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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, 2021



CARMINA VILLAROEL is one of the most hated contravidas on TV these days because of her effective portrayal of the villain Dulce Espejo in the hit GMA Afternoon soap, “Babawiin Ko ang Lahat”. 

She messes up the lives of John Estrada, Tanya Garcia and their daughter Pauline Mendoza for her own selfish motives.

Some netizens are very vocal on how much they hate her guts for being the scheming and “super maldita Dulce”. 

One follower of the show even wrote: “Sobrang sama ni Carmina as Dulce. Kapag nakita ko yan sa personal, ingungudngod ko ang mukha niyan sa sahig, e.”

Is Carmina aware that viewers are so annoyed with her character? 

“Yes, alam ko,” she says. “Nababasa ko yung feedback nila and I’m happy naman kasi it only means na effective ako in doing my work.

"Buti na lang talaga, may isa pa akong show, ang family and lifestyle show na ‘Sarap, Di Ba?’, where they can see the real me as the loving wife of Zoren Legaspi and caring mother of our twins, Mavy and Cassy. Alam nilang si Dulce is just a role I play sa soap.”

At the special Mother’s Day celebration of ‘Sarap, Di Ba’ shown yesterday (Saturday), Carmina is surprised by her family to thank her for being a good mother. 

Along with Carmina, they also honored Max Collins, who’s a new mom with a 10-month old son, and Chariz Solomon, the mother of three children. In that episode, the Legaspi family also showed their beautiful and cozy rest house in Batangas.

As they celebrated Mother’s Day, both Mavy and Cassy say there is much to appreciate in having a mother like Carmina. 

“My mother is very giving,” says Mavy. “She’s always giving out love and joy to us, her family. Kahit siya ang may birthday, siya pa ang nagbibigay ng gifts sa amin. 

"As you can see, our mommy is really so selfless. You can feel na genuine yung love niya for us, so I really want to thank her for always giving, not only to us but also to other family members, to her friends, and even her fans.” 

Cassy, in turn, tells her mom that she appreciates what everything that Carmina does for her. 

“I know I don't get to  thank you everyday,” she tells her mom, “but I am really very thankful to you for always taking good care of us. For being selfless, for always checking up on me every night so that I would go to sleep na and not be puyat. 

"I'm just very very thankful for you, because you always look out for us and you always think about us. And now that I’m also into acting, you give me the most valuable advice ever.”

Zoren says that if they have a perfect family, it’s because of his wife. 

“As long as you are with our family, then our family will always be perfect. Thank you for all your efforts, lalo na for cooking our dinner every night which you do with love kaya naman lahat ng luto mo, masarap. At lahat ng ginagawa mo for us, masarap din.”

To all the mothers out there, we wish you HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, specially our daughter Hannah Victoria and our daughter in law, Shirleen. Thanks for being a very good mother to all your children.