Jaclyn Jose cries upon being praised by Charo Santos Concio

IMAGE Jocelyn Dimaculangan

Jaclyn Jose was moved to tears upon hearing praise given to her by her former boss Charo Santos Concio.

The two award-winning actresses were among the celebrities recognized by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) last night, October 18, at the FDCP Cinematheque in Kalaw, Manila.

Jaclyn was the lead actress of Ma'Rosa while Ms. Charo topbilled Ang Babaeng Humayo.

The films Ang Babaeng Humayo and Ma'Rosa were among the strong contenders to be chosen as the Philippine submission to the Oscars.

In the end, the Film Academy of the Philippines chose the Ma'Rosa to compete in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 89th Academy Awards.

When the lead actresses of the two films crossed paths at the FDCP Cinematheque, Jaclyn and Ms. Charo congratulated each other for their achievements.

"Na-emotional ako kay Ma'am," said Jaclyn as she wiped away her tears.

When PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked why she cried, she said, "Kasi nakita ko si Ma'am ko dati."

It will be recalled that Jaclyn used to be seen in Maalaala Mo Kaya, ABS-CBN's drama anthology show hosted by Ms. Charo.

John Lloyd Cruz also praised Jaclyn's performance in Ma'Rosa. How does she feel about that?

"Salamat naman. Sana makapasok [sa Oscars]."

Now a GMA-7 talent, Jaclyn described Ms. Charo as "Yung boss ko sa mahabang panahon.

"Napakarami kong ginawa sa ABS-[CBN]. Sabi ko nga mananatili siyang boss ko."

Charo said about the Cannes award-winning actress, "I'm always very proud of Jaclyn.

"All her performances in MMK were very memorable. Truly memorable. Hindi lang sa MMK, kundi sa maraming programa ng ABS-CBN.

"We're colleagues, we're friends.

"I'm very proud of Jaclyn and I wish her the best."

What can Jaclyn say about the movie comeback of Ms. Charo?

"Yung Olay [billboard] nga lang niya, manghang-mangha na ako. Muntik na kong mabangga,"said Jaclyn while Ms. Charo laughed at her revelation.

How do they feel about being honored by the FDCP?

"Truly proud and truly grateful na nire-recognize ang Filipino talent. I hope
this will encourage a lot more of our filmmakers to make diverse projects."

When asked if she will do more TV projects or movies in the future, ABS-CBN's Chief Content Officer said, "Depende sa material."

MA'ROSA PREDICTED AS OSCAR NOMINEE. The Philippines has never been nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the Academy Awards.

However, this year, there is strong buzz for Brillante Mendoza's Ma'Rosa, which depicts a married couple who are caught using their sari-sari store as a front to sell illegal drugs. They are detained by corrupt cops and it is up to their children to raise the money for their release.

Jaclyn Jose plays the matriarch while Julio Diaz is the family patriarch. Their children are played by Andi Eigenmann, Felix Roco, Jomari Angeles and Inna Tuazon.

"Kailangan namin ng tulong sa Oscars kasi wala kaming pera. Buti nga po kahit wala kaming pera, nasa seven na."

She is referring to the fact that the popular Oscars prediction website AwardsCircuit.com considers Ma'Rosa to be one of the Top 10 films most likely to get an Oscar nomination out of the 85 submissions worldwide.

To date, Ma'Rosa is in the 7th spot.

Academy members will choose nine films for its shortlist and narrow it down to five nominees for the Oscars awarding ceremony to be held in February 2017.

Ms. Jaclyn added, "Sana mabigyan kami ng tulong kasi maraming kakailanganin na gastusin."

What is it about Ma'Rosa that appeals to critics?

"I think lahat. I think naantig lang sila ng todo sa ending because the ending is repetition and yung nakitang niyang family and [naisip na] magiging katulad rin namin kayo and it will go on and on.

"Yun siguro ang sakit na dumapo sa jury na kapag hindi natigil ang droga na ito, habang panahon na ito.

"I'm doing this for my children. Ayokong dumating ang panahon na wala na silang choice kundi gumawa ng labag sa kanilang loob para lang mabuhay."



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