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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.

Sep 10, 2011

Ina Feleo, lead star in Ikaw ang Pag-ibig

INA FELEO couldn’t believe it when the lead role of Vangie in “Ikaw ang Pag-ibig” was offered to her by Director Marilou Diaz Abaya. “Sabi ko, sigurado ba kayo?” she says. “Kasi si Judy Ann Santos ang first choice nila, but she got pregnant and backed out. Sabi sa’kin ni Direk, tinatawag ka ni Ina, ng Virgin of Penafrancia, para sa’yo talaga ang role na ito.”

This is her first lead role and she welcomed the challenge. Vangie is a video editor living in with a doctor, Jomari Yllana, and they have a son, Yogo Singh. She has a priest brother, Marvin Agustin, and their parents, real life couple Shamaine Centenera and Nonie Buencamino, are separated as their OFW dad had a querida in Saudi. The family gets reunited when Marvin is afflicted with leukemia and Vangie is requested to be a bone marrow transplant donor. They all pray to the Blessed Virgin and ultimately, it’s their entire family that gets healed and Ina also finally accepts the proposal of Jom for them to get married.

“I’m so proud to be part of this film that’s about love, faith and the family and will touch the hearts of all its viewers,” adds Ina.

She’s now being linked to Ralph Fernandez, eldest son of Lorna Tolentino. What’s the real score between them? “Kami ang magka-date sa Star Magic Ball kaya siguro may nagsulat na kami na. But our families are very good friends kasi both our dads, pareho nang naging sakit. Yun lang lang yon.”