Ina Raymundo eyes this Kapamilya actress as next Sabado Nights girl

by Nikko Tuazon
Jun 19, 2019
Ina Raymundo at the launch of San Miguel Beer's "Walang Iwanan" music videos at Whitespace Manila in Makati City last May 23, Thursday.
PHOTO/S: Nikko Tuazon

Ina Raymundo has reigned as the "Sabado Nights" girl for over two decades since she appeared in the famous San Miguel beer commercial in 1995.

She was 19 then and now at 43, the still sexy actress hopes to pass on the title to her own daughter, Erika Portunak.

Ina has been vocal about bequeathing the "Sabado Nights girl" tag to her 17-year-old daughter in her previous interviews with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal).

In an interview last May 23, Thursday, the actress said, "That’s my wish also, and she wants to also.

"Siyempre, pag nasa tamang edad na siya, I would love her to be the next 'Sabado Nights girl.'"

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Ina said that she never thought of herself as "the only Sabado Nights girl."

And should it happen another young girl would be named as the new Sabado Nights girl, Ina would be supportive of it.

She said, "I don’t really think of it that way na parang, ‘Kailangan sa akin lang yung title na Sabado Nights girl.’

"But yes, if ever na may next Sabado Nights girl, I wish it’s my daughter Erika. That would be so nice."

Asked if she can think of another celebrity to pass on the "Sabado Nights girl" tag, Ina named Julia Barretto without batting an eyelash.

She explained, "Bagay din sa kanya e. She’s a fun-loving girl. Kailangan fun-loving e."

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PEP.ph caught up with Ina at the launch of San Miguel Beer's Walang Iwanan music videos at Whitespace Manila in Makati City.

Ina expressed her gratitude to the beer brand for always having her on their important events.

"They've been so good to me and also I really believe in their core belief na 'Walang Iwanan.'

"Every time I'm part of their events, I feel na parang, 'Wow!' Feeling ko, I'm back in my prime age.

"Feeling ko talaga nababalik ako dun sa Sabado Nights na era, na sobrang fun, I feel good, I feel young, I feel energetic, and it just feels so happy.

"I'm just so happy na I'm part of this, 'Walang Iwanan.'"

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IS ERIKA JOINING SHOWBIZ?

Ina also opened up about her daughter's plans of joining the entertainment industry.

The Kapamilya actress said her daughter is still focused on finishing her high school studies before pursuing a showbiz career.

She narrated, "Meron na siyang plano, open siya pero siyempre yung pag-aaral niya ang priority niya kasi high school pa lang siya."

Ina later added, "May mga go-see na siya na pinapapunta, and she can sing also, e."

Apart from joining showbiz, Ina's daughter also voiced out her plans of joining a beauty pageant.

Ina said, "Siya yung may gusto, interesado din siya. Why not?

"I will not stop my daughter from doing what she wants to do."

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Ina, however, hopes that her daughter would learn how to manage her time first before entering the entertainment business.

She said, "Kailangan niya munang matutunan mag-juggle ng time niya para mapagsabay niya yung pag-aaral and yung demands ng showbiz.

"Kailangan pag nag-commit siya, she has to commit 100 percent.

"Hindi siya puwedeng yung male-late sa work.

"Hindi siya puwedeng mag-disobey kapag may kailangang gawin.

"She has to follow rules. That's one thing I always tell her, 'You got to learn to follow rules.'

"Because I noticed, yung mga kabataan ngayon, they have a problem following rules.

"Because nakikita nila sa social media, meron silang voice, meron silang, 'I got to do this!'

"But no, you have to follow rules because you have bosses. May mga boss ka na kailangan mong sundin.

"So pag nag-commit ka, you have to commit 100 percent. Hindi puwedeng less."

Asked what her husband, Brian Portunak, thinks about their daughter joining showbiz, she answered, "He’s very open-minded also, very cool."

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Ina Raymundo at the launch of San Miguel Beer's "Walang Iwanan" music videos at Whitespace Manila in Makati City last May 23, Thursday.
PHOTO/S: Nikko Tuazon
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