Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto supports Angel Locsin’s decision not to do the latest big screen installation of Darna
“The biggest factor there is her health,” she avers. “As everyone knows, we’re doing a film together and before we flew to Europe to shoot some of the integral scenes, she had an attack on her spine. Luis (Manzano) informed me about it a day before my departure. He told me Angel couldn’t stand up.
“An ambulance was called and she was rushed to the hospital. Yes, that’s how serious it was then. Even after we returned to the country and resumed our shoot, her legs still hurt. We always talk about her condition during lull breaks and this is where she expressed her disappointment and frustration of passing on the Darna movie she was supposed to do under Star Cinema.”
For the superstar-politician, Angel should prioritize her health among other things.
“That’s number one on the list. She asked for advice and I told her not to force herself or be under pressure to go on with the project given her condition. She’s truly sad because she loves the Darna part and it’s her signature role but she can’t risk her health either. As the superheroine, there are flying scenes that would require her to be hung on cranes plus action routines which are dangerous considering her present physical state.”
Vilma, who also played the iconic Filipina super hero on screen for four times believes that Angel will always be known as Darna no matter what.
“Of course!” she states. “She will always be in the illustrious list of actresses who have successfully portrayed Darna over the years. She need not prove anything. Besides, not being able to do the remake is not the be-all and end-all of her acting career, right?”
The Star for all Seasons points out that Angel can instead do more meaningful projects.
“I mean, with her age and maturity she can top-bill more timely and relevant offerings. For one, she’s a very good actress. Although I understand her disappointment since she really prepared for Darna. Apart from the physical preparation like dieting, the project was really conceptualized for her.”
Vilma’s concern is not only career-wise but has something to do as well with Angel’s future with Luis.
“I want them to have a baby right away once they get married that’s why I told her to be careful with her health, to which she agreed. I treat Angel as family so her welfare is essential to me.”
Speaking of a grandchild, is she really prepared to be a grandmother in the near future?
“Oh yes! And I want to be called Momsie!” ends Ate Vi.
Superstar Nora Aunor and Bembol Roco are together in the new GMA prime time show Little Nanay. Some quarters wonder if there was a point when they got romantically linked in the past.
“There’s nothing like that between me and Guy. We worked together in unforgettable classics like Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos, ‘Merika, Minsan, May Isang Ina and Thy Womb. Never in those times, especially during our younger years, when a romantic angle sparked between us. We treat each other as siblings. Period!” he says.
According to the highly competent actor, he is always Nora’s shoulder-to-cry-on.
“That’s right! Whenever she’s got a problem, she will turn to me for advice then. It’s like that because we really started out as friends. I’m like his older brother who’s always ready to comfort her during difficult times.”
How do they take it whenever they are being teased or linked to each other?
“Nothing, we just laugh it off. We know the truth and it never crossed our minds to exceed the boundaries of our friendship. Until now, I’m her older brother and I’m just happy to be working with her again here in Little Nanay,” Bembol states.
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