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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 18, 2015

Angelica Panganiban Had Second Thoughts About Playing Madam Claudia Buenavista In 'Pangako Sa'Yo' Remake

ANGELICA PANGANIBAN says she initially doubted if she’d be believable in playing the role of Madam Claudia Buenavista, made popular by Jean Garcia in the original, in the remake of “Pangako Sa’Yo” that starts airing on Monday. “Kasi 27 lang ako at si Daniel Padilla na gaganap na anak ko is 20 years old,” she says.

She does have a point there because when Eula Valdes did Amor Powers and Jean did Madam Claudia in “Pangako Sa’Yo” 2000, they were both 31 years old. Jodi is older than Eula and Jean as she’s now 33 years old when she re-creates the Amor Powers role.

“Siempre, first time ko ring gaganap ng mother role,” continues Angelica. “E, ine-expect ko pa naman sanang maka-love team si Daniel in a movie. Seryoso. Pinangarap ko yun. E, ngayon, hindi na puede kasi gumanap na kong nanay niya, e. Pero na-challenge din ako kung kaya ko bang mag-Madam Claudia? Believable ba? I asked Tita Malou Santos herself of Star Creatives kung kaya ko and she said, oo raw, naniniwala siyang kaya ko. So kung si Tita Malou, naniniwala siyang kaya ko, who I am to doubt myself.”

Her Madam Claudia is actually better written than the original. She was given a more well rounded back story as the poor daughter of Sylvia Sanchez who’s trying her best to succeed in life. Then she turns out to be an heiress who is betrothed in an arranged marriage to Ian Veneracion.

Director Olive Lamasan says she got Angelica to do the role because she has the comic ability to come out with a campy, bitchy character. And she did, playing the role of Madam Claudia initially as a feisty “babaeng bakla”. Indeed, Angelica