Like most mothers, actress Angelika dela Cruz relishes the responsibility that comes with child rearing.
Angelika gave birth to her first baby last March 20 via caesarian section at the UERM Hospital in Manila.
At the press conference of GMA-7's afternoon drama series Kaya Kong Abutin Ang Langit held recently at the GMA Network Center in Quezon City, Angelika engagingly shared with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) how her son, Gabriel Casareo, would throw tantrums during long trips when not beside his mother.
"Naku, feel na feel ko 'yon!" Angelika excitedly confessed. "I feel needed."
Motherhood brought about drastic changes in Angelika's routine. A self-confessed hands-on mom who opted not to hire a nanny to assist her, the mestiza actress now consciously revolves her schedule around her son.
"Hindi na puwede yong anytime na gusto mong umalis, aalis ka," she told PEP. "Siyempre may uunahin ka na... Nagmamadali ka nang umuwi at mahirap umalis ng bahay kasi you want to spend more time with your kid, lahat ng possible moments with him."
REVIVING GINA ALAJAR'S ROLE. In Kaya Kong Abutin Ang Langit, Angelika reprises the role of veteran actress Gina Alajar who portrayed the character of Nancy Rosales—the sister of lead star Maricel Soriano's character, Clarissa.
Iza Calzado takes on the role of Clarissa in the television remake of the 1984 Maryo J. delos Reyes film.
While portraying a past Gina Alajar role could be daunting because of the possible comparisons, Angelika—a veteran of the movie-to-television remake trend—simply shrugged off popular impression that she's pressured to deliver and live up to her predecessor's previous success.
"Never akong na-pressure na pantayan," smiled Angelika, who admitted watching Gina's classic portrayal in preparation for the project.
She explained: "Wala namang pressure na pantayan kasi hindi mo naman talaga mapapantayan. Kumbaga bawat tao iba-iba naman ang paraan ng pag-arte and atake. Hindi ka naman puwedeng gumaya pero puwede kang gumawa ng sarili mong interpretation."
Did she seek the advice of Gina (whom Angelika referred to during the interview as "Ninang") when she accepted the series?
"Hindi," she replied, adding with a laugh, "aligaga kasi siya ngayon sa Celebrity Duets."