Vina Morales plays Sisa in the musical film ‘Damaso’

Singer-actress Vina Morales is proud to bring to life one of Noli Me Tangere’s most famous characters.

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

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9/19/2019 1:32 PM
Vina Morales plays Sisa in the musical film ‘Damaso’


Photo credit: @vina_morales IG

After being cast in the role of Sisa in the film Damaso which is based on characters from Philippine national hero Jose Rizal’s novel Noli Me Tangere, Vina Morales said she did not hesitate to join the project. “Nung tinawagan yung manager ko, sinabi kaagad na yung role ko is Sisa. Para sa akin, maski sinong artista or singer, hindi magda-dalawang isip na gawin yun. It’s a musical movie. And we did a shooting already, umaga na nga kami natapos kasi ang layo eh, sa Taal, Batangas kami. May scenes kami na medyo mabigat kaya talagang kailangan kaabang abangan,” she shared during the Ystilo salon re-opening at Festival Mall, Alabang.

Playing the iconic role of a mother who goes mad when her sons go missing is an honor for Vina who is delighted to get the change to sing and act at the same time. “Yung eksena kasi medyo mabigat. While I was singing, hinahanap ko si Basilio at si Crispin. Feeling ko nasa teatro ako pero nasa pelikula. Yun yung mga na-miss ko. Yun na yung opportunity ko na magawa yung singing and acting sa pelikula kasi sa teatro ko lang siya nagawa. Ang gustong gusto ko is because si Sisa is meron siyang eksena na kakanta so I think konting mga characters lang ang binigyan ng eksena na kumakanta,” she shared.

Vina will be part of a talented ensemble of actors who will bring to life the iconic novel. “This is a star-studded movie and I am so proud that I am one of them. I’m so proud that I get to portray the role of Sisa. Di ba Noli Me Tangere yan? Alam naman natin lahat kung sino si Sisa, historical movie ito. Malaking challenge para sa akin na gampanan yung eksena even though lahat kami dito a few days lang yung shooting days namin but mabibigat naman yung eksena. Sa na-experience ko, napakabigat kaagad and then I recorded yung kanta ni Sisa. Andito rin si Aiko (Melendez), si Nyoy Volante, si Ejay (Falcon), si Arlene Muhlach, si Ariel Rivera, Arnell Ignacio, at marami pa,” she said.

Although she has yet to shoot scenes with Arnell Ignacio who plays the title role, she was impressed by his transformation for the role. “Hindi pa kami nagka-eksena pero nakita ko lang siya sa set. Nagulat ako sa itsura niya kasi pagdating na pagdating ko, talagang naka-Damaso character na siya. Sabi ko, ‘Arnel, ikaw ba yan?’ (laughs),” she said.