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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 20, 2019

Ana Roces Returns In GMA's 'Sahaya' As One Of Title-Roler Bianca Umali's Oppressors

ANA ROCES’ last appeared in “Pamilya Roces” as one of the three wives of Roi Vinzon but her character was quickly killed. She’s now cast in GMA-7’s newest primetime show, “Sahaya”, shown after “Kara Mia” which had its successful debut this week.

“And hopefully, hindi naman siguro papatayin agad ang character ko rito as Irene,” she says. “Wife ako rito ni Zoren Legaspi who plays Harold at anak namin si Ashley Ortega as Lindsay. Hindi ko alam na si Zoren pala ang tunay na ama ni Bianca Umali as Sahaya, dahil naanakan niya si Mylene Dizon as Manisan bago pa kami ikinasal. When I find out about this, magiging hostile ako kay Mylene at mainit ang dugo ko kay Bianca.”

So she plays contravida to them. “Parang ganon and this is my first villain role, kasi mula nang bumalik ako and started doing mother roles, laging mabait na nanay ang ginagampanan ko, e. First time ko to work with our director, Zig Dulay, and he’s so meticulous. He guides me pati sa mga tingin-tingin na gusto niyang ma-achieve ko on camera. Excited nga ako kasi he’s really into details.”

Ana is now happily married and has two kids. “My eldest is a girl, si Mela, 14 years old na and is in grade 9, yung bunso naman is a boy, si Matie, 8 years old, and is in grade 3. Final exams na nila and next week, bakasyon na.”

Will they be interested to follow in her footsteps in showbiz?

“I don’t really know. But my daughter was part of a school play and she even sang there, so ewan ko kung hilig ba niya talaga. Kaya lang, she’s in Poveda and bawal din naman sa school nila ang mag-showbiz. Yung boy naman, he did a TV commercial for a brand of milk. Kung gugustuhin nila talaga mag-showbiz, my husband and I naman won’t stop them. But it has to be their decision.”