CARMINA Villaroel was asked by her twins Mavy and Cassy: when did she realize that dad Zoren Legaspi is The One for her?
She candidly admitted: “Noong mawala siya. Nag-break kasi kami noon for a while. Totoo palang marami kang realizations when the person is gone.”
And now, her marriage to Zoren Legaspi is one of the most stable unions in showbiz.
Carmina now plays a villain role in GMA-7’s new Afternoon Prime soap, “Babawiin Ko ang Lahat.”
“Actually, reluctant nga akong tanggapin itong role ko rito as Dulce, first wife ni John Estrada na iniwan siya kasi mahirap siya,” she said. “Tapos, nung yumaman siya, bumalik ako to reclaim him at pinalayas ko ang current wife niyang si Tanya Garcia at ang anak nilang si Pauline Mendoza. It’s hard for me to play contravida, kasi malayo ‘yun sa totoong ako. Ang hirap kaya nung lagi kang sumisigaw, nagagalit, kasi in real life kahit galit ako, I don’t shout or scream. At kahit tapos na i-tape ang eksena, nadadala mo pa ang emotion.
But this is the first time kasi that GMA asked me to play villain. Lahat kasi ng villain roles ko before, sa kabila, like ‘Bridges of Love,’ ‘Okat Tokat,’ ‘Doble Kara.’ Pero as a Kapuso, puro good mom ang roles ko in ‘Kambal Karibal,’ ‘Kara Mia,’ so for a change, salbahe naman ako ngayon.”
Is GMA justified in giving Pauline this big break as the lead star in a teleserye?
“Oo naman. Nagkasama na kami before in ‘Kambal Karibal’ at okay siya. Alam niya ang gagawin niya sa harap ng kamera and she is willing to learn. I always like helping newcomers. We just pay it forward kasi ang mga anak ko ngayon, nagsisimula rin sa showbiz, like si Cassy, first acting job niya ang ‘First Yaya’ as the daughter of Gabby Concepcion, so dasal ko, maging mabait din sa kanya ang co-stars niya at tulungan siya sa acting niya.”
‘It will be a big blessing kasi 32 na ako. The right age na – Sarah Geronimo’
Sarah Geronimo celebrated the first anniversary of her wedding at BGC to Matteo Guidicelli last Saturday, February 20. So how is married life so far?
“Very rewarding naman but also challenging din ang buhay may asawa,” she said in an interview for her upcoming “Tala” concert. “But as a whole, marriage itself is a blessing. It’s an opportunity for you to spend the rest of your life with the person you have chosen na makasama sa buhay.”
What are the challenges she has encountered?
“Sa situation ko kasi, parang it’s a big leap towards adulting. All my life kasi, I was sheltered by my parents. But I guess it’s long overdue. I guess ito talaga ang naging plano ni Lord for me.”
She has to learn how to adjust. “May adjustments na dapat gawin as you have to make decisions not only for yourself but also for the two of you. Pero it’s all part of it naman, as you become one, so I can say I’m very happy with my life so far.”
Some folks have concluded that she must be infanticipating and this is the reason why she is not so visible lately.
“Naku, hindi pa po. Help us na lang pray kay Lord na, sana nga, magkatotoo na. It will be a big blessing kasi 32 na ako. The right age na, kaya I can feel na ready na talaga akong maging mother and I promise to be a very good one.”
Jerome Ponce did not expect his love team with Teejay Marquez in “Ben X Jim” will be an online blockbuster when shown late last year in Regal Entertainment’s YouTube channel. It also won them their first best actor awards in a BL series in the Asian TAG Chicago.
“We were both surprised when we were informed na nanalo pala kami ng award sa America,” he said. “We never expected na mananalo kami ng acting award but we’re very thankful for the recognition they gave us. They sent the awards to us and I will definitely display it at home.”
Jerome is straight and some folks opine that only real gays should do LGBT shows. “I don’t know about that but I’m just thankful to Regal for giving me this project. After the lockdown, wala akong trabaho for a while, until this offer from Regal came. This is my first series na isa ako sa bida as a title roler. I’ve always known that you cannot please everyone. But although I may not be gay in real life, I always give my best sa characters na ginagampanan ko.”
Id he afraid he might be typecast in gay roles?
“There are straight actors who do gay roles well, like Michael de Mesa and the late Dolphy but hindi naman sila na-typecast sa gay roles. My goal is to be able to play as many different roles as possible.”
“Ben X Jim, Season 2” is now showing on Upstream.ph. “It’s so different from Season 1 kasi it’s more realistic. Sa season 1, sa ending, nawala si Teejay as Ben and in the meantime, na-realize ko how much I care for him. I learn the reality that if you love someone, don’t expect right away that he’d love you back with the same intensity. ‘Yun naman ang totoong ang nangyayari sa real world. Kung minsan sakto, kung minsan sablay sa expectations mo.”
In Season 2, they will also have a sizzling kissing scene.
“Viewers said kulang ang Season 1 dahil walang ganun, so alam naming hahanapin nila yun sa Season 2. Nahirapan ang direktor naming si Easy Ferrer as it’s hard to mount intimate scenes in this pandemic. We have to get a permit muna from the DOH and may health protocols kaming sinunod to be sure we’re safe.”
Mikee Quintos and Kelvin Miranda have reason to rejoice. Their first show together, “The Lost Recipe,” is not only the numero uno show in GMA News TV Channel 11 now, but it is also getting super positive feedback from the viewers. The show is a combination of fantasy, drama and love story.
Kelvin plays Harvey, a chef who opens his own restaurant. He wants to be the top chef in the land but his work got a very bad review from food expert Waldorf (Gabby Eigenmann). In a food museum, he meets a magical lady, Dulce (Kim Rodriguez), and with the help of a mysterious book, he gets to travel back in time in 1892 looking for the perfect recipe for adobo.
This is found in the El Adobo restaurant during the Spanish times, made by a cook named Conchita (Manilyn Reynes), the queen of adobo who has a lovely daughter, Consuelo (Mikee Quintos). He steals the recipe from Conchita’s recipe book and he is swallowed back by the book and returned to the present time.
In the present, Harvey is working with a young chef named Apple (also played by Mikee) who looks exactly like Consuelo and their lives are connected. Mikee is perfect for her role as a perky young woman full of zest and energy.
This show is very timely as many young people now want to take up the culinary arts in college and be a certified chef. Many scenes offer a lot of tips about high cuisine and cooking. When we were young, most of our friends wanted to be a nurse or a medical technologist as it will increase their chances of working abroad. Now, most young people want to be a chef so they can work in a classy hotel, or be a cook in a cruise ship, or put up their own restaurant.
Thanks to director Monti Parungao, “The Lost Recipe” has good special effects and is generally pleasing to the eyes, like it’s influenced by Korean dramas. It’s definitely a very pleasant alternative to the usual soaps that center on heroines that are “inaapi,” babies stolen from their mothers, peppered with acts of revenge and endless kidnappings.