Claudine Barretto is back in fighting form for her TV comeback


According to director Wenn Deramas, Claudine Barretto is back to her shapely figure in preparation for her upcoming TV series Maligno. This is the first project of the actress after giving birth to her son Rodrigo Santino in July 2007.


On the set of the Viva Films project Ikaw Pa Rin, Wenn Deramas took a break to give PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) an update about the upcoming horror serye Maligno. The director is slated to helm the TV remake of the 1977 horror movie starring Susan Roces. This is the second installment of Sineserye Presents: The Susan Roces Cinema Collection.

Wenn gave his observations about the actress who gave birth to her son Rodrigo on July 19, 2007. "Naka-pito o walong taping days na kami sa Maligno," revealed Direk Wenn. "Ibang-iba [si Claudine], parang bagong artista. Masipag. Ngayon nga, hindi siya nagka-cut off kung kelan matatapos. Minsan umaabot kami ng 4 a.m. Walang arte, to think na nanay na ‘yan."

Does she bring her baby to the set of Maligno? "Minsan dumadalaw si Raymart [Santiago, her husband] kasama si Sab [Sabrina, the couple's adopted child] at Santino," the director said.

How does Claudine look after giving birth to her firstborn son?

"Naku! Parang mas payat siya ngayon kaysa bago siya nagbuntis. Di ba, ako rin nag-direk sa kanya sa Walang Kapalit...nakita ko siya nung tumaba siya hanggang six months yun [nag-work]. Ngayon, sobrang payat niya, parang hindi nabuntis.

He continued: "Ang maganda sa kanya, pinapakita niya sa akin yung tiyan niya, walang stretch marks. Alaga kasi nung buntis pa lang. Ang ganda! Puwede siyang mag two-piece [swimsuit]."

What is the difference between the TV version and the 1977 film helmed by Celso Ad Castillo?

"Nilapit namin [sa movie version]. Kung ano yung pelikula nilagay namin yung pinaka-gist niya. Of course, magdadagdag ka ng konti para maging moderno ng konti pero naging faithful kami sa unang kuwento ng Maligno."

Who is the young boy who will play the cursed child?

"Carlo ang pangalan...nag-audition lang yun, e. Sobrang cute. Parang batang Jimmy Melendez, guwapo, mahusay umarte. Siguro mga seven or eight years old na yung bata. Minimal instruction lang, nakukuha na niya.

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"Yung bata mismo marunong mag-research. Nanood lang siya ng The Omen, pinanood niya yun."

Direk Wenn is referring to the 2006 version of the horror movie The Omen starring Julia Stiles. The director is still unsure when the TV series will air on ABS-CBN.


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