Martin Escudero Says ABS-CBN Is A Dream NetworkMartin Escudero's contract with TV5 is bound to end on January 2014, pushing the actor to share his dreams in showbiz--to work for ABS-CBN.
Although there are no clear plans yet regarding his career, Martin said he heard the Kapatid network is still interested to sign him on. He is happy with TV5 because he gets to do movies and at the same time, be ensured that he will have regular television shows.
There are no offers yet on the negotiating table for him, but Martin said it's probably because it's still too early to think about negotiations. He still has more than two months with the Kapatid network.
Everyone dreams of working with ABS-CBN. In fact, Martin first tried out to be a part of "Star Circle Quest Season 1," the reality show that started the careers of Sandara Park, Hero Angeles, Joross Gamboa and Roxanne Guinoo.
When he only reached the top 20 there, he decided to try out for GMA-7's "Starstruck." There, he won as the Ultimate Loveteam (together with Kris Bernal).
"So, kung may chance na makatrabaho ako sa kanila [ABS-CBN], walang problema sa akin. Pero sa ngayon, steady lang ako."
Martin feels blessed that he still has projects outside and within TV5 even though he has no current manager and his parents were the ones who handle his career choices.
He is also proud of his role in "Positive," the TV5 weekly series that tackle HIV cases. Martin plays the role of a call center agent afflicted with the virus.
Martin said he agreed to do such a mature role because it's time for him to tackle these issues. The series also opened his eyes to the reality of HIV cases in the Philippines, as well as his own opinions about sex.
The actor said he was never the type to have sex just for fun because he thinks about the welfare of himself and the girl as well.
"Kasi malaking responsibilidad ‘yan, lalo na nagiging liberated na rin ang mga Pinoy—kahit ako ay hindi ako sang-ayon doon."
Before they did the series, Martin had to attend a safe sex seminar that taught them the perils of unsafe sex and what AIDS is all about.
He doesn't want to be a hypocrite, Martin said, admitting that there are certain temptations to engage in one-night stands. It can happen anywhere, he added.
The only thing that Filipinos must remember is to practice safe sex always. Bring a condom with them in their bags, Martin said.
Martin and the other cast of "Positive" will even participate in the commemoration of the World AIDS Day in December.
He highlighted the importance for those doubting their partners to be tested for HIV or AIDS.
Aside from the weekly series, Martin is also part of an indie film entitled "Mumbai Love" under Capestone Productions. He starred in here with Solenn Heussaff.
The drama-comedy film highlights the culture of India and the Philippines. This was directed by award-winning Benito Bautista.
Martin plays the friend of Solenn's character.