Gary Ann Lastrilla January 30, 2015 07:15 PM
In line with Goin’ Bulilit’s 10th anniversary, director Bobot Mortiz recounted how the show started and what it has gone through over the years.
Although he started the show, he has already passed on directing duties to his children for about five years now. Expressing his delight that the show was able to reach a decade, he said, “Natutuwa kami dahil nakakita kami ng isang konsepto na (sa) simula, parang gag show lang siya talaga. Isang gag show na yung mga bata, umaarte na mga matatanda tapos parang pantapat din sa ibang gag show ng ibang istasyon. Ang nangyari, tuloy pa rin kami tapos at the same time, nagiging venue siya para magkaroon ng mga bagong artista.”
Direk Bobot expressed his delight in the success of the Goin’ Bulilit graduates, especially Julia Montes. “Siyempre natutuwa ako, lalong lalo na kay Julia kasi si Julia noon, nung nag-audition siya hindi siya natanggap. Actually, pang 20 siya so talagang hindi siya natanggap. Meron din siyang isang kasabay na bata na maganda din na magaling so parang meron lang akong nakita sa kanya na, kasi malungkot siya nung bata siya tapos nung nag-audition siya, pinipilit niya na magcomedy. So sabi ko, pinilit ko na pang 20 si Julia,” he said, adding that he saw her potential at an early age.
He also relayed how he would talk to GB kids like Kathryn Bernardo, Miles Ocampo, Julia, Kiray Celis, and Jane Oineza about their dreams so he feels happy that they landed a place in the industry. He also mentioned Nash Aguas, CJ Navato, and John Manalo.
When asked who among the graduates he thinks has changed because of fame, he said, “Wala pa naman akong nakikita. Siguro siyempre naiintidihan mo naman yun dahil siyempre minsan mga busy na sila, pero wala, wala. Sa tingin ko, wala akong nakikitang nagbago.”
The director was asked about the rumor that Teen Queen Kathryn Bernardo is somehow changing. “Ang totoo, hindi ko alam kasi hindi ko siya nakakasama. Bihira ko siyang makatrabaho ngayon. Hindi naman siguro, palagay ko naman kasi nung bata naman si Kathryn eh napakabait na bata, simple lang siya, tahimik lang siya so baka ganun lang. Baka ganun lang siya siguro saka sa dami ng trabaho nila baka I’m sure mahirap din yun ma-please niya lahat yun. Siguro naman hindi naman. Sana hindi,” he replied.
In the present batch of Bulilits, Direk Bobot talked about the kids that have a lot of potential to make it big someday. “Si Bugoy (Carino), si Casey (Bacayo), tingin ko yan, si Casey, tapos si Belinda (Mariano), may pupuntahan sila. Actually si Mutya (Orquia). Yung mga bata, may pupuntahan lahat sila eh basta tiyaga lang saka wag silang magbabago.”
Meanwhile, the comedy director talked about the issue they had with the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB). He admitted that they reached the point where a psychologist had to check on their scripts. “Minsan napapagalitan kami kasi iba ibang ideas kasi eh. Iba iba talaga. Minsan yung pwede sa ’yo, hindi pwede sa kanila saka medyo nagkasundo na kami ng MTRCB ngayon… Umabot pa kami na kumuha kami ng psychologist dito sa show… pinaaapprove namin sa psychologist yung mga scripts namin para, eto ba makakaapekto sa bata, yung ganon. Hindi ba eh kung ang habol mo lang magpapatawa ka lang, siyempre hindi mo naiisip yun, hindi mo naiisip na, aba offending pala tong joke na ‘to.”
Direk Bobot admitted that while they want to showcase socially relevant material, they have to tone it down. “Oo naman kasi mas maganda yung nangyayari para nakakarelate kaagad yung mga tao pero hindi namin masyadong magawa yung pang-adult dahil naaapektuhan na yun… hindi pwede sa bata, baka daw hindi naiintindihan ng bata. Ngayon may guidelines na kami na sinusunod so parang nagmellow ng konti tong Bulilit hindi gaya nung una. Ngayon parang naging training ground talaga ng mga bata.”
Though he admitted that it is harder to direct kids, he is hopeful that the show will last long considering that many children want to have a career in acting. He said that even the kids’ personalities are being honed here, not just their skills. He happily recounted that every time they shoot on locations where parents are not around, the kids look after each other.
Considering that the kids have grown emotional attachments to one another, how does Direk Bobot handle those that are about to graduate when they reach 12 to 13 years old? “Sinasabi naman namin sa kanila na may pupuntahan naman sila pero ang totoo, ano eh, dumarating din na sila mismo nahihiya na sila, awkward. Yung bang nahihiya, siyempre, enjoy enjoy pa rin sila pero pag nakikita na nila na ang laki na nila, sila na rin naiilang na rin sila eh.”
As much as possible, he said they want to feature kids who look like kids. “Yung mga umaabot ng 13 sa’min siguro yung medyo maliit pa, hindi pa halatang dalaga.” He shared that there were also instances where they had to let go of a kid to give way for a major project within the network like what Zaijian Jaranilla did for May Bukas Pa.
Direk Bobot shared that he still wants to do a lot with the gag show, maximizing the talents of the children and supporting what they want to do.
Lastly, Direk Bobot said that he is proud of Goin’ Bulilit, “Yung tagal saka yung samahan, yung ang importante… Sana parati niyong tatangkilikin ang Goin’ Bulilit, hindi lang pambata to, pang-adults din.”