She may be Kris Aquino but she is just like any other mom who wants her child to shine at the Christmas program. But yes, because she is Kris Aquino, her stage mom ways are proportionately larger than life.
To begin with, her second son James “Bimby” Aquino Yap’s Christmas program is a Metro Manila Film Festival entry, where he shares the lead with comedy superstar Vic Sotto and child wonder Ryzza Mae Dizon.
Secondly, to make sure her son has his moment in the “show,” Kris need not plead with a school teacher but simply has to tell noted director Marlon Rivera of the Babae sa Septic Tank fame, “Direk, isa pang close-up please.”
And while regular moms stress out at helping their children to memorize their lines for the program, while slaving away with a needle and threat to sew up costumes, Kris hires an acting coach for Bimby and has him dressed by no less than celebrity stylist Liz Uy.
For all of these, Kris is unapologetic. And this time she shouldn’t be, because she is just being a parent, albeit in the magnitude of her stature.
“When Vic offered this opportunity to Bimby, I accepted it because of two things. The first is because ngayon lang si Bimb magiging six years old, so ngayon lang magiging cute ang ganitong project for him. The second is because his very first exposure in making movies would be with Vic Sotto who I have the utmost respect for in terms of who he is and his work ethic.
“And ginawa ko na ang lahat para kay Bimby because if this will be his first and last movie, I want him to be able to look back at it when he’s much older and be proud of what he did.”
Thankfully, Kris had the license to be the kind of stage mom that she was throughout My Little Bossings’ filming because she also happens to be one of its four producers. Her Kris Aquino Productions has the same stake in the family comedy as Orly Ilacad’s OctoArts Films, Vic Sotto’s M-Zet Films and Tony Tuviera’s APT Entertainment, which annually band together to produce the Enteng Kabisote franchise for the MMFF.
“So aside from taking care of Bimby on the set, I also had to think about my investment kaya super ‘kinareer’ ko na ang pagiging producer, since this might be what I want to do in the future,” added Kris.
Thankfully too, her tight guarding over Bimby during the shoot did not turn off her son’s co-actors. In fact, according to the cast members themselves, Kris’ style of parenting showed them a very positive side of the often-controversial Queen of All Media.
“After all these years since we last worked together, maganda pa din si Kris,” teased Vic. “Pero higit sa lahat napaka buti niyang nanay. She may have the tendency to spoil her children pero makikita mo naman sa produkto yung klase ng pagpapalaki niya. Mabait at masunuring bata itong si Bimby.”
Kris, who expressed her thanks to Vic for noticing how she has raised her son, received more praises from Aiza Seguerra who is also part of the movie.
“I think more than just calling her a stage mom people should realize kung gaano talaga ang pag-aalaga ni Ate Kris sa mga anak niya. Na kahit gaano siya ka-busy, she makes time for her sons. Meron ngang ibang nanay wala nang trabaho, wala pang presence sa buhay ng mga anak nila, kaya bilib ako sa suporta ni Ate Kris sa anak niya, hindi lang bilang producer, pero lalo na bilang nanay.”
And to prove to everyone that she puts her role as mother—and this time as film producer as well—before her own celebrity, Kris, who has a brief yet important role in the movie was happier to work behind the scenes during production.
“Marami akong scenes ko na pinaputol ko na kay Direk kasi bumabagal lang ang storya,” she revealed. “Sa kanilang tatlo naman talaga—ni Vic, Bimby and Ryzza—umiikot ang pelikula, with Aiza also playing a very important role. At the end of the day, yung final product ang pinaka importante.”
My Little Bossings also stars Jaclyn Jose, Jose Manalo, Paolo Ballesteros, Barbie Forteza, Neil Coleta and Neil Sese, with story and screenplay by Bibeth Orteza.
The movie opens on Christmas Day as an entry to the 2013 MMFF.