MANILA, Philippines – Prized actor Cesar Montano will remember 2010 for three things: The death of his 23-year old son, Christian Angelo Manhilot; his nearly successful run as Bohol governor in the May elections; and his transfer from ABS-CBN to GMA-7 that sparked controversy.
Though a lesser man would’ve lost heart over such a series of incidents, especially the first two, Cesar looks back on these kindly, saying, “When God closes one door, He opens another one….everything is a blessing from God [and] I am truly grateful.”
In an interview with Bulletin Entertainment and select members of the press at his restaurant Bellissimo on Dec. 3, Cesar said he prays for continued blessings next year.
“I’m hoping na 2011 will be another productive year for me,” he quipped.
The use of the term “another” is apt. In 2010, Cesar starred on and was largely credited for the success of fantaserye, “Ilumina.” He also mounted a successful exhibit of his paintings at the Marriott Courtyard Mission Valley in San Diego, California, with more exhibits abroad to follow.
Starting today, Dec. 6, Cesar will be seen in the News and Public Affairs special, “Puso Ng Pasko;” a special celebrity Christmas challenge series aimed at helping underprivileged families experience the joy and spirit of Christmas.
In the last couple of months, the drama and action star renewed his contract with Globe’s Touch Mobile, as well as signed up for two new endorsement deals.
Cesar is currently recording a new album under Sony Music. It is the follow-up to his most recent one, “Subok Lang.”
These are but some of the reasons that Cesar is earnest when he says, “I’m very thankful to God dahil hindi Niya ako pinababayaan…Okay lang kahit may sad part [ang 2010]. Malungkot, pero ganun talaga…”
That even before 2011 kicks in, Cesar already has big projects in the offing. One of these is a movie with Anne Curtis tentatively titled, “Sa Ngalan Ng Pag-ibig.” Cesar will be directing and acting in the movie that his CM Productions is line-producing for Viva Films.
He also has a bid to spike public interest in action films by teaming up with Robin Padilla in the yet-untitled Viva Films offering due next year.
After “Puso Ng Pasko, Cesar’s project with GMA-7 is a sitcom to air early 2011.