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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.

Apr 8, 2022




CARMINA VILLAROEL plays a daring role as the bida-kontrabida Barbara Sagrado in the hit GMA primetime drama, “Widow’s Web”. 

She’s married but has a young lover played by Michael Agassi, who plays the coach of her son Anjay Anson in the story. Did she have second thoughts doing the sexy scene with Michael where he is only in his briefs while she is in her leopard skin night gown.

“No, when I read the script, I know we will have such a scene at kailangan talaga siguro sa story so okay lang,” she says. 

Direk Jerry Sineneng reveals it’s Michael who was reluctant to do the scene as he was intimidated by Carmina. 

“In fairness kay Carmina, siya pa ang kumausap kay Michael para maging comfortable ito sa kanya at magawa ang scene na hahalik-halikan siya nito sa leeg,” he says.

Carmina says she’s surprised at how successful “Widow’s Web” is in the rating’s game and the good feedback they’re getting in the internet from its viewers. 

“We’re all happy kasi malaki ang taas ng rating namin sa mga kasabay namin. It seems viewers are all eager to find out who the killer of my brother Ryan Eigenmann is. 

"I’m one of the suspects at bentang-benta rin sa audience ang tarayan namin ng co-stars ko, lalo na yung sampalan scene namin ni Ashley Ortega.”

She is thankful that tapings now are no longer done lock in style. 

“Kasi nagkakahiwa-hiwalay kami ng family ko kapag may lock in taping ang bawat isa sa aming,” she says. “Si Mavy left us when he did ‘I Left My Heart in Sorsogon’ in Bicol’. Si Cassy naman had to go to La Union for the taping of ‘First Lady’.  

"Pinakahuli ang daddy nila, si Zoren, who taped for his new show, ‘Apoy sa Langit’, with Maricel Laxa. One month din siyang nawala. So ngayon, hopefully, tuloy-tuloy nang mag-normalize ang situation at hindi na kami uli magkakalayo sa isa’t isa nang matagal. 

"E ako, tuwing may malalayo sa amin, as a wife and mother, I always cry kasi I’m very family oriented and we’re all really very close.”

She confesses there was a time she wanted to quit from acting and just devote her time to her family.  

“When I got pregnant, we went ni Zoren to the States at sabi ko, doon na lang kami. 

"I was willing to do odd jobs in the States para lang magkaroon ako ng peace of mind as a private citizen. Parang bahala na kung ano magiging buhay namin sa America.”

But the Lord has other plans for them. 

“Ayaw ni God na mag-retire ako at doon na lang kami, sabi niya, ‘Hindi, mag-aartista ka pa.’ 

"So eventually, umuwi kami rito at yun, pareho kaming sinuwerte ni Zoren at tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang dating ng acting projects sa amin hanggang ngayon. As of now, we can see na dito na talaga kami tatanda sa mundo ng pag-arte. 

"This is really our world, and now, also our two kids who have started their own careers in acting.”