Angelika dela Cruz can now be seen acting alongside Sunshine Dizon in the top-rating drama series Ika-6 Na Utos.
Her first appearance happened last June 14, wherein she plays the new character Geneva, Emma's (Sunshine) new rival.
Angelika, who makes her TV comeback after a year of absence, says her character is not yet the hardcore type of kontrabida.
She pointed out, "Sa ngayon, ano pa lang si Geneva, actually nakakatawa siya.
"Annoying siya na epal siya na nakakatawa siya. Ganun pa lang siya, hindi pa siya full-blown."
Actually, the 35-year-old actress also prefers to portray the character that way.
She reasoned out, "Annoying pa lang ako kasi siyempre hindi mo naman pwedeng sapawan.
"Kasi andun na yung characters nila, e. Kumbaga, established na yung character dito sa soap tapos papasok ka lang.
"Siyempre, ilulugar mo muna yung acting mo, hindi ka naman pwedeng humalimaw agad. Hindi mo pa time."
ANGELIKA VS. SUNSHINE. In the past, Angelika and Sunshine used to be onscreen rivals in some GMA-7's shows.
Two of these were in Umulan Man O Umaraw (2000), Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin (2001), and Mundo Mo'y Akin (2013) where they engaged in hair-pulling, face-slapping, intense confrontation scenes.
Ika-6 Na Utos is also known for its campy yet entertaining fight scenes, especially those between the characters of Sunshine (who is cast as Emma) and Ryza Cenon (who is cast as Georgia).
While Angelika said that their scenes were "hindi pa kagaya noong mga ginagawa namin sa nakaraan", both of them are already preparing for an intense scene that will be aired soon.
She said with a smile, "Meron na nga kaming eksena, nakakatawa noong binabasa ko yung script! Tawa ako ng tawa.
"Ixe-xerox niya yung mukha ko tapos nakalagay dun, 'habang phinophotocopy ang mukha ni Geneva, galit na galit ang [itsura]. Sabi ko, 'Paanong gagawin ko doon?' Dun ako natawa!
"Hindi pa nakukunan pero habang binabasa ko, tawa ako ng tawa.
"Tapos kinukwento ko kay Shine, tawa kami ng tawa, sabi ko, di ba ang pangit?! Nakaganun yung fez ko habang phinophotocopy ko yung mukha mo!"
Angelika then realized that these entertaining confrontation scenes could be the reason why the show is performing very well in its timeslot.
Laughing, she continued, "Tapos sabi ko, alam ko na! Ang jologs ng Ika-6 na Utos kaya ang daming nakakarelate! Kasi pag binabasa mo, tawa kami ng tawa!
"Tapos may eksena sila na parang meron silang away, sila ni Georgia.
"Sabi niya, 'Mars, manuod ka, nakakaloka yung mga ano namin dito.'
"So nanunuod ako. E, nandun rin yung asawa ko noon, e. Dumalaw din siya. At saka si daddy ko, tapos nanunuod kami, naloka kami.
"Sabi ko, nakakaloka yung fight scene! Ano talaga ito, action?! Ay, taray!"
It was also a good thing for Angelika that she was able to do these things with Sunshine in their past shows.
She recalled, "Sanay naman na kami doon. Kahit noong Mundo Mo'y Akin, di ba? Meron pa nga dun, ibabarbecue niya dapat yung mukha ko, e!"
SHOWBIZ HIATUS. Angelika said in the past that she preferred not to accept any projects yet this year to focus on taking care of her baby O2.
However, when Sunshine gave her a call to do the Geneva role in Ika-6 Na Utos, combined with the convincing powers of her manager Perry P. Lansigan, Angelika accepted the offer.
She appreciates that Ika-6 Na Utos has a lighter set and schedule.
She gushed, "Masayang masaya yung set, aga natatapos. Hindi ka pa haggard tapos na!
"Yung unang araw ko, mga 9 p.m. [na-pack-up], yung pangalawa, 7 p.m! Pero ang daming eksena!"
The actress, who is also a barangay captain in Marikina, said that her contract for the show is until August 2017.
However, there are rumors that Ika-6 Na Utos might be extended until December.
Will she still continue to work on the show if it is extended?
She answered, "Nagtrabaho na ako, e, di go na! Magpapakipot pa ba ako?!"