JC de Vera stripped
- Ricky Lo () - August 28, 2011 - 12:00am

He learned about the birds and the bees from a member of a sexy dance group.

“She was a good teacher,” admitted JC de Vera in a rare interview where he opened up on everything, barring none, recalling the “first time” and the “last time” in his life.

The “teacher” was only one of the almost one dozen girls JC (John Carlo) has close encounters with so far.

He has had other kinds of “encounters,” including an intimation of mortality when his immune system collapsed after he shot some scenes in Sydney for Utol Kong Hoodlum, the Robin Padilla starrer which TV5 is adapting for television, set for airing starting Sept. 12, with Sydney-based Jasmine Curtis as JC’s leading lady.

Before the Hoodlum shoot, JC met Robin by chance at a restaurant and he paid his idol due courtesy.

“I thanked him for giving me his blessing in doing Hoodlum,” said JC.

Perhaps not many people know that JC was to a showbiz clan born. His mother, Carmen Anson Rivera, is the cousin of Boots Anson-Roa. His father, Rolando Reyes de Vera, who hails from Lucban, Quezon, is related to Romeo Vasquez who is a granduncle of Luis Alandy. Rolando’s mom is an Alandy.

“TV5 is giving him all the breaks. He does comedy (Lokomoko), hosting (the Sunday musical-variety show It’s Saberday) and romance-comedy (Basta Driver Sweet Lover, his first TV5 show),” said JC’s manager Annabelle Rama who has been handling him for almost a decade now, from the first day he joined showbiz, belying rumors that they have parted ways. “In fact,” said Annabelle the other day during JC’s launch as the new endorser of Freego, “JC has just renewed his contract with me by another five years.”

“I’m happy with Tita Annabelle,” said JC who will star with his former girlfriend Michelle Madrigal (another talent of Annabelle’s) in Huling Sayaw ni Salome to be produced and directed by Zoren Legaspi.

Recently, JC got more feathers on his cap when he was listed among The 100 Beautiful Stars by Yes! magazine and one of The Hottest Stars by S magazine.

Find out more about JC’s “first time” and “last time.”

He cried really hard

“The first time was when I was a kid. I was operated on my upper lip after I hit it on the corner of a table. It was a deep wound but luckily nawala ang lalim as I grew older. (The scar is similar to that of Jake Cuenca and Hollywood actor Joaquin Phoenix. — RFL) When I grow a mustache, natatakpan na ‘yon. The last time was two years ago when a girl broke my heart. I won’t name her baka lumaki pa ang ulo niya at ipagsabi niyang iniyakan ko siya.”

He got really angry

“I can’t remember the first time. That was a long time ago. But the last time was, yes, two years ago when ‘that girl’ hurt me and broke my heart. She hit my soft spot; she had a way of triggering things na hindi ko pa na-i-experience.”

He felt triumphant

“The first time was when I moved to TV5. It’s a different feeling, kasi ikaw ‘yung sinasabihan nilang, ‘Ikaw lang ang nandyan, sa’yo lahat ang mga shows dyan.’ At GMA kasi, there are so many artists. But I never let it go to my head. The last time was when TV5 offered me Utol Kong Hoodlum. It has been my dream to star in either an action show or an action movie, so I can cater to the market of jeepney drivers, taxi drivers.”

He felt that he’s a star

“The first time was when I was at the airport at hindi ako pinapila and when people recognized me even if I was wearing a cap and I was almost incognito. The last time was a few days ago during my meeting with TV5 executives. Mayroon d’un isang team na kumausap sa akin. They advised me what image I should project, what roles I should portray. ‘Yung attention that they gave me that day made me feel important, like a star.”

He said ‘I love you’ to a girl

“The first time was when I was in Grade 3. The last time was only last night. “ (Presumably to Danita Paner, his girlfriend. — RFL)

He fell seriously in love

“The first time was when I was in high school; I was 16. The girl was my batchmate. The last time? Now! But not serious na sarado ang tenga at bulag, kasi the more you mature, the more you become aware of your priorities — your work.”

He kissed a girl

“I was in Grade 3. The girl was the one I said ‘I love you’ to for the first time. Was it a stolen kiss? No. It was an ‘offered’ kiss. The last time was only last Saturday.” (Presumably, the girl was also Danita Paner. — RFL). “It was just a goodbye kiss.”

He did ‘it’

“The first time was when I was in second year high school. I thought the girl was the same age as I was (16). She was a friend of a friend who brought her to the party. A day after it happened, I was told that she was younger than me. The last time? No comment.”

With Robin Padilla, the star of the original Utol Kong Hoodlum

He got depressed

“The first time was in 2006, caused by another girl…no, not the one who broke my heart. That was the first and the last, knock on wood!”


“My first car was a Nissan Extreme, brand-new. I got it in 2006. The last is a Subaru Legacy, the one that I’m now driving. My dream car? A Ford Ractor which is almost as big as a truck. Pang-lalaki talaga. Someday, I will own one.”


“My first acquisition was an MP3 celfone. My first celfone was a hand-me-down from my mom. My last acquisition was my Subaru Legacy.”

He felt close to God

“The first time was when I was in GMA when I was doing one show after another; I was working every day for two months, halos 24/7. I prayed to God for strength and I felt that He heard me. Nakaya ko ‘yung sunud-sunod na trabaho. The last time was when I was hospitalized after I came back from Sydney where we shot some scenes for Utol Kong Hoodlum. Jasmine couldn’t come so we went to Sydney to shoot our scenes together. My immune system collapsed, I developed high fever and I suffered from severe sore throat. I prayed to God to restore my health and, again, I felt that He heard me.”

First thing that he does when he wakes up/Last thing that he does before he goes to sleep

“First thing, I thank God. Last thing, I thank God.”

He told a lie

As the new Freego endorser: “The first time I did ‘it’ was when I was in second year high school. I thought the girl was the same age as I was (16). She was a friend of a friend who brought her to the party. A day after it happened, I was told that she was younger than me. The last time? No comment.”

“The first time was when I was in high school when I cut classes. The last time was also on Saturday night. (Danita) and I. Mayroon kaming commitment na dapat puntahan pero we made an alibi na hindi kami puede.”

He fought for a friend

“There’s no first time and last time. It’s all the time. Kapag my friend akong na-agrabyado, nadadamay ako.”

He was betrayed by a friend

“I remember the last time but not the first time. I’m referring to my investing in a restaurant na wala akong alam. Una kong nilagay ‘yung trust bago ‘yung pera. There were around 20 of us investors, all from showbiz. I felt that we were betrayed because we were made to believe that the location was good at kikita kami. Then, biglang nawala. Goodbye, investment!” (Almost P1M, according to Conversations sources. — RFL)

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