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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 8, 2014

Sarah Lahbati makes a comeback in TV5

TV5 COMES UP with a touching tearjerker for Mother’s Day this Sunday at 9PM, “More than Words”, starring the comebacking Sarah Lahbati as the long lost daughter of Alice Dixson who grew up under the care of foster parents, Jackielou Blanco and Ariel Rivera. Writers who attended the movie’s preview/presscon agree that she looks more beautiful now. “Magaling pala mag-alaga si Richard Gutierrez,” they say. “Lalong nag-bloom si Sarah.”

Sarah got a lot of praise for her acting, not only by the writers present but also her co-stars, Alice and Jackielou, who said that she’s a revelation as a good actress and also nice to work with. This made her cry with tears of joy.

“It’s a nice feeling na marinig from my co-actors how much they appreciate what I did,” she says. “I really missed acting so much. Tapos sa pagbabalik ko, ito pa ang project na una kong ginawa. Parang refresher course sa acting ang binigay nila sa’kin. It’s an honor for me na makatrabaho sina Ate Alice at Tita Jackie Lou. They were such giving actresses and all I need to do was to find a place of truth inside me at iyun, tuluy-tuloy na. I wouldn’t be able to interpret my role kung wala ang tulong nila. I also want to thank GMA Artist Center for allowing me to do this project with TV5. Nakita naman nilang maganda talaga ang project and I play a really challenging role.”

Sarah plays Emily, a balikbayan from Canada who’s estranged from her mom, Vianna (Jackielou Blanco), who’s very hostile to her. It’s revealed that she’s just an adopted child because Vianna is not capable of having her own children. Emily is member of a rock band and also volunteers in a community of female prisoners. One of the prisoners is Sabel (Alice), who got jailed for killing the man who sold her baby daughter. Sabel is no read-no write and it’s Emily who teaches her how to do so. They become close to each other and it’s easy to guess that it’ll be revealed later that Emily’s is Sabel’s long lost daughter. There will be recriminations, tears, but in the end, their love for each other will prevail. Don’t miss this touching mother-daughter drama on Sunday night.

Everyone was warned that they should refrain from asking Sarah personal questions about her and Richard. When someone asked her privately about it, she said: “Huwag na yan.” But during the Q&A after the preview, one writer, Dinno Erece, dared ask Sarah about the issues about her and Richard. But Sarah just kept quiet. Dinno quipped: “Dedma ang potah.” Later on, Dinno got a call from an irate Chard for allegedly embarrassing and disrespecting his girlfriend when Dinno called her “potah”. Dinno explained that “potah” is just a term of endearment in gay lingo and he doesn’t really mean anything bad. He apologized to Chard but he’s not sure if it was accepted.