Director Wenn Deramas says it was not Heart Evangelista's fault that she's not part of 'Ang Tanging Ina Mo, Last Na 'To.'
The cast of Ang Tanging Ina Mo, Last Na 'lsquo;To was very happy to be reunited for the third and final installment of the movie series which is an entry of Star Cinema in the upcoming Metro Manila Film Festival. Only Heart Evangelista failed to reprise her role as Ai-ai de las Alas'rsquo;s fourth child because of work commitments.
In her earlier interview on The Buzz, Ai-Ai admitted that she felt bad that Heart was not part of the final Tanging Ina movie. But in the recent press conference for the film, she refused to comment any further regarding the issue. "Okay na 'lsquo;yun. Ayoko nang pagusapan. Wala nang isyu sa akin. Tapos na," Ai-Ai told reporters.
Since the first Ang Tanging Ina film in 2003, many of the stars have gone one their own ways. Marvin Agustin, Eugene Domingo, and Heart are already contract stars of another network, Nikki Valdez was based in Canada for a while, Serena Dalrymple had left showbiz, and Yuuki Kadooka went back to Japan to be with his family.
While most of the original stars went out of their way to be part of the third and final Tanging Ina, Heart was rumored to have backed out from the project after her demands were not fulfilled by Star Cinema. Director Wenn Deramas defended Heart and said this allegation is completely untrue. "Honestly, 'lsquo;wag ninyong sisihin si Heart! Gusto talaga niyang maging part ng movie. Sa Twitter sinasabi niya na excited siya sa reunion nilang magkakapatid."
Even Marvin, who wrote a letter to the management of his home network so he could be allowed to do the third Tanging Ina film, came to Heart'rsquo;s defense, relaying all of Heart'rsquo;s efforts to make it for the shooting of Tanging Ina. "Heart was really meant to do just a cameo appearance. Nakausap ko si Heart and she said na gustong gusto talaga niyang gawin. May mga logistics lang nag-meet o kung ano man. Gustong gusto ni Heart maging part ng movie. Na-cut short nga niya 'lsquo;yung trip niya sa Japan. Umuwi agad siya para makahabol sa shooting day. Pero may mga bagay lang na hindi naiwasan," said Marvin.
Direk Wenn then explained what really happened to finally put the issue to rest. "Nagpaalam sila (Heart'rsquo;s managers at her current home network), sila ang nagbigay ng schedule. A month before the shooting, ganun kaaga sila nagbigay ng schedule. Pero isang araw lang ang ibinigay nila para kay Heart. Nagbigay pa sila ng oras. So inayos naming lahat. Two days before ng shooting, nag-email at nag-text sila na nagpapa-pack up sila."
At that point, Direk Wenn could no longer afford to wait for Heart because he didn'rsquo;t want to sacrifice everyone else'rsquo;s time and effort. "Papalipad na si Yuuki from Japan na dun na siya naka-base. Umuwi siya para dun sa isang eksena na kumplet