Alwyn Uytingco has been reporting for work on the set of Sa Ngalan ng Ina, the TV5 mini-series with Mario O’Hara at the helm for the last two weeks since August 22.
But it was only last Wednesday, September 7, that his very first sequence with lead actress Nora Aunor was finally shot.
The experience of doing a scene with a great actress like Nora Aunor, was overwhelming for Alwyn.
Moreover, Ate Guy was all-praises for him and co-actor Edgar Allan Guzman. According to the Superstar, the two young actors stood out in all their scenes and they both have the potential to be great actors.
"Hindi ko talaga ini-expect," stated Alwyn when interviewed by PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) while on break at last Wednesday’s taping at the Salve Regina General Hospital, in Marikina City.
"I’m not expecting anything from her, kasi, the fact na nakasama ko siya sa eksena kanina, ngayon ko lang naranasan. Dalang-dala ako ng presence niya!
"So parang... alam mo yun? Para sa akin, ha, kapag may kasama kang co-actor sa eksena, at nagbibigay sa iyo ng tamang emosyon, mararamdaman mo yun.
"Bilang isang tao, mararamdaman mo yun," added Alwyn.
"So, magbibigay ka rin ng tama. Magpapalitan lang kayo.
"Ang ganda ng naranasan ko. Pero, ang baba ng pagkaka-deliver ng eksena," described Alwyn of the low-key treatment of the scene which required him to just stay in bed, as he was supposedly confined in one of the hospital rooms.’
"Ang sarap! Yeah, actually, nagiging inspiration ko [ngayon] si Ate Guy!" Alwyn gushed.
RAPPORT WITH ATE GUY. In the story, Alwyn portrays an off-beat character, Alfonso Deogracias, the "black sheep" stepson of the family matriarch, Doña Elena Deogracias, who’d be elected into office as the provincial governor.
In contrast to Edgar Allan’s dutiful-son character, Alwyn’s is totally the opposite; he’s mean and despicable.
And it gives the young actor greater challenge to play with the character.
"Third week [taping] na po ito and sobrang enjoy po ako," Alwyn also told PEP.
"Sa ngayon po, ngayon ko lang talaga nasabi na nag-uumpisa pa lang kami, pero mahal na mahal ko na kaagad yung show.
"Mahal na mahal ko yung character ko, kasi, una pa lang, sinasabi na sa akin, ’Ang suwerte mo, dahil yung character mo, ang ganda!’
"Sabi ko, ’Ay, thank you po! Thank you po!’ Ganun lang ako nang gano’n.
"Ngayon ko lang nasaksihan na ang ganda nga pala talaga ng role ko.
"At saka yung pagkakalatag ng story, aba, kakaiba!" he enthused further.
"Actually, first time ko, yung sa taping na ito, sa buong taping namin, first time ko na maka-eksena si Ate Guy na kaming dalawa lang!"
Alwyn’s reaction was revealed earlier to PEP by Nora’s personal manager, Boy Palma, who was greatly overjoyed by the young actor’s reactions.
"’Diyos ko, salamat, nakaeksena ko na po kayo. Salamat, Ate Guy!’" Palma quoted Alwyn.
The amiable personal manager of Ate Guy also witnessed how Alwyn hugged the Superstar, then later had souvenir photos taken with her, as though he, too, were an ordinary fan.
"’Natupad na rin, nagkaeksena na rin tayo! Salamat, Ate Guy!’" Alwyn exclaimed to Nora’s amusement, according to Boy Palma.
Supervising producer Jo-Ann Banaga observed, "Actually, maganda yung attitude ng mga artista. Nai-inspire sila sa magandang rapport nila with Ate Guy."
"Masaya sa set! Walang kabigat-bigat!" added Palma.
"Bawal ang ’nega’ rito, pinapatay namin!" Ms. Jo-Ann joked.