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Inah explains why she dropped dad’s family name

  • Written by Mario Bautista
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INAH Estrada, the eldest daughter of Janice de Belen and John Estrada, is now officially known as Inah de Belen. In her early teens, she started with QTV in youth-oriented show with Winwyn Marquez and Alynna Asistio, “Candies”, then she moved to ABS-CBN Star Magic, then did “Wattpad Presents” on TV5, but she’s now with GMA-7, managed by Popoy Caritativo. So why did she change her family name?

“Ang dami na kasing Estrada sa industry,” she says. “Lagi akong natatanong kung relative ba ako ni Joseph Estrada. So para hindi na sila ma-confuse, I’m using de Belen kasi dalawa lang ang de Belen sa showbiz, my mom and Tita Gelli. So as Inah de Belen, alam nila agad na anak ako ni Janice.”

How did her dad feel about it? “May blessing naman niya 'yan kasi I explained it to him and he understands. He knows it’s my screen name but my real name will always be Inah Estrada.”

Did she get any advice from her parents? “From my mom. Sinabi niya may pressure kung anak ka ng artista kasi somehow, you’ll be compared with your parents. I’ll just use the pressure to motivate myself to always do my best. My mom also said, kahit ano mangyari sa career mo, always be humble. 'Yun ang importante.”

She’s happy to star in “Oh My Mama” on GMA’s Afternoon Prime to replace “Magkaibang Mundo” on September 19. The show is a remake of Maricel Soriano’s movie of the same title shown in 1981, with brothers Herbert and Hero, plus sister Harlene as some of the child stars in the cast. Now, Inah is paired with Jake Vargas (they look so bagay to each other as they’re both petite) and Jeric Gonzales, supported by Sheryl Cruz as her mom, Gladys Reyes, Epi Quizon, Francine Prieto, Arthur Solinap, Jenny Miller, Eunice Lagusad, Ash Ortega, Phytos Ramirez and Ryan Eigenmann, along with child stars Therese Malvar, Jhiz Deocareza, Bryce Eusebio, Sofia Pablo and David Remo, directed by Neal del Rosario.

“I’m thankful to GMA for giving me this show kasi kapapasok ko lang sa kanila, binigyan agad ako ng lead role,” Inah adds. “I’m excited pero sobrang kinakabahan din. I keep on praying that people will watch it kasi marami silang matututuhang insights about the different kinds of love.”
   
Ina is 22 and admits she has had two non-showbiz boyfriends before. She now wants to just focus on her career. She is also in the cast of Direk Jun Lana’s movie, “Die Beautiful”, topbilled by Paolo Ballesteros.

BIG CELEBS PERFORM FOR FREE AT GABAY GURO EVENT

SHARON Cuneta, Lea Salonga, Regine Velasquez, Pops Fernandez, Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Ogie Alcasid, James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Jaya and Michael Pangilinan and Jona (who sang “Hero” at the press launch) are some of the top celebrities who are volunteering gratis et amore to entertain the teachers who’ll come from all over the country to the Gabay Guro’s 9th year of Tribute Show to Teachers to be held at the MOA Arena on September 25 this National Teacher’s month.
   
This whole-day affair will be capped with raffle prizes like a house and lot from Perry’s Group of Companies, Gratour Van from Foton, motorcycles from Honda and Suzuki, and other prizes from Penshoppe, National Bookstore, Enchanted Kingdom, Flanax, Bic, Gardenia and other sponsors. Admission is free but exclusive for teachers only.
   
PLDT exec Gary Dujali says the Gabay Guro project started nineyears ago when PLDT and Smart executives thought of this advocacy to help change and improve the lives of unsung heroes like teachers who touch the lives of all of us. Since then, Gabay Guro has conducted extra training for over 16,000 teachers all over the country in 8 training programs that include English Proficiency, Leadership Training, Information Technology, EQ (Emotional Intelligence) Improvement, Unleashing Creativity in Teaching, etc.
   
They have also constructed new classrooms in disaster stricken areas like Cebu, Bohol, Leyte and Capiz. They’ve also given laptops and broadband connectivity to various schools and put up a scholarship program for future teachers. So far, they’ve helped in graduating 1,100 scholars nationwide, 137 of whom graduated with honors as cum laude or magna cum laude.
   
Gabay Guro started with 900 member teachers and now, they have 20,000 members already. Chaye Revilla, one of the leading lights of Gabay Guro, says: “Our nation’s children depend on our nation’s teachers to guide them to a better future. This teacher’s month, Gabay Guro pays tribute to them who teach and nurture our next generation of nation builders.”
   
For more info about Gabay Guro and their big show for teachers on September 25, follow them on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @PLDTGabayGuro or visit the official website gabayguro.com.

JUANCHO WILL MISS CO-STARS

JUANCHO Trivino is somehow sad now that “Magkaibang Mundo” is ending tomorrow to be replaced by “Oh My Mama” on Monday. “Naging close kasi ako sa mga kasama ko sa cast,” he says. “Siyempre, unang-una kay Louise de los Reyes dahil lagi kaming magkasama sa eksena, then with Kuya Dion Ignacio na naging kasundo ko in so many levels. I also got close to Ate Sam, Assunta de Rossi. I learned a lot from her. Pero ang  pinakamami-miss ko is Elfino, my character na duwende. Playing him has been a welcome challenge for me kasi maraming scenes, ako lang mag-isa on a green screen tapos naka-chroma lang. It’s no joke magkunwaring may kausap kahit mag-isa ka lang. So mami-miss ko si Elfino nang sobra.”
   
So what can we expect as the show ends? “Just expect the unexpected. Maraming twists pa ang mangyayari. Kung akala ninyo, natapos na ang kasamaan ni Gina Alajar as Noreen, magugulat kayo dahil hihirit pa siya. Mabibihag niya uli si Assunta de Rossi as Amanda sa shoe factory then pati si Louise as Pepay, makukuha rin niya. Ako naman as Inoy, nanganganib ang buhay ko dahil sa sumpa. Magagawa ko pa kayang iligtas si Louise para bigyan ng katuparan ang pag-iibigan naming dalawa? Basta huwag kayong bibitaw sa last few episodes dahil very exciting talaga ang conclusion ng ‘Magkaibang Mundo’.”

JILLIAN GROWS UP TO BE VERY LOVELY

JILLIAN Ward joins the cast of “Sa Piling ni Nanay” as the grown up Maya, the daughter of Yasmien Kurdi as a surrogate mom played as a small child by Sofia Cabatay. Maya is taken to the States by Katrina Halili as Scarlet and when they return back to Manila, she’s already played as a pre-teener by former child actress Jillian, who’s growing up to be a lovely young woman.
   
Jillian is no longer called Maya but Katherine and she has become quite a spoiled brat. She figures in an accident and it’s Yasmien as Isabel who rescues her and takes her to the hospital. Yasmien does not recognize her at all as her daughter but Jillian recognizes Yasmien as her “nanay” who she thought is already dead. A confrontation happens between the two of them and Jillian feels so hurt, thinking that Yasmien has intentionally neglected her.
   
Meantime, Katrina continues to plot the killing of Yasmien, but she is thwarted every time she tries to do so. When she asks a hitman to murder Yasmien, the hitman rejects it, saying Yasmien is connected with someone very powerful, Gabby Eigenmann as the very wealthy real estate magnate, Benedict. In an auction, Katrina tries to outbid Yasmien for an expensive figurine amounting to P10 million. It was given to her and she spends so much money for it, then the exorbitantly priced figurine goes missing and she accuses Yasmien of stealing it.