Kris Aquino will not deny the fact that she had been labeled a “mistress” twice in her life for being with separated men who were not annulled at the time of their relationships.
The “throwback,” as recollections are called these days, was unavoidable at the press conference of her upcoming movie Etiquette for Mistresses, which also stars Claudine Barretto, Iza Clzado, Cheena Crab and Kim Chiu. Produced by Star Cinema, the Chito Roño film is inspired by best-selling book of the same title by Julie Yap Daza, published in 1993.
“It’s not a secret I was into relationships with men who were not annulled,” Kris candidly acknowledged. “Deadma—it’s reality. Wala akong itinatago dahil alam naman ni Bimb, and the only person I’m answerable to is only eight years old.
“Alam niya kasi sabi ko mababasa niya sa Internet or mapapanood niya sa YouTube,” she continued. “But I know that you are really judged because I heard that word so often—kabit because hindi pa siya plantsado at hindi pa maayos.”
With children of those involved in such relationships affected most, the top TV host and actress categorically stated that she is pro-divorce, besides the fact that she is well aware marriages do and can break down.
“I know there is forever, like my mom and dad and my sisters and their husbands,” she cited, referring to former president Cory and Ninoy Aquino, and her Ate Balsy Cruz, Pinky Abellada, and Viel Dy. “But this [broken marriages]is also a reality.”
Kris had highly publicized relationships with actors Philip Salvador (the father of her eldest son Joshua) and Joey Marquez, before finally marrying ex-husband cager James Yap (Bimby’s dad).
But she also experienced being the aggrieved party, recalling just as quickly, “Dumaan din naman ako sa marriage na nagloko ang asawa ko. So, I’ve looked at love from both sides now,” she added, laughing at herself for quoting the Joni Mitchell ditty.
When it comes to love nowadays, Kris explained that she has to be selfless in order to put the feelings and happiness of her children first. If given the chance to fall in love again, she vowed, “Pipiliin ko yung madali, yung walang kaagaw, wala kang kailangang ka-share.”
With her turbulent past in matters of the heart, Kris also confessed that she had to think hard about accepting a role in the movie adaptation of Daza’s controversial book, especially with the kind of image she has established today.
“Sabi sa akin ni Tita Malou [Santos of Star Cinema], magsisi ka pag hindi mo tinanggap. So I had to tell Direk Chito, marami akong endorsements and baka masagasaan and humingi lang ako ng redemption, kasi alam ko na from the start, ‘yung character na ipo-portray ko hindi family values ang pino-promote. So sabi ko [kay direk], ‘bigyan mo naman ako ng pagkakataon na maituwid ang daan ko’,” she revealed as much.
Etiquette for Mistresses is centered on a group of sophisticated, well-mannered mistresses Georgia (Kris), Chloe (Claudine), Stella (Calzado) and Charley (Cheena) who all guide Ina (Kim) into their world. As they embark in their individual journeys to find love, issues arise because not all mistresses are alike—there are those who choose to uphold tradition and follow the “proper etiquette” required of them, while others prefer to break the rules.
Described as a movie about “women power,” according to Roño, the story will show how the five characters seem to have everything, yet they feel they have nothing because deep inside, they known that their love will never be whole.
Etiquette for Mistresses will be the first Filipino film to premiere simultaneously on September 29 in Manila, and key cities in the Middle East, North America and Europe. Its commercial run begins on September 30.