Francis Magalona grants "Showbiz Central" his first interview after being diagnosed with leukemia

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"Papa, I want you to know na kahit na maturerole na ‘to, I'm still your baby girl, I'm still daddy's girl, always, always daddy'sgirl. I love you so much! Thank you, thank you. I wouldn't be where I am rightnow if it wasn't for you and mama. I love you," says Maxene Magalona (inset) to her father Francis Magalona, who granted Showbiz Central his first interview after being diagnosed with leukemia.



Live na nag-guest si Maxene Magalona sa Showbiz Centralkahapon, August 31, para i-promote ang kanyang afternoon series na Una KangNaging Akin ng GMA-7. Samantalang ang kanyang ama naman na si Francis Magalona aynakausap via phone patch ni Pia Guanio. Iyon ang kauna-unahang pagkakataon nanagpa-interview si Francis matapos lumabas ang balitang may sakit siyangleukemia.

Pero bago kinausap ni Pia si Francis ay tinanong muna ngShowbiz Central host si Maxene tungkol sa bago nitong Sine Novela, ang Una KangNaging Akin na magsisimula nang mapanood mamayang hapon, September 1. Halos lahat daw siguro ng makakapanood ng naturang afternoon soap ay magugulatsa pagiging mature ni Maxene sa kanyang role, na sinang-ayunan naman ng youngactress.

"Yes!" bulalas niya. "Talagang magugulat sila kasi ibang-ibana Maxene ang makikita nila rito. O, di ba? Aside sa kissing scene, meronding love scenes. Kasi nga, mature na ang role ko rito which was played bySharon Cuneta sa original. So, may kissing scene and this is the first time natotoong kissing scene. Dati kasi, puro daya lang. Alam n'yo na, I have to takeit to the next level, yung kissing scene and yung love scene. But not namanexaggerated, just to imply na, you know, we're gonna have a baby."

Kapareha ni Maxene dito si Wendell Ramos, na siya namanggaganap sa dating role ni Gabby Concepcion sa pelikula.

Ano naman ang naging reaction ng kanyang mga magulang nasina Francis Magalona at Pia Arroyo sa first mature role ni Maxene?

"Actually, noong dati, ako talaga yung may ayaw pa," sabi ngyoung actress. "Ako talaga ang very conservative. Pero sila, kahit ano'ng gustoko, supportive sila. Pero right now, sa tinanggap kong role sa show na ito, Ithink maiintindihan nila kasi in all my years in show business, heto, ngayon palang ako gumagawa ng mature na roles.

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"So my dad and my mom," patuloy niya, "they are veryunderstanding and they are very supportive. In everything that I do, my dad andmy mom are like, go, go, go!"

FRANCIS ON THE PHONE. Sa puntong ito ay kinausap na ni Pia si Francis, na for thefirst time ay nagpaunlak ng interview via phone patch sa Showbiz Central kahitnasa hospital pa siya, para alamin ang saloobin nito tungkol sa pagtanggap nganak sa mas mature na role.

Dahil magkasama sina Pia at Francis sa Eat Bulaga!, hindimaiwasan na ang bungad kaagad ni Pia ay kumustahin ang lagay ni Francis at sabihin nanamimi-miss na nila ito.

Contrary sa iniisip marahil ng marami na tila may sakitang boses nito, very lively at masaya pa rin na nakipag-usap si Kiko kay Pia. Sabi ni Francis, "Hey Pia, I miss you and all of the Dabarkads inEat Bulaga! And, of course, before anything else, I'd like to say that I'm veryproud of Maxene with her new role here [Una Kang Naging Akin] and, of course, her new TV show. Me andher mom will support for her for this nice, nice project."

Tinanong ni Pia si Francis kung totoong truly accepted ba sakanilang dalawa ni Pia ang bagong role ni Maxene.

"When I saw the trailer a couple of days ago, actually,kinilig na ako, e," sagot ni Francis. "Siyempre, it's inevitable na Maxene willbe doing this kind of roles. She's turning 22 on November and it's just rightthat she graduates into this kind of role.

"And, you know, people might think that mature roles arejust relegated to showing some skin... Mature roles means that she can attack therole, play an older woman and not the usual teenage roles that she usuallyplays. So, I'm very proud of her. And I'm also happy that she chose to do herkissing scene with a very good actor, Wendell, who is a good friend of mine andI respect him very much."

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FRANCIS SAYS THANK YOU. Tinanong din ni Pia si Francis kung may mensahe ba siyanggustong iparating sa mga supporters and fans niya.

"Before anything else, I would like to thank all the peoplewho have prayed for me and supported me and showed their efforts in more waysthan one. Senator Richard Gordon, he's the one who is really taking care of mefor the Red Cross. Of course, there's Tita Rosa Rosal and Toni Rose [Gayda]who's always there. And of course, my sister Maricar who is feeding me andgiving me the nourishment. There are too many people... And, of course, the last but notthe least, the Eat Bulaga! Dabarkads family. TVJ [Tito, Vic, & Joey], Mr.Tony Tuviera.

"All of you, I know that you're always there behind me. Mystrength is taken from knowing that you are all rallying and making me strongerwhen you have faith that I'll be able to live through this. And, of course,last but not the least, to my family who has been always there, my pillar ofstrength. My brothers and sisters who call me up from the States.

"Of course, Pia and my children, Una, Maxene, Frank, Nicolo,Elmo, and all the children...they're too many!" natawa niyang sabi. "And Max,who's always there. Of course, when I watch Eat Bulaga! every day, it brings asmile to my face. You know, it's like a smile a day keeps the pain away."

Habang nakikinig sa kanyang ama ay hindi naman mapigilangtumulo ang luha ni Maxene.

Ayon kay Pia, miss na miss na nga raw nila si Francis sa EatBulaga! at inuulit-ulit na nga lang nila ang mga antics nito para ang datingay nandoon pa rin siya.

Sabi ni Francis, "I hope to be back soon and once again, Iwould like to congratulate Maxene and also, the GMA family, thank you verymuch. Of course, Direk Joel Lamangan for bringing out the best in mydaughter. Dati, hindi umiiyak ‘yan. Ngayon, marunong nang umiyak ‘yan..."

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Sumingit naman si Maxene at sinabing, "Dahil sa ‘yo, Papa,naiiyak ako, ang sweet mo kasi."

DADDY'S GIRL. Pagkatapos i-promote ni Francis ang palabas ng anak aynagsalita ulit si Maxene. Aniya, "Papa, I want you to know na kahit na maturerole na ‘to, I'm still your baby girl, I'm still daddy's girl, always, always daddy'sgirl. I love you so much! Thank you, thank you. I wouldn't be where I am rightnow if it wasn't for you and mama. I love you."

Sagot naman ni Francis, "This is a good match, Max, becauseyour mature role is matching with my immature fatherhood, okay? You take care,I love you, dear."

Pia told Maxene that illness in the family is always adowner. But as she can see it, there's a positive side on it, too.

"Yeah, I chose to say that this is a positive thing, too,"pagsang-ayon ni Maxene. "The family is closer to each other. Mom and dad are...attachna nga raw si Papa sa kanya. Sorry, I said it again. It's very good. It'sblessing in disguise because everything is going great. The first step talagain this kind of situation is to have a positive attitude."


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