Currently making a name for herself in the comedy scene with the gag show Banana Split, Angelica Panganiban is set to go back to romantic drama as she topbills the Pinoy version of the hit Mexican telenovela Rubi.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was able to talk to the actress during the Star Magic Ball held at Shangri-La Makati.
"Sa Pilipinas, sa kultura natin, sobrang lapit sa family, di ba? So dun iikot yung kwento ng Rubi sa umpisa," said Angelica. She revealed that she watched the original version of the Mexicanovela, and is is now busy taping for this new teleserye of ABS-CBN.
Is she pressured to portray the lead character in this very sensual project?
"Yun yung sinabi ko sa kanila na baka hindi ko ma-meet yung expectations na hahanapin nila sa 'kin kasi hindi ako sanay sa ganun. Gusto ko naggo-grow and nagbi-build yung character ko sa 'kin. So yun, nung nalaman nila yun, natuwa sila sa 'kin kasi yun din ang gusto nilang mangyari. Magkaroon ng pagkakaiba yung Rubi from Mexico and yung Rubi ng Pilipinas."
In Rubi, Angelica will be paired with Diether Ocampo.
2010 FIFA WORLD CUP WITH DEREK. Because of their busy schedules, Angelica and her boyfriend Derek Ramsay hardly have any time for each other, but they make it a point to spend quality time whenever they have the chance. To make up for lost time, they go on trips abroad.
"We're planning a trip next month to either the Maldives or Fiji," declared Derek. "I told it to her that I like Fiji. It's a beautiful place. Siya naman nag-mention sa 'kin sa Maldives. So we're picking pa lang which one to go. Dapat nga pupunta kaming Europe at the end of September. It would be my chance to show her England."
But their biggest goal is to attend next year's FIFA World Cup in South Africa. This event is organized by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (French for International Federation of Association Football).
"Every four years lang yun so we have to wait for another four years. We cannot afford to miss this," stressed Derek.
He also reveals that he is a very spontaneous guy when it comes to traveling.
"I'm not even planning. I'm just planning to get there and bahala na when I get there. You know, no hotel rooms reserved. No nothing."
The Kapamilya actor says he's very lucky to have the girlfriend who understands his love for football.
"Hindi naman maarte 'to, e. Yung ano lang, baka hindi niya maintindihan yung passion ko for the game. Kasi ako talagang umiiyak, sumisigaw, nagagalit, naghuhubad. Talagang I'm a very passionate football player and a football fanatic."
In fact, Angelica has seen how Derek can be carried away when he watches a football game.
"Napanood ko 'yan dati nung manood kami ng game, meron talaga siyang flag ng England. Tapos nung matalo, umiiyak siya, umiiyak na rin ako. Kasi hindi ko alam kung paano siya iko-comfort, naiiyak na lang din ako."
With reports from Marie Ruth Berma