WENDELL Ramos was directed by Gina Alajar in the hit drama, “Onanay”. He was then quickly given a follow up show in “Prima Donnas”, also a big hit, and the director is once again, Gina Alajar.
“I think ako ang lucky charm ni Direk Gina sa dalawang shows niya kaya parehong topraters,” he quips, laughing.
Now, that the show has temporarily stopped taping because of the corona lockdown, he spends most of his time with his family at home. What protective measures do they follow to insure their safety?
“I make sure that me and my family, we all practice proper hygiene. We wash our hands thoroughly, use alcohol and face masks and we just stay at home. If possible, no communication with people from the outside. No visitors allowed as of now. I also help in cleaning and sanitizing every part of our house, just to be sure.”
How do you stay productive at home during the lockdown? “Boredom can strike anytime! But I stay productive by staying in shape and doing home workouts. Thanks to the internet, I do some researching, reading to try new healthy recipes para hindi naman pare-parehong dishes ang sine-serve when we have our meals sa bahay. I also watch streaming movies with my family. Before the lockdown started, we made sure that we have enough supplies of groceries. We also stocked up on rice, meat, chicken, fish and drinks. I also saved delivery hotlines para makapag-order every now and then.”
What’s your personal message to all our frontliners? “To our frontliners, I am truly grateful for your time, effort, love, dedication and patience. We feel the pain and worry of leaving your family for the sake of the people who need your services. No words can ever describe our gratitude to all of you. I pray that God will keep you all safe. We salute all of you!”
What’s the first thing you would do once COVID-19 goes away? “The very first thing I would do is pray and go to church with my family and thank God that we survived this crisis. And I will look forward to the resumption of our taping ng aming show, ‘Prima Donnas’. Ang daming viewers talaga ang nakatutok dito at maraming natutuwa sa series dahil very relatable siya. Maraming maraming salamat sa lahat ng sumusuporta sa ‘Prima Donnas’! Asahan n’yo po na magiging sulit ang bawat hapon na makakasama ninyo kami sa aming pagbabalik on the air, hopefully soon.”
How is it acting with tween stars Jillian Ward, Sofia Pablo, Althea Ablan and Elijah Alejo? Do they ask acting advice from him?
“They’re all very easy to work with and very professional kahit bata pa sila. Serious sila sa craft nila. As their more senior co-actor, it is my duty to show these wonderful young actresses the most effective techniques and the best way to execute a role whenever they would ask for my advice. I am really proud of this Afternoon Prime show and to everybody who contributes their talent and dedication to make ‘Prima Donnas’ a consistent top-rater in its timeslot. Marami pa po kayong aabangan sa role ko as Jaime Claveria at sa painit na painit na love triangle at awayan namin nina Aiko Melendez as Kendra at Katrina Halili as Lilian. So, abangan nyo lang ang aming pagbabalik sa ere.”