Matteo Guidicelli, a well-known actor in the Philippines, has expressed his Christmas wish of starting a family with his wife, Sarah Geronimo. During a press conference for his upcoming film "Penduko," set to be released as part of the 2023 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), Matteo shared his desire to have a baby in the future. He stated that he is ready to embrace fatherhood, regardless of the gender of their child.
Matteo, who plays the lead role in "Penduko," expressed that he and Sarah have been discussing their plans to build a family. He emphasized that his priority is his wife and their future family. However, he also acknowledged that they cannot plan too rigidly, as they believe that the timing and blessings for having a baby are in God's hands. They remain hopeful and pray for the best outcome.
When asked about the possibility of working with Sarah in a future project, Matteo expressed his openness to the idea. The last time they collaborated was in 2011 for the film "Catch Me, I'm in Love," where Matteo was paired with Gerald Anderson. Reflecting on that time, Matteo shared that he had a crush on Sarah.
Matteo mentioned that he hopes for a collaboration in the future, but the decision ultimately rests with Sarah and the team behind the project. He acknowledged Sarah's dedication to representing Filipino content and art, particularly through her music, which consists of Original Pilipino Music (OPM) created by Filipino artists. Matteo expressed that if they find an interesting project that aligns with Sarah's artistic vision, they will consider it.
Matteo expressed gratitude for the blessings he has received throughout the year. In addition to his involvement in "Penduko," he is part of the GMA drama action series "Black Rider" and serves as a host on the morning show "Unang Hirit." Matteo and Sarah have also embarked on several business ventures together. He reflected on the unpredictability of life and the importance of being prepared physically, mentally, and spiritually for the blessings that may come their way.
Despite the challenges they have faced, Matteo feels that he is ending the year on a positive note with his first MMFF experience through "Penduko." The film, produced by Epik Studios, Cignal TV and Sari Sari Network, Inc., and Viva Films, is directed by Jason Paul Laxamana. The cast includes Albert Martinez, John Arcilla, Kylie Verzosa, Annika Co, Mark Anthony Fernandez, Candy Pangilinan, Arron Villaflor, Andrea del Rosario, and more.
"Penduko" revolves around Pedro, a young man with mythical and supernatural powers who becomes an albularyo agent. He utilizes his skills to help those in need and combat evil forces.
When asked about his belief in "agimat" (amulets) and "anting-anting" (charms), similar to Pedro's character, Matteo shared that during his time as a ranger, he encountered many soldiers who believed in the power of these objects for protection. While he personally wears a cross necklace with a Philippine sea pearl and an Italian cornuto necklace for good luck, he humorously mentioned that his true "agimat" is his wife, Sarah.
As Matteo eagerly awaits the release of "Penduko" during the 49th Metro Manila Film Festival on December 25, he remains hopeful about his Christmas wish to start a family with Sarah. They trust that the right time will come, and in the meantime, they continue to focus on their careers and enjoy the blessings that life brings their way.