Matagal nang pinag-uusapan ang pinakabagong primetime seriesng ABS-CBN, ang Kahit Isang Saglit.Kagabi, September 4, sa 13th Floor ng ELJ Building sa ABS-CBN, naganapang press conference ng naturang teleserye na pinagbibidahan nina JerichoRosales at ng Malaysian actress na si Carmen Soo.
Bagay kay Carmen ang title na "Malaysia's Brightest Star"dahil mukhang napaka-approachable at palangiti niya. Hindi lang kami sigurado kung dito na lang sa Pilipinas ibinigay saactress o sa Malaysia pa lamang ang naturang titulo.
Ayon kay Carmen, masaya siya dahil animo'y nalilibot niya ang mga magagandang tanawin dito sa Pilipinas dahil karamihan sa kanila ay location ng kanilang shoot. Isangmagandang experience din daw para sa kanya ang makatrabaho ang mgaFilipino actors.
"First of all, I think, everyone went to Malaysia...It's kindof adjusting working here and the shoot of Malaysia is different, like the kindof hours, of course, the style and what they like to see in the teleserye andscript itself. It's a whole big adjustment and I think, it's an amazingexperience. It's a learning experience for me and every single actor hassomething different to offer, and it's just an honor to be able to work with allof them," nakangiting pahayag ni Carmen.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Carmen if she will consider to continue working inthe Philippines as an actress after Kahit Isang Saglit.
"Well, I have been asked before and, maybe, if another goodproject comes along. But unfortunately, I don't speak Tagalog just yet, so Ihave to stick to English for now," saad niya.
Ang maganda kay Carmen ay nakakaintindi atnakapagsasalita siya ng English fluently. Kaya kahit paano ay hindi siyanahihirapan makipag-communicate sa mga naging katrabaho niyang mga Pinoy.
JERICHO'S SUPERSTAR STATUS IN MALAYSIA. During the press conference, pinatunayan ng ibang co-starsnila sa Kahit Isang Saglit, tulad ni Albert Martinez, ang superstar status niJericho sa Malaysia. Ipinalabas din kasi doon ang ilang mga teleserye ng youngactor, gaya ng Pangako Sa ‘Yo. Dahil daw sa status na yun ni Echo, hindi rawsila nahirapan sa kahit anong check point ‘tulad halimbawa sa airport.
Tinanong namin si Carmen kung kilala na niya si Jericho bagopa sila nagkatrabaho ni Jericho.
"Well, I don't watch too much TV, unfortunately," sagotniya. "But I heard about Pangako Sa ‘Yo and his name, but that was all I knowabout him. That he's big and he also did a Malay movie in Malaysia. So before Icame here for the first press conference in April, I Googled him and found outmore about him because I'm gonna work with him."
Ang nakita raw niya tungkol kay Echo when she searched hisname ay yung mga achievements nito, projects, his singing career "andlots of pictures."
So, how does she find Jericho?
"Oh, he's great!" bulalas niya. "I've met him on the day ofthe press conference, just two hours before the press conference. And he'swarm, he's nice, and I know that he's a big star. And I just realized how bigstar he is until I came here. I knew he's big, but maybe not that big... But wow,in awe! He's really nice, very warm, and very open to be working together andnot like, ‘Okay, I'll do my thing and you do your thing.' But you know, it'slike, ‘Let's work together.'"
Hindi naman itinanggi ni Carmen that she finds Jerichoattractive. "Of course", sabi niya. "He's a very good-looking man and nobody can denythat."
FALLING FOR ECHO. At present, wala raw love life o boyfriend na naiwan siCarmen sa Malaysia. Pero natawa ito when asked if it's possible for her to fallfor Echo.
"I don't think that relationship is my priority right now,so, no!" natatawa niyang sabi. "But what I like most with Jericho is the factthat he has a very positive vibes around him, even though he's been goingthrough a lot with his personal life.
"Actually, as I've said before, I didn't realize that he wasgoing through that [breakup with Heart Evangelista] until probably more than amonth after it happened. And I knew that he was upset about something, but Ididn't know for what. But he always has a positive vibes and even till todaywhen he is very tired, overworked, he still wants to be happy about things andreally looking forward for every day. And I think, I learned that from him."
Hindi naman lingid sa karamihan na isa ang pangalan niCarmen sa mga babaeng lumabas na diumano'y naging reason ng breakup noon ninaJericho at Heart.
"Well, I don't have no idea. I don't know the actual timingit was happening, so I don't know what's going on. So I just knew after...Ithink, it just so happened that we were shooting when it happened. But I think,it could be any girl or actress and it's just so easy to point me," pahayag niCarmen.
Nagalit ba siya when she first heard about the issue?
"I'm kind of mad because nobody likes to be tagged asboyfriend stealer. They know. He knows. So okay..."
Hindi pa raw sila nagkakaroon ng chance na lumabas omag-date man lamang ni Jericho while she's here in the Philippines. At nang tanungin siya kung bakti hindi pa, itinuro nalang niya si Echo. Kung nanood mandaw siya ng sine o namasyal o nag-shopping, mostly ang mga producer niya saMalaysia ang kasama niya.
May nagsabi tuloy na baka natatakot siyang lumabas with Jericho dito sa bansa dahil sa pagkakadawit niya sa breakupnina Heart at Echo.Tumawa muna si Carmen bago sumagot. Aniya, "Actually,coming here in the Philippines is a bit of a culture shock for me becauseeveryone is so involved in the entertainment industry, unlike in Malaysia thateveryone can...you know, he can walk around. People can recognize him but he cando things alone. So, it's still a culture shock for me. But most of the time, he'sbusy doing a lot of things, that's why."