AGA MULACHManila, August 12, 2003 (MALAYA) by ETHEL RAMOS - AGA Muhlach marked his birthday last Saturday, Aug.9. He turned 34.

If he feels overly enthusiastic about the occasion, it's because he's never been this happy. He feels almost complete. He considers anything positive that happens to him as a bonus.

His current pride and joy are his wife, Charlene Gonzales, and their twins - Atasha and Andres. Atasha and Andres are now able to tell him how much they love him, complete with hugs and kisses. In return, he tickles them and both he and Charlene often burst out laughing when they play with the kids.

"I never thought married life would be like this," he remarks, smiling. "Sabi ko nga sa mga kaibigan ko, dapat noon pa pinakasalan ko na si Charlene."

But the truth of the matter, as you and I know, is that Aga and Charlene never thought they'd become lovers. And eventually, marry each other.

In the past, they were friends and even knew each other's secrets. But a romance between them was simply unthinkable back then.

Everyone knows that Charlene was close to one of Aga's ex-girlfriend, Dayanara Torres. She was also a friend to some of his other former girlfriends. Aga, on the other hand, knew every guy who courted Charlene, even those with whom she had an "MU" (mutual understanding). So when they finally announced that they were getting married, they caught everyone by surprise.

"It's wonderful to be married to someone whom you consider your friend," Aga beams, "because you both know everything about each other, wala ng pretensions."

Does that mean they've not had a serious problem in their almost three years of marriage?

"Hindi naman," Aga says. "May nararanasan din kaming hassles, but always, na-o-overcome namin ito kaagad. It helps na pareho kaming madasalin ni Charlene. We have Christ in the center of our marriage."

Are they considering the idea of having another child?

"It all depends on Charlene," Aga reveals. "Noong bago siya magbuntis, ang dream namin was to have two kids -a boy and a girl. Who would ever think that God will bless us with two kids kaagad? At boy and girl pa."

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Next month, Aga's first movie opposite Sharon Cuneta, "Kung Ako Na Lang Sana," will finally be shown. Produced by Star Cinema and directed by Joey Javier Reyes, it also stars Tintin Bersola, Mickey Ferriols, Jennifer Sevilla, Patrick Guzman and Cindy Kurleto.

His role in the movie is not as serious as the one he portrayed in the moneymaker "Kailangan Kita," which teamed him up with Claudine Barretto, but it definitely is as substantial.

He confesses to have long nurtured the desire to do a movie with Sharon. "At least, dito sa pelikulang ito, na-discover ko na maganda ang aming rapport. Personally and professionally."

He refuses to talk much about the movie as of the moment. "Siguro, 'pag promo time na. After all, I want Sharon to be with me when we promote the movie," he explains.

Sharon is currently in Paris to accompany daughter KC, who is going to study there.

"Basta ang masasabi ko ay ito: I enjoyed doing the movie with Sharon. Makikita at mapi-feel naman ng manonood habang pinanonood ang movie that we had fun while doing it. Nowhere in it will you find a dull scene. It's a feel-good movie and it's exactly the kind which we need at this point in time when our country seems to be in a crisis.

"This film," he further says, "is one birthday gift which I appreciate so much. I am, in turn, giving this as a gift to the moviegoers, especially to those who just want to have fun and be entertained."

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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