For the second year run of the Sinag Maynila Independent Film Festival, Lotlot De Leon admitted she is happy that she and eldest daughter Janine Gutierrez both have their own film entries. Lotlot stars in the Adolf Alix Jr. drama Mrs. while Janine makes her indie film debut in Lila. "Nakakatuwa. At least ngayon nagkakasabay na kami. Always naman (I give her advice) pero she also has to learn on her own. Pero pag may mga kailangan siyang itanong kung pano gawin nasasabi ko naman,” she told Push.com.ph.
The former teen actress said she is proud of how far her daughter has come in the industry and is willing to do a project with her in the future. "Sana maulit kasi the first project we had together was the movie Buy Now Die Later for MMFF. She’s very good. She’s really improving on that and mahal na niya yung trabaho niya that’s why she likes to get things perfect again. This girl is full of emotions (laughs). Simpleng manuod lang sila ng pelikula na nakakaiyak nag-iiyakan na sila yung mga magkakapatid. Madali silang ma-touch, they’re very empathetic so madali silang nakaka-relate sa mga tao,” she shared.
Lotlot also admitted she had no problem letting Janine move out to live in her own condo. "I’m very proud kasi as a mother ang gugustuhin natin for our children is for them to be able to spread their own wings, fly, matuto sa buhay, to be independent. So Janine is on the right track. She’s doing very well. I’m very proud,” she said. When asked why her daughter does not want to talk about Elmo Magalona during her interviews, Lotlot gave a diplomatic answer. "Kasi siyempre I think Elmo has already gone his own way na rin. Hindi na rin sila magka-partner. I think it’s just right na hindi na rin sila pag-usapan together,” she adds.
With an ongoing rumor that a Kapuso star plans to transfer networks soon, Lotlot said there is no chance of it being her daughter. "Hindi po. She still has a contract with GMA and maganda naman. Inaalagaan naman siya ng GMA so sa ngayon wala namang mga ganun,” she confirmed.
As for her three other children, Lotlot said they will not be following in their eldest sister’s footsteps for now. "Not yet. Kasi with my youngest she’s still in school and policy yun eh, they have to finish college first before they decide so si Janine lang talaga yung nagdesisyon to enter showbiz,” she said.
In the Sinag Maynila entry Mrs., Lotlot plays the role of an ever-loyal maid who lives in an ancestral house with her 70-year-old boss. “Maganda ito. It’s about isang misis tapos isang kasambahay. Dito sa pelikulang ito makikita niyo ang realidad ng buhay, kung paano talaga magmahal at mag-alaga ang isang kasambahay, at kung paano rin siya mahalin ng pinagsisilbihan niya,” she said.
Watch the entries for the 2nd Sinag Maynila Film Festival which will run from April 21 to 26 in select SM Cinemas. For more updates, log on to www.sinagmaynilafilmfestival.com.