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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.

Mar 5, 2016

Laurice Guillen Welcomes The Challenge Of Working With New & Young Kapuso Stars In 'Hanggang Makita Kang Muli'

LAURICE GUILLEN is back at the director’s chair in GMA-7’s new afternoon soap, “Hanggang Makita Kang Muli”, that will replace “Buena Familia” starting Monday.

“I find the material very challenging kasi ngayon lang magagawa sa TV,” she says. “It’s about a girl, played by Bea Binene, who grows up locked up inside a dark room, with no contact with other people, so she grows up to be a feral or wild child who behaves like an animal.”

She’s working with lots of young stars in the show, like Bea, Derrick Monasterio, Kim Rodriguez and Jak Roberto. Doesn’t she have a hard time directing them, especially Bea whose role as the feral child is truly very demanding?

“That’s part of my job as a director, to help hone these young talents to become better actors. Everyone knows I give acting workshops, so I always demand the best from the actors who get to work with me. As a whole, okay naman si Bea. Nahirapan siya nung una kasi talaga namang kakaiba yung role niya. I told her not to give up at tutulungan ko siya. But she has now gotten the hang of it and understands the requirements of her role fully, so she’s more at ease now as the feral child. As for the other young stars, lahat naman sila, gustong matuto so they receive instructions well. The more senior stars like Raymart Santiago, Ina Feleo, Angelika de la Cruz, Luz Valdez, mas madali nang idirek kasi hasang-hasa na sila sa soap.”

Although she’s back into directing, Laurice continues to also work in front of the camera. She appears with Nora Aunor and Angelica Panganiban in the political drama, “Whistleblower”, that will be shown in theaters soon.