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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.

May 13, 2013

Tami Monsod, Eldest Daughter Of Mareng Winnie, Talks About Her Mom

TAMI MONSOD, Liza Dino’s mom in ‘In Nomine Matris’, is the eldest of four children of former COMELEC Chairman Christian and economist Solita “Mareng Winnie” Monsod. How did she get into dancing flamenco?

“My mom took flamenco classes when I was child and that’s my first exposure to the dance,” she says. “Much later, I treated myself to a trip to Spain and took the beginner’s course in flamenco. I fell in love with it right away. It’s passionate. And it’s also good exercise. Clara was my teacher. When Director Will Fredo was casting the movie, Clara recommended me. I took the audition and got the role of Liza’s mother. I’ve acted in theatre before but this is my first movie. I enjoyed doing it.”

A single mom (she has 7-year old son named Lorenzo who’s the apple of her mom’s eyes), she majored in economics at the prestigious Mt. Holyoke, a college for women in Massachusetts and is now teaching in I.S. How is Mareng Winnie as a mom?

“Most people see only her public persona as someone who can be tough on politicians, but she’s definitely different at home. She’s a very caring mom who encouraged us her children to follow our own hearts in choosing our careers. She’s also very much involved in church activities. And yes, she watched ‘In Nomine Matris’ and she enjoyed it.”