Even before the ABS-CBN shutdown last year, actress Mylene Dizon has always been one of the staunch and loyal supporters of her home network ever since joined the Star Magic family in 1996. The 45-year old actress, who is part of the cast of the family drama Huwag Kang Mangamba, shared how she feels on choosing to remain a kapamilya even with the franchise denial.
“Pag umuuwi ka sa bahay there’s this certain comfort that you feel, yung para kang natulog ulit sa sarili mong kama or naligo ka sa sarili mong banyo, alam mo yun. It’s comfortable, it’s warm.
“Pero yung pagbabalik sa ngayon sa sitwasyon na ganito ng ABS-CBN, you’re just happy that we are all still working, na kahit papaano we are trying our best na makagawa pa rin ng magagandang shows para maipakita sa mga tao. To create stories na may magagandang message, hindi lang basta kuwento pero may message na kailangan mapupulot. Yes I’m very, very thankful like everybody right now na kahit mahirap ay nakakapagtrabaho pa rin tayo. We just try to do our best all the time pag nagtratrabaho kami kasi alam namin na hindi madali ang sitwasyon, hindi madali ang working environment but we try,” she shared during the Huwag Kang Mangamba finale mediacon.
Playing relentless journalist Eva Marquez in Huwag Kang Mangamba, Mylene said she feels a certain responsibility in taking on this kind of role.
“Lagi namang relevant ang journalist because I represented media. Dito sa kuwento mapapansin niyo may nagrerepresent ng politics, may nagrerepresent ng church. Ako naman yung nagrerepresent ng media. And as a journalist we are always seeking not just for a story a tell, but for the truth in things that are happening around us. Kasi tayo kumbaga yung imbestigador para sa tao, para maintindihan nila kung ano ba yung kuwento sa dalawang sides ng coin. Hindi naman kasi puwedeng one sided. Then that’s not proper journalism. It’s relevant now especially now when the country is in this situation.
“I needed to represent this journalist very well and as fair as I can be kasi dapat ganun natin makita ang mga journalist. Dapat wala tayong kinikilingan. Right now it’s very difficult to be fair because maraming hindi balansado, may mga fake news. So it’s quite a challenge to be believable, dependable, timely, and credible,” she explained.
Known for playing a wide range of characters on television and film through the years, Mylene said it was never her goal to always be the lead actress in all her projects.
“Kadalasan hindi ko naman hinahanap yung pagiging bida eh. Ang importante sa amin kung ano ba yung role at paano namin magagampanan ng mabuti, how to give it justice. I think that’s the main job description namin bilang artista. Personally hindi naman ako star, I’m in it for the craft. And that makes me feel good that I’m able to represent it well and I ‘m very, very happy that you guys appreciate the work that I did,” she explained.
As mom to her two sons Lucas and Tomas, Mylene shared how their set-up is at home every time she has to go into lock-in taping for the soap.
“Yung mga anak ko iniwan ko sa parents ni Paolo (Paraiso) father of my children. I’m super thankful kasi medyo naging magulo yung huling schedule namin nitong tapijng and there were so many changes but they were kind enough to let my children stay longer and really took care of them and helped them kahit na may mga questions yung mga bata tungkol sa online schooling, sa mga klase nila. Sometimes it gets difficult for grandparents to go back and recall some lessons di ba? So they had to relearn some things. Yung sister din ni Paolo was there and the Paraisos were really, really nice and generous,” she added.
Huwag Kang Mangamba is now on its last three weeks and is available via Kapamilya Channel, A2Z, TV5, TFC, Kapamilya Online Live, iWantTFC, WeTV, and iflix. Outside of the Philippines it is available on The Filipino Channel on cable and IPTV.