Sexy actress Diana Zubiri appeared yesterday, August 1, on Showbiz Central's "Behind The Wall" segment to shed light on her one-year-and-a-half absence from showbiz. Diana revealed that she is back in college, taking up Theater Arts.
"Gusto ko magsimula na lang ulit ako sa umpisa. Balak ko talaga siyang tapusin," she told host Pia Guanio about her schooling. Diana is on her freshman year again, since her past subjects taken up nine years ago were not credited by her current school.
Determined to finish her formal education, she said, "Apat na taon, parang mabilis lang naman yun."
Her last soap with the Kapuso network was Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan?, with Marvin Agustin and Camille Prats. Diana was also a mainstay in the longest-running gag show today, Bubble Gang.
But the actress said she is ready to come back to showbiz. "Basta dahan-dahan lang. Alam ko sa sarili ko na matagal na akong handa, basta dahan-dahan lang."
She also thanked GMA, her former network, for still believing in her as an actress. "Kaya nandito ako ulit ngayon kasi sila pa rin ang nagbibigay ng chance sa akin palagi. Matagal na nila akong tinatawagan pero hinintay nila akong maging ready," she said, laughing. "So, ngayon, ready na ako."
DOS AND DON'TS. As a regular student, Diana adheres to a few rules set by the school's administration regarding her showbiz appearances.
When asked by close friend and segment guest Camille Prats what she would be willing to give—academics or showbiz—Diana replied: "Di ba, nawala naman ako for one year and six months yata, so parang naiwan ko na [ang showbiz]. And yung school, open naman sila and sinusuportahan nila ako if ever man na planuhin ko ulit bumalik. Pero dapat siyempre ang priority ko, yung pag-aaral. Nung nakausap ko sila tungkol dito sa first guesting ko, pumayag naman sila. So, I don't think magkakaroon ako ng problema kung babalik ako ulit, or magkakaron tayo ng show ulit."
She added that although she does not have to inform the school about her every move, she has to let them know about shows and guestings for the time being.
"Baka magulat na lang ako bukas mapatawag na ako sa Dean!" she said with a laugh. "Siyempre, sa umpisa, kailangan ko muna sabihin sa kanila. Tapos kinausap nila ako kung ano yung mga bawal."
FHM GIRL. Diana's other close friend, Francine Prieto, also appeared on the show as a segment guest. She asked Diana: "Malaki ang naging role ng FHM sa buhay mo. Willing ka pa bang mag-pose ulit for FHM?"
"Ang tanong, kukunin pa ba nila ako?" Diana quipped. "Ayokong magsalita kasi ng tapos. Sa ngayon, yun yung number one kasi na bawal [sa school]. Pero siyempre, parang baby ako ng FHM. Sa kanila ako nagsimula."
Diana said that FHM recently invited her to grace its anniversary show. She also thanked the magazine for considering her to be a part of it despite her long absence from the industry.
"Sa ngayon hindi na lang muna," she finally answered Francine. "Tatapusin ko muna 'tong school."
Diana's debut as FHM cover girl in 2002, where she posed on the EDSA-Shaw flyover in Mandaluyong wearing a two-piece bikini, became a major controversy, making Diana a household name.