“May tinanggap ako last week. Hindi na talaga mapigilan. It’s Direk Peque, so I can’t say no to him.”
Award-winning actress and mother of five Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan is not ashamed to admit that she’s a stage mother to her son Donny Pangilinan, who’s introduced in the movie Walwal, under Regal Films. She’s also delighted that at 20, Donny is quite mature and responsible for his age.
“For me, we respect whatever decision Donny makes and we know that because of the way we brought him up, he’s thinking of how to make his own decisions. He knows what he wants. We support him, but of course, we can influence him,” she said. She also confided that he’s quite conservative and strict with his sisters Ella, Hannah and Solana..
“Ay grabe, pagdating sa mga kapatid na babae,talagang very protective si Donny kasi mahal niya ang mga kapatid niya.Very strict din si Donny sa mga kapatid niya,” she said. She’s also ecstatic over the positive feedbacks her eldest is getting in his debut despite being a newbie in the acting department.
“May sarili siyang style. Hindi pa siya nakakakita ng any of my films. Not even once. Kasi, I don’t want na ma-influence siya sa style ko. Gusto ko may sarili siyang style,” she quipped.
“Actually, hindi ko sa pinagbabawalan, hindi ko lang ginagawang available sa bahay. And then, one day, naglilinis ako ng kotse sa bahay,nahanap ko ang daming DVD puro pelikula ko, sabi ko, ano ito? May mga ibang pelikula na hindi ka masyadong matutuwa kang mapanood na medyo hinahanap mo pa lang ang sarili mo. So, sabi ko, Donny what’s these? Regalo pa lang niya sa akin, para raw may kopya ako,” she said.
She avered that she was touched by her son’s gesture at that time. “Kung gusto ko raw, panoorin raw namin together. I like that he does not force it. If he needs help, he just asks me.Tinatanong nga niya kung marunong daw akong umiyak,” she revealed.
“Actually, they have no idea kung ano ako sa showbiz, ang alam lang nila, I’m their mom,” she added. She also bared that Donny has no girlfriend yet. “It’s his decision. I think by this time, nai-prepare na namin iyong pag-iisip niya sa ganoong mga bagay. Just what he said, you have to own every decision that you make, and it’s important. One thing also about Donny is when he’s focused about something, he’s really focused. You know what, if you ask him and you will know the answer,” she claimed. She also said that he’s not afraid to be tagged as a Mama’s boy.
“One thing about my boys, that I really appreciate is that they are not afraid to show that they love their moms, and it’s a good message to women, who could be possibly ending up with them. Because if they love their moms, then, they will love their wives, as well. Ako naman, natataba ang puso ko, kasi kung binigay mo iyong buhay mo sa anak mo, tapos kakahiya ka, sobrang sakit naman noon. Kung ipagmamalaki ka, tapos kakantiyawan ka ng mga kaibigan mo, hayaan mo na silang magkantiyaw pero iyong nagpalaki sa iyo, nandoon, ganoon talaga,” she asserted. She’s also proud of the values she has inculcated in her children.
“Malaking message sa mga anak namin how important a relationship is. Kasi, they’ve seen it sa pag-aasawa namin ni Anthony. We really take our love for each other seriously. Everybody in showbiz knows that. I married Anthony at the height of my career and I never regretted it. It was the best thing that happened to me. So many people could judge me, na sayang. But I know, it’s not. I’m so happy. If you know you’re destined for something, later on you will know na you’ve made the best decision,” she rationalized. She also revealed that she’s staging a showbiz comeback.
“I have decided to accept a movie offer, pero I can’t say pa kung ano kasi wala pa akong permission from my director. But he called me last week. How can you say no kay Direk Peque?” she confided. “It’s just Direk Joey, if he calls me, talagang attention na ako kaagad…and you know that its gonna be you”, she added. The last time she appeared in a movie was four or five years ago.
However, she said that she’s not ready yet to do a teleserye. “I have a 6-year old pa kasi. I think, kung may dumating na tamang project, na mababalance ko iyong time ko, maybe that’s the time. At kung may dumating man, sana comedy naman,” she concluded.