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Actress Carla Abellana slammed by veteran columnist Mario Bautista at My Neighbor's Wife press con
Published on: Aug 24, 2011 - 9:39am

( Veteran columnist and entertainment writer Mario Bautista berated actress Carla Abellana during the press conference of My Neighbor's Wife on Monday, August 22, for an e-mail she sent him saying that several statements in his August 21 People's Journal story "Geoff Won't Watch Carla's Daring Movie" were untrue, reports


Abellana maintained that she only corrected some points in Bautista's story. "You quoted me po, when in fact, you haven't interviewed me," she told Bautista. The contested quote in Bautista's column was Abellana allegedly saying:

"It's true, when I joined showbiz, I said I won't do torrid kissing scenes at hindi ako magbibikini... When the shooting started, wala naman sinabi sa 'kin si Direk Jun Lana that I'll be made to do such scenes. But in the course of the shooting, I was pushed to the limits. The biggest challenge here for me is Lovi Poe. Kasi all out siya sa sexy scenes niya so I felt obligated na pantayan yung ginagawa niya kasi kung hindi, ano na lang ang mangyayari sa 'kin sa movie? Mapag-iiwanan ako. The first time I did a love scene with Dennis Trillo, grabe ang kaba ko. But I have to thank Dennis kasi magaling siya magdala ng eksena. He can make the scene appear really sensual. Ganun din si Jake Cuenca, mahusay in doing bed scenes."


However, Bautista argued that the story was merely based on Regal Films' press release. "So, hindi mo alam ang slant ng Regal para sa promo ng movie?" Bautista asked the actress. The writer added that he has been supportive of Abellana's career since it began but not once did the actress seem grateful. When Abellana replied that she had always been thankful for Bautista's stories, the writer shook his head, saying "No. You didn't say that. Not once did you acknowledge that I wrote anything positive about you."


Comparing Abellana to her co-star Lovi Poe, Bautista said the latter "has more manners." In the heat of the discussion, Regal Films honcho Mother Lily Monteverde apologized to Bautista and excused herself from the press conference because she had started to cry, reports ABS-CBN News.


Abellana also apologized. "So, sorry po. Sorry po if I made you feel bad," she said before suggesting that she and Bautista work things out after the press conference. However, after saying that he will not publish a retraction piece, Bautista walked out of the press conference. ABS-CBN News also reported that Abellana teared up after the reproach.

For more on this story, log on to and ABS-CBN News. For Carla Abellana's e-mail, visit Cabinet Files. For Mario Bautista's "Geoff Won't Watch Carla's Daring Movie article," visit
's coverage of the press conference.

