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Yam Concepcion on her first lead role in a teleserye: ‘Ang tagal ko ring naghintay’

‘Init Sa Magdamag’ star Yam Concepcion shares how her patience paid off in showb usiness.

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Rhea Manila Santos

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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04/21/2021 09:35 AM
Yam Concepcion on her first lead role in a teleserye: ‘Ang tagal ko ring naghintay’
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After being cast in the role of Rita Macatangay in the new sexy drama Init Sa Magdamag, Yam Concepcion said she is proud to be playing one of the biggest roles in her career.

“Talagang nakaka-proud kasi hindi ko din na-imagine sa wildest dreams ko na makakatanggap ako ng ganitong klaseng role. Hindi lang siya dahil sobrang init or nagpa-sexy ako or what. It’s deeper than that.

“Looking back ngayon, siyempre ECQ na naman tayo and mag-isa na naman ako dito sa bahay. Ang dami kong realizations na hindi ko na-appreciate dati yung mga ganito. Tapos ngayon nag-si-sink in na sa akin na wow, this is something I should really be grateful for. So nagapasalamat ako kay direk Ruel Bayani kasi hindi lang dahil I’m getting a lead role or protagonist role but it’s such a great project, napakagandang kuwento. I’m sure maraming ma-i-inspire sa kuwento namin,” she said.


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Yam said that her decade long experience in acting finally paid off with Init Sa Magdamag.

“Siyempre parang fulfilling yung pakiramdam kasi after ten years saka lang ako nagkaroon ng lead role. Ang tagal ko ring naghintay so parang feeling ko isa itong magandang kuwento na i-share sa mga bata na may mag pangarap. Success or dreams, it doesn’t happen overnight. You have to work for it. And along the way you will experience struggles, rejections, and you will question even yourself. Ang daming insecurities pero at the end of the day you kinda just have to believe in yourself and fight for your dream. And of course with prayers and with a little luck you’ll get there,” she said.

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Having played many roles over the years, Yam said she had to work on making her current role as Rita totally different from other roles she has portrayed in previous teleseryes.

“Nahirapan nga ako eh kasi for two years ang pino-portray ko kontrabida kaya parang nadadala ko ata sa totoong buhay. So yung mga nuances na rolling of the eyes, para akong nagmumukha akong mataray talaga kahit dito kay Rita. Very honest naman yung directors namin kapag nakikita nila na parang hindi na yan si Rita. Parang nakikita nila si Jade or si Dana Wong. So kino-correct naman nila. Wala pa naman ako sa point na kaya ko na. Hindi ko kaya (laughs). Kailangan ko yung guidance ng mga directors at ng mga EP namin. Very helpful sila and they’re very honest which I like. Talagang alagang alaga naman,” she explained.

While making the series, Yam said she went through a process of also discovering things about herself while trying to relate to her current role.

“It all depends on my present situation sometimes yung paggawa ko ng mga roles. Iba iba eh, kasi iba iba yung stages ng buhay natin. Siguro nakatulong na nandito ako sa stage na nag-mature na ako so mas naintindihan ko na yung love and all aspects. Love in terms of family, love in terms of romantic love because of my experiences also and sa state ko ngayon. Honestly naka-relate ako on a personal level sa lahat ng characters na nagampanan ko.

“May mga dumating din na mga unexpected na bagay nung ginagawa namin yung teleserye na nakuwestiyon ko din yung sarili ko. At saka yung capacity ko to love and capacity ko for love. Halos lahat siya internal eh so ang dami ko ring realizations. And that helped me also build the character. In terms of like marriage and having kids, yun wala pa ako so that’s a while different world. Yun yung hindi ko pa na-e-experience. But in terms of past love or present love, mamimili ka sa dalawa, yun dun ako naka-relate,” she said.