Sunshine Dizon, fans want a rerun of Kung Mawawala Ka, rival of Pangako Sa 'Yo

by James Patrick Anarcon
Sep 3, 2020
In 2002, Sunshine Dizon top-billed the drama series Kung Mawawala Ka. (left frame) Some of Sunshine's co-stars in the show were Alessandra de Rossi, Raymond Bagatsing, Princess Punzalan, Liza Lorena, and Eddie Garcia.
PHOTO/S: Kung Mawawala Ka (GMA-7)

Remember when Sunshine Dizon starred in a political teleserye produced by GMA-7?

In 2002, she was tapped to portray the role of Rosa Camila Montemayor in the prime-time series Kung Mawawala Ka.

Dubbed as the most ambitious “teledrama” of GMA-7 at the time, it was the first regular teleserye of the late Eddie Garcia. The veteran actor played Leandro Montemayor, a town governor who eventually became the country’s President.

The series also featured a stellar ensemble of cast members: Hilda Koronel, Liza Lorena, Princess Punzalan, Gloria Diaz, Jay Manalo, Raymond Bagatsing, Ara Mina, and Sharmaine Arnaiz. They were joined by young actors Cogie Domingo, Alessandra de Rossi, and Iza Calzado.

Sunshine’s character, Rosa Camila, was the youngest and favorite daughter of Leandro because her mother, Alicia (Hilda), was his true love.

However, Rosa Camila disappointed her father when she fell in love with Carlitos Valiente (Cogie), the son of Leandro’s political rival.

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On August 29, Sunshine’s fans, Sunshine Dizon Angels, had a Twitter party.

“Sunshine Dizon” became a trending topic that day because during their Twitter party, fans petitioned for GMA-7 to "restore" and air a rerun of Kung Mawawala Ka.

But Sunshine was actually the first to suggest a rerun for the series.

She said this during her May 2020 interview on PEP Live,’s online talk show on Facebook and Kumu.

At the time, TV networks were just starting to air reruns of old shows as production for entertainment programs was put on hold to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Sunshine said in the interview, “Actually, very historical and very iconic ang Kung Mawawala Ka.

“Alam mo, maganda nga sana kung mai-replay din ng GMA-7 iyan ulit ngayon kasi napakaganda.

“Plus iyong mga scenes na parang sinugod ng taumbayan iyong Malacanang kasi di ba, President si Tito Eddie doon?”

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In the same interview, Sunshine also recalled the popularity of Kung Mawawala Ka, which went head-to-head with another popular series from ABS-CBN, Pangako Sa ‘Yo.

“Looking back, heydays ng channel-7 niyan. Talagang lahat ng drama namin noon sa gabi, malakas.

“Malakas ang Pangako Sa ‘Yo pero lumaban din ang Kung Mawawala Ka, kasi iba, e. Parang wala pang pumalit or wala pang nakagaya until now.

“Parang politically inclined, historically inclined. Parang Romeo and Juliet na love story na may family drama. At saka wala pa ring nakagawa ulit na lahat ng cast, ganun kalaki.”

Early this year, on January 19, manager Leo Dominguez posted a throwback photo of Kung Mawawala Ka's Montemayor family.

In the photo were (first row L-R) Sunshine, Alessandra, Raymond, Princess, Ara, Sharmaine, (second row L-R) Hilda, Liza, Eddie, and Gloria.

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One of the tweets from fans had to do with Sunshine’s PEP Live episode in May 2020, where she revealed that an incident in Kung Mawawala Ka made her hesitant to do kissing scenes.

According to Sunshine, she had to do a kissing scene with Cogie, her love interest in the show.

She recalled, "There was a particular scene wherein Cogie was kissing Iza Calzado. Hindi naman torrid pero lips to lips.

"So, habang nagki-kissing sila, ang nasa script was ang nakikita kunyari ni Cogie sa face ni Iza was me.

"Siyempre, ninenerbiyos na ako lalo na bagets-bagets pa ako noong time na iyon!

"So, ipinakita iyong preview, ganoon daw, naghalikan si Cogie, si Calzado. 'Tapos after, I had to do it the exact way daw."

Sunshine was so nervous before they started taping the scene that she asked Cogie, “Baka puwede namang dayain na lang natin?”

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The Kapuso actress continued, "Before we started, parang pinapawisan lang ako nang very, very light but during the scene itself?

“Day, promise, buong katawan ko, tumutulo iyong pawis. Parang puwede mo akong pigaan. Gano'n kapawis talaga.”

Because director Joel Lamangan found the first take “stiff,” he wanted a retake, which, again, did not pass his standards.

Sunshine remembered, "Ito na, mainit ang ulo ni Lamangan! Sabi niya, 'Ayusin niyo iyan! Kapag hindi niyo iyan inayos, buong araw kayong maghahalikan,' sabi!

"So, ako talaga iba na talaga iyong feeling ko at saka iba na iyong heartbeat ko."

After the third take, Sunshine and Cogie got the scene right.

But the tension did not leave the actress that she started hyperventilating.

"They had to rush me to the hospital kasi di na maganda iyong hinga ko 'tapos pa-blackout na ako.

"So, when we got to the E.R., ang sabi ng doctor, nag-hyperventilate daw ako siguro sa sobrang nerbiyos.

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"'Tapos nanginginig ako, 'tapos they had to give me some medicine to calm me down.

"'Tapos nakabalik naman ako ng taping pero after that, iyon na, dire-diretso na, parang traumatized na ako or something na hindi ko na talaga kaya.”

Since then, Sunshine would not do torrid kissing scenes in her shows and movies.

Even before accepting a project, Sunshine would make sure that the producers are okay with her not having any kissing scenes.

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Here are some tweets from the fans of Sunshine about Kung Mawawala Ka:

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In 2002, Sunshine Dizon top-billed the drama series Kung Mawawala Ka. (left frame) Some of Sunshine's co-stars in the show were Alessandra de Rossi, Raymond Bagatsing, Princess Punzalan, Liza Lorena, and Eddie Garcia.
PHOTO/S: Kung Mawawala Ka (GMA-7)
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