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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, 2013

Ina Feleo Is The Lead Actress On The First Week Of 'Akin Pa Rin Ang Bukas'

WE WERE AT THE special press screening of GMA-7’s new soap, “Akin Pa Rin ang Bukas” and it’s Ina Feleo who was the lead character at the start of the story. Lovi Poe, who plays her daughter, will appear at the end of the 5th episode yet to be shown on Friday.

Ina plays the new housemaid in the wealthy Villacorta household headed by business tycoons Liza Lorena and Freddie Webb. She came at the time that a big party is hosted for the couple’s balikbayan son, Gary Estrada, a playboy. Ina quickly falls for him and goes to bed with him, but he ignores her immediately the day after they’ve made love.

She gets pregnant, Liza accuses her of stealing some jewelry and she gets locked up in jail. Gary’s lawyer, Cesar Montano, and a widower cop, Kier Legaspi, who’s long been in love with her, help her get out of prison. So many things happen right in the very fast paced first episode. The whole show is presented by Director Laurice Guillen as pure unadulterated sudsy soap through and through, what with so many misfortunes happening to Ina and the baby she gives birth to.

How come Ina agreed to be the mom of Lovi Poe when she’s just a few years older than Lovi? “Okay lang kasi the story naman started nang wala pa si Lovi,” she says. “Maid nga ako nina Gary Estrada na nabuntis niya at si Lovi nga ang magiging anak namin. I will try to raise my daughter by myself but she has a congenital heart disease. May butas siya sa puso at para maipagamot siya, kusa ko siyang ibabalik sa pamilya ng ama niya.”

The show is helmed by her mom, Laurice Guillen, and it’s the first time they get to work together on TV. “Ngayon lang ako niya isinama sa project niya on TV. Okay naman pero noong ang kunan, yung bed scene namin ni Gary Estrada, nailang talaga ako. Nakailang takes muna. Talagang nilakasan ko na lang ang loob ko hanggang matapos siya. Noong panoorin namin sa monitor, maganda namang lumabas yung bed scene. Very sensual ang dating.”

So how does her mom like working on GMA-7? “Happy siya kasi she is given artistic freedom. Spoiled din kami lahat sa set dahil laging maraming pagkain. Tumataba na nga kaming lahat.”

Does she get special treatment from her mom? “No, equal ang treatment niya sa lahat ng cast members. Kahit ako, napagsasabihan pag hindi siya gusto sa trabaho ko. Nadirek na niya ko before sa indie movie na ‘Maskara’ and sa isang TV show sa TV5 noon, ‘Hush Hush’, but this is our first teleserye together. Even if she’s my mom, I made sure I listen to her and follow all her instructions. Ayokong mapulaan siya ng dahil sa akin.”