PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) patiently waited for KC Concepcion to finish the press conference of Sony Cybershot's "Armed and Fabulous with my Cybershot" party held last night, September 19, at Rockwell Tent in Makati City.
We wanted to personally ask her about her father, Gabby Concepcion, who is currently facing a P22-million civil case filed by his talent manager Rose Flaminiano. (Click here to read related article.)
The daughter of Gabby and Megastar Sharon Cuneta admitted that she had been warned by her father about the issue before it came out in public.
"[We talked] briefly, before pa lumabas 'yong gulo," KC told PEP. "Parang nakausap na rin niya ako about that, para lang ma-warn ako."
With the present situation of her dad, KC couldn't do anything else but pray for him. "Well, siguro I'm just really praying for him. And sana kahit papaano... Ano naman ako, e, advocate of peace," she said.
The 23-year-old United Nations Ambassador said that since she's an advocate of peace, it should start with her family. "Ambassador of Peace ako, so kahit papaano gusto ko peace lahat. Ayaw ko naman na 'yong mga missions ko with the UN, peacemaking process, 'tapos sa pamilya ko nagkakagulo, di ba?"
For her dad, she reiterated, "Pagpe-pray ko siya na maayos ang lahat and the truth will set him free naman."
SECOND MOVIE WITH RICHARD. On a lighter note, KC talked about the successful premieres of Star Cinema's For the First Time in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
"The premieres in Los Angeles and San Francisco were exciting and fulfilling, ang daming taong dumating. Alam namin na nag-enjoy sila sa mga nakita nila dahil naririnig namin silang rume-react nang maganda."
In an interview with KC's leading man Richard Gutierrez, last Sunday, September 14, at the opening of Flawless Moments in Greenhills, San Juan, he expressed his disappointment because he was not able to accompany KC in the said premiere nights. (Click here to read related article.)
"Siyempre nakakalungkot na wala si Richard doon. Pero sasamahan niya ako sa Vienna, Austria, next week to visit 'yong mga kababayan natin doon," assured KC.
She added, "There's a lot in store for us in Vienna, Austria, I'm sure. Hindi ko pa nakikita ang mga kababayan natin doon; siya [Richard] rin, first international premiere din po niya 'yon kaya excited po kaming makita silang lahat. Nakakatuwa at nakakataba rin po ng puso na ngayon nadadala na natin 'yong mga pelikula natin sa ibang bansa."
What does KC looks forward to on her trip to Vienna, Austria?
"I'm looking forward to sharing our movie with mga kababayan natin doon at makita kung papaano ba sila mabuhay doon, ano ba 'yong Vienna, ano ba 'yong hitsura niya. At the same time, makikita nila kung ano ang hitsura ng Santorini, Greece [where For The First Time was partly shot].
"At siyempre, maipagmalaki naman sa kanila na meron tayong pelikulang ganito na for the first time nagkatrabaho ang taga-GMA-7 at isang taga-ABS-CBN at under the direction of Direk Joyce Bernal, na first time din naming makatrabaho."
For their second movie together, this time with GMA Films, KC said that people could expect the same kilig that they experienced watching For the First Time.
"Sana kiligin pa rin po sila," KC said. "Siguro mas may konting aksiyon pa, pero siyempre hindi mawawala ang pagmamahalan na nakita between Seth [Richard] and Pia [KC].
"Siyempre, GMA Films naman siya, it's an ex-deal. So it's something different naman—iba ang director, ibang istorya, at sa ibang film company din. Kaya siguradong the things na nagustuhan nila sa For The First Time, makikita pa rin nila. But hopefully ma-accept nila ang mga bago pang darating din."
Lastly, when PEP asked her if she feels any pressure to reach the same success that For the First Time had, KC laughed and said, "Kayo naman! Before lumabas 'yong For the First Time, tinatanong ninyo kung na-pressure ako. Ngayon naman na lumabas na, kung nape-pressure pa rin ako."
Then, seriously she added, "I think it's healthy na ma-pressure with every project, kasi ibig sabihin, you'll do better than kampante lang, di ba? So, maganda 'yong may pressure. I would rather na may pressure kesa wala."
KC's movie with Richard in GMA Films is slated to be shown on February 2009.