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  • trish
    googling now on where Mario Baustista writes. will definitely boycott him.
    Sep 09 2011 @ 05:51pm     Reply  
  • milfeul
    ang sama ng ugali mo wag ka ng maging writter
    Aug 31 2011 @ 10:42pm     Reply  
  • rainier
    Kahit maganda o hindi ang isinulat ni Mario about Karla, the fact is he's paid by his tabloid company to write stories. Hindi sya dapat mag-demand ng utang na loob dahil lang maganda ang isinulat nya. He is paid to report - good or bad. rnrnPwede naman nyang isulat ang press release ng Regal sa kanyang column, pero lagyan nya ng note that it was a PR release. But writing it like he interviewed Karla is so wrong. I don't know Mario nor am I even aware of his standing in the showbiz industry. This incident made him lose his credibility big time.rnrnKarla is right to insist for a public apology.
    Aug 31 2011 @ 09:50pm     Reply  
  • 48flavors
    Bravo to Carla Abellana for handling that with utmost grace. Some press people really act like they're beyond reproach. It is so clearly obvious that Mario Bautista was in the wrong here. His pride was hurt because Carla reacted toward his article, which I am sure Mario wrote with all good intention. The problem was he appeared to not be doing his job well, and instead of apologizing and saying he merely wrote his article based on the Regal press release, he got mad that she focused on that misquote, instead of just letting it pass because he had written many good things about her in the past. rnrnWell, Mr. Bautista, it does not work that way. You apologize when you are wrong. You should take lessons on humility from Carla Abellana.
    Aug 29 2011 @ 01:12am     Reply  
  • justsaying
    two thumbs up to carla for handling this issue pathetic lang ang dating ni mario bautista.seems like he's begging for something in return , where in fact he's being paid for writing. at may gumagatong pa...this is what i dont understand about press people, like cristy fermin as an example. they always want to get recognized, hey it is your job hindi yan utang na loob ng mga celebrity.
    Aug 28 2011 @ 05:08pm     Reply  
  • ayabaolinteu
    nakow. mukhang tagilid na career ng isa dito. nawalan ng kredibilidad. pahamak na quotes yan talaga. hehehe
    Aug 28 2011 @ 03:26pm     Reply  
  • jackson
    this mario whoever is obviously craving for attention, merely for that nobody knows or even care who this sorry excuse for a tabloid journalist junk.
    Aug 28 2011 @ 03:04pm     Reply  
  • cherryblossom
    Grabe naman yan si MB, padalhan mo na lang ng sobre Carla para matigil na yan.
    Aug 25 2011 @ 11:15am     Reply  
  • baby
    SQUATTER si mario bautista! whoa re you you dumb patheric writer!!!
    Aug 25 2011 @ 11:08am     Reply  
  • hehe
    Some tabloid writers here in the Philippines, think too highly of themselves. Carla shouldn't have apologized.
    Aug 25 2011 @ 09:33am     Reply  
  • james ty iii
    If I were that writer, I would not have done that and I would have written about Carla in a more positive light.rnrnAs I earlier said, I know Carla personally because I used to see her at the PBA games when she was still dating a PBA player before.
    Aug 25 2011 @ 09:21am     Reply  
  • terrifikanner
    Moral lessons:rnrn1. To Carla: Always remember to be grateful when gay writers write about you in a positive way. Gratefulness may be shown my gifts preferrably money.rnrn2. To Mother Lily: After all these years, you should have been used to the bad manners of these showbiz writers who make a living writing about gossip and other forms of envelopmental journalism.rnrn3. To Carla and Mother Lily: don't shed tears for the gaylord writer. Just sleep it off. Giving too much importance to them journalistic vultures only give them more credence and power. Ask yourself: Who dey? (Nosi Balasi)rnrn
    Aug 25 2011 @ 08:51am     Reply  
  • mario bautista is an unlearned wanna be writer
    Kakatawa ang matandang laos na ito. Gutom na siguro kaya kailangang gumawa ng ingay. Si Jun Nardo naman, nasabihang presscon host, walang ginawa. Ginatungan pa si Mario no breeding bakla. Nagaral ba si Mario ng journalism ? Para kasing hindi. Palenkerong palaka dahil puro kasinungalingan pala ang isinusulat niya dahil maski hindi nagbigay ng interview ang talent, may "quotes" pa rin siya. Tama. . .magimbento na lang ng isusulat kung walang makuhang scoop. di bah, Mariong sinungaling na walang kredibilidad ?
    Aug 25 2011 @ 05:02am     Reply  
  • *****

    This psudo writer is not credible. If palgiarism is a crime, there ought to be a law against quoting someone who really has nothing to do with that made up quote. Mario Bautista, mag retire ka na lang, st*p*d person. Nagaral ka ba talaga ng joiurnalism ?

