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Eugene Domingo hopes to impress Nora Aunor in the play 'Bona'

The talented comedienne admits she sacrificed projects to focus on her first play with PETA.

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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8/15/2012 9:52 AM
Eugene Domingo hopes to impress Nora Aunor in the play 'Bona'


081512-eugene_main.jpgAfter the box-office success of her film Kimmy Dora and The Temple of Kiyeme earlier this year, Eugene Domingo gears up for the theatrical run of PETA’s contemporary adaptation of the 1980 movie Bona which originally starred Nora Aunor. Eugene admits that she deliberately had her schedule blocked off in order to concentrate on the play which focuses on the life of Bona, a spinster call center agent who becomes a fan of aspiring talent show contestant Gino, (played by Lapit Na U, Ligo Na Me’s Edgar Allan Guzman). “Alam ng lahat, ng mga producers ko na may play ako ng August-September. Ang rehearsals ko July, alam nila lahat yun. Alam nila at nagpapasalamat ako dahil talagang nirespeto nila kung ano yung gusto ko gawin. Lahat ng storya namin ngayon, ni-research namin plus my experiences, direk Soxy, lahat kami nag-collaborate para makabuo kami ng isang material na hindi lumayo sa pinaka-diwa nung Bona noon na mapapanuod niyo sa entablado.” she shares during the Bona presscon held last August 14 at the PETA Theater Center in Quezon City.
 
For her role, Eugene had to lose weight she gained while shooting Kimmy Dora 2. “Nag-diet ako ulit. Tumaba naman ako ng husto sa Kimmy Dora kasi matakaw si Dora 'di ba? Pero this time hindi ako puwedeng maging mabigat dahil halos dalawang oras ako nasa entablado na kilos ako ng kilos. Kung mabigat ako mapapagod ako agad. At hindi dapat nakikitang hinihingal ka eh. I have to be healthy, yung stamina ko kailangan priority ko at walang bisyo.”  The talented comedienne admits she is happy that she has Nora Aunor’s blessing to play her character. “Napaka-suwerte. Natatanggal ng konti ang kaba ko. Nagkakaroon ako ng kumpiyansa. Kung na-intimidate ako, oo naman. Kaya ang gusto ko mangyari, maaliw si Ate Guy sa Bona naming ito.  Alam mo, ilang taon, ilang dekada niya tayong inaliw sa mahusay niyang pagganap, panahon na na siya naman an gating aliwin. Ang dami na niyang binigay sa atin. So I really hope this time itong aming palabas na ito ay yun talagang matuwa siya at kiligin siya.”
 
The 41-year-old actress admits she used to be intimidated with Nora even before they worked together in a series in another network. “Oo, pero nasanay na lang ako sa Sa Ngalan Ng Ina, pero nung una hindi ko alam paano kakausapin. Kasi baka nag-ko-concentrate. Diyos ko, makalipas ang ilang lingo, mas joker pa siya sa akin. Siya talaga yung mahilig tumawa,” she recalls.

Eugene expects there will be comparisons to the original version on Bona once people start watching but she hopes people will appreciate what they have to offer. “Of course, everything mako-compare, yung storya, lahat, yung execution, yung pag ganap ko, mako-compare. Given na yun na mako-compare but consciously we try to show you something different and I think ma-a-appreciate ninyo because lahat tayo makaka-relate,” she says.  
 
Catch Eugene Domingo in theatrical adaptation of Bona which will run from August 24 to September 23 at the PETA Theater Center. To get your tickets, contact 725-6244 or 0917-5765400.