Janice de Belen in The Healing – July 25 2012

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Rebuilding Relationship – “…There was never really an issue” between the two of them, Janice maintained, even when Charlene married Aga in 2001. “Siguro nagkakaron lang ng issue whenever it’s being talked about that way kahit wala naman talaga. “Seriously, it was okay. Ako kasi, ‘pag tapos na, ‘di ba, move on na… ‘Pag may kinasal, wala nang drama. Kasi ‘yun na, ‘pag naghiwalay kayo, naghiwalay na kayo. So dapat maisip mo na ‘yon na, ito na ‘yung mga posibleng mangyari. It’s really fine,” she said. The returning Kapamilya actress also encourages Luigi, who now has a family of his own, to “rebuild” his relationship both with Aga and Charlene. “I have no problems with that. I tell Luigi, ‘Go to your dad, go to your Tita Charlene. Always be there, because [it’s making up for] lost time. We’ve been together for a long time, I think it’s time you start rebuilding your relationship with your dad and with your Tita Charlene and with your brother (Andres) and sister (Atasha),’” she said…Aga and I have no problem. Whatever differences we may have had in the past, tapos na ‘yon. I guess we’re mature na rin. Diyos ko, matanda na kami eh. May mga apo na nga kaming dalawa, ‘di ba?” she said…” – Rowena Joy A. Sanchez (READ MORE)

Innate Sensitivity and Warmth – “…Interestingly enough, at this early stage, the most exceptional performance in “Budoy” is turned in, not by Anderson, but by Janice de Belen as his surrogate mother. The new drama series benefits greatly from having De Belen play her pivotal role, because the actress has the vast experience and innate sensitivity and warmth to make her scenes with Budoy moving and memorable. It’s instructive to note that De Belen played a TV waif for years (on “Flordeluna”), so she knows how those handkerchief teleseryes operate. But the quality and affective worth of her portrayal go beyond TV smarts-they’re more the result of her acute “emotional understanding” of her character’s own loneliness, thus her ability to feel for and with the “reject” she’s chosen to mother…” – Nestor U. Torre (READ MORE)

Floredeluna – “…Dahil sa TV soap opera na “Flordluna,” ang longest running at most popular TV soap opera sa buong Pilipinas sa kasalukuyan, nakilala si Janice ng masa. Hindi lamang siya nakilala kundi higit sa lahat, siya ay hinangaan at minahal. Si Janice bilng “Flordeluna” ay simbolo ng kabutihan sa makasalanang daigidig. Siya ay sagisag ng pag-asa hindi lamang sa mga kababaihan kundi higit sa lahat ay sa mga kabataan. Sa gitna ng cass materialism at kalupitan ng mga tao sa kanyang kapuwa, na siyang tema ng ibang mga soap operang paatuloy na nilalason ang isip ng masa at ng mga kabataaan, si “Flordeluna” ay isang mood. Isang pedestal na kumakatawan sa lahat ng bagay na mabuti at maganda. Ang sweet at immaculate image ni “Flordeluna” (bagama’t mayroon ding sumpong at kapintasan) na buong katapatang binibigyan ng buhay ni Janice sa loob ng halos tatlong taon ngayon ay isang hiyas. Isang brilyante sa lipunang pinapamayagpagan ng mga huwad. Ang kanyang pagiging matiisin at makatao ay siyang ikinikintal ng mga educators sa mga estudyante sa elementary at high school level. Ang kanyang mga positive values na winawasak ng ibang soap operas sa ngalang ng sensayonalismo at realismo (raw) upang sila’y panoorin ay kailangan-kailangan sa ating kasalukuang henerasyon. Si “Flordeluna” ay catalyst ng kabitihan, ng anumang bagay na mabuti at maganda. Ganyan si Janice…” – Fundador Soriano, Artista Magazine, September 17, 1981 (READ MORE)

Farmhouse – “…Hindi ba tatlong buwan pa lamang ang nakalilipas mula nang buong kadramahan niyang ipinahayag sa madla na she is quitting showbiz for good? Marami siyang pinahanga sa deklarasyon niyang iyon: na sawa na siya sa mga intriga, gusto naman niyang magbalik sa dati niyang buhay na normal, gusto niyang tumawa’t sumimangot kung kailan niya gustong tumawa’t sumimangot at hindi ‘yung lagi siyang nakangiti…sikat na sikat siya, she’s at the peak of her career, tapos, buong tatag ng loob na tatalikuran niya ang showbiz…Siguro ay pinili niyang maging isang mabuting anak at sundin ang payo na kanyang mga magulang (lalo na ng kanyang ama) na ipagpatuloy na lamang ang kanyang pag-aaral…Pero lahat ng mga iyan ay tubig na lamang na dumaan sa ilalim ng tulay sa ngayon. Paano’y biglang kumambiyo si Janice at nagbago ng kanyang pasiya. Tiyak na lahat ng mga humahanga sa kanya ay mata-turn off. At kahit itatwa pa niya, lalabas at lalabas na nanggi-gimmick lamang pala siya, na niloloko lamang niya tayo. Such a kid, mautak na pala sa ganitong klase ng panlilinlang! But ultimately, she might find out that the rug she pulled off was not from under our feet but hers. Ngayong nagdeklara na siyang babalik sa showbiz through a TV show in such a short time…”I want a farmhouse. This will cost so much so I’ll have to work hard to have money to buy it with. I will have a swimming pool in front, a stable of hourse in the back…” – Mario E. Bautista, Movie Flash Magazine, October 6, 1983 (READ MORE)

