After months of being away from the spotlight, Angel Locsin will be seen once again on primetime television in the upcoming ABS-CBN show, Lobo. Starting January 28, she will star in this action-romance TV series along with matinee idol Piolo Pascual.
In the grand press conference of Lobo held earlier today, January 23, at the ABS-CBN compound, a calm and collected Angel faced the press to answer questions about her rift with Mother Lily Monteverde and the comparisons being made between her and Marian Rivera.
Now that Angel will again be visible in a television series, is she prepared for the controversies that will be hurled at her by her staunch critics? "Hindi ko alam kung may bago na namang mabubuksan na kontrobersya pero handa po akong harapin kung ano man ang ibato nila sa akin," said Angel with confidence.
One of the controversies involving Angel is the unresolved issue about her contract signing with Star Cinema even though her contract with Regal Films is not yet finished. It will be recalled that the matriarch of Regal became emotional when talking about Angel's decision to transfer to Star Cinema. Has Angel talked Mother Lily regarding the contract dispute?
"Actually, gusto kong makipag-usap kay Mother talaga, pero hindi ba may problema pa ang kontrata namin at ang nag-aasikaso ang Star Cinema? Napagsabihan na po ako na ‘wag munang makipag-usap kahit na gustong gusto ko naman pong kausapin siya talaga. Kasi ang laki ng utang na loob ko kay Mother and wala namang ipinakitang masama si Mother sa akin talaga. Hindi ko lang alam kung saan ko ilulugar ang sarili ko talaga," said a confused Angel.
She pointed out that there won't be any cases filed and that they are resolving matters outside the courts.
Was she hurt by Mother's Lily's statement that the Richard Gutierrez-Marian Rivera loveteam is better than the Richard-Angel team-up?
"Alam n'yo naman si Mother, ganun lang po yun pero love ko yun. Hanggang ngayon naman, mahal pa rin ako ni Mother. Hindi ko pa makausap kasi nga nasa gitna ako. ‘Pag nakausap ko naman siya, bibigay talaga ako kasi may pinagsamahan naman kami," she explained.
Angel also added that she was not offended by Mother Lily's observation that Richard and Marian are more compatible because he is "guwapo" while she is "guwapa" and they are both fair-skinned. "Masaya naman ako sa kulay ko, morena," said Angel.
ON MARIAN RIVERA. After leaving GMA-7, Angel has been constantly compared with Marian Rivera who took over the role of Marimar in the phenomenal soap opera. The role was first offered to Angel before she moved to ABS-CBN.
In response to this issue, Angel would like to ask people to stop comparing her to Marian because they have totally different personalities. "Ang weird lang na kinu-compare ka sa isang tao na wala namang issue sa inyo talaga. Nagkataon lang na siya si Marimar at ako lumipat dito [sa ABS-CBN].
"Yung nangyari kay Marimar...kay Marian...may nabasa akong interview niya sa YES! magazine. Na-offer sa kanya yung Darna, pero nahihiya raw siyang tanggapin kasi natatakot po siyang ma-compare sa akin ulit. Nahihiya ako sa kanya kasi alam ko yung feeling... Nagsisimula ka, may pangalan ka, then iko-compare ka isang artista na ayaw mo namang makipagkumpitensiya.
"Sana ‘wag na lang kaming i-compare kasi magkaiba po kami ni Marian. Maganda si Marian, magaling po siya. Maputi siya, maitim po ako. Ginagawa ko lang po ang trabaho ko.
"Nahihiya po akong i-compare kasi parang pinag-aaway kami. Baka mamaya 'pag nagkita po kami, hindi ko alam kung ano'ng mangyayari. Magpapansinan ba kami?"
Later on, Angel elaborated on her statement: "Sinabi niya [Marian] kasi sa YES! magazine, ‘iko-compare na naman ako kay Angel Locsin.' Although wala naman siyang sinabing masama. Ang hirap kasi pag kino-compare kay Marian, bawat kilos, kinukumpara. Hindi healthy, e."
In the January 2008 issue of YES! Marian stated that of the three soaps to be done by GMA-7 in the future—Rosalinda, Darna and Dyesebel—she would rather have the role of the half-fish, half-human character. According to Marian, "Sa Darna naman, ang worry ko lang, i-compare na naman kay Angel [Locsin, the last star to appear as Darna]."