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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jul 26, 2015

Singer-Theatre Actress Aicelle Santos Plays Contravida For The First Time In 'Buena Familia'

AICELLE SANTOS gained fame as a lead actress for the hit musical on stage,"Rak of Aegis", which is now on its rerun at PETA Theatres. Now, Aicelle tries playing the role of a kontrabida in GMA-7's new afternoon soap, "Buenas Familia", that starts airing tomorrow, Tuesday, after "The Half Sisters". She plays Olga, a top singer who acts like a diva and oppresses new singer Julie Anne San Jose who is assigned to be her assistant. Their situation surely will remind you of Cherie Gil and Sharon Cuneta in "Bituing Walang Ningning".

"When the role was offered to me, I got excited," says Aicelle. "Kaya ko bang magkontrabida? First time ko, e, so I keep on asking Direk Gil Tejada kung tama ba ang ginagawa ko o baka kulang. Now, I'm enjoying it. Si Cruella de Ville sa '101 Dalmatians' ang peg ko rito. Natatakot lang ako sa fans ni Julie Anne at baka magalit sila sa'kin sa pang-aapi ko sa kanya. So pinauuna ko na po, trabaho lang ito. Uma-acting lang po kami."

In one scene, she asks Julie Anne: "What's your name?" Julie Anne replies: "Darling po." And she says: "Darling? I cannot call you that. I call my friends Darling and you are not my friend." It was a big hit with the writers who attended the show's presscon. They say it has the makings of Cherie Gil's "You're nothing but a second rate trying hard copy cat".