by: Napoleon Quintos
Enchong Dee was very happy to sign a two-picture contract with Star Cinema for 2011. He toldPush.com.ph and ABS-CBN internal media, “Napakasaya ko kasi hindi pa tapos ‘yung 2010 e napa-plano na ‘yung 2011 ko. Parang sa mga nasawish list ko for 2011, may ilan dun na naka-check na. I’m very thankful to ABS-CBN and Star Cinema.” Enchong is slated to do another romantic comedy film with ka-love team Erich Gonzales, a follow up to their last flick I Do, and one supposedly with Kim Chiu.
Enchong also received a cheque with a “seven-figure” amount from Star Cinema Managing Director Malou N. Santos as his bonus for the success of his last movie I Do. “I feel blessed kasi parang I am one of the few starsna nakikitaan na ng management ng potential, kaya tuloy sila nagi-invest na sa amin.”
Having scored two high-rating primetime teleseryes and a hit movie, Enchong is said to have snatched the “hot young leading man” crown from Gerald Anderson. Enchong, however, doesn’t want to think about competing with his good friend Gerald or any other actors in the industry. “Like what others would normally say, pana-panahon lang ‘yan. I can’t say na mas sikat na ako kay Gerald o kung kanino man. Basta thankful ako sa mgablessings na dumadating. Dadating din ‘yung panahon na may bagong star na papalit. Cycle lang ‘yan.”
The 22-year-old swimmer-turned-actor is just happy to be in ABS-CBN where he believes most of the hot leading men in showbiz are. “Marami namang hot leading men ngayon, at karamihan sa kanila e narito sa ABS-CBN. Nagkataon lang na narito na ako sa lugar na ito.”
Enchong said that rather than being conscious about elevating his status in showbiz, he would rather focus on developing his talents with the quality projects he is given. He confessed that he would be startled whenever a fellow artista in the new daily variety show ShoutOut would come up to him and call him “idol.” “Nakakatuwa kasi sa ShoutOut parang ang tingin sa akin ng ibang stars dun, tinitingala na nila ako, ina-idolize, nire-respeto. Sana raw maging katulad nila ako. Sinasabi ko tuloy, ‘E ako kaya tumitingala rin kina John Lloyd (Cruz) at Piolo(Pascual)!’ Ang aga naman para tingalain nila ako. But it’s a good feeling na nagiging inspirasyon ka sa ibang artista.”