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Jose Mari

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Jose Mari Gonzales is a Filipino legendary actor and former Congressman. He is the father of former actress Cristina Gonzales. Born June 15, 1942 in Tacloban City. He is married by actress Charito Malarky with daughter Cristina Gonzales. When "Marimar" graced Philippine television in 1994, it gave the local soaps a bad name with its fast storytelling and oh-so-charming plot, and Filipinos found a new get-together activity in the evening aside from the traditional angelus. The man behind this cultural phenomenon is Jose Mari Gonzalez, otherwise known as Jose Mari, the matinee idol of the early 60s. "I was looking for a series that could be pitted against the prime time shows of major networks," he says, "Kasi noon, we have 'The Bold and the Beautiful' which I wanted to be dubbed in Tagalog but the management wouldn't allow me. Imagine, the show would run for five years, daily? Paanong hindi kakagatin ng tao 'yon?" Until he saw "Marimar" and his gut said "ito na." He was willing to risk his career and those who disagreed with Tagalizing the series were free to resign. "I got 'Marimar' for free," he admits. "Ang kapalit lang was two spots from Proctor and Gamble. Nung wala na ako sa  ( Wikipedia article )

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Tacloban City

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