Maritoni Fernandez talks of her daughter Lexi like any pleased and proud mother would. And why wouldn't she?
Lexi, who co-stars along with the young tweens of GMA Films' Tween Academy: Class of 2012 (showing on August 24), is a well-rounded girl and a loving child to her mother.
At the press conference of Tween Academy yesterday (August 4) at GMA Network's Executive Lounge, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) struck a conversation with the twosome.
"As her mom, I am so proud of her. Kasi alam ko bukod sa lahat ng mga talents niya, napakabait talagang bata nito.
"She's very professional, she's loved by her peers, and above it all, she's still a very good student," Maritoni shares whilst an arm around her sixteen-year old gal.
She adds, "Yun ang importante sa akin, yung pinagpapatuloy pa rin yung pag-aaral niya."
Maritoni explains that she and Lexi had a deal: should her schooling suffer, Lexi would have to drop showbiz and focus on her academics.
"It's very hard to balance everything, especially at this stage in her life and being sixteen years old, and becoming popular.
"Kailangan maging level-headed siya lagi, matuto siya mag-balance ng time niya."
Despite the tough act of juggling, Lexi's mother reports that "she's doing very, very well." And for that she commends her daughter.
KONTRABIDA ROLES. Lexi entered the world of acting only last year and has now tested the waters in GMA Network's young adult program Tween Hearts, and afternoon soap Nita Negrita.
In the latter, she delivered a kontrabida performance that could only make an audience remark that she takes after her mother.
To these feats accomplished so far, Maritoni is astounded.
Asked if Lexi asks for advice from the expert herself, a beaming Maritoni elaborates, "Nung umpisa, madalas."
"She's been in showbiz now a full year already. Binibigyan siya ng magagandang breaks ng GMA and so with those breaks come honing of the craft.