Camille Prats recalls getting scolded by Marinella director: "Chika nang chika!"

by James Patrick Anarcon
Feb 22, 2022
Camille Prats as Marie in Marinella
Camille Prats recalls why she got scolded by Direk FM Reyes (not in photo) during her Marinella days: "Habang nagba-blocking, chika nang chika, chika nang chika. So, pinagalitan ako ni Direk na, ‘Ano na, Camille? Chika nang chika kahit na magsisimula na?’"
PHOTO/S: PEP Spotlight / Marinella (ABS-CBN)

Camille Prats may be a talk-show host now, but being talkative once got her into trouble on set.

In her September 2021 guest appearance on PEP Spotlight, the taped online talk show of PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Camille recalled that moment.

It happened on the set of Marinella, which ran from 1999 to 2001. Camille top-billed the ABS-CBN afternoon drama series with Shaina Magdayao and Serena Dalrymple.

Their director at that time was Eric “FM” Reyes.

Camille said that she got scolded because of “kadaldalan, kadaldalan!”

She narrated, “I remember, it was Direk Eric Reyes and it was during Marinella.

“So siyempre, habang nagba-blocking, chika nang chika, chika nang chika.

“So pinagalitan ako ni Direk na, ‘Ano na, Camille? Chika nang chika kahit na magsisimula na?’

“’Tapos mula noon, behaved na talaga ako.”

Camille Prats in Marinella

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Other than that, Camille said she has never experienced a director getting mad at her in the worst possible way.

“Pero ganun lang iyong mga paggalit ng directors, sobrang grateful ako na ganun lang.

“Kasi takot na takot ako mapahiya, so tina-try ko rin naman talaga iyong best ko na sana, hindi mapagalitan.”

Camille did not get take the scolding to heart.

“Grabe iyong naging experience ko working with him, something I will never forget and I will always carry with me, pati iyong professionalism.”

RELATIONSHIP WITH SHAINA AND SERENA

Camille also treasures the relationships she built with Shaina and Serena while doing Marinella.

Camille played Marie, Shaina was Rina, and Serena portrayed Ella, and their three names were combined to form the show's title Marinella.

Prior to Marinella, Camille worked with Shaina and Serena in the 1998 movie Hiling.

Camille said of the movie, “This is where it started, iyong Marinella.”

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During the PEP Spotlight interview, Camille was shown clips from the movie.

When she saw Serena and Shaina in their younger years, Camille recalled, “Itong dalawang bulinggit na ito, mga anak-anakan ko iyan!

“Ako talaga nag-aalaga sa kanila tuwing taping.”

Camille Prats, Serena Dalrymple, and Shaina Magdayao in Marinella

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This is why Shaina and Serena call Camille “Mimi Cams” up to this day since she was their “mommy” on the set.

Camille said, “Yes, they call me Mimi Cams. Minsan, mimi lang. Grabe, parang nag-flashback ako nang very light noong sinabi mo iyong Mimi Cams kasi silang dalawa lang iyong tumatawag sa akin noon.

“As a kid, sobra kasi ako mahilig sa bata so lagi ko silang kalaro, 'tapos parang inaalagaan, para talaga akong ateng ate.”

In March 2017, Camille had a mini-reunion with Shaina. The two met up on the set of the defunct Kapamilya series The Better Half, top-billed by Shaina, as the show taped on location at the school owned by Camille.

Based on the caption of Shaina’s Instagram post, Shaina and Serena still call Camille “Mimi Cams.”

Serena, who is now based in London, also wishes to reunite with her Marinella co-stars.

Camille reposted on her Instagram account an announcement that full episodes of Marinella are currently being uploaded on ABS-CBN's YouTube channel.

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Camille Prats in Marinella

Watch Camille Prats’ full PEP Spotlight interview here:

To know more about Marinella, watch Shaina Magdayao talk about the series in her January 2021 PEP Spotlight episode:

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Camille Prats recalls why she got scolded by Direk FM Reyes (not in photo) during her Marinella days: "Habang nagba-blocking, chika nang chika, chika nang chika. So, pinagalitan ako ni Direk na, ‘Ano na, Camille? Chika nang chika kahit na magsisimula na?’"
PHOTO/S: PEP Spotlight / Marinella (ABS-CBN)
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