Jojit Paredes was one of Ate Vi’s leading men during the ’70’s. (In this article, Vilmanian, Franco Gabriel interviewed Jojit Paredes, the baladeer and teen idol of the 70s. – frv)
Franco Gabriel: Who is Jojit Paredes before entering Showbiz?
Jojit Paredes: A regular student of De La Salle University.
FG: How were you discovered?
JP: I was a member of a band compose of Paredes clan, that includes Jim Paredes of Apo Hiking Society, we usually performed in College Campuses. Doon ako nagumpisa, tapos nag-form kami ng “The two of us”, kami ni Ronnie Henares. One time, we were invited to perform on TV, at naulit yon, maraming nag-request for our guesting, nag-click kami ni Ronnie. I was discovered by Freddie Cochran, siya ang naglapit sa akin sa ABS-CBN, before I knew it ay member na ako ng “The Sensations.”
FG: Doon mo ba unang na-meet si Ate Vi?
JP: No. That was not the first time I met her. Actually, I know her way way back when she was only 8 or 9 years old, pumupunta sila sa amin. Kasi regular customer ng Mother ko ang Mama niya sa ready made clothes, yun kasi ang business ng Mother ko noon sa Rustans. I was about 10 or 11 years old then, and while her mom is making the selection of cloth, iniiwan naman niya si Vilma sa living room namin. Minamasdan ko siya, ang ganda-ganda ng mukha niya.
FG: What was your first movie?
JP: Super Gee with Nora Aunor.
FG: Can you tell us your unforgettable experience while filming Tok tok Palatok with Ate Vi.
JP: Maasikaso sa set, malambing, mabait lalo na sa maliliit na crew. Doon kami nagkaroon ng bonding when we were doing that film. Mabuting tao talaga si Vilma, she has a good heart and always willing to help others. We became very close, di ko makakalimutan na minsan ay nag-drive ako ng 3 hours just to see her.
FG: Wow, nanligaw ka ba sa kanya?
JP: No comment.
FG: Favorite scene mo sa Tok, tok palatok?
JP: Nung malaman kong may kakambal na ahas si Vi. Kwela yon.
FG: May copy ka ba ng Tok tok palatok?
JP: Wala. How about you?
FG: How do you describe Vilma Santos?
JP: Let’s split it up into two. Personality and how she relates to others. Personality wise, mabuting tao siya, she is so trusting to the extend that it becomes disadvantage on her part , she trusted people so much. About relation to others, she is so approciable, a perfect politician, she’s always ready to help, not skimming, she has social conscience and will do things to achieve her goal.
FG: Who is your favorite actress?
JP: Of course, Vilma Santos. Actingwise, she is so realistic, she takes on a new person to a new character. Versatile.
FG: When did you leave the Philippines?
FG: What was your last showbiz project before leaving the country?
JP: I produced Germside hosted by German Moreno. Then, another producer bought it and changed it to Germspecial, then, GMA-7 bought it and changed it to GMA Supershow.
FG: What is your job now?
FG: Last question, naging girlfriend mo ba si Ate Vi?
JP: No comment, baka ma-misinterpret. Franco Gabriel is based in California, USA. He is big fan of Ate Vi. – Franco Gabriel, V Magazine 2007
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