She was long considered the queen of soaps on prime time TV until her personal life encountered many controversies. But now, Claudine Barretto, who at the height of her career was christened the “Optimum Star,” is back where the likes of director Joel Lamangan believes she belongs.
“Aktres si Claudine Barretto sa totoong depinisyon ng pagiging aktres,” he declared at the launch of the come-backing celebrity’s Viva tele-drama Bakit Manipis ang Ulap on TV5. The piece is a remake of a 1985 film drama written and helmed by the late and noted director Danny Zialcita.
In response, Claudine expressed her gratitude to Viva and her director for giving her another shot to thrive in what she calls her “forte” in show business.
“I’ve been in the industry for 24 years—I was 11 when I started in theater with Repertory Philippines. Bata pa lang ako gusto ko na talaga mag-artista and I’m really grateful na lahat naman ng pinangarap ko na abot ko. Pero I can say na teleserye talaga ang forte ko at kahit noon minsan-minsan lang ako sa pelikula,” Claudine explained.
“Mas mahirap gawin ang teleserye dahil mas maraming sequences, dapat mabilis ka kumilos, dapat na-memorize mo agad ang lines mo. But dito talaga na hahasa ang acting mo, and mas challenging siya kaya masaya po talaga ako to be back here,” she added.
Claudine is further overwhelmed by a stellar cast assembled for her return to the teleserye in Cesar Montano, Diether Ocampo, Ruffa Gutterez, Diether Ocampo, Dindi Gallardo, Samantha Lopez, Bernard Palanca, and Meg Imperial.
“In this business, you cannot call yourself an fulfilled actress if you haven’t worked with Cesar Montano,” she enthused. “And as for Diet, alam n’yo naming lahat that we’ve worked so many times before so balik trabaho lang kami.”
Perhaps another reason why the controversial actress is back on track is that she is also in better terms with ex-husband Raymart Santiago, with whom she had a highly publicized separation and continuing spats.
“Raymart and are very good friends now, and we’re really trying to be good parents. Nag-fail na po kami as husband and wife, so we don’t want to fail as parents naman,” Claudine explained. “So napagusapan muna namin na i-stop muna lahat ng mga kaso and mag-co-parenting na lang kami sa pagpapalaki sa mga anak namin.”
As they say, a good family life—no matter how unconventional it may be—is always the foundation for all other aspects of one’s life. With Claudine’s revelations, Philippine showbiz’ erstwhile Optimum Star, may just be starting her climb to the top once again.
The TV adaptation of Danny Zialcita’s Bakit Manipis ang Ulap will soon air on TV5.