Remember when Sarah Geronimo and Angelika dela Cruz worked together in a teleserye?
In 2006, they were tapped to play the iconic roles of Dorina and Lavinia, respectively, in the ABS-CBN TV remake of Bituing Walang Ningning.
Sarah played the fan-turned-celebrity Dorina, a role originally portrayed by Sharon Cuneta in the 1985 movie.
Angelika was Dorina’s idol turned rival Lavinia, a role which was originally Cherie Gil's.
During Angelika’s birthday PEP Live session on October 29, 2020, she was asked about Bituing Walang Ninging. The show marked the first time she played kontrabida.
What was it like working with Sarah for the first time?
Angelika says in her PEP Live interview, “Mabait si Sarah! At saka bagets na bagets pa siya noong time na iyon, e.”
Despite being on-screen rivals, Angelika recalls that she and Sarah had a harmonious working relationship along with the show’s staff and cast members.
She also remembers joking around with Sarah and her mother, Mommy Divine Geronimo, who is known as a strict mom.
Angelika continues, “Mabait, mahiyain, ‘tapos lagi namin niloloko!
“Lagi namin niloloko, ‘Oh, Mommy Divine, sasama ko sa gimikan si Sarah!' ‘Tapos tawa sila nang tawa. Masaya iyong set na iyon!
“Ako kasi, gusto ko kasi talaga, maganda iyong working relationship ko kasi every show, every time na may bago kang kasama is a chance to know a new person, di ba? Gusto ko iyon, e.”
THE CONCERT SHOWDOWN
One of the most iconic scenes from the 1985 movie version of Bituing Walang Ningning was the wine-splashing scene where Lavinia told Dorina, “You’re nothing but a second-rate, trying hard copycat!”
The TV series, which ran from May to October 2006, also had its own iconic scenes.
One was the concert showdown between Lavinia and Dorina, which was shot at Araneta Coliseum.
The two singers performed Aerosmith’s hit “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” In an attempt to overshadow Dorina, Lavinia stole one of her lines.
However, the fans cheered for Dorina as she hit the song's high notes, and Lavinia ended up walking out of the stage.
Angelika says that this scene stuck with viewers, and fans of the show continue to upload a clip of the scene on social media.
She tells PEP.ph, “Alam mo, hanggang ngayon nga, may nagta-tag pa rin sa akin noong sa YouTube, iyong clip na kumakanta kami ni Sarah ng ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.’
“Maraming nakakapuna na kahit papaano, may boses ako! So happy ako.
“Nakakatawa doon iyong kinakanta ko na iyong part ko ‘tapos hindi ko abot ‘tapos nagalit ako kasi hindi ko siya abot sabay walk out!
“Di ba, ang sama ng tingin, parang kasalanan ba ni Sarah na hindi mo abot, e, hindi mo abot!”
Angelika also recalls how they were able to pull off the live concert that involved acting in the show’s finale.
“Na-tense ako noon, diyos ko! Kasi iyong kakanta ka lang nang ganoon karaming tao, siyempre, kakabahan na ako.
“Biruin mo iyong acting ‘tapos mag-iiyakan kayo ‘tapos live, walang take two, walang take three!
“Ipinalabas nila on air iyon, live talaga. Kaya quick change talaga kami! Basta walang camera, hubad! In fairness, masarap siyang gawin at saka very memorable.”
In fact, the touching last scene during the concert still brings Angelika to tears.
Talking about the scene, Angelika says, “Alam mo, hanggang ngayon, kapag pinapanood ko sa YouTube iyong video, naiiyak pa rin ako doon sa pagsabit ni Dorina ng sampaguita kay Lavinia, tapos iyong mukha ni Lavinia na naiiyak na nagpipigil. Hanggang ngayon.
“Madadala ka, e. Ang daming nanonood, e. Kapag sobrang dami mong audience, talagang feel na feel mo siya, feeling ko talaga si Lavinia ako noon.”