Nikki Valdez is happy to be reunited with her 'Ang Tanging Ina' co-stars.
Nikki Valdez played one of the twelve children of Ai-Ai de las Alas in the 2003 box office comedy Ang Tanging Ina. She wasn’t able to join in the sequel Ang Tanging Ina Ninyong Lahat in 2008 because she was six months pregnant at the time so she is happy to be back for the third and final installment, Ang Tanging Ina Mo: Last Na ‘To, set for release this Christmas.
During the pictorial for the movie, Nikki had a great time being reunited with her siblings in the film, namely Marvin Agustin, Carlo Aquino, Shaina Magdayao, Mark Acueza, Yuuki Kadooka, and Serena Dalrymple. “Wala namang nagbago masyado. Parang kahapon lang, ha ha ha! Ngayon matatanda na kami, lalo na si Yuuki. Tumangkad na siya, pero ako hindi pa rin, ha ha ha!,” she said.
Seven years since the first Tanging Ina movie, most of the stars have gone on with their respective careers. But for the love of doing the last part of the film series, Nikki and the rest were very excited to sign up for the project. “Looking forward talaga kami lahat dito kasi alam naming magiging masaya. Lagi akong nagtatanong, ‘Nandito na ba si ano, si ganyan?!’ Masaya kasi nagkasama-sama uli kami. Parang isang malaking reunion itong pelikula na ito. Nangyayari naman talaga sa mga pamilya, lalo na ‘yung malalaki, na nagkakahiwalay dahil nagsasarili na. Para lang kaming naglalaro sa set.”
Prior to shooting part three, everyone in the cast would only have contact with one another through the internet. That’s why on their first day of shoot, they felt like they were a real-life family who was having a grand reunion. “Masarap ang feeling na marami kaming nakabalik kasi finally nagkitakita kami. Iba talaga na magkakasama physically. Ang sarap mag reminisce ng mga experiences namin. Kaya si Direk Wenn (Deramas) hindi na niya kami masyadong tinututukan kasi alam na namin ang gagawin dahil dito kami lumaki.”