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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.

Oct 11, 2011

Susan Roces on why she moved from TV5 to ABS-CBN

SUSAN ROCES is happy to be the brand ambassador of RiteMed that offers quality but affordable medicines. “After my husband Ronnie (Poe) left, inasikaso ko yung mga naiwan niyang ari-arian, ang pagpaparte-parte ng mga ito, inheritance taxes,” she says. “Nilagay ko sa ayos ang lahat.

But after that, I asked myself: saan ka patutungo, anong gagawin mo? Komportable naman ako dahil may mga inilaan kami para sa aming retirement. Kaya lang, pag naulila ka pala ng isang mahal sa buhay, di lang ari-arian niya ang minamana mo kundi pati mga naiwan niyang kawanggawa.

Paano ko matutulungan ang mga taong umaasa sa kanya? So I talked to him, sabi ko, gabayan niya ko. Nararamdaman ko namang nandiyan lang siya. Sabi ko, ibulong mo naman kung paano ko matutuloy ang nasimulan mo. Tapos dumating nga ang RiteMed. They committed to provide the FPJ Foundation with essential medicines for its beneficiaries in the film industry, especially the victims of poverty and calamities. We’re also going to different communities in the country to help alleviate the condition of the country’s healthcare. It’s wrong to buy expensive medicines if there’s an equivalent in RiteMed. Bawal ang mahal.”

Why did RiteMed get Susan as their endorser? “She’s the Queen of Philippine movies, one of our most respected actresses in the county,” says RiteMed big boss Willie Versoza. “She really commands so much respect from the public. If she declined, wala na kaming maisip na ipapalit sa kanya. It’s her or no one at all.”

Is it true Susan is moving to ABS-CBN after she did the hit “Babaeng Hampaslupa” on TV5? “Hindi naman ako exclusive contract with any network,” she says. “I’m a freelancer so puede ko sa Kapamilya, Kapuso, Kapatid. I’m more a Kamag-anak, puede kahit saan. Very thankful ako sa TV5 for giving me a good show. I have a next project with them but my co-stars, may tinatapos pang ibang shows muna, so I accepted the offer of ABS na maganda rin ang project at ang cast.”

We heard this new project is a remake of “Hihintayin Kita sa Langit” which was based on “Wuthering Heights” and has already been remade by GMA Films as “The Promise” with Richard Gutierrez and Angel Locsin. The ABS version will star Coco Martin and Julia Montes, supported by Paulo Avelino and Helen Gamboa, among others.