"Nahihirapan si Direk Cathy [Garcia-Molina] kasi first time nga niya na magdirek na 'yong artista buntis. Kaya puro daya ang mga shots. Kasi, pinapanood ko, may mga scenes na medyo malaman na ang face ko, dati ang payat-payat," says Ina Raymundo about her work in ABS-CBN's Precious Hearts Romances Presents Midnight Phantom.

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Ina Raymundo just laughed when asked if her fourth pregnancy will be her last. The former sexy actress is due next month and she's expecting a baby girl. She and husband Canadian Bryan Portunak already have two girls and one boy.

"We'll see," she answered smiling. "Kasi halimbawa, kapag pang-apat na, hindi mo na alam kung paano pa tumigil or ano, parang bahala na, di ba? Kapag pang-apat na or pang-lima, pare-pareho na."

At the press conference of Precious Hearts Romances Presents Midnight Phantom held yesterday, July 8, the celebrity mom told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press that she was not yet pregnant when they started taping the ABS-CBN afternoon series in July last year. However, there were some delays so they still have a couple of days to finish the series.

"Ang tagal niya kasi ang daming mga break-break, e. 'Tapos nagka-Ondoy pa noon. Si Direk Cathy [Garcia-Molina] may ginawang movie rin, kaya na-delay nang na-delay din," she explained.

Ina is seldom seen on television and movies since she got married. Before Midnight Phantom, she was last seen in GMA-7's defunct primetime series All About Eve (2009)

According to Ina, she accepted the role of Anya in Midnight Phantom because she misses doing acting projects. 

"Nami-miss ko talaga. 'Yon naman ang reason din kung bakit ako bumalik. Maganda 'yong role kasi very complex, very dark, and at the same time, 'yong character ko parang aktres na aktres ang dating ko. Halos lahat ng eksena umiiyak ako," she said in an interview after the presscon proper.

Ina also mentioned that when Midnight Phantom was offered to her, she was assured that it would be finished quickly. "For me, talagang ang usapan hanggang August. Kumbaga, hindi committed. Kasi, takot ako sa commitments because of my family, di ba?" she explained.

The importance of her family is also the reason why Ina would stop accepting projects after giving birth to her fourth child. She might give herself six months so she could focus on taking care of her baby.

"Kasi nagbe-breastfeed talaga ako," Ina said. "Kasi, kapag ako ang nanganak, talagang devoted mom ako. Basta ang mundo ko nagre-revolve lang around the baby and the kids. 'Yon ang buhay ko and I don't complain dahil 'yon ang gusto ko."

Although Ina doesn't get the same exposure as before, she's content with the joy she gets from her husband and kids. 

"You know, I'm happy and content na talaga," she said. "I love my kids so much, sobrang source of joy. Talagang, alam mo 'yon, nakakatuwa talaga kasi first [thing] in the morning, una mong makikita 'yong anak mo. Ang saya-saya!"

In Midnight Phantom, Ina plays Rafael Rosell's former lover and Denise Laurel's stepmother.