Harlene Bautista: No to showbiz comeback?

Harlene Bautista (MNS photo)

Harlene Bautista (MNS photo)

Former child star Harlene Bautista is hesitant to stage a comeback in showbiz, citing the long working hours.

“Parang hindi ko na kaya ‘yung puyat… ‘yung tipong pa-morning-an na trabaho talaga, kaya hindi ko rin talaga alam (kung gusto ko pang bumalik),” she said in a recent press interview.

According to Harlene, the hardesgt part is the waiting game. She said, “Hindi na rin kasi ako sanay sa mga tengga-tengga, kasi masyado akong hyper na tao. Parang ang gusto ko lagi akong may ginagawa… parang mababagot o maiinip yata ako dun sa antayan sa set, eh ‘di ba ‘pag hindi naman ikaw ‘yung bida kailangan antayin mo ‘yung eksena mo?”

In any case, Harlene believes change is forthcoming. “Well, that’s what I heard. Na nag-iiba na din daw ‘yung sistema, marami ng nagpa-pack up ng mas maaga than the usual,” she said.

Harlene, who is happily married to actor Romnick Sarmenta for some 16 years now, is worried that if she stages a comeback she won’t be able to manage her time.

“Marami din akong ginagawa, I have five kids, tapos tumutulong din ako sa mga kapatid ko…”

Though she refuses to accept acting projects at the moment, Romnick continues to appear in TV and movies, albeit sporadically.

Harlene explained, “Si Romnick talagang namimili kasi halos puro babae ‘yung anak namin, ‘Yung eldest lang ‘yung lalaki, so very cautious siya lalo na halimbawa gaganap ng bad guy role. Tsaka nagbibigay siya ng talk sa youth ministry, kaya ayun kailangan iwas muna sa mga ganun.”

She made clear she is not closing her doors on the possibility though saying, “Malay mo baka this year bumalik ako kahit sa stage.”

Harlene keeps busy managing Heaven’s Best Entertainment, the production team behind films “Raketeros,” “Burgos” and “Above The Clouds,” among others.

“Kami ‘pag may ginagawa kaming pelikula, ini-insure namin lahat, as in ‘yung buong production. Nagbibigay kami ng insurance sa accident at least ‘di ba hindi na mababawasan ‘yung sweldo nung mga tao in case na may mangyari,” she noted.

Harlene and Romnick both looked like they haven’t aged so we asked for their secret.

She shared, “Masaya lang kami… feeling ko malaking factor ‘yung maraming anak kasi masaya ‘yung mga bata, makukulit… totoo pa lang talagang nakakawala ng pagod kapag nakikita mo sila.”

The two bond through traveling and food.(MNS)

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