By Ricky L. Calderon

“May photo scandal ako before, pero I chose not to talk about it. Ang sinasabi ko dati, pagdating sa mga issues at mga intriga, hindi naman iyon ang tumutulak ng career mo eh. Ang importante ay ang performance mo at kung ano ang craft mo.”

Tall and handsome, Mikael Daez is happy with the opportunity given to him as the leading man of Asia’s Songbird, Ms. Regine Velasquez-Alcasid via the new primetime soap Poor Señorita. It premiered last Monday (March 28) at the Kapuso Network. Not only it is his first time to work with Regine, but it was also the first time that she met her in person.

When he first learned that he was chosen to be Regine’s leading man in the new series, his first reaction was a big surprise.

“It’s a comedy series on primetime and then I am working with Ate Regs, so I was kind of intrigue,” said Mikael. “I was really intrigued by it. I even called up my manager (Betchay Vidanes) to ask her opinion about the offer. She too was intrigued by it.

“So I was kind of wondering how would this partnership with Ate Regs would be? Siguro the people might also be intrigued with me being paired with her. What is the concept of the show? Most of my projects were kind of experimental. Like, I was put into the cast of My Faithful Husband all of a sudden. Then previously I got the offer to do the Midnight Express segment in Saksi which I loved very much.

“Since I was put into the cast of Poor Señorita, I just embraced it with the thought that it will be a good project for me. And judging from the trailer it is really a feel-good project.”

And Mikael was the first to admit that yes, he and Regine has chemistry. “I think over time that chemistry will be even more solid. I am really excited working with Ate Regs and she acknowledged that we do have chemistry, and we ought to build it up some more,” he added.

The Bubble Gang mainstay admitted that it was uneasy or “ilang” at first working with Regine. He had the chance to work with her husband Ogie Alcasid in Bubble Gang, with whom Mikael has the highest respect.

“As with any leading lady that I had, I want to give Ate Regs the highest respect. Of course, I would also like to do my job well, so at first I want to feel my way around. Pinapakiramdaman ko lang muna. But the first time I met her, magaan ang feeling so it was really a big help,” Mikael revealed.

They even had a bed scene together, which according to Mikael, the shoot went well. “The scene worked very well. Mas matatawa at matutuwa kayo, and kikiligin kayo at the same time. I have to thank Ate Regs because she made it very easy for me. Siyempre sa totoo lang, it was something I was worried about. Ano ba ang pwede? Pero at the same time, I was worried kasi I never wanted to lose her respect. Kahit konting galaw lang very careful ako,” recalled Mikael of their love scene.

While Mikael (who has been in the industry for five years), and rumored girlfriend Maegan Young (first Pinay to win Miss World, 2014), have yet to admit that they are indeed a couple, they have been eager in posting their photos on their Instagram accounts. “We post our photos so it goes without saying na…well I am not saying anything with regards to our relationship but our photos and videos are there for our fans to enjoy,” he said.

“We are posting photos and videos, so what you see is what you get, but I am not saying anything.”

Mikael has been into photography and Maegan has also taken a liking into photography as well. “I am very proud of my photos. Ang sarap din na I am able to share my photos at nagugustuhan ito ng mga tao. We have a lot of photos together plus videos that I have uploaded in You Tube. But wala talaga akong aaminin. Pictures are louder than words. What you see is what you get.”

Even if many people believed they are an item, they have managed to keep things to themselves.

“Wow, I think we really just enjoyed the moment di ba? Kasi kung iniisip mo pa kung ano ang pwedeng mangyari, doon magugulo ang mundo ninyo. Paano mangyari ito? Baka may ma-meet siyang ganito? Baka may ginagawa siyang ganito, wala ako? Enjoy the moment, trust and loyalty na itinuro sa akin ng mga magulang ko. Yun dala ko pa rin iyon.”

So, you don’t put a label on your relationship with Maegan?

“Hindi ako mahilig sa label. Kasi ano ang label kung wala namang laman? Ano ang label kung walang loyalty? So labels, itapon muna natin iyan. Pag ako kinakausap ninyo, wala munang label, yung laman muna. So ano ang laman? Tingnan ninyo ang photos ko. Tingnan ninyo ang videos ko. So alam ni Maegan yan. Malinaw sa kanya iyan,” he explained. “At least ngayon nakikita na ninyo. May makikita na kayong photos.”

Several actors have been involved in video scandals lately, what can Mikael comment on it? As we all know, he had a photo scandal before, although he chose not to comment about it. Can it not ruin someone’s career?

“Hindi naman sa hindi nakakasira, pero hindi iyon ang tutulak at magpu-further ng career mo,” he defended. “Para sa mga sinabi ko noon, I think nagawa ko naman. Sinikap ko naman na gumaling sa mga ginagawa ko. Ang  dami ko nang nagagawang kakaiba, from drama to comedy. Like may hosting din ako aside from acting. What I meant was focus on your work, not on the issue.

“If ever someone with a video scandal issue comes to me and asks for my advice, what I would tell him is that he is a talented person. He won’t be in this industry if he doesn’t have talent so what he should do is focus on his talent because that is what will propel his career forward, not the issue.”

Would he say that being involved in controversy can be considered normal?

“Mahirap naman sabihin na normal pero I think growing up hindi naman tayo perfect. Lahat tayo gustong maging perfect pero nagkakamali rin naman tayo. What is important if we commit a mistake, just learn from it.”

Mikael said that committing a mistake is sometimes inevitable, but it depends on how you correct it and stay focus.

“Are you going to get distracted by what happened? On my part, I was careful. I never admitted it. Regardless if I was the one in the scandal photo or not, my name has been associated with it but what is important is how I reacted to it? I think yan din ang importante sa mga artista na nasasangkot sa ganyang mga issue. Don’t be bothered by it. Kung yun na lang ang aasikasuhin mo, eh di wala nang mangyayari sa iyo di ba? Lahat naman tayo nagkakamali. Sometimes lang yung mga tao yung pagkakamali lang natin ang nakikita,” he ended.

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