It has been eight years because the demise of Ai-Ai delas Alas’s organic mom. But to at the present time, the mere point out of it by no means fails to deliver the actress to tears.
“I didn’t get to spend enough time with her. I was able to reunite with her only when she already had dementia so she probably didn’t remember that. I took care of her by way of being a provider. But I wish I was able to at least bathe her,” Ai-Ai advised the Inquirer in a latest interview for the brand new GMA 7 afternoon sequence, “Raising Mamay.”
Ai-Ai was simply an toddler when she was entrusted by her then financially challenged mother and father, Rosendo and Gregorio delas Alas, to the 57-year-old actress’ aunt and eventual adoptive mom, Justa delas Alas.
“I regret not being with my biological mother before she got Alzheimer’s disease, and making her feel that I still love her even if she had to give me up… because I still love her and owe her my life,” she stated.
“It made me emotional whenever she said sorry or asked for my forgiveness, because I know that [giving me up] was something she wished she didn’t have to do. She didn’t have to do that. The life she gave me is something I can’t repay,” Ai-Ai stated, including that the issues she wasn’t in a position to do along with her organic mom she makes certain she does along with her 93-year-old adoptive mom now.
“I get to bathe my adoptive mother, which I wasn’t able to do with my biological mother,” she stated. “I get to take care of her.”
As such, Ai-Ai feels that she’s a greater mom than she is a daughter. “I’m able to devote more time to my children,” stated Ai-Ai, who has two sons, Sean Niccolo and Sancho, and a daughter, Sophia. “They’re my source of pride. I’m happy that I was able to raise them well and give them education… What I wasn’t able to experience as a child, I made sure to give them.”
While she has performed all types of mom roles in her profession, her character in “Raising Mamay” is probably the most surprising, she stated. In the present, which airs weekdays beginning April 25, Ai-Ai performs Letty, whose aim is to turn into an ideal spouse and mom. But a capturing incident kills that dream.
Other approach round
Her head damage ends in mind regression, which has Letty appearing like a 6-year-old child. Her teenage daughter, Abigail (Shayne Sava) has no selection however to imagine guardianship. “I think I have already played every kind of mother. But while my previous films focused on the mother’s sacrifices for her children, this time, it’s the other way around,” she stated.
“It’s my first time to do a role like this, and I’m thankful for the blessing. It’s very heartwarming and touching, but there are also light and funny moments,” she added.
Psychiatrists and neurologists lent their experience to the manufacturing crew to make sure accuracy. “They explained what happens to you when your head gets injured and you suffer regression,” she stated. “I also studied the gestures and nuances of young kids. It was physically and emotionally challenging.”
Asked about her costar Shayne, Ai-Ai had nothing however type phrases. “She’s a good actress and she will only get even better as she matures. You can immediately sense if a child is talented. I didn’t have a tough time working with her, because she was able to keep up with the more experienced actors,” she stated. INQ
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