tinreat niya sa Hong Kong Disneyland."

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