‘Goin’ Bulilit’ creator Edgar Mortiz reveals why he prefers diamonds in the rough over superstars

Actor-director Edgar Mortiz prefers to run a show with an ensemble cast rather than featuring one superstar surrounded by others.

In Philippine showbiz, it’s been a tradition to groom superstars and love teams and build shows around them with a supporting cast.

But actor/director-turned-star maker Edgar “Bobot” Mortiz prefers a different approach—creating shows that shine the spotlight on undiscovered talents rather than established stars.

During an interview with broadcaster Bernadette Sembrano on her vlog, Bobot revealed his preference for shows without a central superstar or loveteam. “Gustong-gusto ko gumawa ng show na ayoko ng may bida, ayoko ng may superstar,” said Bobot.

His goal is to nurture the next generation of actors without the interference of massive egos, he said.

“Tinuturuan ko lang sila hanggang napupuna na sila ng ABS-CBN. Basta ang sabi ko lang sa kanila, hayaan muna sa akin. Hayaan munang mahinog bago niyo kunin,” he explained.

This preference stemmed from perennial issues caused not by small-time actors but by big-name stars with hefty paychecks. “Ang problema hindi sa maliliit. Yung bida. Hindi ko maintindihan bakit. Ikaw ang pinakamahal ang bayad, bakit ikaw problema sa set?” he said.

Now, Bobot will get another chance to guide a fresh crop of rising stars as the iconic kiddie show, “Goin’ Bulilit,” makes its return to Philippine TV on July 1. The show has been a launching pad for today’s superstars like Kathryn Bernardo, Julia Montes, Jane Oineza, Miles Ocampo, Nash Aguas, Belle Mariano, and Kiray Celis.