Her Karma – “…Janice started as a child newscaster in “Newswatch Junior Edition” and hit it big as a child star in “Flor de Luna”. At 18, she had son Luigi with Aga Muhlach. She later married John Estrada and they have four kids. It was not an easy ride for Janice as a mom. She admitted in “SIR” that Luigi got into drugs, sent into rehab and she was not in favor when he became a dad and got married at 22, but having his own family no doubt straightened out Luigi. We cannot blame him if he went astray as he comes from a dysfunctional family. He saw his mom having her own family and also his dad with his own family, and no matter what you say, he must’ve felt like an outsider hovering somewhere in between. Janice was honest enough to admit that her problems with Luigi must’ve been her karma for her own sins that made her parents cry when she got pregnant out of wedlock. “It was so hard for me as a parent na tanggaping hindi ko siya napalaki nang maayos. Kasi ‘pag single parent ka, ‘pag maayos ‘yung nangyayari sa anak mo, hindi mo naman nakukuha ‘yung credit nang solo eh. Pero ‘pag napariwara ‘yung anak mo, ikaw lang mag-isa ang may kasalanan niyan.” But somehow, it ended well for Luigi, who finished culinary arts and now has his own restaurant. He has given Janice two grandchildren so far….” – Mario Bautista (READ MORE)

Catherine Janice Yap de Belen or Janice de Belen is a Filipina actress, commercial model and television host who was a GMA Network contract artist. She returns back to ABS-CBN via Budoy. She is currently part of ABS-CBN contract actresses. She was born November 9, 1968 to Philip de Belen and the former Susan Yap. She has a younger sister Gelli who is also an actress. At the age of nine, she became a newscaster for the RPN 9’s Newswatch Junior Edition. She got her biggest break from the same channel when she got the lead role in the soap opera Flordeluna. Two years later, she entered the movies via her launch movie Mga Basang Sisiw. Janice is also credited as co-writer of Joey Albert’s smash hit It’s Over Now. – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Janice de Belen and Vilma Santos

“…Ang nasabing pelikula ay ang The Healing, tungkol sa paniniwala ng ilan sa atin sa faith healers. Kuwento ni Janice, “It’s with Vilma Santos. Ang role ko rito ay friend of Vilma. Makakasama rin namin dito sina Kim Chiu, Pokwang, Mark Gil and Chris Villanueva, directed by Chito Roño.” Na-miss kaya niya ang paggawa ng mga ganitong klaseng pelikula? Tugon nito, “May mga indie ako, pero ‘yung mainstream film parang ngayon lang uli ako gagawa ng mainstream film.” Hindi naman daw ito ang unang pagkakataong makakasama niya ang Star for All Seasons, pero excited daw siya dahil si Ate Vi ang pangarap ng karamihan na makatrabaho kahit isang beses man lang sa kanilang mga career. Masayang sagot ni Janice, “I worked with her before ‘di ba? Dati may show siya ‘yung VIP, pagka mga holidays, meron silang parang nagda-drama sila, I worked with her there. “Iba ‘tong movie na ‘to saka many years after, sobrang many years after I think mga 20 years ago na ‘yun, so to work with Vilma now na parang napaka-exciting, ‘di ba? Oo, masabi ko man lang na nakatrabaho ko si Vilma Santos, si Ate Guy (Nora Aunor) nakatrabaho ko na siya. Gusto ko man lang once in my career masabi ko ‘yun…” – Arnel Serato (READ MORE)

The Healing (2012) – “…Stories about the Filipino tradition of going to faith healers for guidance and treatment of ailments have not yet been tackled in-depth in movies. And in our film, the viewers will not just be horrified, they’ll somehow be challenged to think as to how faith healing has already been part of our culture…” – ABS-CBN News (READ MORE)

Payaso (1986) – “…The 1986 Metro Manila Film Festival may have been the worst in the 12-year history of the annual 10-day festival of local films, but it set a precedent; it did not give out the traditional first and second best picture awards…Romy Vitug won the best cinematography award for Celso Ad Castillo’s Payaso and Chris Ad Castillo, the director’s son, ran away with the best supporting actor award…The unprecendented move, according to another juror, Nick Deocampo, was arrived at after a heated discussion. An insider said it was spearheaded by Deocampo and another juror, Justino Dormiendo of the Manunuri. In a prepared statement read by Cojuangco during ceremonies, the board of juror annouced: “We, the members of the Board of Jurors of the 1986 Metro Manila Film Festival, would like to express our concern over the current state of the Philippine movie industry as reflected in the entires to this year’s MMFF. It added that the entries “failed to reinforced and inculcate positive Filipino values by portraying negative stereotypes, imitating foreign films and perpetuating commercially-oriented movies…” – JC Nigado (READ MORE)

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