How ‘Quaranthings’ stars Royce Cabrera, Kyo Quijano broke the ice

Published September 13, 2020, 8:32 PM

by Jojo Panaligan

Royce Cabrera (Instagram)

They had just been introduced to each other when newcomer Kyo Quijano made a confession to “Quaranthings: The Series” co-star Royce Cabrera: “I’m pansexual.”

“Di ko naman kailangan sabihin sa kanya pero it’s my choice at ginawa ko nga,” Kyo told Bulletin Entertainment. “Gusto ko kasi maging kumportable kami sa isa’t-isa (before we start working together).”

A pansexual is a person who asserts gender and sex are not determining factors in their romantic or sexual attraction to others.

Kyo’s character in “Quaranthings” made it easier for him to bring up the subject about his sexual orientation. On the Boy Love web series, the blogger-turned-actor is openly gay Judah who get stuck together with Rocky (played by Royce) during the community quarantine.

So, how did Royce take to Kyo’s revelation, we asked.

“Okay lang, nakakatuwa,” he said. “Malaking factor na may alam ka sa background ng co-actor mo kasi ang ending, mas may depth ang mga gawa niyo onscreen.”

Royce said doing projects with gay characters helped opened his eyes to the full spectrum of the LGBTQ rainbow.

“Hindi naman sa homophobic ako dati, kundi ang alam ko lang kasi noon ay bakla, tomboy,” he said. “Lately ko na lang nalaman na may bi, may queer, at iba pa pala, so nadagdagan ang kaalaman ko.”

Well, it’s not as if Royce has not had gay admirers. He admitted upon our prodding that after he did the movie “F Bois” that also had gay characters, his social media accounts were flooded with, shall we say, indecent proposals from some members of LGBTQ community.  

“Nalaman ko na lang sa manager ko kasi sa kanya lahat dumaan,” he said. “Buti na din yon kasi mas alam niya yung tamang pag-handle sa mga ganon pagkakataon.”

Well, how much?

“Yung presyo? Malalaki,” he said. “As in napalunok ako  at nalula sa laki nung iba, na hindi ako makapaniwala.”

Kyo Quijano (Instagram)

We asked Kyo if it took awhile before he signed up for “Quaranthings.” After all, BL series are still considered by some Pinoys as quite “risque” still. Did he have to consult with family before taking the plunge?

“Hindi naman kasi independent naman ako when I decide on my career,” he said. “At nung nabasa ko yung kwento ng ‘Quaranthings,’ um-oo agad ako. Nung nakita ko yung laman ng storya—yung buong puso ng storya—na-in-love na ako sa project at di ko na pinakawalan.”

Directed by Pancho Mananiquis for the digital short film studio Ride or Die, fresh episodes of “Quaranthings” is streamed live on Ride or Die’s Facebook page and YouTube channel every Saturday. Also in the cast are Jan Silverio, Karl Zarate, LJ Moreno and Gina Pareno.