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Gretchen Barretto on Angelica Panganiban: 'Wala kaming choice, we have to be friends'

Apart from establishing a friendship with Angelica Panganiban, Gretchen Barretto is hoping to learn a thing or two from Angelica in their teleserye.

BY BERNIE FRANCO

FRESH SCOOPS

11/16/2011 9:32 AM
Gretchen Barretto on Angelica Panganiban: 'Wala kaming choice, we have to be friends'


111611-gretchen_main.jpgGretchen Barretto is all set to go back to work via Alta, which is expected to air early next year. Last Monday, November 14, the entire cast and team of the said teleserye did the pictorial at the San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila. Amidst the rigorous shoots and pictorials—including numerous outfit changes—Gretchen remained in high spirits the entire time. She explained later on, “Sabi ko nga sa kanila kanina nung nasa bus ako, ‘Today is the first day of the next six months of my life, first day of work for Alta and first day with my relationship with the whole cast of Alta.”

Her previous rift with Angelica Panganiban, who is her co-star in Alta, was evidently over since the two appeared comfortable with each other. In their respective interviews, both have expressed their hopes to establish a friendship as they will work together for the next six months. Gretchen stated positively. “Of course we will be friends. We will be working for the next six months. Wala kaming choice we have to be friends and enemies, but of course only sa eksena. Sabi ko today is the first day, there will be many, many more days and I know this will come to and end and I promised that I’m going to enjoy every moment of the taping. That’s what I’m doing now.” Other members of the cast include KC Concepcion, Luis Manzano, Zanjoe Marudo, and Diether Ocampo.

She said of her relationship with Angelica, “Okay na okay na, kasi nagkausap na kami so nalabas na namin ‘yung reluctance namin. Nakilala ko si Angelica in a deeper way, although tahimik si Angelica compared to KC. Kasi kami ni KC talagang kuwentuhan nang kuwentuhan.

During their first day of work, Gretchen also had a glimpse of how serious Angelica is with her craft. “[Habang naghihintay for the cue to start rolling] napapansin ko ang Angelicang ito aba! Nage-emote na! Ganon? Work pala ‘to. Ha-ha-ha! Siyempre ‘pag first day excited ka, you forget na nao-overwhelm ka pa so dapat focused. So I learn from Angelica, focused pala ha.”

Gretchen also shared that she has common interests with her female co-stars. “Secrets namin of course. Kasi sa workshop we really go deeper than the cutie stuff. Mas emotions. Napi-feel mo ‘yon. Sa first day, ano kaya, magkakasundo, magkakailangan? In the beginning meron  konting ilangan and then ‘pag nagtatrabaho na kayo, in sync na kayong lahat.”

In Alta, Gretchen will play the role of Marga. “Dito anak mayaman so challenge para sa akin dahil ‘di naman ako anak mayaman. It’s a challenge at the same time makakapagbihis na naman kami. Sabi nga nila kanina—excuse my term—pero patalbugan. Ang saya! You know you’re working again alam mo ‘yung halong adrenaline and ‘yung spirits are high because eto na, finally, the long wait is over.”