"The late Sharon Cuneta."
This is how award-winning actress Sharon Cuneta described herself in a press conference held yesterday, December 11, at the Regal Films compound in Quezon City. Although already late by more than two hours, the Mega Star was in a very good mood, enough to joke around with the writers present.
The presscon was held for Mano Po 6: My Mother’s Love, one of Regal Films’s entries to this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). The newest incaranation of the Mano Po franchise is the second project that the Megastar did for the film company. She previously had a cameo role in the comedy film OMG (Oh My Girl), which starred Judy Ann Santos and Ogie Alcasid.
Sharon said she had a good working experience with Mother Lily, grand matriarch of Regal.
"Si Mother, inalagaan niya talaga ako. She was the one responsible. She will ensure na dapat masunod lahat ng dapat masunod," Sharon said.
The cast and crew flew to Beijing, China last month to shoot pivotal moments in the tragic film of love, revenge, and redemption.
Sharon said the film is very special to Mother Lily because it is about her own life.
"Kinuwento nga ’yan ni Mother. Akala ko secret lang natin e," Sharon laughed as she addressed the producer.
In Mano Po 6, Sharon plays Melinda, a Filipino-Chinese woman who becomes separated from her children due to discrimination from her pure Chinese in-laws. When Melinda acquires riches and power years later, she does everything to win back her children, who now resent her. Her children in the movie are portrayed by Ciara Sotto, Heart Evangelista, Nicole Uysiuseng, and John Manalo. Her rebellious daughter Stephanie, portrayed by Heart, is led to believe that she was abandoned by her mother when she was younger. Melinda tries her best to win back the trust of her daughter who is about to get married to her boyfriend (Dennis Trillo).
Sharon said she now ranks Mano Po 6 among the top 10 films she has ever done in her long career in movies.
"Andami e, I’ve done 55, 56 films. Nasa mga top 10. Kasama yung mga Madrasta, Dear Heart, Bituing Walang Ningning... Ganun. So very very special," she said.
BEST ACTRESS AWARD. In the movie, Sharon will have a confrontation scene with Zsa Zsa Padilla, who is cast as Sharon’s sister-in-law who treated her badly and even took away her children. They will eventually have a confrontation scene wherein Sharon slapped Zsa Zsa so hard that it left a bruise of the singer’s face. (CLICK HERE to read related article)
Due to the gravity of her performance, Sharon said she wants to win the MMFF award for best actress this year.
"Wag niyo nang pag-usapan [yung award] baka matalo tayo," joked Sharon.
Then the hall erupted with laughter when Sharon added, "Makakalaban ko pa si Krista Ranillo [for Wapakman]."
Asked whether she feels former husband Gabby Concepcion’s movie I Love You, Goodbye will threaten her film’s box office status, Sharon once again quipped: "I’m sure maganda yung pelikula nila, pero mas maganda yung sa ’min."
In the end, Sharon explained that she cannot judge the other films in this year’s MMFF because she has not seen them yet. For her part, however, she said she did her best.
"Gusto ko manalo. Sino ba naman ayaw? The thing that’s on my mind is that I should not give nothing less because my audience expects nothing less as well," she said.
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