FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano cast member and acclaimed veteran actor John Arcilla and It’s Showtime Bidaman grand winner Jin Macapagal were the guests in the December 16 episode of Magandang Buhay.
John and Jin reminisced their childhood moments in their heartwarming moments with momshies Karla Estrada, Jolina Magdangal-Escueta, and Melai Cantiveros-Francisco. Jin shared that he would always play games like the classic Filipino outdoor game tumbang preso with his friends. On the other hand, John shared that he actually had fun moments of childhood both in Manila and in the province. When his family transferred to the province, they stayed in a coconut plantation and he would always shout and sing while riding on a carabao. John added that ever since he was a kid, he has already imagined himself performing and being an actor in the future.
Did you know that John has actually been a TikToker ever since 2018? As of writing, he has already gained 1.8 million followers. We know John as a very respected actor who stars in serious and drama films but his personality in real life is actually far different from what we see on the screen. One of his staff actually introduced TikTok to him. During the first time that he tried using the application, John was actually sick. And also because of boredom, he wanted to try it. And after watching his first video, he found it funny. And then people also liked his content and they eventually requested more videos. He’s happy about the fact that he actually brings good vibes to Filipinos all over the world just through posting videos of himself.
John actually started being more invested in the activities of millennials because most of his fans from the hit movie “Heneral Luna” were actually from that age group. Eventually, he thought that maybe he could connect with these youngsters with videos that interest them. For instance, every February, they would have spoken word poetry about love in general. They would also celebrate the anniversary of “Heneral Luna” every July, and would also on the birthday of the Filipino hero wherein John would conduct essay and art contests. John added that he feels connected to the younger generation whenever he gets the chance to interact with them.
Meanwhile, Jin described himself as an old soul. He said that he usually bonds with people older than him. However, he doesn’t really put more importance on the idea that the older generation should keep up with what’s new. “I’d rather have them as they are,” he said.
They also talked about their much-anticipated 2020 Metro Manila Film Festival entry “Suarez, The Healing Priest” where John plays the title role of Father Fernando Suarez himself and Jin portrays the young Batangueño miracle clergyman. The movie will feature the very inspirational and moving story of the late beloved and famous healing priest and his journey on deepening his faith in Christ amidst difficult times and controversies. John and Jin’s fellow cast members in the film include Marlo Mortel, Troy Montero, Rita Avila, Jairus Aquino, Alice Dixson, Dante Rivero, among others.
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