Gov. Vi Asks Angel…and Xian, Too: So, What’s Everything About Her?
Article and Photos By Alex Datu
The press conference of Star Cinema’s initial offering this year will be aptly called the “Mutual Admiration Day Club” based on how the lead stars Vilma Santos, Angel Locsin and Xian Lim complimented with each other to the delight of the happy members of the press held yesterday.
When a veteran reporter asked the Star For All Seasons, if she really does like everything about Angel? The actress-politician quickly replied, “Para hindi na kayo mahirapan, yes, everything about her.
Angel was also asked on how was it working with the mother of her boyfriend. “Ako po, ever since pa naman po sobrang starstruck ako sa kanya. Hindi talaga nawawala ‘yung pagiging fan ko. Napakasuwerte ko na nagkaroon ako ng chance na makatrabaho uli si Tita. Ang dami ko talagang natutunan tungkol sa personal na buhay. And she’s just a joy to work with,” she answered.
And on Xian Lim, the actor said that he was very thankful that he was given the chance to work with Ms. Vilma and Angel. “I’m so proud na kasama ko sila dito sa project na ito. Hanggang ngayon nga gusto ko lang sabihin na nasa langit ako dahil nabigyan po ako ng isang pagkakataon na hindi po lahat ay nabibigyan ng ganitong pagkakataon na makatrabaho si Ms Vilma Santos. I feel very proud Meanwhile, Bb Joyce Bernal, the director of the movie, also shared the limelight when Ate Vi told her that she wanted her to be her friend. “Ito ang first movie ko kay Direk Joyce ay magiging memorable ito sa akin. After this movie, gusto ko si direk maging kaibigan ko. I mean it. Gusto ko ang pagka-jologs niya. Walang tension sa kanya, ang tension sa kanya ay trabaho. Anything goes sa kanya, cool lang, kwentuhan, barek (inuman),” she shared
And Direk Joyce returned the compliment, “Na-complete ang pagiging direktor ko dahil kay Vilma. Binuhay niya uli ang passion ko. Yeah, namatay for awhile at ngayon, marami akong gustong gawing projects.”
The said presscon was full of fun and everybody enjoyed the night with those statements made by the stars of Everything About Her to be shown nationwide on January 27, but the set of questions did not stop there because there were some “pasabog” shared by the stars.
Before, every time Gov. Vilma was asked on her priority, she always tell the people, it’s God comes first, second is her family and third, her constituents, which was unbelievable to some due to her two sons are already in their adulthood and they can already stand on their own feet.
“Kasama sa stage of growing up ang pagbabago ng tao o ng mga anak. Pag 1 to 4 years old, okey sila. Pag-4 to 10, okey pa rin sila, pero pagdating ng 13, umiiba sila. Pagdating ng 17, lalo silang umiiba. Alam naman ng lahat ‘yan ang naging problema kay Lucky. Heto na naman ako, di ko mapipigilan ang maging emotional,” she paused for awhile.
“Noong time na nagloko si Lucky, imbes na tirahin siya ng press ay tinutu-lungan pa ako na isumbong siya sa akin kung ano ang pinaggagawa niya. Sabe ko sa kanya, ano ba ang nangyari sa’yo, nag-aaral ka sa magandang school at lahat nasa ‘yo na. Mga 18 ‘ata siya noon nang sabihin niya sa akin na, I don’t know what I want in life. Talagang gan’un hindi alam kung anong gusto niya sa buhay. Si Lucky, si Ryan. Nanay ako. Ako kasi ay liberal akong nanay, I can be a friend, I can be a barkada lang pero may mga oras na nagiging nanay ako sa kanila. Kino-confiscate ko ‘yung kanilang cellphone,” she continued.
But she denied Luis was into drugs, “Hindi ko alam eh, pero nagdaan din siya sa pag-inum, napapasama din siya sa masamang barkada, but I’m very proud, look at Lucky now. And the good thing, he was able to survive, naka-guide lang kami kasi hindi naman namin siya kasama ng beinte kuwatro oras. He was able to survive by himself with the guidance of the parents. I’m very proud of my son,” she narrated.
On Angel, she admitted that her problem right now is her slipped column, “Yung na po talaga tungkol sa aking disc. Baka sakali, tingnan na lang natin pero talagang health, gusto kong magka-baby in the future. Kaya ngayon, mahirap sabihin na ako uli si Darna kasi kailangan kong gumaling muna,” she stressed.
As of now, Angel still needs to return to the hospital for another check-up. “Tapos na yung procedure ko sa paggamot, pero after the movie, premiere night and block screenings, mag-a-undergo pa rin ako ng column therapy. Kailangan ko siya ipagpatuloy. So far, okey naman po siya,” she added.
Xian was teary-eyed thanking the press who despite of his bad publicity was still kind to him. “Nagpapasalamat ako kay Direk Joyce for giving me trust. Kasi marami kayong naririnig pero para sa akin, everything is a learning process kasi once you stop learning that’s the time you die. Bigyan man ninyo ng good or bad writes up, magpapasalamat pa rin ako sa inyo,” he quipped.
“Ang importante naman kasi doon, kung totoong matapang ka at kaya mong murahin lahat kahit sino kung talagang kamura-mura naman talaga. Pero kung hindi naman kailagan, bakit? Eh, nakakasakit ka ng damdamin at saka, mabuti na lang nagyari ‘yun kay Direk Cathy, kasi I will be careful now. Nagawa ko na ‘yun kina Piolo kapag mino-motivate ko sila. Gusto ko lumalaban sila depende sa eksena. Wala akong pinipili, malalaking artista o extra man.”
The movie Everything About Her centers on two women whose personalities and individual backgrounds are opposite with each other. Vivian (Santos) is a no-nonsense power lady who is diagnosed with a terminal disease. She was force to hire a nurse, Jaica (Locsin), who will take care of her and to conceal from her colleagues and staff the fact that she has cancer. Vivian instructs Jaica to make her son Albert (Xian) to come home from the States in the hope of rekindling her estranged relationship with her son.
The movie reflects the reality that despite the dynamics between parents and children, come in different forms and packages, But one thing will remain constant and certain: both parents and children only want what is best for each other.
It should be noted that this is the much awaited comeback movie of Gov. Vi in the mainstream movies as the last full-length movie she did was the award-winning picture Extra (The Bit Player) in 2013.
Like Vilma, Angel is also an award-winning box-office loyalty and her last critically acclaimed movie was The Legal Wife in 2014. While the movie is Xian’s very first major film as a solo dramatic actor separate from his successful love team, actress Kim Chiu.