Actress Angelika dela Cruz only had good words to say about Sarah Geronimo as she recalled working with the singer in the TV adaptation of "Bituing Walang Ningning" 14 years ago.
In the show, Sarah played the role of Dorina, which was originally portrayed by Sharon Cuneta in the 1985 movie of the same title, while Angelika starred as Lavinia, popularized by Cherie Gil.
Speaking with PEP, Angelika said she enjoyed working with Sarah as she is a kind person.
“Mabait si Sarah! At saka bagets na bagets pa siya noong time na iyon eh. Mabait, mahiyain, tapos lagi namin niloloko. Lagi namin niloloko, ‘Oh, Mommy Divine, isasama ko sa gimikan si Sarah.' Tapos tawa sila nang tawa. Masaya iyong set na iyon,” she said.
She added: "Ako kasi, gusto ko kasi talaga, maganda iyong working relationship ko kasi every show, every time na may bago kang kasama is a chance to know a new person, di ba? Gusto ko iyon, e.”
She also looked back to when she and Sarah had a concert showdown at the Araneta Coliseum as part of a scene in the series.
“Alam mo, hanggang ngayon nga, may nagta-tag pa rin sa akin noong sa YouTube, iyong clip na kumakanta kami ni Sarah ng ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.’ Maraming nakakapuna na kahit papaano, may boses ako! So happy ako," she said.
“Nakakatawa doon iyong kinakanta ko na iyong part ko tapos hindi ko abot tapos nagalit ako kasi hindi ko siya abot sabay walk out. Di ba, ang sama ng tingin, parang kasalanan ba ni Sarah na hindi mo abot eh hindi mo abot,” she added.
According to Angelika, another thing she will never forget about the series was the finale, where they staged a live concert.
“Na-tense ako noon, diyos ko! Kasi iyong kakanta ka lang nang ganoon karaming tao, siyempre, kakabahan na ako," she said.
“Biruin mo iyong acting ‘tapos mag-iiyakan kayo ‘tapos live, walang take two, walang take three! Ipinalabas nila on air iyon, live talaga. Kaya quick change talaga kami! Basta walang camera, hubad! In fairness, masarap siyang gawin at saka very memorable," she added.
"Bituing Walang Ningning" marked the first time Angelika played a kontrabida role.
The show aired on ABS-CBN from May to October 2006 and was the highest rated show in primetime for most of its run.