    Aug 25 2011 @ 02:01am     Reply  
  • isa
    With that kind of work ethic and inflated ego, so-called veteran "journalist" isn't even worthy of any respect at all.
    Aug 24 2011 @ 11:32pm     Reply  
  • pahiya
    Napahiya na kasi si Mario because Carla revealed that she wasn't interviewed by him kaya he brought up the "respect" issue which is, for me, a lousy defense mechanism.
    Aug 24 2011 @ 08:08pm     Reply  
  • blitzkrieg_girl
    The problem with some writers is they become so lazy to research and gather information properly and so they resort to basing all their write-ups on press releases. What's even more disgusting is the fact that even though the writer admits that all the information were from a mere press release, he had the guts to make up words alleging that they came straight from the actress' mouth. How idiotic! rnrnAnd they call themselves journalists.rnrnBeing a veteran in what you do doesn't give you the right to humiliate someone else, especially if you do not even know the basic rules of your job.
    Aug 24 2011 @ 04:52pm     Reply  
  • gatong
    at ginatungan pa ni Jun Lalin si Mario dun sa 'threat" issue. ang labo. pero ang galing ni Carla. Kahit walang help of the moderator, nadala nya ng maayos yung situation. Si Jake + rest of the cast mukhang di alam ang gagawin. Meron pang patapik-tapik sa back ni Carla...Nice gesture, but she doesn't really need reassurance from the rest of them coz she handled the situation perfectly.
    Aug 24 2011 @ 04:22pm     Reply  
  • sarap mo saktan
    sarap lang upakan ng mga taong ganyan. SINO KA BA? SINONG NAGBABASA NG COLUMN MO?
    Aug 24 2011 @ 03:28pm     Reply  
  • dan
    Bullying is the right word. Pathetic that at his senior years, the once respectable Mario Bautista has been reduced to a ranting, tabloid-writing, low-living movie reporter.rnrnMario's logic doesn't hold water at all : that . . . Carla does not thank him when he writes good things about her, and now that there is a negative write-up, Carla is reacting against it.rnrnOf course, you nincompoop!! rnrnFirst of all, whether it was a good or bad write-up, you got paid for it right? So no matter what write-up you made, you should be the one thanking the celebrities to have them as topics to write about, get paid for it, and in the process, feed your family with it.rnrnSecond, we are not expected to at all to thank the bus driver after a safe or a smooth trip - - it is part of his job to drive safe. In the same manner that a writer is expected to write only the truth. Now, if because of the driver's carelessness, the bus got into an accident and hurt the passengers, I am pretty sure there will be very angry and violent passengers.rnrnCarla's reaction is just normal. And expected. What Mario wrote was not even uttered by her. I would react the same way.rnrnTo publicly berate or castigate the guest of honor (I am asuming the stars of the movie are the main guests of honor), in a venue where you (Mario) were just a mere invited guest is plain bad manners.rnrnCarla handled the situation well. Kudos to her.rnrnBut I am wondering what is "Regal films" culpability in this incident? Mario mentioned that the slant came from the publicist of Regal? How low they can get .rnrn
    Aug 24 2011 @ 03:21pm     Reply  
  • justsaying
    well, Carla handled the situation gracefully. and i admire her for it :)
    Aug 24 2011 @ 02:39pm     Reply  
  • topak
    akala ko nung una si mario dumawal na showbiz reporter. sino ba yan?
    Aug 24 2011 @ 02:05pm     Reply  
  • sosyalera
    Maybe Mario had a bad day.. unfortunately Carla was the one who shock absorbed his ranting. I think the recent movie presscon was not the proper event to bully someone, especially that the one he bullied was the star of the movie.
    Aug 24 2011 @ 01:14pm     Reply  
  • edna
    .. mario bautista is a paid entertainment writer.. now now.. why does she have to thank him!? why does he want to be acknowledged for his write ups? rnrnwell.. you wouldnt have a job if u dont write about these actors/actresses.. rnrnso, might as well, shut up and just do your job, mario! rnrn
    Aug 24 2011 @ 01:12pm     Reply  
  • piolo
    thats the problem kapag baklang pinabili lang ng suka sa tindahan ng nanay, nalaman may nagsu-shooting sa kanto biglang segway, ayun reporter na!!!rnrnMario Bautista, talking about manners between Carla nd Lovi? I dont think so...
    Aug 24 2011 @ 12:33pm     Reply  
  • fran
    dapat sa mga bully na mukhang bubuli eh binubugbog..
    Aug 24 2011 @ 12:33pm     Reply  
  • mp
    Unfortunately, he wouldn't be the only journalist that thinks that way. A lot of business journalists are like that, feeling Diyos at Diyosa. And no, I am not generalizing, I'm just saying that there are quite a few of them who are like that. I've been working in PR for 7 years now and well... Let's just say at one point, somebody who is NOT part of the big 3 broadsheets dared to order food that WAS NOT part of the menu that day. They know how much the companies need them in terms of image-building and all, sad to say that some of them abuse it.
    Aug 24 2011 @ 11:48am     Reply  
  • kororo
    Isa itong malinaw na kaso ng pambubully. No to bullies! Wag kang mambubully kung mukha kang bubuli.
    Aug 24 2011 @ 11:09am     Reply  
  • san diegan
    you got him there carla! unfortunately dinaan ka nya sa non-stop talk kaya that video seemed like he gobbled you up. imagine, alam na ngayon na hindi ka niya ininterview and he was able to come up with and article about you. so much for credibility huh! but maybe for your part, never forget thanking the press for their time to write about you - without publicity, wala ka rin naman.
    Aug 24 2011 @ 11:08am     Reply  
  • boy abundat
    Mario dear, I can't believe that you still yearn for validation at your age. You berated a young star for a petty issue. What a pity !
    Aug 24 2011 @ 10:47am     Reply  
  • jmg
    It appears that the root of his anger is not being acknowledged. Medyo petty, pero baka yan lang ang isa sa mga kaligayan ng tabloid reporter.
    Aug 24 2011 @ 10:36am     Reply  
  • james ty iii
    In fairness to Carla, I know her personally. I'm a sportswriter and she used to date a PBA player. rnrnI think Mario Bautista did not practice proper journalist ethics when he wrote that article. That PBA player would have beaten him black and blue if Carla still dated him.
    Aug 24 2011 @ 10:36am     Reply  
  • nick
    PLUS, he writes for a tabloid. Carla Abellana does not read tabloids you pathetic loser.
    Aug 24 2011 @ 10:27am     Reply  
  • nick
    WTF is Mario Bautista ranting about? Who the f*** cares about him anyway? I'm no Carla fan but the way he b*tched about "not getting the proper due/thanks" from the actress? It's just pathetic.
    Aug 24 2011 @ 10:25am     Reply  
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