Gawad Urian Artista Ng Dekada awardee Cherry Pie Picache stars in two films for the Cinemalaya Film Festival this year — a participating role in Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank (starring Eugene Domingo), and the lead part in Isda (Fable of the Fish) by director Adolfo Alix Jr. where she stars opposite Bembol Roco who plays her husband.
Isda is competing against three other films by directors Auraeus Solito, Jeffrey Jeturian and Joel Lamangan.
Cherry Pie told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) why her role in Isda is close to her heart: "First of all, this is very memorable to me because after Foster Child (an indie film she starred in and that won in the Prix de la Fiction at the 2007 Festival International du Film d'Environnement in Paris, France), I haven't really done any independent film, aside from a few instances in support of yung ibang friends making indies.
"Pero yung major na very very good role na medyo to die for, ito yung first [major indie role] ko after two years. Plus, this is very personal to me kasi it's about motherhood," she said.
"Tapos maganda yung role and challenging dahil mahirap yung proseso habang ginagawa yung pelikula, mahirap yung journey ng character."
In Isda, Cherry Pie plays the role of Lina, a woman who gives birth to a fish. She is ridiculed by her community for it, including her own husband. Despite everything else, she loves the fish unconditionally, like it was a human child.
In real life, Cherry Pie is a devoted mother to her son, Nio. The actress recently broke up with her partner Gary Tria, Nio's father.
How is she coping with the separation?
"All is well. We have to move on. Maybe there is a purpose. Ganun lang naman yun, di ba? Tuloy lang ang buhay. Siyempre mahirap din. Kahit sino naman na dumaan sa ganun e, talagang mahihirapan.
"But, siguro ganun lang talaga, it wasn't meant [to last]."
She said she was able to adjust, thanks to the support of her family and friends, most especially her son, Nio.
Cherry Pie also shared her current status with her ex. "We're parents to our son. We're very good friends now. I love him and his family dearly. Wala namang [animosity], but yun lang, we're not together [anymore]."
Both Cherry Pie and Gary are still single. They have also been seen together in public. Is a reconciliation possible?
"I don't know. We can't say, bahala na. With us kasi, klarong-klaro sa amin that we're parents to Nio. We're almost together everyday kaya din siguro nahihirapan kami pareho maghanap ng partner.
"Kasi we're very involved, very hands on in raising Nio. When I'm working, siya [ang nag-aalaga kay Nio], pag siya [ang busy], ako naman, yung ganon.
"We play tennis together kasi tennis player din yung anak namin. So yun yung focus, yung family. It's unconventional, but it's still a family."
Any plans of settling down and getting married?
"Hindi ko na iniisip. It's a fervent prayer, of course, siyempre you want to grow old din with someone kasi ang mga bata lalaki din at mag-aasawa and will have their own family.
"For me, if it comes, it comes. But if doesn't, okay pa rin, life is still good."
Is she seeing anyone?
"Hindi e, kasi nga I work and I'm very hands on with my family, that's it. Bahay-trabaho, tennis lang [ang pinagkakaabalahan ko]. Wala rin namang lumalapit.
"Siguro dahil I don't go out frequently na din kaya wala akong nakikilala. Kasi nga pag nagma-mature ka na, mas gusto mo sa bahay ka lang."
Could she and Gary still end up together?
"Siguro. Maybe. Hindi natin alam. If ever siguro, it would take a long process. For now, yung friendship muna, ok na yun."