She had been elusive to television in the past years. “I direct movies, not TV series,” she would say.
But after actor Johnny Delgado, her husband, died several years ago, Guillen’s attitude towards directing TV shows seemed to have taken a more pliable path. She had directed episodes for GMA Network’s Magpakailanman now she has taken an assignment to direct a season of drama series also on the same network.
What got her to accepting an assignment she, in the past, had dodged? She appeared on TV as an actor, but she wouldn’t dip her fingers into it as a director.
At the press conference for Akin Pa Rin Ang Bukas, much anticipated debut as a soap- opera-on-TV director, Guillen said, “I told myself, when will I do something like this? In fairness, we’re not getting any younger, and when I am no longer physically capable of directing one I don’t want to regret that I didn’t do it, at least once.”
Guillen said she is glad that the network laid out the cards on the table before she accepted the offer. “At least, it gave me an overview of what I would be hurdling in the process of finishing the series. I am happy that the demands of the taping weren’t that scary as I thought it would, particularly the time. Yes, we tape until midnight and sometimes a little beyond, but I wouldn’t have taken this assignment if I’d be staying up till the wee hours to finish the sequences.”
As to the stars she assembled for the series, she said she was glad that most, if not all, of them are competent performers. “Some of them need a little push to be able to deliver.”
The drama series stars Lovi Poe in the role of Lovelia Villacorta, a woman who turns vengeful against the people who betrayed her. She will prove that she deserves equal rights and love like the rest, even if she were born out of wedlock.
Rocco Nacino reunites with Poe as Jerry, who falls to the wiles of his childhood love Agatha played by Charee Pineda.
Cesar Montano joins the cast as Conrad Alperos, a lawyer to the Villacorta family, and Gary Estrada is Roel Villacorta, biological father of Lovelia. Alperos will eventually fall in love will Lovelia and will become her protector.
Cesar is happy to be back on GMA and feels very excited working with Guillen who was his director in the film Ang Bukas Ay Akin Langit ang Uusig, which he won a FAMAS Best Supporting Actor award in 1990. The film was also entered in the previous year’s Metro Manila Film Festival.
Playing equally important roles are Gloria Romero as Cristina Alperos, mother to Conrad Alperos, and Liza Lorena as Beatrice Villacorta, mother of Roel Villacorta.
Solenn Heussaff is set to show a new dimension as an actor in the series as Jade, Conrad Alperos’s girlfriend..
From Kapamilya, Charee Pineda turns Kapuso and she plays the antagonist in the series.
Guillen fans are looking forward to watching this new series on the Kapuso network. They know the director will not make a mediocre series because in the movies she had directed in previous years, she proved that with a good material she could turn something as banal into an interesting oeuvre.
Akin Pa Rin ang Bukas pilots on GMA Network on Monday, after Anna KareNina.