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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.

May 7, 2019


INAH DE BELEN is aware that her mom, Janice de Belen, used to be tagged as the Horror Queen for starring in such hit horror flicks as “Tiyanak” (Ang Anak ni Janice) directed by Peque Gallaga and the “Pridyider” episode of the very first “Shake Rattle & Roll” directed by Ishmael Bernal. She now plays the role of Tom Rodriguez’ ill fated sister who gets possessed by a demon in “Maledicto”. Did she ask for advice from her mom on how she’d attack her role?

“No, as much as possible, I want to have my own style and my own identity as an actress kaya I seldom seek her advice,” she says. “Sabi nga nila, as it is, ako yung totoong ‘Anak ni Janice’ at hindi yung tiyanak, so gusto ko namang makilala on my own. I’m thankful to Fox Philippines for giving me the chance to be part of ‘Maledicto’. Being a victim of demonic possession is the most challenging role I’ve played so far and I really enjoyed doing it with Director Mark Meily and all my co-stars.”

Off-cam, Inah’s relationship with Kapuso co-actor Jake Vargas is going strong. There’s a rumor that they’re already living in, but she denies it. “Three years na rin kami but we both have our own homes at hindi po kami nagli-live in,” she stresses. “Wala rin kaming balak pakasal anytime soon, kasi pareho kaming bata pa. We’re not ready to start our own family. Mas importanteng mag-focus muna sa work and career and mag-ipon for our future.”

What does she find endearing in Jake? “He’s always very supportive. LIke when he learned I’ll be doing a horror movie and play a victim of possession, he gave me a rosary bilang pangontra raw sa any evil spirits that might be lurking around during the shooting.”

She and Jake just went to El Nido in Palawan and she posted her photos wearing a two-piece bikini in her social media account. Does this mean she’s now ready to do more daring roles?

“Ay naku, na-delete ko na po yung picture , sorry!” she laughs. “Parang nabigla lang ako. Hindi pa po ako ready maging daring.”

Is it Jake or her mom who forbids her to go sexy? “Ay, hindi po. Wala namang nagbabawal sa akin mag-post nang nakabikini. It’s my own decision, kaya lang I can feel na hindi pa ako ready magpakita ng katawan ko kahit on social media.”