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Hotspot: Yamyam Gucong talks about vacation in Bohol, working on “Hoy, Love You”

As the highly talked about iWant digital series “Hoy, Love You” premiered last January 18, one of its cast members Yamyam Gucong dropped by ABS-CBN Entertainment’s Hotspot on Thursday, January 21, not just to promote, but to also talk about the latest happenings in his life.

“Hello po sa lahat po ng nagmamahal sa akin. Thank you, thank you so much po dahil until now nandiyan pa rin po kayo at syempre, wala po ako rito kung wala pa rin kayo. Maraming, maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat,” he enthused in the beginning of his fun conversation with DJ Jhai Ho.

The host then went on to ask him regarding his recent vacation trip at his hometown in Bohol, wherein he got the chance to unwind, to do the things he used to do prior to his fame, and spend quality time with his family.

“Actually, medyo sinet aside ko po muna ‘yong show business at napagdesisyunan ko po na gusto ko munang mag-refresh sa probinsya. Pag-uwi ko ng probinsya, as in I cleared my mind para balikan ang dati kong buhay na magkasama kami ng pamilya ko, mag-aararo sa bukid,” Yamyam related.

Then he added, “Ginawa ko ‘yon as a meditation na rin sa sarili ko kasi no’ng nandito ako sa Maynila, medyo nabigla ako sa trabaho ko at saka matagal kasi na nagsi-sink in e kaya na-overwhelm ako no’ng time na ‘yon. Medyo na-depress ako kaya napag-desisyunan ko na mag-refresh.”

According to him, doing so has truly helped him reflect on everything that happened to him in the past years – from the moment he was hailed as the Big Winner of Pinoy Big Brother Otso up to when he began his journey in the local entertainment scene – and take a breather from the hustles and bustles of city life.

Besides, it also helped him get back to his true self – the cheerful and funny Yamyam who the people have loved and supported – and prepare for his first-ever project this 2021, “Hoy, Love You.”

The “Iskulit Bai of Bohol” wasn’t able to hold his excitement as DJ Jhai Ho asked him regarding his reaction on being tapped to become part of the said iWant original series, as well as his experiences in filming it.

He was still in the province then, keeping himself occupied with farming and attending his online classes as a college student, when the management contacted him to offer the project. That left him surprised and overjoyed at the same time as it made him feel that the real Yamyam already went back, so he accepted it unhesitatingly.

Playing the role of Bart, one of the three kolokoys or subordinates of Joross Gamboa’s character, Yamyam imparted that he truly enjoyed the whole duration of their taping and the company of his fellow cast members.

“Actually, ‘di lang ako ah? Kundi pati ‘yong mga nakakatanda kong kapatid sobrang idol na idol nila. Kaya sobrang na-excite ako na ‘hala, ‘yong JoRox ang makakasama mo!’” he exclaimed, sharing how excited his siblings were as well upon finding out that he would be working alongside phenomenal loveteam Joross Gamboa and Roxanne Guinoo.

Then he added, “Sobrang saya nila at siyempre sa’kin din, JoRox talaga, on-and-off-cam sobrang napaka-humble nila. Hindi lang sila, kundi lahat – direktor, lahat ng ibang cast, sobra-sobrang enjoy kaming lahat.”

Yamyam went on to impart how he and his fellow PBB Otso alumni, especially Team LAYF, have kept in touch during this quarantine. He also imparted his advice to the current batch of housemates.

“Hello po sa housemates ng PBB Connect ngayon. Guys, magpakatotoo lang kayo sa sarili n’yo. Isipin n’yo ang mga pinagdaanan n’yong auditions at maging inspirasyon sa inyo ang mga magulang n’yo. Siyempre, ‘wag kalimutang mag-pray palagi at maging normal lang sa loob ng bahay. Don’t [be too harsh to yourself]

DJ Jhai Ho then challenged him to take on the “Hoy Someone!” game, wherein he had to deliver his message to the Kapamilya stars whose portraits were flashed on the screen. The set included Maymay Entrata, Vhong Navarro, Toni Gonzaga, Piolo Pascual, Lou Yanong, Andre Brouillette, Fumiya Sankai, and Jo-Rox.

Click on this video to find out everything that happened in DJ Jhai Ho’s interview with Yamyam on Hotspot!

“Hoy, Love You!” has six episodes and is now streaming for free on the iWantTFC app (iOs and Android) or on iwanttfc.com, with daily episodes dropping at 8 PM until January 24. Viewers can also enjoy watching on a bigger screen through select smart TV brands, ROKU streaming devices, and Telstra TV for global users. For the complete list of compatible devices, sign in instructions, and account activation, visit https://iwanttfc.com/help#tfc-on-smart-tv.