DIANA Zubiri doesn’t look like the mother of two kids at all as she looks as slim and sexy like when she started as a Seiko Films screen siren. “My eldest son, Achilles, is now 8 years old and an honor student at the Ateneo,” she says. “Magwa-one year old naman 'yung bunso ko, si Aliyah, who I’m breastfeeding up to now. Soon after I gave birth, pinag-diet na ako ng husband ko (Fil-Aussie Andrew Smith) at sabay kami laging mag-work out so, ayan, I quickly lost the weight I gained during my pregnancy.”
Diana is the special guest at the taping of “Dear Uge” when we made a press visit. She stars in the episode, “Gulaman”, playing a soon to be old maid who falls for a man, played by Ced Torrecarion, who only plays with her heart. She soon realizes that the guy she ignores, played by Starstruck runner up Jay Arcilla, is the one really meant for her.
Diana is glad that GMA-7 continues to give her assignments. After she appeared in “Encantadia”, she was later included in “D’Originals”. So how’s married life now?
“Enjoy naman. Hands on kami ng husband ko in taking care of our baby. Wala kaming yaya at siya ang madalas na gumigising sa gabi, lalo na kapag may taping ako at kailangan ko magtrabaho nang maaga. Decision niya 'yun, e. Sabi ko, sigurado ka ba? E, he wants to experience daw 'yung kami mismo mag-aalaga so, sige. Now, halos one year old na ang baby girl namin, mas malaki na, and he’s glad we survived it, pero may maid naman kami to help us around the house.”
Diana has her own online clothing store that used to focus before only on sports outfit. “But now, nag-branch out na kami in making mom’s clothes for breastfeeding kasi ako mismo, nahirapan maghanap ng damit na puede kang magpasuso. You can contact me at loving_diana @instagram and lovingdianaz on Facebook.”
Her erstwhile ka-love team, Alfred Vargas, will have a church wedding on July 24. Will she be going? “Yes,I will attend, kahit hindi siya nagpunta noong wedding ko.”
WHAT BEA FINDS MOST DIFFICULT
BEA Binene says one of the most difficult things she does in “Mulawin Vs. Ravena” is playing the aerial game called Sipakbul. This is like the Quidditch game in Harry Potter films where they are flying while being engaged in a unique contest that requires them to fly high and do stunts in the air.
“Mahirap ang taping ng eksena kasi ma-action siya but we have to make 'yung mga galaw namin well controlled and limited kasi nakabitin kami sa harness while playing it,” she says. “Dapat perfect lagi ang timing pati doon sa pagsipa namin sa bola kasi it’s like playing soccer, pero nasa ere kayong lahat. But so far, okay naman ang pagpapagod namin kasi maganda ang feedback from the viewers. Talagang naa-appreciate nila 'yung kakaibang game na nilalaro namin.”
The characters who are directly affected by the results of the exciting game of Sipakbul are Bianca Umali as Lawiswis and Miguel Tanfelix as Pagaspas. They have to score a lot of points so they will be allowed to leave Avila for their love affair to flourish. If they would fail, then their relationship would be adversely affected.
Meantime, another young actor in the show is getting good reviews for his fine acting, Kiko Estrada, who plays Rodrigo. He’s quite intense on cam and he reveals that ten minutes before he faces the camera, he quiets down in a corner to fully internalize his role and the scene he’ll do so he can deliver exactly what their director expects. As a result, he shows that he really has what it takes to be a serious dramatic actor.
ACTOR CONFUSED OVER FIRST AND LAST NAME
AARON Yanga is one of the most promising hunks of GMA Artist Center. He now plays Eugene Domingo’s love interest, a former cop, in “Dear Uge”. It was the late Director Gil Portes who discovered him four years ago and cast him in the movie “Bayang Magiliw” where he was paired with Ellen Adarna.
“Wala akong ka-expi-experience noon sa acting, basta kinuha ako at isinalang ako with Ellen,” he says. “Hiyang-hiya pa ako and conscious sa harap ng camera. So after that movie, nagtapos muna ako ng pag-aaral. I finished information technology then went to GMA at nakuha akong talent nila. I played a small role in ‘Alyas Robin Hood’ and now, kasali ako sa ‘Impostora’ as the friend of Rafael Rosell. At heto nga, may regular exposure ako in ‘Dear Uge’.”
He’s advised by concerned writers to change his family name as Yanga doesn’t have much of an audience recall. “I tried changing it to Garcia, which is my middle name. Pero ayaw ng GMA Artist Center, e. Ang gusto nilang palitan, 'yung Aaron. So, as of now, I don’t know yet kung ano ang papalitan ko, ang first name ko ba or ang last name ko.”