Actors relate ‘Ate Guy moments’ in Baguio


NORA Aunor with onscreen son Vin Abrenica on the set of the TV5 soap in La Trinidad, Benguet

BAGUIO CITY—The lead actors of TV5’s newest teleserye airing this year, “Never Say Goodbye,” led by Cesar Montano have nothing but good memories of their experiences working with superstar Nora Aunor.

Aunor and the male lead cast of the drama series sat down with reporters at the Manor Hotel here on Sunday night as Baguio was experiencing one of its coldest nights this month.

The superstar, who came wearing a bonnet, sweater and leather boots, said the cast enjoyed their two-day shoot in Camp John Hay and the rose gardens of Barangay Bahong in La Trinidad Valley, Benguet.

“Never Say Goodbye” is about two young lovers—a rich girl and a poor boy—who fight hard to keep their relationship.

“The shoot went fine, the scenes were good and the young actors performed well,” Aunor told the Inquirer.

Aunor said she was moved by the commitment shown by the younger actors in “Never Say Goodbye,” her second teleserye for TV 5.

Aside from Aunor and Montano, the teleserye also stars Alice Dixson, Gardo Versoza, Edgar Allan Guzman, and Artista Academy grand winners Sophie Albert and Vin Abrenica, among others.

Strong bond

Abrenica, who is Albert’s love interest in the series, said he has developed a strong bond with Aunor, who plays his mother.

It was Abrenica’s first teleserye project and his first scene with the “Superstar” was memorable.

“Sa first scene ko, sinampal nya ako (she slapped me) because I was being rude to her. But after we shot the scene, I felt super comfortable with her, parang nanay na talaga at parang anak na niya talaga ako (She’s like a mother to me as I am a son to her). She’s a superstar but she always talks and mingles with us,” said Abrenica.

Like a mom

Guzman, 23, calls Aunor “Nanay” even outside the set.

Earning recognition in the Golden Screen Awards as the winner of the best performance by an actor in a leading role in the indie film, “Ligo Na U, Lapit Na Me,” Guzman is considered by his fellow actors as a veteran in the set.

It’s his second time to work with Aunor after being cast in “Sa Ngalan ng Ina,” the supertar’s first miniserye on TV5.

“Ms. Aunor always has a unique [technique] in her acting, and she’s really like a mother to me,” Guzman said.

Avid Noranian

Montano said his “Nanay Emma” (his mother) is an avid “Noranian.”

“The first Nora Aunor film that I watched with my mother was ‘Erap is my Guy’ in 1973,” he recalled. “My mother was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist, and there are so many things that you are not allowed to do when you are a member [of this group], one of them is watching movies. But because of Ate Guy, my mother broke that rule—we watched the movie in [a cinema in] Paco, Manila,” Montano said.

He went on: “Every Sunday, it’s PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) versus ‘Superstar’ (Aunor’s defunct show) on television. There’s always a fight over the TV because we wanted to watch the basketball match between Crispa and Toyota and my mother wanted to watch ‘Superstar.’ Of course, she won because she bought the television. We would get to watch the match only during commercial breaks,” he said.

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  • selinaKyle2012

    Cesar Montano’s account is hilarious . In a Noranian mother’s household, the hardcourt giants of PBA are no match to the 5-foot wonder girl of Philippine cinema. Very funny account indeed.

  • Aiko Ito

    I remember watching “Superstar” in a locked room because my brothers wanted to watch basketball. 

    • selinaKyle2012

      this is funny. your brothers might be heard around the neighborhood banging the doors.

  • Haruno Sakura

    PBA’s match between Toyota and Crispa versus Superstar was really stressful…..nagsasakitsakitan ang nanay ko para mag-give way si tatay ..di pa kasi uso ang dalawa o tatlong tv nung araw at wala pang vhs para ma-record….anyway parehong maka-Toyota sila kaya okey lang na palipat-lipat….

  • Misty Blues

    haha…i had this experience of Toyota vs Crispa match vs Superstar; am a Crispa fanatic, but also a Nora Aunor fan! Panu na yan? Well, NA ruled! Anyway me replay ang basketball…hehe; BTW my late brother was a Toyota fanatic…sa kanya na ang TV-punta ako sa isang relative where I watched Superstar! Win-win…

  • Anita D. Cruz

    my father always give ways for my mom to watch the Superstar  coz my mom and me solid noranian,sarap nuon ang galing ni guy.

  • Anita D. Cruz

    si Guy ang galing sa concert,spontaneous siya  walang binabasang telepromter or script,wala nga siyang banda, pianista lang ang accompaniment niya. tanungin ka pa niya what  songs u all want for her to sing,then she sings it impromtu. now siguro she has to learn lots of songs kc she hasnt sing for many years since she got that surgery and injured her vocal cord or whatever had happened that lost her great voice. ive been a noranian even i left pinas 1979,then here came charice-so naging chaster na ako,but im still a noranian tho’.

  • Lourdes Anson

    I went to my cousin’s  house and was watching Superstar alone because all my cousin are lakwatsera so , as if I am the owner of the house , home alone… My siblings are watching basketball.

  • Joel Gonzalez

    I had the same experience. All of us including my mom would always watch Superstar on RPN 9. But my dad would change the channel to Channel 4 to watch PBA. We would all get sad and disappointed, so my dad would just join our neighbors in watching basketball.

  • Gilmore Santiago

    Congratulations Buboy…ang tulis tulis mo…

  • Renato S Velasquez

    my MKK was my budget for my passport, pinambili ko ng ticket just to see nora aunor in person sa ARANETA 1990 HANDOG ng SUPERSTAR CONCERT…

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