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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.

Jul 8, 2022



ELLA CRUZ probably didn’t have an inkling that she’ll be stirring the proverbial hornet’s nest when she said in an interview that “history is like chismis”. 

The reaction against her is so vehement, with many celebrities censuring her for not knowing the value of historical facts.

Some people even called her names, like Lolit Solis, who said she is a “walang kakuwenta-kuwentang starlet. Hindi mo aakalain na may isa palang bobita, ganito kabobong tao sa mundo.”  

Ella is currently shooting the movie “Maid in Malacanang” where she plays Irene Marcos and Kyle Velino as her husband, Greggy Araneta. 

The movie aims to show what really happened in the last three days of the Marcos family during the EDSA People Power Revolution, just before they were exiled to Hawaii. 

Playing FM and Imelda are Cesar Montano and Ruffa Gutierrez, with Cristine Reyes as Imee and Diego Loyzaga as Bongbong. 

Also in the cast are Marcos loyalists Elizabeth Oropesa, Karla Estrada and Beverly Salviejo as the three maids of the Marcoses in Malacanang at that time. 

They’re now shooting the film which originally had an unrealistic July 20 playdate. Obviously they won’t be able to meet this deadline so the playdate has now been moved to a more achievable one, August 3. 

Ella was born in 1996, ten years after the EDSA revolution, so whatever she heard about it, she says she just learned from school. 

In doing the film, she says she has an open mind to hear the other side of the story from the Marcoses themselves, as Imee Marcos is their primary consultant and she says some lies will be debunked.

In an interview with her, Ella said: “History is like tsismis. It is filtered and may dagdag na rin, so hindi natin alam what is the real history. I respect everyone’s opinion.”   

The backlash against her statement is so great and Ella admits she felt so hurt when her detractors lambasted even her dad, Tantan Cruz, who ran for mayor of Angat, Bulacan last elections, and lost. 

Some folks attributed his losing to their family’s not doing well in school. A basher said: “Ang kailangan ng bayan natin ay matalino na kayang solusyunan ang mga problema ng bayan.”  

Ella was just silent about all the bashing that she is getting, but with her dad being mentioned, she is no longer able to just keep quiet and wrote in her social media account: 

“Bash me all you want PERO WAG NIYO NANG IDADAMAY ANG PAMILYA KO. Have a little humanity, please.”

We understand where Ella is coming from. The criticisms against her have really gotten out of hand. 

But she should expect that, as bashers and haters are just waiting for any celebrity to make the slightest mistake so they can bash them galore. 

Ella should just look a the bright side of things. 

She has never been this widely talked about.

She’s had a string of movies like “Cry No Fear”, “Biyernes Santo” and “Rooftop” that just came and went without her being talked about. But now, all of a sudden, people are aware of who Ella Cruz is.

 Anyway, they say that bad publicity is still publicity so she should just be optimistic and Viva should thank her as the public is now more aware that there is such a movie as “Maid in Malacanang” that is being made right now.