Marco Alcaraz Reveals Lara Quigaman's Postpartum Depression
We caught up with Marco Alcaraz on the set of the GMA primetime series, "Indio," in Pagsanjan, Laguna and the actor shared about his experience working on the multi-million budget series.
"Masaya at the same time challenging din sa akin kasi I'm working with an all-star cast lalung-lalo na sina Sen. Bong Revilla at Michael de Mesa na parehong first time kong makatrabaho. It's challenging for me kasi I have to do my best para maging maganda yung mga eksena namin," shared Marco.
In "Indio," Marco plays the character of Javier, a sinister Spanish officer who becomes envious of Simeon/Indio (Bong Revilla, Jr.) because the latter is the favored right-hand of Señor Juancho (Michael de Mesa) a rich and powerful Spanish encomendero. Later in the story, however, Sr. Juancho turns out to be Simeon/Indio's fiercest antagonist.
"Pumasok yung character ko sa series noong week five at ako yung isa sa mga kontrabida sa buhay ni Simeon/Indio (Bong Revilla, Jr.). Si Simeon/Indio kasi siya yung parang alaga ni Sr. Juancho (Michael de Mesa), ang character ko naman ay Español na nagtataka kung bakit si Simeon/Indio ang paborito ni Sr. Juancho kahit siya ay isang indio. Kinaiingitan ng character ko dito si Simeon/Indio kasi gusto ko ako yung maging kanang kamay ni Sr. Juancho. Kaya gagawin ko ang lahat para masira si Simeon/Indio kay Sr. Juancho," explained Marco.
Marco tapes three times weekly for the series in locations as far as Laguna and Subic. Does he still have time for his wife Lara Quigaman and newly born son Noah?
"Siyempre passion naman natin ito kaya kahit mahirap, puyatan, malayo ang location ginagawa pa rin natin kasi siyempre trabaho 'to e. Pero after ng taping, kahit ang uwi namin ay mga 5 or 6am, hindi muna ako natutulog, naglalaro muna kami ng baby ko (baby Noah). May time pa rin talaga ako para sa pamilya ko," said Marco.
Asked about how his wife Lara is doing after giving birth to Noah, Marco said that the beauty queen-actress is doing fine although sometimes she is showing signs of postpartum depression, a clinical depression (alternatively called, "postnatal depression") which is experienced especially by women after giving birth.
"Siguro lahat naman ng babae diba na nanganak at medyo tumaba ng konti, nagkakaroon ng konting depression pero normal lang naman yun. Siyempre, that's part of being a new daddy to comfort her (Lara)," shared the actor.
Marco very well understands her wife's anxieties and constantly assures her that there's nothing really to worry about.
"Kung dati malambing ako sa kanya, mas dinodoble ko ngayon kasi mas kailangan niya ngayon nun. What's good about her rin is that she doesn't require me naman to stay sa bahay palagi. Pinapayagan pa rin niya akong makipag-hangout with my friends, nagbabasketball, nag-gi-gym," he said.
Marco may had been easy-go-lucky in his teens but his life has certainly changed when she married Lara and most certainly when their son Noah came around. As a husband and father, his family is now his top priority.
"Ngayon, yung trabaho ko mas ganado akong igihan kasi para sa future din 'yun ng bata. Basically, lahat ng mga ginagawa ko ngayon ay para sa kanya. Instead of buying things for me, iniisip ko muna yung baby ko," he said.
Marco gave a glimpse into the forthcoming episodes of "Indio."
"Abangan nila ang kalupitan ni Javier at kung paano niya pahihirapan ang mga indio lalung-lalo na si Simeon/Indio at mas kamumuhian ng mga manonood ang character ko dito," he hinted.
Watch "Indio" from Monday to Friday, after "24 Oras" on GMA Telebabad.
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