Angelica Panganiban explains why she turned down Asintado and chose a lighter project

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Angelica Panganiban and Zanjoe Marudo are paired for the first time in the ABS-CBN light drama series Playhouse. Angelica says about the project, "Ayoko sana ng mga location na warehouse kung saan yun ang ending. Yun lang naman ang mga request ko. Nagkataon, pinitch sa akin ito, parang nagkasundo naman kami. Parang wala namang talagang warehouse sa ending so tinanggap ko agad."


Angelica Panganiban admitted that she deliberately chose to take on a lighter project for television.

Before she became the lead actress of the new ABS-CBN series Playhouse, Angelica was announced to be part of Asintado, which was previously titled Victims of Love.

She was then replaced by Shaina Magdayao.

During the Q&A at the September 12 presscon of Playhouse at Dolphy Theater, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Angelica why she decided to do this instead of the other series.

She explained, "Siguro kasi, coming from Pangako Sa 'Yo na walang ginawa yung character ko kung hindi magalit kay Kathryn Bernardo at kay Daniel Padilla at kay Jodi Sta. Maria, parang siyempre, gusto kong project na susunod, e, ilihis naman natin ng konti.

"Mas magaan sana, siyempre. Ayoko sana ng mga location na warehouse kung saan yun ang ending. Yun lang naman ang mga request ko.

"Nagkataon, pinitch sa akin ito, parang nagkasundo naman kami. Parang wala namang talagang warehouse sa ending so tinanggap ko agad."

Angelica's previous projects where she played the lead were usually aired on prime-time.

Did she have any apprehensions when she learned that Playhouse will be aired on a daytime slot?

"Noong prinesent naman siya sa akin, doon siya nakapeg sa ganoong timeslot.

"Kaya naman ang bilis ng pag-yes ko dahil alam ko naman yung pinanggalingan ng ganoong timeslot—kung saan iikot talaga yung story niya, family-oriented talaga siya, yung mga nilalagay sa ganoong oras."

Angelica admitted she felt even more nervous when management considered putting Playhouse in the prime-time block.

She continued, "So noong nagkaroon ng ikutan somehow, e, parang hindi alam kung saan kami ilalagay kasi nga matagal na kaming ready, kinakabahan ako noong mga huli na parang ilalagay sa gabi o sa hapon.

"Pero di naman ako nagreact, hinintay ko lang din, alam naman ng management kung ano talagang dapat gawin.

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"Hinayaan lang naman namin sila at feeling ko naman e nauwi naman sa tama."

Playhouse is set to air on Monday, September 17, before It's Showtime on ABS-CBN's PrimeTanghali block.

FIRST TIME WITH ZANJOE MARUDO

In Playhouse, Angelica is paired with Zanjoe Marudo.

They play the married couple Patty and Marlon whose relationship is on the rocks.

Patty later decides to have their marriage annulled.

However, they are forced to stay together when they were assigned to take care of an orphaned child.

While they were able to work with each other in movies, this is the first time that Angelica and Zanjoe are paired for a TV project.

Angelica said about this, "Noong umpisa, mas matagal yung taping dahil mas inaalalayan kami ni Direk [Jeffrey Jeturian], mas ulit-ulit dahil pare-parehas namin silang kinilala, e.

"Kumbaga hindi lang naman ako yung bumuo, lahat kami, pati yung buong cast, nagtulungan kung paano tatayo yung character nito.

"Naging group effort, teamwork talaga yung pagbuo ng ganitong show, hindi lang sa characters naming dalawa, malaking tulong yung nagawa ng production, ng creative, pati yung storytelling ng script."

At present, Zanjoe said that they have already gotten over that stage.

"Nakaka-pressure kasi first time ko siya makakaeksena pero dahil nga close kami, magkaibigan na kami, naging kumportable na kami sa mga eksenang nagawa.

"Tapos tuloy-tuloy na tapos naging masyado na kaming kumportable na minsan, problema na rin namin yung sobrang pagiging komportable kasi mukha na kaming magkabarkada, magkapatid!"

Aside from Angelica and Zanjoe, Playhouse also features the love team of Kisses Delavin and Donny Pangilinan.

Playhouse is from the makers of the hit light daytime series Be Careful With My Heart.



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