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Marco Gumabao: a decade in showbiz

by Michelle Licup
Mar 5, 2022
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Marco Gumabao has come a long way since his prepubescent days. After starting out in cutesy teenybopper roles, he eventually matured into a hunky, sensuous actor, whose quiet ways add a sheen of mystery to his drop-dead gorgeous looks.
PHOTO/S: @gumabaomarco on Instagram

Marco Gumabao comes from a star-studded showbiz family.

He is the son of actor-turned-politician Dennis Roldan, brother of athlete and beauty queen Michele Gumabao, cousin of news anchor Gretchen Fullido, and nephew of veteran actress Isabel Rivas.

Despite his impressive showbiz lineage, Marco has carved out a name for himself on his own merits, appearing in numerous TV shows and films for the past 10 years.

Let's look back at some of Marco's most memorable moments since he started his career in 2012.

His very first love team partner was Miles Ocampo

Marco Gumabao and Miles Ocampo in Luv U

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Marco's very first TV series and lead role was in ABS-CBN's youth-oriented show LUV U. He was then paired with actress and former Goin' Bulilit cast member Miles Ocampo.

Asked about their past love team, Marco said, “Okay naman. Nagki-click naman kami kada-tape at masaya naman kami kada-eksena. Masaya rin kami on- and off-cam.

“Same naman ang level ng closeness namin on- and off-cam. So, masaya namang kasama.”

He described his team-up with Miles as "may sentimental value."

He admitted, "Iba pa rin naman yung first na ka-love team mo.

“May sentimental value pa rin yun kung sino ang first love team mo. Okay naman sa akin.

“Masaya namang kasama si Miles at close na rin naman kami.”

Before they parted ways as a love team, Marco and Miles starred in the 2013 series Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw, which starred Anne Curtis, Kris Aquino, and Robin Padilla.

His father's imprisonment made him stronger

Marco Gumabao with father Dennis Roldan

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Marco's father, actor-politician and pastor Dennis Roldan was sentenced to lifetime imprisonment in 2014 for being involved in a kidnapping case back in 2005.

In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last September 4, 2017, Marco shared his sentiments on his father's imprisonment.

He recalled, “Siyempre, nakakagulat.

“Kasi nung first siyang pumasok [sa kulungan], I was ten, so I was still in school.

“So, hindi pa ako nag-take ng responsibility, kasi bata pa ako.”

It can be recalled that Dennis first went to prison in 2005 for the same case, but was later released on bail.

“Nung bumalik siya [sa kulungan] three years ago, I was twenty [years old]. So, kumbaga, nag-iba na.

“Mas mature na ako, mas open-minded na ako sa mga nangyari, so mas naging positive na ako.

“It pushed me to become a better person, a better actor. Naging seryoso na ako sa buhay at mas naging focused ako sa work.

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“As a person, mas papalakasin ka talaga ng mga ganyang situation," he proudly pointed out..

He also considered the situation a blessing in disguise for their family.

“Pero one thing naman sa nangyari, yung family talaga namin, solid ngayon.

“Siguro kung nagtuluy-tuloy yung noon, who knows, baka separated ang parents namin, di ba?

“Everyone knows naman before that my dad was chick boy, babaero. Kaya nga siya napasama sa kasong 'yan dahil sa kabit niya, di ba?

“So para sa akin, it actually became a blessing.

“Kasi for other people, it would look like devastating, kasi nga nakulong.

“Pero para sa family namin, nung nakulong siya, naging pastor siya, naging Born-Again Christians kami—dun naging solid ang family namin."

Currently, Dennis is still in jail.

He had a chill response to his fake video scandal

Marco gumabao wearing plaid polo

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In July 2015, Marco trended when screen captures from his alleged video scandal circulated on Twitter. The said photos showed a man in the act of holding his private part.

Marco took to Twitter to respond to the issue in a joking manner.

“Ano ba tong nakikita ko sa twitter?” he tweeted.

“Nice photoshop skillzzzzzzz,” he added.

By not taking the scandal too seriously, Marco hinted that the scandal was fake. Some of his celebrity friends even jumped in on the joke.

"Yung totoo Marco? Ikaw nagedit niyan noh... Bored ka?" - Julia Barretto (@barrettojulia), July 11, 2015.

"@marcogumabao topak yang marco na yan" - Patrick Louie Sugui (@patsugui), July 11, 2015.

On a more serious note, Marco told netizens that it's ok to joke about him, but pleaded them not to involve a much younger celebrity who was also trending that time.

He previously received an indecent proposal

marco gumabao topless

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The offer: 2 million pesos in exchange for posing nude.

The exchange between Marco and a certain "JR" came out in a Cabinet Files report last October 23, 2018.

JR attempted to persuade Marco to take part in a nude photoshoot for a calendar for gay VIPs. He even used a newspaper article about Marco that said the actor is "game" to pose nude for gays.

In response, Marco replied to JR, "Why don’t you personally bring the newspaper to me? Baka mapalo ko pa sa ulo mo hahaha.

"You’re really that desperate huh JR? Kawawa ka naman. Hanap ka ng ibang lalaki diyan na papayag sa ’yo. F*cking creep.

"Wala akong paki if there’s an article like that.

"Cos I’ll never strip naked for gays like you. I don’t have to prove anything to you. Believe the article if you want. Sana ikatuwa mo yan!

"I don’t really care if there’s an article hahaha. Now, I’m gonna block your ass so stop contacting me.

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"May respeto ako sa gays, sa 'yo lang wala. Hahaha, kadire ka."

On August 31, 2019, a certain JR Kison was involved in a qualified human trafficking case after being lured into an entrapment operation. This was the same guy Marco previously encountered. Thankfully, Marco turned down the offer, otherwise he could have become a victim of human trafficking.

He ventured into doing sexy and daring roles

Marco Gumabao and Anne Curtis in Just A Stranger

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In 2019, Marco got his biggest break yet when he was offered the leading man role in the film Just A Stranger opposite actress Anne Curtis. This paved the way for him to do more mature roles. In fact, he did a butt exposure scene for the movie, which, according to him, was his idea.

On doing daring and sexy roles, Marco admitted that he's not always "ready" for it all the time.

During a guest appearance on PEP.ph Live, he shared, "Siyempre, may mga days na parang you don't feel ready, may days na parang, you don't feel na parang sexy ka, or like batak ka.

"I think it's normal, and it's ok to feel that way sometimes.

"Sa buhay naman you're not always in your best element.

"What you have to know is, you have to acknowledge whenever you're not there, and do the things you need to do to get there."

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And it seems that Marco is doing all his best to get there.

You can watch Marco in his other daring roles in the movies My Husband, My Lover, Hindi Tayo Pwede, and Revirginized.

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Marco Gumabao has come a long way since his prepubescent days. After starting out in cutesy teenybopper roles, he eventually matured into a hunky, sensuous actor, whose quiet ways add a sheen of mystery to his drop-dead gorgeous looks.
PHOTO/S: @gumabaomarco on Instagram
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