Eugene Domingo recalls how she made peace with Mother Lily

Eugene Domingo (middle) with Regal Films' top bosses, Mother Lily Monteverde (left) and Roselle Monteverde-Teo (right). The latter had previously said that Eugene's upcoming film, Mamarazzi, is a "good vehicle for Regal's golden anniversary celebration."


A simple apology paved the way for Mamarazzi, the upcoming movie of Eugene Domingounder Regal Films.

In October 2008, Eugene Domingo had a falling out with Mother Lily Monteverde, the matriarch of the 50-year-old film outfit. As a result, the comedienne was pulled out from two films—Shake, Rattle and Roll X and Desperadas 2. (CLICK HERE to read related article.)

But it's all water under the bridge now since the actress made the first move to patch things up with the film executive in September 2009. The reconciliation was inevitable for Uge (Eugene's nickname) who credits Regal for her very first appearance on the big screen.

"Theater student ako noon sa UP Diliman at may nagtanong sa akin kung gusto kong mag-extra sa pelikulang Emma Salazar Case noong 1991. Ang bayad yata sa akin noon 200 pesos, na hanggang ngayon, hindi pa nababayaran... Joke lang!

"Ang huli kong pelikula naman ay ang Bahay Kubo with the Diamond Star Maricel Soriano kung saan nanalo pa akong Best Supporting Actress sa Metro Manila Filmfest," related Uge in her solo press conference held last night, July 26.

This 2010, Uge is set to topbill Mamarazzi, the movie that will launch the golden anniversary celebration of Regal.

"Kung hindi ako humingi ng pasensiya [kay Mother Lily], hindi mangyayari itong Mamarazzi, at hindi ako mabibigyan ng ganitong kalaking chance to be a part of the 50th anniversary [of Regal]. From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank Mother Lily for making me a part of this big celebration.

"Konti na lang naman ang gumagawa ng pelikula at historical ito na tumagal ang isang film outfit ng 50 years! Parang LVN o Sampaguita Pictures. Sana tumagal pa ang Regal Films for another 50 years," she said.

Mamarazzi will open in cinemas starting August 25. It's directed by Joel Lamangan, and also stars Diether Ocampo, John "Sweet" Lapus, Andi Eigenmann, Xian Lim, Carl Guevara, AJ Perez, JC Tiuseco, and Ahron Villaflor.

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MISCOMMUNICATION RESOLVED. For the longest time, Mother and Uge never detailed the cause of their rift. But during the presscon, the comedienne opened up a bit, and said it was due to "miscommunication."

"There was a miscommunication, hindi na natin dedetalyehin," Uge said. "Maraming mga hindi pagkakaintindihan at naghintay ako ng tamang panahon, of course. Hindi naman gano'n kalakas ang loob ko para tawagan agad si Mother at sabihin na Mother ganito, ganito... Siyempre, tatahimik ka, titingnan mo ang sitwasyon, ganyan.

"One day sa isang presscon, Manay Ethel [Ramos, columnist-talent manager] talked to me. Sabi nya, 'Alam mo, si Mother Lily, makikinig 'yan sa 'yo, mabait 'yan. Kahit saan mo tingnang anggulo, mas nakakatanda siya sa 'yo at mas matagal siya sa 'yo dito. Bakit hindi ka magpadala sa kanya ng bulaklak? Batiin mo siya, sabihin mo kung anong nararamdaman mo, napakadali lang naman no'n. Ikaw ang unang kumilos, sa 'yo ang unang hakbang.'"

After pondering this piece of advice, she set off her plan to personally apologize to Mother.

"Of course, hindi ko naman ginawa yun kinabukasan. Ginawa ko ang lahat nung naramdaman ko na ng totoo at na-realize ko, oo nga naman, I have caused some delays."

And she's very grateful that Mother Lily aceepted her apology.

"Hindi na natin iisipin kung anong pinagsimulan, kung saan galing, sino ang mas may tama, sino ang mali. Hindi, ako dapat. Ako ang bago, ako ang mas nangangailangan, hindi si Mother. Ako ang mas higit na kulang pa sa kaalaman sa negosyong ito, ako dapat ang una. Ako dapat ang nagbibigay ng respeto...

"Kung hindi man nangyari yung launching na binabalak ni Mother dati... I think Mamarazzi is the right project at the right time because Mother Lily was motherly enough to accept my apologies if there were some delays that I have caused.

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"Mother, sana sa 50th anniversary na ito, itong binigay mo sa 'king pagtitiwala, pagkakataon, ang iyong pagpapasensya sa akin, sana maibalik ko sa 'yo, sana mapaligaya kita."

Uge also took the opportunity to thank the person who encouraged her to approach the lady boss of Regal.

"Masasabi ko na ang artista nagtatagumpay hindi lang dahil sa magaling siya kundi dahil marunong siyang makisama, marunong siyang rumispeto sa nauna sa kanya at higit sa lahat, marunong siyang magpasalamat, at marunong siyang makinig. So thank you, Manay Ethel, for that beautiful advice. It really helped me para mabuo ang pagkatao ko."

When asked about the leasson she learned from the entire experience, she replied "respeto."

Uge continued, "Kahit saang anggulo mo tingnan, ang respeto sa mas may edad, sa mas nakakaalam at sa mas ahead sa 'yo, dapat mong i-consider. Hindi yung pride mo, hindi yung akala mo may pangalan ka, hindi yung ikaw yung unang lalapitan. Yun naman din ang itinuro ng mga magulang natin. Respeto sa mas nakakatanda, acceptance sa iyong pagkakamali at paghingi ng tawad.

She added, "Iyan ang magtutulak sa 'yo sa mas magandang kinabukasan. Iyan ang natutunanan ko sa pinagdaanan namin ni Mother."

(CLICK HERE to watch Eugene Domingo's video narrating her birthday celebration in Hong Kong.)


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