Toni Gonzaga, one of the lead actress of Home Sweetie Home is very happy to welcome the new characters in the ABS-CBN Saturday night sitcom.
Among the new character is played by Piolo Pascual, her leading man in their movie "Last Night". In her interview, she shared that she was very thankful that Pascual is available for the sitcom. "Actually pagbalik na pagbalik ko [from our family vacation in Europe], nag-taping na kami ng ‘Home Sweetie Home.' Nag-guest sa amin si Piolo. We are very thankful na he's available and he said yes (Actually right after I came back from our family vacation in Europe, we did the taping for Home Sweetie Home. Piolo was our guest. We are very thankful that he is available and he said yes.) She said"
Gonzaga said that Piolo Pascual will play a character which was already a recurring character, who already appeared on an episode of the show several years back. She was asked if the character of Pascual will stay long at Home Sweetie Home she said "Sa ngayon, nag-tape kami ng two episodes with Piolo. (For now, we recorded two episodes with Piolo)"
In a separate interview with Piolo Pascual, he said that he is still learning the ropes of doing a sitcom but he is definitely having a lot of fun. "When I guested before, I am portraying the same character. It's different sa attack and execution altogether (When I guessed before, I am portraying the same character. It has a different attack and execution altogether). But I am enjoying and I can't say I already know how to do it. I am going with the flow and trying to be as spontaneous and as natural as I can be," he said. Pascual added that he did not have a hard time getting along with the cast of the sitcom Home Sweetie Home because he has already worked with most of them before.
The show first aired on the 5th of January year 2014, it a Philippine situational comedy tackles a newly married couple's lives, and their ways to address the needs of a growing typical Filipino household. The storyline of Home Sweetie Home is about Romeo Valentino played by John Lloyd Cruz, a former medical representative and a currently a travel agent and Julie Matahinik played by Toni Gonzaga, a school teacher, who decided to marry and live together with the latter's family under one roof. Julie's mother Loida "Nanay Loi" Matahimik played by Sandy Andolong undoubtedly does not favor Romeo as her son-in-law because of his reputation as a ladies man, and prefers Jay-Jay Perez played by Jason Gainza whom she considers fit for her daughter, seeing him as responsible man compare to Romeo. Despite the circumstances, the two are certain to marry each other. However, in turn, Romeo has to deal with Julie's family in the best way he knows. The sitcom already in its second season and have already aired 201 episodes as of the 25th of November 2017. And received several awards since it aired in 2014.
In a separate interview with the actor Piolo Pascual, he said clearly that he will not replace John Lloyd Cruz in the sitcom. He said "I can't take that show away from Lloydie (referring to his friend John Lloyd Cruz)—that's his," who recently began appearing in the weekly sitcom, "Home Sweetie Home."
Piolo stressed he was not replacing the sitcom's lead actor John Lloyd Cruz, who filed an indefinite leave of absence from work in October just because of his appearances recently in the sitcom. The actor said he was at first hesitant when his ABS-CBN bosses asked him to appear on the show a month ago. He said "I didn't want Lloydie to think that I've bypassed him, that I should've first asked him if it was OK,"during a gathering on the launching of the actor as the brand ambassador of Mober, a Philippine-based on-demand app that offers delivery services around Metro Manila.
Piolo said he had sent Lloydie a text message, "but we haven't spoken yet." He is looking forward to talking the matter personally to his colleague in the industry. The actor said he agreed to appear in the show primarily because of the lead actress. He said, "because I'm good friends with Tin." He was referring to Toni Gonzaga. She plays Julie Valentino, wife of John Lloyd's character, Romeo Valentino. He added that he has still vacant slot in his schedule, saying "My schedule can still accommodate what I do for the show," He further said, "You can't cancel a show just because one of its lead stars is absent."
On the other hand, the co-star of John Lloyd Cruz, Toni Gonzaga, tried to calm worries from their fans and insisted that he'll return to the weekend sitcom after his indefinite leave from showbiz. "Show naman niya talaga ito (this is really his show)," Gonzaga, who plays the wife of Cruz's character, said in an interview. "At kung ready na siya, 'pag na-settle na niya ang personal matters na kailangan asikasuhin, eventually siguro. (And when his ready, after he settle his personal matters that needs to attend to, eventually maybe)." As of the moment the lead actress of the sitcom Home Sweetie Home, Gonzaga explained that the show will continue as normal. "Hangga't walang sinasabi ang management, tuloy-tuloy naman ang taping namin, (unless no official statement said from the management, our taping is still continuous)" she said. "So far, we're just taking it one day at a time. 'Pag may script, may call time, go pa rin kami (If there is a script, there is a call time, we are on the go)."
Then again, the actor Piolo Pascual is putting the time in supporting his son's endeavor in the industry. Recently the young actor Inigo Pascual flaunted his abs at the Bench Under the Stars fashion show, making his dad, Piolo, a "proud stage father." Piolo also said that he is very happy and excited about the way his son's career is going. "I'm so excited for what's in store for him. Just watched him yesterday on ‘ASAP,' nakita ko talaga how he's improved a lot (I saw how he improves a lot). He's so much better now." The actor said he is proud of his son as the young Pascual is back in school even though he has a lot of showbiz commitments.
Another thing that keeps the actors busy is the work he does in helping the 300,000-plus people displaced by the recent war against Maute terrorists in Marawi City. The actor Piolo Pascual, as well as his business partner, filmmaker Joyce Bernal, recently donated P1.5 million to a group that actor Robin Padilla assembled recently to help rehabilitate the area. Piolo recalled: "It all started with Joyce telling me of her plan to donate P500,000 from the paycheck she got from our earnings in producing ‘Kita Kita.' I said I'd also give since I earned more than her from the film. We went straight to Kuya Binoe referring to Robin Padilla."
He added that his short conversation with Robin about the predicament of the people affected by the war has opened his eyes to the fact that war is actually happening in our country. The actor said that the situation made him realize that these people are not homeless, but rather they were merely forced out of their homes in their own communities. He said that we should do something to prevent this from happening again. The Maranao people took a beating for the rest of the country. If the government forces were not able to stop the spread of the terrorists, the group could have reached us here in Luzon. Piolo stressed the need to spread awareness of what the people in Marawi City have been experiencing since their homes were ravaged by the war."This is not a one-time thing for us. We will help Kuya Binoe with his other projects. Once we get the money, which ABS-CBN has helped us raise through the recent telethon, we want to personally go to Marawi to see properties there that we can buy, so we can start building homes for them," Piolo said in his interview.