Monica Sacay extends her run in the original Pinoy musical ‘Bituing Walang Ningning.’
With her role as Dorina Pineda in the musical Bituing Walang Ningning
extended until January next year, Monica Sacay admitted it feels like Christmas came early for her this year. "Siyempre sobrang grateful kaming lahat kasi binigyan kami ng chance ng mga tao na maging bahagi pa rin ng buhay nila. Sobrang blessing ito sa amin lalong lalo na sa akin kasi binigyan ako ng pagkakataon na maipakita sa kanila yung talento na binigay sa akin ni Lord,”
she told Push.com.ph
during Resort World Manila’s kick-off event for its 6th Grand Fiesta Manila celebration this year.
The 20-year-old former Star Power finalist said a lot has changed since she first took the stage earlier this year. "Hindi naman dahil sanay na ako hindi na ako kinakabahan. Kinakabahan pa rin ako but in a good way. Ngayon mas kumportable na akong gumalaw kasi kilalang kilala ko na role ko. Ang nagbago maybe the confidence kasi before naman nung 2010 sa Star Power although andun naman yung confidence but parang ibang iba ngayon kasi meron na akong guts to become somebody that I can say, ‘This is me. I am proud of myself.’ Ginawa ko yung sa tingin ko ay tama, yung ganun. Kasi before natatakot pa ako mag-explore. It’s because of my past. Kaya ngayon hindi na ako masyado iyakin although meron pa ring times na kapag tina-tackle yung life ganun pa rin (laughs). Now I really have confidence and faith,” she explained.
With the second run of Bituing Walang Ningning, Monica admitted she had to adjust to some casting changes. The biggest of which was for the role of Lavinia which was taken over by Antoinette Taus after Cris Villonco. "Actually at first nung hindi ko pa nakatrabaho si Ate Toni sobrang nahirapan ako kasi another personality na kailangan ko i-adapt and then parang sa part ko kasi, si Ate Cris (Villonco) kasi she’s the type of person na sobrang mabait siya pero matatakot ka rin kasi intimidating. But nung nakasama ko si Ate Toni sobrang smooth lang ng trabaho although pareho naman silang mababait. Meron lang silang difference from attacking a character,” she said.
Another thing in store for Monica in 2016 is acting on television which she is very excited about. "Actually go with the flow naman ako. Kung ano ang ibibigay sa akin na proyekto ng mga boss ko, siyempre tatanggapin ko yun ng buong buo. Open din ako kung mag-a-acting sa TV. Pero ngayon so far binigyan ako ng chance and I’ll be doing a TV series maybe next year,”
Getting to work with one of her original showbiz crushes is an added bonus for the talented Cebuana. "Sobrang kinabahan ako kasi nung first nga sabi nila I’m going to be working with James Reid. Siyempre matatakot ka na ma-e-excite kasi James Reid yun di ba? Sobrang sikat at guwapo, crush ng buong bayan. Crush ko din pero siyempre matatakot ako (laughs). Matagal ko na siya crush, since Star Power days pa. Ang first crush ko talaga si Bret Jackson yung best friend niya and then nung tumagal tagal parang mas napunta yung attention ko kay James Reid. He’s so talented kasi. Yun yung weakness ko eh pagdating sa isang guy. Mabait, musician, ganun,” she added.
Monica said even her first encounter with the two hunky Pinoy Big Brother Teens alumni was a moment to remember and James made it even more personal for her. "Na-meet ko na sila. Actually hindi ako makapagsalita but I was so happy kasi nung nagkita kami last 2010 and then nagkita kami bago lang. He said, ‘Yeah I remember you.’ Sabi ko, ‘Wow to remember me, that was a long time ago.’ I’m so happy kasi hindi talaga siya nakakalimot sa mga tao,” she said.
For the holidays, Monica said she is really looking forward to flying back to Cebu after doing her last Bituing Walang Ningning show for the year on December 15."I’m going home pero sa New Year I’m going to be here spending the night with Resorts World kasi meron akong countdown event,” she said.
Catch Monica Sacay as well as Charice, Zsa Zsa Padilla and Martin Nievera at Resorts World Manila’s New Year celebration "The Grand Countdown" at the Marriott Grand Ballroom on December 31, 2015 at 7 pm. For more information, visit www.rwmanila.com or call the Tourist/Visitor hotline at 908-8833.