Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — “Past, Present, Perfect,” is a new digital series that is currently streaming for free on iWant, starring actresses Loisa Andalio and Shaina Magdayao. While the cast includes talents who are relatively new to the industry, such as Vin Abrenica, Awra Briguela, and Amy Nobleza among others, the romance-drama series also boasts of casting veteran actor Romnick Sarmenta.
Sarmenta has been working in the industry since the ‘70s, first known for his role as a five-year-old boy named Peping in “Gulong ng Palad.” He says the job of an actor then is much simpler as compared to the demands for actors now.
“It was like a regular job. You have regular hours at work,” he says. “It was so comfortable. We were doing mostly everything in sound studios and you had a workplace, you go home, and that was it.”
While show business in the past may have been more predictable, he appreciates that directors now are more collaborative. “The workplace [now] is more dynamic,” he shares. “The directors are very nice, they answer you, explain to you why the character is such. Before, we had older directors who were very stern, very strict, and they're always right.”
As for the future of show business, Sarmenta believes that it is the industry’s duty to better people’s lives or to give a semblance of hope to its consumers. “Whenever we tell a story that is so tragic, it affects other people,” he explains. “It's our responsibility to make sure that they're not left with negative things and they're left with better things, and they look forward to life, better quality pictures and stories.”