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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.

Feb 28, 2022



TWO BEAUTY QUEENS are happy to be part of GMA-7’s hit primetime series, “First Lady”: Maxine Medina and Thia Thomalla. 

Maxine is Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2016 and she plays the role of Lorraine Prado. 

Thia is the Miss World Philippines who represented our country in the Miss Eco-Tourism Pageant in Cairo, Egypt in 2018 and she won the title. She plays the role of a female presidential security guard, Valerie Canete.

Both Maxine and Thia are happy to have started their roles in “First Yaya” and they were elated when they learned that they will also be in the show’s Season 2, “First Lady”. 

“Sa ‘First Yaya’, contravida ako kay Sanya Lopez kasi ako ang unang girlfriend ni Gabby Concepcion as then Vice Pres. Glenn Acosta, but Gabby chose to marry her,” says Maxine. 

“Now, ako na ang head ng PR ni Sanya as First Lady Melody Acosta.”

“Ako naman, may sarili akong love interest dito, played by Pancho Magno as Conrad, the head of the presidential security,” says Thia. 

“In Season 2, tuloy pa rin ang relationship namin at itatakda ang aming kasal pero something will happen na dapat nyong abangan.”

Both of them enjoy being with the big cast of “First Lady”. 

“We have had several lock in tapings in La Union and in a resort in Rizal at naging close na kaming lahat sa isa’t isa,” says Maxine. “We’re like a big family at kahit tapos na ang taping, we keep in touch.”

“I turned 27 on February 25 and I thought it’d be a quiet birthday,” says Thia. “But the whole cast surprised me with a party, complete with so much food, birthday cake and birthday gifts. 

"It’s my first time to be away from home on my birthday but my new 'First Lady' family really made the celebration so memorable. They surely set the bar high and I’m extremely grateful to all of them.”

Are they aware that two members of their cast are senior beauty queens?

Pilar Pilapil who plays Blesilda, the mother of Gabby Concepcion, was the country’s Bb. Pilipinas universe in 1967. Alice Dixson, who plays the scheming Atty. Ingrid Domingo, was Bb. Young Pilipinas in 1986.

“Yes, we are aware,” says Maxine. “And both of them later joined showbusiness and had successful acting careers. 

"They’re both very nice. Nagpapakuwento nga kami kay Tita Pilar and she’s generous enough to share her experiences as a beauty queen and her being a durable actress.”

“We now pray na we can follow in their footsteps at maging matagumpay rin kami sa pagpasok namin sa showbiz,” says Thia. 

“Both of them won acting awards, so sana, mabigyan din kami later ng challenging roles like what they got, to show that we can also be good actresses.”