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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.

Oct 28, 2016

Ai Ai De Las Alas Elated Over Positive Reviews On Her Portrayal Of An Aging Whore In 'Area', Acts With Son Sancho Vito For The First Time

AI AI DE LAS ALAS is overwhelmed with all the positive reviews she’s getting for her performance as an aging prostitute looking for her long lost child in Louie Ignacio’s award-winning movie about the oldest profession, “Area”. “Big blessing talaga sa’kin ang movie kasi it gave me the chance to attend my first international filmfest sa Kazakhstan where we won the Special Jury Prize sa Eurasia Film Festival,” she says. “Ang sarap pala ng feeling na maglakad ka sa red carpet tapos pinapalakpakan ng mga tao ang pelikula ninyo at na-appreciate nila nang husto.”

“Area” is important for her as it’s also the first movie where she gets to act with her first born son, Sancho Vito de las Alas, who plays a pimp in the whorehouse where Ai Ai works. “Si Mama ang manager at handler ko,” says Sancho. “Talagang concerned siya sa acting ko. Sinasabi niya, anak, bawasan mo, kapag medyo OA ang atake ko.”

Is it true he took more after his dad, the late theatre actor Rey Malte Cruz? “Hindi naman. 50-50 sila, kasi sa mama ko naman ako lumabas, di ba? Mana ko sa kanilang dalawa. But I also want to try theatre acting like my dad, para mahasang mabuti ang craft ko sa an actor.”

“Area” is rated R-18, without cuts, with all the controversial nudity and pumping scenes to be shown intact. It will open in theaters on November 9. Ai Ai left for the airport last Wednesday right after the presscon of “Area”. She will have two shows in Texas, at Dallas on October 29 and at San Antonio (where the Alamo is located) on October 30. Then she’ll go to visit her two other kids in California, Nicolo and Sophia. She’ll be back in Manila before November 9 for the showing of “Area” then, on November 11, her birthday, she’ll be receiving the Papal Award from Bishop Antonio Tobias at the cathedral in Novaliches.