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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 2, 2017

Janine Gutierrez Ecstatic Over Success Of 'Legally Blind', She'll Be The Perfect Choice To Play The Lead In A Stage Musical On Her Mamita Pilita Corrales

JANINE GUTIERREZ is understandably happy over success of “Legally Blind”, which is rating so well after the big afternoon hit, “Ika-6 na Utos”. Viewers are raving over her persuasive portrayal of a rape victim who goes blind but continues to fight for her own place in the sun. The show also proves she can be a solo artist, unlike before when she formed a love team with her then real life BF, Elmo Magalona, in such soaps as “More than Words” and “Villa Quintana”.

The episode where her character, Grace Evangelista, is raped and later beaten up and left for dead after falling off a cliff by Marc Abaya rated very high. “I was so scared when we shot that scene nang madaling araw sa isang bundok sa Tanay,” she says. “It was so cold then, pero nakahubad pa si Marc. And he’s really good kaya matatakot ka talaga sa kanya. If that scene worked, he should be credited and if you’d read the comments on social media, marami talaga silang nadala sa eksenang yun na parang totoong-totoo raw na nangyari.”

Even her own mom, Lotlot de Leon (who’s part of another soap as Alden Richard’s mom in “Destined to Be Yours”), was so impressed with her acting. Lotlot is such a proud mother when she posted in her own social media account how much she admires her own daughter’s performance in “Legally Blind”.

We know that a big theater company is trying to make a stage musical out of her grandmother Pilita Corrales’ own colorful life and career, but they cannot get it off the ground as it’s said they cannot find the right girl to play the young Pilita. Well, they have to look no farther as Janine certainly fills the bill and will be perfect to play her own mamita since she also sings well.