Playing the mother of Zanjoe Marudo’s David Ilustre character in “The Broken Marriage Vow” is like a breath of fresh air for seasoned character actress Susan Africa.
“Hindi ako typical na Filipino nanay, in the sense na sobrang devoted ako sa anak ko. Sobrang mahal na mahal ko ang pamilya ko pero kapag nagkamali siya, hindi ko siya masyadong pagsasabihan. Kakampihan ko siya,” Africa said about her character, Marina Ilustre, during the online press conference for the TV series last Jan. 17.
(I am not the typical Filipino mom in this show, in the sense that I am so devoted to my son here. I love my family very much but when he commits a mistake, I don’t scold him too much. I will take his side.)
Despite that, Africa says her character still gives advise to her son, like to make peace with his wife Jill, played by Jodi Sta. Maria, for the sake of the family.
Africa said that the series is close to home, as shown in the opening scene alone, where the typical Filipino family is portrayed as having extended family members.
“‘Yung dinalaw ako ni David sa bahay parang ang dami-daming tao. Parang ganoon talaga sa probinsiya. Nandoon ‘yung mga pamangkin, ‘yung mga kapitbahay. Tapos ‘yung nanay, siya ‘yung tipong ‘o, sige ipagluluto ko kayo’ pero in the end ay iuutos niya sa iba. Nakakatawa ang character ko at sobrang na-enjoy ko,” she said.
(When David visited me at home, there were so many people. It is like that in the province, really. There are nephews and nieces, neighbors. Then the mother is someone who says, ‘I will cook for you all,’ but in the end, she would just ask someone else to do it. My character is funny and I enjoyed it immensely.)
“The Broken Marriage Vow” premiered on Jan. 22 on iWantTFC, two days before its TV broadcast on Jan. 24 at 8:40 p.m. on Kapamilya Channel, TV5, A2Z, Kapamilya Online Live on ABS-CBN Entertainment’s YouTube channel and Facebook page, and TFC. JB
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