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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.

Dec 26, 2017

Dimples Romana Shines As Ate Mary Of Joross Gamboa In 'Dedma Walking', Deserves Best Supporting Actress Nomination

DIMPLES ROMANA plays Joross Gamboa’s older sister in “Dedma Walking”. Her name is Ate Mary and the role was not originally meant for her but for Maricel Soriano, that’s why she’s named Ate Mary. But Dimples doesn’t mind being a second choice as she’s just too happy to be part of a movie that is an official entry in the Metro-Manila Filmfest.

Watch out for that scene where Dimples is about to fall asleep then she hears the voice of Joross calling her and she thinks she’s talking to the ghost of her brother who’s actually still very much alive and kicking. She has another filmfest entry but her role in “Dedma Walking” is definitely the one that is much more “markado” and can even qualify her for a best supporting actress nomination.

Director Julius Alfonso says Ate Mary is originally a very short cameo role, but because Dimples is so good in it, her participation in the project was expanded. “I really like this project kasi ang ganda ng story,” she says. “These days, life is so fast paced, nakaka-stress talaga. We hear of people only in their 30s and 40s suddenly passing away. Iba kasi lifestyle ngayon kumpara noong araw na mas laidback pa ang buhay. So, just like Joross’ character in the movie, we should realize na kung may gusto tayong sabihing feelings natin sa ating mga mahal sa buhay, ngayon na natin gawin at hindi kung kailan wala na sila at pumanaw na. Kaya hindi dapat dedmahin ng viewers itong ‘Dedma Walking’ kasi very Filipino ang sentiments na ipinapakita rito about love for family.”

She says viewers will both laugh and cry when they watch “Dedma Walking”. “Natitiyak kong may maiuuwi silang pabaong nuggets of wisdom from the movie. Galing lahat sa pinagdaanan ng characters sa istorya. And very proud ako kasi ang gagaling ng mga nagsiganap, from Joross to his gay best friend, si Edgar Allan Guzman, at yung mga kasama ni Edgar na drag performers sa grupo niyang Crying Divas, sina Jojit Lorenzo at Ricci Chan. Ang gaganda pati musical production numbers nila. Maaaliw ka talaga.”

On TV, Dimples was last seen as the villainous daughter of Sylvia Sanchez in “The Greatest Love”. She was so good in her performance we believe she should have won a best supporting actress award for being so convincing in her role.