Zanjoe Marudo revisits the woods


By Boy Villasanta




Only a few know that actor Zanjoe Marudo’s roots are from the countryside of Calauag town in Quezon Province.


            It might be because most of the write-ups about his beginnings were found in Cavite and Batangas provinces.


            Only once in a while does he go to the farthest community south of Quezon sans the prying cameras except perhaps when he was still a kid.


 But we were lucky enough to find out that Zanjoe had just revisited Calauag, his mother’s hometown, when an inspector of a bus plying Manila and Calauag and vice-versa informed us passengers that he saw Marudo at the trail going to the woods in one barangay of the town.

“Nakita ko siya r’yan sa may kalaanan (a local dialect which means a trail surrounded by trees and bushes) at papuntang gubat. May mga kasama siya (I saw him at the entrance of a path going to the forest),” volunteered the inspector.

The bus employee started to recall that Zanjoe is a nephew of one of his friends. “Sa mga Acuesta ‘yan si Zanjoe (Zanjoe comes from the family of the Acuestas,” he added.

Marudo’s mom, Rosanna Acuesta Marudo is a native of Calauag.

The Acuestas are simple rural folk but when some of them migrated to the city to seek greener pasture, they managed to be associated with various types of people from different places and social stations.

One of the outstanding traits of the Acuestas, according to their friends and associates, is their closely knitted relationships.

Although Zanjoe wasn’t born in Calauag but in Tanauan, Batangas, his mom, according to some of her friends, sees to it that she introduces her children about her roots.

During Zanjoe’s reign in “Pinoy Big Brother,” he was already a talk of the town in his mom’s place.

It’s no wonder that his town mates are very proud of him.

It’s no wonder as well that he is excited to pay his roots a visit even going to the boondocks.



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