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With family's help, Mark Anthony is well and working

Posted: 7:17 PM (Manila Time) | October 08, 2001
Inquirer News Service


MARK Anthony Fernandez gets teary-eyed when the subject is his mom, Alma Moreno, who is suffering from multiple sclerosis.

Mark may have a rugged image, but the 23-year-old actor is a softie when it comes to his family and is not beyond crying even in front of media people.

He says his mom never told him about her real condition and he only learned about it in the newspapers.

"When she went to the States, I didn't know it was that serious," he says. "She's a very strong woman. Probably she didn't want us to worry too much about her so she didn't tell us."

It has been one big blow after another for Mark, who also had to contend with depression. But he is secure in the knowledge that he has the support of his family.

"First, my dad lost in his political bid and now, my mom is sick," says the son of actor Rudy Fernandez, who ran for mayor of Quezon City. "I'm thankful that my family is always behind me. I draw strength from them. My dad, my stepdad (actor and Parañaque Mayor Joey Marquez) and my brothers -- Van Dolph, Renz and Rap-Rap -- have always been very supportive."

Mark has successfully overcome his drug problem and is now ready to return to the business that recognizes him as one of its best young actors. In fact, he has his hands full with film commitments. After starring with Joyce Jimenez in the action-drama flick "Biyaheng Langit," Mark will be seen in "Dos Ekis," a Viva Films production where he is paired for the first time with sexy actress Rica Peralejo.

Mark remembers Rica as his costar in the now-defunct ABS-CBN sitcom, "Palibhasa Lalake."
"But I never thought we would one day work in a film like this," he says.

He also plays the lead in the forthcoming Regal action vehicle "Jesus Rebolusyonaryo," with Singapore-based VJ Donita Rose.

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