Orlando Sol is Jason in Dulaang UP’s ‘Shock Value’
By Jude Cartalaba
One of the most controversial and perhaps the most anticipated scene in the latest offering of Dulaang UP’s 35th season presentation is Jason’s bed scene with Matt Desaparecidos played by Andoy Ranay and Jojit Lorenzo. Maryo J. Delos Reyes’s talent from his Productions 56, the well-built and towering model-actor-singer Orlando Sol takes on the role of Jason, the lover of Matt.
Also known as Chomo to his closest friends, he essays his role as a call boy whom Matt has supported after their regular rendezvous and became an item ‘secretly’ unknown to the rest of the people who knew Matt as the top host and producer of the hit program ‘Shock Value’ under the wings of WOPTV.
Orlando fits the role of Jason as most women would fall for (including the matrons and the gay populace) because of his features – a very manly and the type that is described as ‘maginoo pero medyo bastos’. However, in real-life he is a true gentleman and also identifies with his character as Jason who panicked when Matt was already ‘cold’ toward him and broke the ‘news’ that their relationship was over.
“In the play, Matt and I knew each other for quite sometime,” Orlando shares.
“I am married here. Despite that, our ‘intimacy’ even made him the godfather of my son and he provided for the needs of my family. I was already falling for Matt and the prospect of being separated from him pains me so much that I was forced to do something just to stop him from leaving.
“I love Matt even if I couldn’t take any of the acts he was asking me to do as a partner.”
Both Matt and Jason in this satirical play will be embroiled in a scandalous story perpetuated by the rival network of WOPTV.
‘Shock Value’ is not actually, Orlando’s first acting exposure. His theater appearances include, ‘Quiapo’, a three-act musical and ‘Ilusyonado’. He acted in an EYEMAX Film Productions titled: ‘Halik sa Tubig’ along with veteran actor Julio Diaz, Allan Paule, Malu Barry, Marco Morales, Paolo Paraiso and a lot more of supporting actors.
He is also set to play an important role, an equally controversial character for another Cinemalaya film entry next year, which would potentially boost his career as an actor.
Orlando Sol is a native from Agusan del Norte. This 23-year-old charmer stands five feet and ten inches tall. He was a former member of a Boyband called, M-gage for two years and was also managed by director Maryo J. Delos Reyes, but today, he sizzles anew with his new group called Masculados, which is composed of eight equally gorgeous hunks ages 21-30 years of age. Unlike in his previous group, which is now disbanded; in Masculados – all of them are singing ‘novelty’ songs, more mature in ways and they show some skin to excite their main audience – the women, in particular.
Watch Orlando in ‘Shock Value … the Return of TV’s Most Beautiful Monsters’ as he will be pitting his acting abilities with more veteran actors from film, television and on stage till October 3 at Wilfrido Ma. Guerrerro Theater, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.
PHOTOGRAPHY: CHRIS DELA CRUZ
MODEL: ORLANDO SOL
HAIR: MYCKE ARCANO
WRITER: JUDE CARTALABA
STYLING:CHRIS DELA CRUZ