Lolit Solis to Gabby Concepcion: "Iba na ngayon ang showbiz."

by Nerisa Almo
Apr 14, 2008
"Doon ko na napatunayan na yung dating pagtingin ko sa kanya, yung dating affection mo, totally wala na," says Lolit Solis about her meeting with former talent Gabby Concepcion.

Lolit Solis took the hot seat on StarTalk last Saturday, April 12, with co-hosts Butch Francisco and Joey de Leon interviewing her about her rift with Annabelle Rama, her libel case with actors Piolo Pascual and Sam Milby, and of course her meeting with former talent Gabby Concepcion.

Last week, Annabelle Rama seemed to have forgotten her anger towards Lolit, which started earlier this year when Ruffa Gutierrez publicly narrated the alleged "snubbing" incident with Lolit's talent Lani Mercado. (Click here to read related article.)

In fact, Annabelle said in an interview that there is still a possibility for their friendship to come back. She added, "Yung kay 'Nay Lolit, kita mo naman, Lhar, isa lang ang galit ko, ayaw ko na. Hindi ba, until now, hindi ko na pinatulan yun kasi marami pa ring nagtatanong sa akin, hindi na ako sumasagot."

Butch asked, "Ano ang reaksiyon mo na hindi na raw galit si Annabelle?"

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The showbiz columnist answered, "Alam ko namang mangyayari yun kasi, kita mo naman, Joey, ang tagal ng pinagsamahan, 30 years, di ba? Alangan namang sa isang iglap lang mawala 'yon.

"At saka kilala ko naman talaga si Bisaya [Annabelle], talagang ganyan 'yan, e. Mamaya kapag galit kung anu-ano ang sinasabi, pero kapag wala na, wala na. Pareho kaming hindi mapagtanim ng sama ng loob."

Butch threw a follow-up question, "Nagtampo ka ba sa kanya?"

"Hindi. Talaga," replied Lolit. "'Yon talagang para ka lang nainis na, ‘Bakit ganitong hinahamon ka na, kung anu-ano na ang sinasabi? Samantalang parang hindi naman dapat pagkagalitan yung pinag-aawayan n'yo."

Then, Joey asked Lolit's reaction about Annabelle, who is into acting again after so many years through My Monster Mom.

"Natutuwa ako dahil mas maganda ngayon ang pag-arte niya. Mas maganda ngayon ang mga nilalabasan niyang role kesa yung mga nilalabasan niya noon," replied Lolit.

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In the said movie, Annabelle will be playing the role of a mother, which she described as, "Totoong-totoo ito sa buhay ko."

Lolit agreed that Annabelle's role is really tailor-made for her. "Yun ang pinakabagay sa kanya kasi parang role niya talaga sa totoong buhay. Yung maalaga siya sa mga anak niya, pinaglalaban niya ang mga anak niya... Bagay na bagay talaga sa kanya."

After this Joey gave another non-serious question to his co-host. He asked, "Umaarte ka rin Lolit. Kung makakasama mo si Annabelle sa pelikula, ano kaya yung magandang eksenang puwede ninyong pagsaluhan?"

Lolit briefly answered, "Siguro yung nagta-Tagalog ako, nagbi-Bisaya siya. Hindi kami magkaintindihang dalawa."

What is her message to her friend of 30 years?

Lolit said, "Alam ko naman, Bisaya, kahit ano'ng mangyari, hindi natin makakalimutan yung nakaraan. Dyusko, dalaga ka pa noon, hinahabul-habol mo pa si Eddie Gutierrez, magkakilala na tayo, pagkatapos kung saan lang mapupunta yung pagiging magkaibigan natin? Buti nga ang ending mo kay Eddie ka, e... Kung nagkataong hindi mo nahuli si Eddie, di ba?

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"At saka natutuwa ako dahil maganda ngayon ang mga nangyayari sa buhay niya. May mga commercial pa siya, di ba? Madami nang datung si Bisaya. Siguro mas lalo ko na siyang mahihingan ng datung."

LIBEL CASE. Recently, it was reported that the libel case filed by Piolo Pascual and Sam Milby against the showbiz columnist has already reached the court. (Click here to read related article.)

Although she has heard about it, Lolit said that she and her attorney have not yet received a formal notice. She reiterated, "Wala pa kaming kopya ng abogado ko. Pero sabi nga niya, in-inform na niya ako na umakyat na daw sa korte. Ira-raffle pa naman yun, Joey, di ba? Usually, may ganun pa yun, di ba?"

In her following statement, Lolit sounded like she's not too worried about the case.

She explained, "Ang isa lang bagay na ikinakatuwa ko, nagkita na kami ni Direk Johnny Manahan [head of Star Magic, which manages the careers of Piolo and Sam]. Kasi ako, magalit sa akin si Piolo, magalit sa akin si Sam, okay lang, e, dahil hindi ko sila kilala. Pero para magalit sa akin si Johnny Manahan—na may special friendship kami magmula pa doon sa Broadcast City—yun ang daramdamin ko.

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"E, nakapag-usap na kami, naipaliwanag ko na yung side ko, siguro naman maiintindihan ako ni Direk Johnny Manahan, kaya natutuwa na ako. Kaya maraming salamat naman kay Johnny Manahan at kay Mariol [also of Star Magic]"

Lolit added that her talk with Mr. M, Johnnny Manahan's popular name in showbiz, was amicable.

