Meet the new GMA child wonder

Filed under , by Admin on May 19, 2011

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TV’S NEW CHILD WONDER is Mona Louise Rey, the title roler in GMA-7’s “Munting Heredera”. GMA-7 gave her a special presscon and she’s so articulate for her age. Born on Aug. 19, 2004 in Bahrain, she’s the youngest of four kids of her Pinay mom, Fatima, and Arab dad, Samier Al Alawi. Fatima was working in Bahrain when she met Samier, who owns a popular restaurant, Swan Lake. They were married in Manila in Muslim rites. Their eldest is a girl, now 19, followed by a boy, 17, and another girl, 14. After giving birth to Mona, Fatima decided to split with her husband and returned to Manila in 2004 with Mona, then still a baby.

“Mahirap ang ugali ng Arabo, parang slave ka,” she says. “Talagang nananakit sila, pero ako, lumalaban ako. E, napuno na ko kaya umuwi na ko and left our three elder kids with him. In 2006, hinatid niya sila sa akin dito sa Manila at kasama ko na ang mga bata dito ngayon. When they came, di sila marunong mag-Tagalog at all, pero ngayon, nakakasalita na, may accent nga lang.”

Does her husband support their kids? “Hindi regular. Huli siyang nagpadala ng tulong, noong March pa. Nakahanap siya ng kabit dito na may two previous kids din at yun ang sinusuportahan niya ngayon. Sumama nga loob ng mga anak namin sa kanya. The first two, hindi na nakakapag-aral at all. Yung panganay ko, very bright at nagtrabaho na agad to help me. But at first, hirap na hirap siya kasi pinatigil sa pag-aaral at nag-self pity. Ako naman, nasa buy and sell business. Yung third, nasa high school, pero kinukuha na rin ng GMA para mag-artista at gusto naman niya.”

Where did Mona get the Louise Rey in her name? “GMA gave her that. Ang real name niya is Mona Al Alawi, pero hindi raw pang-showbiz. She was discovered when a talent scout saw her at pina-VTR siya. Nakuha siya agad and has done 8 commercials na. Nakuha rin siya sa ‘Jillian, Namamasko Po’, nag-taping siya ng two days pero non-speaking role. Kinuha rin siya sa ABS for a new show, ‘Atom’, lead daw, pero biglang nagbago at hindi na raw lead. So timing naman, kinuha siya ng GMA as lead for ‘Munting Heredera’. Noong una, si Mona, di yan pinapansin ng ama niya, hanggang hi-hello lang sa kanya. Pero ngayong sumisikat na, sabi ng ama niya, she got her good looks and talent from him. Biglang nagka-interest sa bata.”


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