RHIAN Ramos wants to thank all viewers who made the GMA primetime soap, “Love of My Life”, a big success. The show is ending this Friday night and she confesses that when she was told they’d do its remaining episodes on a lock in taping, she was not that enthusiastic at first.
“Yes, that’s true, medyo skeptical ako noong una about lock in, but I agreed to do it kasi trabaho ito and I’m committed to it,” she says. “I was a bit nervous at first but as we went along, sa totoo lang, I really enjoyed doing lock-in taping kasi para lang kaming nagbabakasyon ng buong cast and crew sa location namin in Tagaytay. I enjoyed everyone’s company and it came out as a very positive experience.”
“Love of My Life” followers are polarized between her as Kelly and Carla Abellana as Adelle. How does she feel about this?
“It’s really quite amusing na nag-aaway ang Team Kelly versus Team Adelle, but I think the conflict really helped to make the show more interesting and the ratings go higher. Sa last survey kasi, 19 plus percent na ang rating namin, an all time high. But this week, makikita nyo ang reconciliation between Kelly and Adelle and it will be really so moving. Kaya make sure you don’t miss the final episode of ‘Love of My Life’ as I assure you that your hearts will be touched by the way the story is resolved. Maganda pati ang mga mangyayari sa two other major characters, Mikael Daez as Nikolai and Tita Coney Reyes as Isabella.”
When she joined showbiz about 15 years ago, most people predicted she’s going to be a real big star, but she made some indiscretions along the way that somehow affected her career adversely. Does she have any regrets about this?
“Not really. I always say that anything that you have already done, there’s no point in regretting them kasi you cannot change them naman anyway. And whatever you are now, you are part of all the things that happened to you before, and that includes the ups, the downs, the good times and even the painful times. And now, I can honestly say I’m happy naman, so there’s really no reason for me to regret or change anything.”
The pandemic has definitely been an unforgettable experience for her. “I was planning to put up my own business last year, creating my own products, but the lockdown happened. The lesson I learned is: when you are planning to do something, why wait? Kawe-wait ko, naabutan ako ng pandemic. You never really know when you’re going to have the opportunity, so don’t procrastinate.”
Gardo thankful he’s hardly affected by pandemic
GARDO Versoza is one actor whose work is not affected by the lockdown. Because of his hit Tiktok videos, some quarters now call him the Tiktok King. “Yes, dahil sa Tiktok, ang daming dumating na ayuda sa akin,” he says. “Thank you po sa lahat!”
And he continues to be busy both on the small and the big screen. For GMA-7, he plays villain to Gabby Concepcion in the hit primetime soap, “First Yaya”, in his role as a scheming congressman. Now, in Viva’s horror flick for Holy Week, “Biyernes Santo”, he plays the role of a senator.
“I’m just thankful to our Lord dahil hindi Niya ako pinabayaan,” he says. “I’m happy to be part of ‘Biyernes Santo’ kasi I enjoyed working with our director, Pedring Lopez. Nakakatensyon itong movie namin, but he’s so cool on the set. Hindi naha-highblood at all.”
He adds that the movie is of international quality. “I really want to congratulate Direk Pedring. Congrats sa movie namin kasi puede mong isabay ito sa Hollywood. Iilan lang ang movies nating puede nating ihanay sa abroad. Itong ‘Biyernes Santo’, kapag napanood mo, mamangha ka and you’ll be proud na nakakagawa tayo ng ganitong pelikula. It’s really scary. Kahit yung wife ko, trailer pa lang, hindi na matagalan.”
How does he feel now that their film will just be shown online in Viva Max and not in actual theaters?
“Siempre, it’s sad na hindi ito sa sinehan mapalabas kasi pam-big screen talaga ito, but we have to take into consideration the health of the moviegoers, lalo na ngayon tumataas ang cases of infection. We should just be thankful that we now have different platforms like Viva Max, where we can watch new films. So tiyaga-tiyaga muna tayo sa ganito.”
Since the title of their film is “Biyernes Santo”, what are his memories of Good Friday? “Ang natatandaan ko, when I was young, kapag Biyernes Santo, bawal ang lahat, bawal mag-TV at radyo, bawal pati maligo. Ang puede lang talaga is to go to Church and do Stations of the Cross. But now, we do bisikleta Iglesia, not just visita Iglesia. Kasi we go to different churches na nakabisikleta. Umaabot kami from Pangasinan hanggang sa Laguna doing church-hopping para makapagnilay-nilay.”
What is the connection of “Biyernes Santo” to their film? “The story is set during Holy Week. It starts on Holy Monday and ends on Good Friday na patay ang Diyos kaya evil can reign. The story is about the fight between good and evil. I play Roy Asuncion, a former senator, wife ko rito si Andrea del Rosario and anak namin ang new actress na si Via Ortega as Aurora, who is malapit sa bad spirits so dinala ko siya sa bahay namin sa probinsiya to protect her during Holy Week. I got Ella Cruz, an espiritista and healer, to help guard her against evil spirits that are attacking her. But something will happen noong Biernes Santo that will show a dark secret na nangyari in my past. Kasama rin dito si Mark Anthony Fernandez who plays St. Michael the Archangel.”
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