Carmina’s advice to her twins about love and show biz

/ 12:07 AM February 18, 2019
Carmina’s advice to her twins about love and show biz

Carmina Villaroel

After the funny and witty memes about GMA 7’s primetime soap “Kara Mia” (KM) caused quite a stir online, the much-awaited series will finally premiere tonight (weeknights after “24 Oras”).

A dramatic tale of sisters (portrayed by Barbie Forteza and Mika dela Cruz) born with diprosopus (two faces in one body), it is inspired by a story from India and a British urban legend.


Carmina Villaroel plays the mom of this unusual kind of siblings. Ah, Mama (Kara) Mia!

Here’s my chat with Carmina:


What’s your reaction to the KM memes? Amused and grateful. It’s not easy to make memes, so we appreciate their effort. Even if it hasn’t aired yet, they’re supportive already. Hope they keep those memes coming because they inspire us.

In what way can you relate to your role in the series? Since I have twins in real life, portraying a mom to Kara and Mia is quite the same thing—but, with a twist … because they’re two persons in one body. Just like the character I portray, there’s nothing I won’t do for the love of my kids.

What’s your advice to your twins about love and show biz?  To always listen to me and their dad because we will never steer them wrong in the love and career department. We always have valid reasons when we say no to them, and we explain to them why.

What makes your marriage work?  Aside from being a couple, we’re also friends. Trust is always there. We let each other be. We allow each other to explore worlds other than what we share together. We respect each other, so even if we argue, there are no attacks below the belt.

James back in fighting form

James Yap is on a roll. He just turned 37 last Feb. 15. His team, Rain or Shine, is currently on top of the standings in the PBA Philippine Cup, and he has been named best player several times. The superstar cager is back in fighting form after being traded by his former team, Magnolia Hotshots.

“I can’t ask for anything more. My contract has been       renewed for three years,” James beamed. “My birthday wish is for my team to bag a championship. I will give my all to help make it happen.” Hip, hoop, Yap, hooray!


We, at the Cinema Evaluation Board, gave “Alone/ Together” a grade of A. Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil outdid themselves—the film is LizQuen at its finest. The tandem effectively made the transition in their portrayal from schmaltzy to mature.

The film serves as a Valentine’s afterthought. It tells us that even when situations make former lovers grow apart, they don’t outgrow their love for each other. The heart always finds its way back. Destiny prevails.

Personal: Thanks to my newfound friend, Grace Marie Gan, for her kindness.

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