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(SPOT.ph) 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 PEP.ph.
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 PEP.ph 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 Journal.com.ph.
PEP.ph's coverage of the press conference.