Vina Morales on ex-boyfriend and Bonifacio leading man Robin Padilla: "Na-miss ko si Robin."

“Na-miss ko si Robin [Padilla], di ko naman ma-ideny yun na hindi ko siya na miss. Kasi unang una, he was a part of my life and napakabuting tao yun, I learned a lot from him, kung paano makitungo sa kapwa, he has a good heart. Mami-miss mo yung taong ganung klase, dahil napakabuti niya, e, kaya nung nagkita kami, napakadami naming napag-usapan," says Vina Morales. She is the lead actress in Bonifacio, which will be part of the 40th Metro Manila Film


Former onscreen and off-screen couple Vina Morales and Robin Padilla are back in the limelight via their upcoming movie Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo.


Robin is cast as Andres Bonifacio while Vina plays his wife Oriang in this period film.


Vina openly admits: “Na-miss ko si Robin, di ko naman ma-ideny yun na hindi ko siya na miss.


"Kasi unang una, he was a part of my life and napakabuting tao yun, I learned a lot from him, kung paano makitungo sa kapwa, he has a good heart. Mami-miss mo yung taong ganung klase, dahil napakabuti niya, e, kaya nung nagkita kami, napakadami naming napag-usapan."

The actress compares their past and present relationship after working with the action star once again: “Yung relationship namin ngayon, mas magaan. Kung may intriga man, mapuputol naman agad, kasi alam naman ng lahat yung sitwasyon naming dalawa. We have our lives already.”

Robin Padilla is married to TV host Mariel Rodriguez, while Vina Morales is now a “hands-on” mom to daughter Ceana.

Still, even after many years since their last team-up, reporters at Ystilo Salon's 16th anniversary celebration in SM Mall of Asia last September 10 commented that Vina is still the one “na talagang gusto niyang [Robin] makatambalan." They also observe: “hindi pa rin nawawala yung kilig factor” between the two.

Vina comments by saying, “Siguro until now kasi hinahanap pa rin yung team up namin.

“Honestly ah, minsan pag nagshu-shoot kami... I mean, seryoso nga yung mga scenes namin sa Bonifacio. Siya si Bonifacio, ako si Oriang [Bonifacio’s love interest.]

“Siyempre period yung storya, it’s a true to life story.

“Pero pag nakita mo na kaming dalawa sa screen, kinikilig yung mga staff.

“Kami rin ni Robin nagtatawan kami, deep inside na parang ‘Bin, hanggang ngayon di pa rin nawawala yung chemistry natin.’ So thankful kami diyan.”

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When asked whether there would shoot a kissing scene in the said movie, “Hindi ko nga alam, e, hindi pa namin nakukunan, pero alam ko wala, bawal yata,” says Vina with a laugh.

“Pero marami kaming mga kilig moments,” she affirms.

“Di lang siya yung kung anong nangyari bilang pagiging president ni Andres Bonifacio, yung KKK, kundi yung pagliligawan nila ni Oriang, hindi nawala yun.

“Pero yun nga lang, syempre di katulad nung Miss Na Miss Kita, Hindi Pwede Kung Hindi Pwede, lahat na lang, e, Diyos ko, pa-cute kaming dalawa.

“Iba na ngayon serious na may kilig,” she explains.

Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo directed by Enzo Williams is an entry to this year's Metro Manila Film Festival.


(Read: Vina Morales replaces Iza Calzado in MMFF 2014 entry Bonifacio)

LIKE IN THE MOVIES. Vina Morales recalls action movie-worthy scenes that happened while she was still going out back then with the “bad boy” Robin Padilla.

“Yung stage namin, kung iisipin mo, pag uminit yung ulo niya, naglalabas ng baril.

“Unting galaw lang ni Robin parang, ano to? Nagshu-shooting pa rin ba?

“Ako parang ‘haaaaaa? anong nangyayari?’

“Mamaya binabaril na yung kotse ko sa labas ng bahay ko, ano 'to pelikula?

“So di ko alam paano ko nasakyan yung eksenang yun sa buhay ko na kasama ko si Robin. Kami nga nagtatawan talaga kami, e,” she recounts.

“Alam naman bad boy talaga siya, di ba? Alam naman natin, by that time he was using something. So paano ko ba nasakyan yung ganun, siguro napaka-naïve ko lang talaga na parang ‘Oh my God, Robin Padilla.’”

“Yung time na yun, yun yung siyempre pag-bata ka pa, di ba, feeling mo love na love mo na talaga.”

She once even asked the actor, “Paano ba kita na-handle noon? At sa lahat ng mga trip mo sumasabay ako?”

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Robin then thought about it while laughing, Vina relays: “Tawa lang siya ng tawa. Tapos sabi niya, ‘alam mo, oo nga no Vina, paano nga ba, siguro love na love mo lang ako.’

“Sabi ko, ‘oo naman.’”

“Yung ganun, di ba, katangahan, sabi ko nga katangahan. Pero nakakatuwa lang 'pag napagusapan namin,” says the singer-actress fondly.

“Pero yung kay Mariel ngayon, parang nag-mellow down na siya, e. Talagang ayaw na niya ng away.”

“‘Bin,’ sabi ko nga, ‘you know you matured so much,’” says Vina as her way of complimenting Robin.


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