John Prats still canít believe it
By: Boy Abunda
From: DIRECTLINE   [November 07, 2003]

    On the last shooting day of My First Romance, hundreds of extras were hired by Star Cinema for the movieís prom scene. They were starting to get restless. The production crew of Star Cinema was meticulously transforming a simple function room into a dainty prom place.

    Then, the filmís star John Prats arrived in jeans and white shirt. As if in slow motion, people turned quiet and all eyes were transfixed at John who was oblivious to the admiring stares. He hugged director John-D Lazatin, his screen partner Heart Evangelista and the other stars of the movie, Maui David, Sara Perez Tagle and Ate Glow. On his way to the artistsí area, numerous extras whipped out their cameras and asked him if they could have photos with him. John gamely posed and signed autographs. Production people had to literally pull him out of the mob so that shooting could start. And all throughout the scenario, John never lost that smile.

    "Iím still overwhelmed when people recognize me," John said in between takes. "Being nice to people who admire me is the least that I can do to repay them for all the support they have given me through the years."

    And this support from his fans has been evidently displayed as First Romance, a twinbill movie which also stars John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo is a certified blockbuster. It is still showing in Metro Manila and around the country. "Iím nervous and very excited about this movie," ends John. "I still canít believe that Iím now starring in a movie. Ang hirap ng feeling but at the same time, you couldnít help but thank God for this wonderful blessing."

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