ALMA Moreno is now back to acting after not making it as a senator in the last election. She was in Star Cinema’s recent film, “The Third Party”, and now in a new TV sitcom, “Tsuperhero” on GMA7, after she appeared as a guest in a “Dear Uge” episode. She came early to the presscon of “Tsuperhero” where she plays Derrick Monasterio’s caring mother. Early on, she asked the PRs of GMA to warn the press not to ask her anything about her son Mark Anthony Fernandez, who’s still in jail in Angeles City. Right after the Q&A, she quickly left and didn’t allow herself anymore to be interviewed one-on-one by the press.
In “Tsuperhero”, she’s reunited with former leading man Gabby Concepcion. “Nakagawa kami ng dalawang movies noong araw, ‘Abigael’ and ‘Abandonada’, kaya palagay na ang loob namin sa isa’t isa. Si Gabby, hindi nagbago. Ganun pa rin ang hitsura. Natuwa naman akong magbalik sa GMA kasi marami akong friends dito. Parang nangangapa ako, ninerbiyos noong una but after a while, na-relax din ako at okay na.”
Her daughter Winwyn Marquez is said to be in a serious relationship with Mark Herras. What can she say about this? “Okay naman sa’kin si Mark kasi kita ko namang seryosong mahal niya talaga ang anak ko. Pero ang payo ko sa kanila, huwag muna mag-asawa agad. I told Winwyn na mag-enjoy muna siya nang husto sa buhay dalaga. Di naman sila kailangang magmadali dahil marami pa silang puedeng ma-achieve sa respective careers nila. Mag-ipon sila nang maayos for their own future together.”
Despite the warnings, she was still asked about Mark. “Pinipilit kong magpakatatag kahit gusto ko ng bumigay. I think of the Lord, na may dahilan ang lahat. Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat ng tumutulong, like si Lorna Tolentino na sincere sa pagtulong lalo na kapag nakikita niyang babagsak na ako. Anak din ang turing niya kay Mark.”
So how is Mark now? “Siyempre, hindi maganda ang sitwasyon. Hindi ganun kadali sa loob. But di ako puwede magsalita so lagi na lang akong nanghihingi ng dasal para malampasan niya ito. Mabait na tao si Mark. Never ‘yang nagbigay ng problema sa ibang tao. Hindi siya palaaway. Kung may biktima man siya, sarili lang niya, kaya sana, malampasan niya ito at magbago na siya nang lubusan.”
SNOOKY GRATEFUL TO DAUGHTERS’ STEPMOM
SNOOKY Serna effortlessly eclipsed the lead stars of “Hahamakin ang Lahat” during its presscon. She suddenly became emotional while thanking Marina Benipayo, 1992 Bb. Pilipinas Maja who’s the current partner of her ex-husband, Ricardo Cepeda, from whom Snooky separated 10 years ago.
“I just want to say that I am happy and relieved to be able to work with a lady who is very professional,” she says. “We are very civil towards each other. She is, I hope you don’t mind me saying this, Marina, I’m not being showbiz, she is a good woman and I wish her all the happiness. I’m thankful that she’s taking good care of my children. Thank you, Marina for being a good stepmom to them.”
Marina replies: “We are both professional and whatever it is that happened, matagal na ‘yun. Nandito tayo para magtrabaho, di ba? Thank you, Snooky for saying that. Both of your children naman are mabait and very well behaved.”
Snooky adds: “Right, everything is done and over with, and we have both moved on. I am with my own partner now (a businessman) and I am happy and you are happy. Nata-touch lang talaga ako at lumalambot ang puso ko kapag nakikita ko ‘yung mga anak ko na masaya and that’s also because you are good to them.”
Snooky’s daughters are Samantha, 24, and Sachi, 20, now both college graduates and working in the advertising industry. Both of them do not want to be in showbiz. “They have other interests unlike me who doesn’t want to do anything but act. I was only three years old when I started in showbiz at ako talaga ang nagpumilit na mag-artista. I let my children do what they want at nakikita ko naman na they are happy with their own careers.”
Snooky plays Kristoffer Martin’s mother in “Hahamakin ang Lahat” while Marina is the sister of Eula Valdez who raises Joyce Ching as her own daughter. The show is now seen on GMA7’s Afternoon Prime replacing “Sinungaling Mong Puso”.
DINGDONG ADMITS SPENDING LESSER TIME WITH BABY ZIA
DINGDONG Dantes considers his daughter Baby Zia a lucky charm as he now has a hit TV show, “Alyas Robin Hood”, and has a new movie with Star Cinema, “The Unmarried Wife”, with Angelica Panganiban. “Super busy ako these days, laging pagod at puyat kasi lagari ako sa sets ng ‘Alyas Robin Hood’ and ‘Unmarried Wife’ na may playdate na on November 16 so paspasan ang shooting namin,” he says. “But okay lang kasi medyo pahinga naman ako ng first half of 2016 at bumawi lang ngayon. Nakakasulit ng pagod ‘yung positive feedbacks we get for ‘Alyas Robin Hood’ and also the high ratings na consistent talaga ang panonood ng viewers.”
Because of his busy sked, he has lesser time to be with Baby Zia. “Nabawasan talaga ang oras ko sa bahay. Sakripisyo talaga. Buti na lang at very understanding ang wife ko and she knows kumakayod ako for our family. But hopefully, after the movie is shown, mas may time na ako sa kanila ng daughter namin, lalo na during the Christmas holidays na pati taping, tigil muna.”
Baby Zia is turning one year old on November 23. What are their plans? “We’ll have a party for her pero hindi ‘yung engrande. Simple lang ang celebration with our immediate family. Ang importante, magkasama-sama lang as we celebrate Zia’s turning one year old.”
When do they intend to have a new baby? “Hindi naman kami ang magde-determine kasi gift yan mula sa Panginoon. Siya na ang bahalang magbigay. But if given the choice, mas mabuti sigurong palakihin muna nang konti si Zia so we can enjoy our time with her as a baby.”
This week in “Alyas Robin Hood”, there will be two hooded figures who will confuse the people. First is the real Alyas Robin Hood played by Dingdong and the other one is the Bad Robin Hood who does the exact opposite of what Dingdong does. This impersonator is Chino, played by theater-film actor Anthony Falcon (“Anino sa Likod ng Buwan”), who is ordered by Sid Lucero as Dean to destroy the good reputation of Dingdong.
The forces of evil continue to wreak havoc with Dennis Padilla as Wilson cheating the members of a cooperative by stealing their savings from a bank. One of those deceived is Jaclyn Jose as Judy, Dingdong’s mom. A new character is also added, Joross Gamboa as Jojo, who steals the black pearl triad necklace from the display case in the home of Andrea Torres as Venus.