Priscilla Meirelles and Janice de Belen: The Present vs. The Past in One Teleserye
By Kiko Escuadro
Will this new teleserye ushered a true friendship between the two ladies, and start anew, or will it just spark more intrigues to spice up the soon-to-be-aired show?
At the cast pictorial for an upcoming Kapamilya teleseryeto be aired in 2016, Be My Lady will mainly feature Daniel Matsunaga, Erich Gonzales, Priscilla Meirelles (Miss Earth 2004), and Janice de Belen. Of course, it will be the first time that the former Mrs. John Estrada will be working with the present Mrs. John Estrada.
In this Glitter.ph interview with Priscilla, she claimed that she was very happy to be part of the soon-to-be-aired soap. “Sobra akong excited and thankful ako sa ABS-CBN for giving me an opportunity and trust to do this project. I’m so blessed and lucky that kahit Brazilian ako, actually kami (Daniel Matsunaga), nagtiwala kayo sa amin,” said the former beauty queen.
She was also asked how she feels doing a project with fellow Brazilian. “Actually naka-trabaho na kami ni Daniel in a fashion show. I think we did a commercial pa. This time, kapatid ko si Daniel dito. Ako yung ate niya natutulong sa kanyang role dito,” she replied.
And how did her husband, John Estrada, react to her new project? “Actually sobra akong natulala sa nangyari sa blessing,” she answered. “Pero di ako complaining at all. Instead I’m finding ways para magawa ko lahat ang mga responsibilities ko, both as a wife and mother. Minsan tinanong ako ni John na baka nakalimutan mo na na may asawa ka. And I’m thankful na kahit demanding siya sa time, he still understands me. Tapos may baby pa kaming three years old. And I’m a hands-on mom. Kaya lahat ng ginagawa para sa baby,ako lahat ang gumagawa. So ang hirap kasi parang nag compete sila sa time ko.”
Since this is her first time to work with Janice de Belen, the ex-wife of her husband, John Estrada, how was it like working with her?
“Walang intriga diyan at walang problema kasi si Ms. Janice ay isang mabuting nanay sa pagpapalaki sa mga anak nilang husband ko nasi John,” she replied.
She was also asked if they have talked before.
“Yes,” she said. “There was an instance in the past where we had an opportunity to sit sa isang table sa bahay ng isang kaibigan. Magkakasama kami with other ladies.”
Did she consult her husband before accepting the project and informed him that she will be working with Janice? “Actually ang sabi niya kung okay ba daw sa akin to work with her. Ang sabi ko walang problema. Anyway si Janice ay ex-wife nang husband ko kaya wala akong problema diyan,” she stressed.
As a Brazilian, how does she feel that she’s now given an opportunity to work in a Philippine teleserye? “As I have said, sobrang blessed posiguro. May mga angels talaga si Lord dito. Unang-una hindi po kami Pilipino by blood pero Pilipino kami dito sa heart. So being isang pinoy sa heart,sobra kaming thankful sa nangyari sa amin dalawa ni Daniel.”
Meanwhile, as a former Ms. Earth, Pricilla was asked her opinion on the back-to-back winnings of Filipinas in Miss Earth.
“l don’t think there’s a problem napalaging winner ang Philippines. But of course I think there’s a lot of advantages when it comes to Philippine candidates because yung organization ng Miss Earth-Philippines and Miss Earth International,parehas lang. So marunong silang sobra on how to prepare the girls. Kaya pagdating sa international pageant, sobrang prepared nayung candidate from the Philippines. That’s why they always be able to place well and win. I think they have two pageant titles already, sa Brazil din, so tie kami,” she laughed.
Priscilla went on, “Anyway, I’ve experienced being a candidate. And I never felt that a Philippine candidate had any privilege, walang special treatment, walang bida. But of course during my time hindi ako marunong mag tagalog, di ako marunong mag English. Lahat may limitations and when it comes from the candidate from the Philippines, they are very we’ll articulated. She knew what to say and how to say things. Siyempre may advantage siya dahil alam na alam nila on how to prepare yung mga candidates nila.”