Former child stars Eliza Pineda and Kristel Fulgar took their fans on a trip down memory lane as they recalled their Maria Flordeluna days way back in 2007.
Kristel’s latest vlog entry shows the two of them bonding and, for added fun, reenacting one of their fight scenes in the teleserye.
The video shows Eliza and Kristel swimming in the pool and watching the scene on YouTube.
They proceed to reenact the scene, even giving each other pointers on how they could do it as closely as possible to how they acted it out when they were kids.
Eliza also posted the final TikTok video on her Instagram reels.
She only wrote, “Flor and Wilma 15 years later…”
In the series, Eliza played the title role (or Flor as her nickname) with Kristel as Wilma, her bitter rival.
The fight scene was about Wilma bullying Flor to do her Math assignment.
Flor resisted, “Bakit sa akin mo pinapagawa yung assignment mo? Wala ka bang sariling utak?”
Wilma retorted, “E, tinatamad ako, e.”
Flor then lectured Wilma about being lazy, repeating the words of her family’s loyal driver, Tay Tibor (Roldan Castro).
Offended, Wilma got back at Tibor, calling him “sampid.”
Enraged by Wilma's insult to the driver, Flor threw water at her and a hair-pulling catfight ensued.
Maria Flordeluna is the 2007 remake of the 1978 RPN-9 series Flordeluna, where Janice de Belen played the title role. Former actress Maritess Ardieta played Wilma.
ELIZA AND KRISTEL’S FRIENDSHIP
Eliza and Kristel, prior to Maria Flordeluna, were co-stars in ABS-CBN’s defunct kiddie gag show Goin’ Bulilit.
But it was not in the show that they first met, but on the set of the 2002 prime-time series Bituin.
Kristel played the young Carol Banawa, while Eliza was the young Desiree del Valle.
In Kristel's vlog, Eliza was revealed to be her “first-ever showbiz friend.”
Kristel shared this realization with Eliza as they bonded while watching the episodes of Maria Flordeluna on YouTube.
“Doon ko talaga na-realize noong time na yun na wala akong ibang artistang naiisip na fit doon sa role na yun kung hindi ikaw.
“Kasi parang yung role ni Maria Flordeluna, parang hindi masyadong nalalayo sa iyo mismo, e. Yung sobrang mabait, sobrang sweet.”
Eliza also praised Kristel's performance as Wilma.
She said, “Noong mapanood ko rin kagabi, 'tapos sabi ko, iba talaga yung pag-deliver mo ng lines. Maldita talaga!”
Kristel admitted even she felt outrage while watching her character on YouTube, remembering how fans of the show used to hate her during their mall shows.
Eliza also disclosed that her relationship with Kristel was completely different off-cam from that between Flor and Wilma on TV.
“Nakakatawa nga kasi di ba away-away tayo noon, pero behind the scenes, tabi kami matulog.”
Kristel added, “Sobrang close namin, grabe. Akala nila totoong magkaaway tayo pero kabaliktaran noon yung nangyari.”
Kristel then explained that their friendship actually started when they worked in Bituin.
Then, when they were cast in Goin’ Bulilit two years later in 2004, Kristel and Eliza did not have the same circle of friends because they did not share dressing rooms.
Even then, they remained friends.
But their closeness was ultimately restored when they already worked together again in Maria Flordeluna.
The two have remained close friends to this day.