"Ako talaga ang nag-approach," narrated Lolit. "Sinabi kong ganun, pinaliwanag ko yung side ko, ganyan-ganyan. Ano naman siya, nalaman naman niya... Naintindihan naman ni Johnny Manahan na luka-luka ako. Pero andodoon na naman yung kaso sa korte, okay na yun."

MEETING GABBY. Adding up to the positive happenings in Lolit's life was meeting her former talent, Gabby Concepcion, last week.

The meeting was requested by StarTalk, which was initially planned to be used in the said program. However, the returning actor refused to have cameras and the StarTalk staff during their meeting.

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Lolit said that Gabby requested that their meeting be a private one. "[Sabi ni Gabby] 'Gusto ko yung una nating pagkikita hindi yung parang showbiz.' Kasi sabi ko, ‘Sige na naman, pa-interview na naman para sa StarTalk.' E, sabi niya, ‘Huwag ganun. Gusto ko mag-uusap lang tayo.'"

The first question about the meeting came from Butch. He asked his co-host, "Ano ang feeling mo noong unang nagtagpo kayo ulit ni Gabby several days ago?"

Lolit said that she proved to herself that she has already moved on. She added, "Siguro kung sa kanilang dalawa ni Sharon Cuneta walang closure; kami, noong nagkita kami, nagkaroon na ng closure.

"Doon ko na napatunayan na yung dating pagtingin ko sa kanya, yung dating affection mo, totally wala na. Kaya nasiguro ko na wala na yung sakit ng loob ko, pero wala na rin yung dati talagang pagmamahal na nadarama ko sa kanya."

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When asked what was her first reaction when she saw Gabby, Lolit said, "Sabi ko, ‘Ah, totoo pala yung sabi ni Lorna Tolentino na mas pink pa 'yang pisngi mo at saka lips mo kaysa kay Lorna.' Natawa naman siya."

She also said, "Kumportable agad kasi nagkita na kami sa noon sa Las Vegas, e." The two bumped into each other last October 2006 during a party prepared for boxer Manny Pacquiao, who defeated Mexican boxer Erik Morales.

Then, Lolit described her relationship with her former talent now. She said, "Yun pa rin, parang humihingi siya sa akin ng advice. Ako naman, sinasabi ko naman yung nasa loob ko."

When the meeting ended, Lolit remembered Gabby saying, "‘Hoy, ha, magkukuwentuhan pa tayo.' Hindi ko naman alam kung ano pa yung pagkukwentuhan namin.'"

Again, the comedian-host Joey teased Lolit, "Wala ba kayong pinag-usapang mga awards night?"

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Lolit laughed out loud and answered, "Sabi ko nga, ‘Hindi na sikat ang mga awards night kaya wala na akong magagawang scam.' Hindi ba, hindi na siya sikat ngayon? Halos wala nang awards night, di ba? Oo, kaya wala na akong magagawang scam!" she laughed.

ADVICE TO GABBY. After her meeting with Gabby and his current talent manager Mrs. Rose Flaminiano, Lolit admitted that she realized some things.

"Ang naisip ko lang, kasi parang na-time warp si Gabby, na parang akala niya yun pa ring dati ang showbiz ngayon, e. Kaya yun, as a manager, yun na lang... Parang as a manager ang [payo] ko, dapat siguro magkaroon siya ng realization ngayon na iba na ang showbiz."

Although, Gabby remained handsome after 13 years of not appearing in showbiz, the talent manager also could not deny that her former talent has matured already.

She explained, "Siyempre, sinasabi nilang walang nabago, na guwapo pa rin, totoo yun. Pero kailangang admit-in natin na tumanda na siya. Kasi ganito 'yan, Butch, kapag mayroon kang anak na 23 years old [referring to KC Concepcion], kahit ano'ng sabihin mo, kahit ano'ng paliwanag mo, matanda na ang tingin sa 'yo ng tao.

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"Kasi ganito 'yan, kung ikukumpara mo si Gabby kay Richard Gomez—ang anak ni Richard, si Juliana, ay eight years old, e—kaya ang tingin mo, parang iisipin mo, ‘Ah, bata pa si Richard kasi eight years old lang yung anak.' Pero kapag si Gabby, ‘Ay, mayroon na siyang KC na 23 [years old].' Maaano mo na doon na may age gap."

As for Gabby's current manager, Lolit also gave her piece of advice about Gabby.

"Si Gabby kasi non-confrontational, e," described Lolit. "Ayaw na ayaw niya na, halimbawa, yung mayroon kang napansin, na kinukulit-kulit mo siya na, ‘Mali yun, mali yun.' Ayaw niya nun. Tatahimik na lang 'yan, 'di kikibo. Maiirita ka naman lalo dahil, ‘Ano ba 'to?' Hindi nagre-react, di ba?

"Ayaw nga niya ng talakan, quiet siya, e. Yung kay Mommy Rose, yun lang, huwag lang niyang kulitin. Mukha namang hindi makulit si Mommy Rose, wala silang pag-aawayan."

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Lastly, here's what Lolit's message to her former ward: "Pakiramdaman niya muna kasi baka akala niya noong umalis siya dito, ganun kaganda yung pelikula, 'tapos pagbalik niya, ganun pa rin kaganda. Hindi na ganun ang showbiz ngayon. Kailangan maging realistic ka, na iba na ngayon, iba na ngayon ang showbiz."

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