Hindi pa rin nagsasawa si Marc Nelson sa paghu-host ng long-running sports program ng ABS-CBN na Sports Unlimited.
Twelve years na siyang co-host ni Dyan Castillejo mula noong nagsimula ang programa noong 1997.
Pagmamalaki ni Marc sa PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa press launch ng LifeProof, isang brand ng Iphone 5 case, noong August 29 sa One Corporate Plaza in Ortigas, “The show has been going for sixteen years and I’m with them for twelve years.
“We just got back from Davao last week and we had a wonderful time there.
“We did some sports activities there. It’s my passion, I love it.
“There are activities na medyo mahirap but if you love doing it, wala yung sacrfice na yun. In fact, you will even enjoy it kasi for you, it’s nothing.
“Maraming challenges kaming pinagdaanan and I think everyone in the team had the time of their lives.
"Happy and enjoy kaming lahat.”
UNSINKABLE TANDEM. Maging ang tandem nilang dalawa ni Dyan ay marami nang napagdaanang hirap at saya.
Nag-asawa’t nagkaanak na ang co-host ni Marc pero ang samahan nila bilang hosts ng Sports Unlimited ay pinagtibay na ng panahon.
Nakangiting lahad ng model-TV host, “Yeah, we’ve been together for a decade already and we continue enjoying the show.
“No matter where we are, whether here or abroad, we have a lot of fans and that’s nice.
“She brings Matthew [son ni Dyan] along and it’s great. I love bringing Matthew if he can get away on a weekend and join us.
“He really is also excited about the whole thing and with no fear.”
Pagbibiro ng PEP kay Marc, mabuti’t hindi sila nagka-develop-an noon ni Dyan noong single pa ito. Kasi nga raw ang sobrang closeness ay puwedeng mauwi sa kung anuman.
Natawa si Marc, “A, wala. When people nga asked her about that and her husband [Anton Garcia] was being asked about that also, natatawa na lang sila.
“We bonded together and Anton is a great guy. Dyan and I are buddies.
“Actually yung husband niya ang nagsasabi sa akin na, ’Hey, Marc, take care of Dyan.’
“We’re okay as a team and as friends. Put it that way,” paliwanag niya.
RIGHT TIMING FOR MARRIAGE. Sa maganda at maayos na married life ng kanyang ka-partner, hindi ba niya naiisipang mag-asawa na rin? Hindi ba siya naiinggit dito?
Napangiti ang isa sa most eligible bachelors ng showbiz sabay sabing, “Soon. Yeah, maybe soon.
“I’m open to the idea. I do wanna have a wife and kids.
“Siyempre naman, what is most important for a man is timing.
“Maybe when you are younger, you may have a great girlfriend but you are not secure with yourself—the finances to provide for a family, so... it’s really timing.
“I have talked about to some of my friends—Erwan Heussaff and some—and for girls the right time is when they find the right guy and for guys, it’s the right timing.
“That if you find the right girl that is for a lifetime. I think the right time and the right girl should be both together.”
Romantically-involved ba siya ngayon?
Medyo nag-aalangang sagot si Marc, “Hmmm...currently? No.
“I stopped talking about that part of my life.”
DEALING WITH INTRIGUES. Sa showbiz kasi kapag ang isang artista o model man ay nagkakaedad na at hindi pa nag-aasawa, iba ang tingin sa kanila, at nakukuwestiyon ang sexual preferences ng mga ito.
Ano ang take niya rito?
Kaswal na sagot ni Marc, “Yeah. I know... I know.
“I mean, people can think whatever they want.
“Once, so many years ago with Maribeth Bichara... I worked with her before and that was the first year na I entered showbiz.
“It was also the first I heard tsismis about myself [questioning his gender preference] and I remember Maribeth saying to me, ’You know, son, if they’ve got to say anything na tsismis about you, it just means that you finally arrived in show business.’
“’If they’re not talking about you, then you’re not important at all.’
“Sabi ko, ’Okay, then, I don’t need to read it. Deadma lang.’”
Itinuturing din siya bilang isa siya sa hottest men ng modelling and television world lalo na kapag ipinapakita niya ang kanyang six-pack abs.
Anong masasabi niya tungkol dito?
Natatawang sabi niya, “It’s flattering pero a little bit embarrassing also.
“But I’m very thankful that a lot of people say that in whatever capacity.
“Wala pa naman akong naranasan [na nag-take advantage sa kanya]. Some girls lang naman would do a little pinch on me lalo na sa provinces.
“Pero, generally speaking, I think I’m very fortunate that people give me that respect.
“Minsan, someone who was a bit drunk tried to grab me to have a picture taken. That was the most impolite thing that had ever happened to me.
“Wala lang... sinabi ko nalang na, ’you can take a picture with me but you don’t have to grab me.’
“Wala lang... sa akin naman kasi it’s like me meeting Jacky Chan na I really would take my time out to have a picture with him.
“I know how it feels that for a little second of your time ay may napapasaya kang tao and of course, I can offer my little time to make them happy so they can put the picture either sa Facebook or Instagram.”
KEEPING FIT. Paano ba niya nami-maintain ang kanyang magandang katawan? Ano ang regimen niya to keep himself fit?
“Discipline,” bulalas ng hunk TV host, “I do a lot of workouts and eat right.
“Yeah, I encourage people to exercise and live a healthy lifestyle and then you can appreciate life more and much longer.
“Watch out what you eat, get a lot of exercise and like what we do in the show, it’s very taxing but it keeps me in good shape to handle it.
“I also would like to think that I will have a nice long life ’coz I’m staying healthy.”