Marvin's 10 fruitful years in showbiz

Marvin Agustin marks his 10th year in Philippine showbiz this year, starting as one of the many talents of ABS-CBN, usually paired with Jolina Magdangal in light romantic flicks and sitcoms. But of late, the award-winning actor may well be called an ...

By Guil Franco (Correspondent)

Published: Tue 22 Aug 2006, 10:46 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 4:28 PM

OctoArts baby, though a babe in his late 20s, because his last three films Malikmata, Spirit of the Glass, and Kutob were all produced by OctoArts as entries to the Metro Manila Film Festival.

Marvin is father (unwed) to twins Sebastian and Santiago, who were born last year in the US. He's a successful businessman. He owns the fastfood joint Rice-capades, which already has seven branches. He is also a stockholder of Oyster Boy, Café Ten Titas, and Sumo Sam, all doing very well.

The actor-achiever's very thankful that after almost 10 years, his dad was released from jail. He was imprisoned for drug-related charges. "I'm taking good care of him," says the good son.

Marvin won the best actor award for Kutob in the 2005 Metro filmfest. Surely, he will be in the cast of OctoArts‚ entry to the December 2006 filmfest, Karma.

He's also now being managed by OctoArts big boss Orly Ilacad, who he considers a second father. "My Boss is like a father to me. And he's a very nice person to deal with, very professional, that's why under his wings I'm very positive about the prospects of my career."

Marvin topbills with Rufa Mae Quinto the OctoArts‚ upcoming horror-comedy "Oh My Ghost!" written and directed by Tony Y. Reyes. The movie marks his return to comedy on the big screen after a series of heavy roles. "After Kutob‚ I wanted a light project like Oh My Ghost!‚ where viewers can just sit back, relax, and enjoy. I was also very glad to be working again with Rufa Mae."

He recalls that he and Rufa Mae teamed up four years ago in "Super B." But then he adds: "We didn't team up again after that, but we maintained our friendship. We still call up one another and when we have free time, we go out. This is why when we were shooting Oh My Ghost!‚ the atmosphere was very jovial."

Marvin has long-range plans for his career. "I even told Boss Orly that it is in showbiz where I want to grow old. This is because I treat it as an outlet to enjoy myself. And, of course, I'm serious with my craft. I really want to evolve into a very competent performer. I'm finished with the rat race."

Concludes the actor: "About my winning the best actor award for ŒKutob,‚ it was one happy if unexpected event. There's pressure as people expect me to do another heavy role. But I don‚t want to be typecast. That's why, for the mean time, it's comedy first for me via Oh My Ghost!."

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