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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Feb 1, 2010

Angelica Panganiban "gifted"

AFTER THE HIT filmfest entry, "I Love You, Goodbye", Angelica Panganiban's career is now truly on a roll with her playing the title role in ABS-CBN's "Rubi" that airs starting February 15. A bida-kontrabida role that is an acting piece, "Rubi" was a Mexicanovela first shown in the mid-90s when she was still a child star. How is it different from her past villain role as Scarlet in "Iisa Pa Lamang"?

"Scarlet is really sosyal," she says. "Rubi is social climber. My parents here are Cherry Pie Picache and Gardo Versoza. My dad left my mom who got imprisoned and I was born in jail. Lumaki ko sa hirap kaya palaban ako. I become an ambitious, scheming bitch na gagawin lahat to escape from poverty. Baklang maldita si Rubi, luka-luka, pero may puso. Very demanding ang role. The story shows kung bakit siya matigas at naghihiganti."

She's projected as a sexy star in the show, starting with the poster where she wears a revealing gown. At her solo presscon, she appeared in a sexy red dress with a plunging neckline that exposes her ample cleavage. Will she be wearing equally provocative outfits in "Rubi"? "Sa TV, konti-konti lang, ayaw ng MTRCB. Ever since, alam na naman ng tao na gifted child talaga ako so hindi na kailangang isampal pa sa mukha ng tao para mapansing hey, ang lalaki niyan, ha."

As Rubi, she befriends rich girl Shaina Magdayao whose parents turn out to be Cherie Gil and her own dad, Gardo. She also makes friends with Shaina's wealthy male friends, Diether Ocampo and Jake Cuenca, in her desire to live the rich life. Doesn't real life BF Derek Ramsay get jealous of her love scenes with Diet and Jake? "No, dedma lang siya. Ganun din naman ako sa kanya when he does love scenes with other girls."

Also in "Rubi" are Allan Paule, Wowie de Guzman and Kaye Abad, directed by Don Cuaresma and Erick Salud. And what's her next movie? "I'll be doing a comedy. But I requested to have some time to rest muna kasi kulang na kulang ako sa tulog."
The movie is "Here Comes the Bride", the directorial debut of writer Chris Martinez ("100") which is about bodyswitch involving five people: Angelica as the bride, Eugene Domingo as her ninang, Tuesday Vargas as the yaya, John Lapus as a gay make up artist, and Jimmy Fabregas as a rich old man. Angelica's leading man will be newcomer Tom Rodriguez of PBB Double Up.