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Bianca Manalo is excited to work with Matt Evans and Rodjun Cruz in Juanita Banana

Bianca Manalo reveals what Kapamilya viewers should watch out for in her fantaserye 'Juanita Banana.'

BY RACHELLE SIAZON

FRESH SCOOPS

10/24/2010 12:05 AM
Bianca Manalo is excited to work with Matt Evans and Rodjun Cruz in Juanita Banana


Although she feels pressured knowing that Juanita Banana will be replacing the timeslot of Rosalka, Bianca Manalo said that she would rather focus on what'rsquo;s in store for her given that this is her first ever TV show. "Siyempre excited naman ako dahil dalawa ang leading man ko dito'mdash;si Matt Evans at Rodjun Cruz. Sino naman ang mag-aakala na mali-link ako sa bagets," she cheerfully exclaimed in a recent interview with Push.com.ph. She hasn'rsquo;t started taping with them yet, but the 2009 Bb. Pilipinas titlist is confident that she'rsquo;d easily jive with both actors. "Na-meet ko si Rodjun sa workshop. Si Matt na-meet ko sa ASAP last week. Okay naman. Hindi pa kami gaanong nakapag-usap pero I'rsquo;m looking forward to working with them in our next taping days."

Originally played by Rosemarie Sonora in a movie back in 1968, Bianca explained that her titular role is a bit similar to her kikay and funny character in Magkaribal where she got her first major break in showbiz. "Si Juanita ay isang babaeng palaban na gagawin lahat para sa pamilya niya. Sa nanay niyang nawala na 'lsquo;di niya alam na kinuha pala ng mga dwende. Yung dad niya magkaka-girlfriend na kaaway ni Juanita. Dun iikot yung story. So fantaserye siya slash comedy slash very, very light drama. It'rsquo;s a perfect treat for the viewers kasi kakaiba naman siya dun sa usual heavy drama soaps na napapanood sa hapon."

When told that other Kapamilya stars might feel jealous of her because she got ahead of them in terms of having her very own show, Bianca maintained that there'rsquo;s no reason for her to worry because she'rsquo;s just doing her job. "Ang iniisip ko na lang sobra akong blessed. Nagpapasalamat ako sa ABS-CBN kasi pinagkatiwalaan nila ako na bigyan ako ng show. Six months pa lang ako sa showbiz, aminado ako dun. Ang sa akin lang, sana huwag nila akong husgahan kasi pinaghirapan ko din naman ito."

Asked what makes her different from other aspiring actresses, Bianca shared that being a kikay beauty queen helped her establish a niche in the biz. "Hindi ko alam kung anong meron ako. Sabi kasi nila natural daw ako umarte [as Gigi in Magkaribal] pero ganon kasi ako sa totoong buhay. Kapag tinignan mo ako akala mo napaka-prim and proper, although I can be very prim and proper ha. Pero kasi marunong ako makisama. Kung kunyari dinala mo ako sa lugar na kailangan classy and sosyal ka, kaya ko. Pero kung dadalhin mo ako sa ganito kaya ko mag-adjust. Kaya yung friends ko very proud sila kasi akong ako talaga yung nakikita nila sa TV na umaarte," she beamed.