Angelica Panganiban: I've already forgiven

Posted at 01/10/2013 5:50 PM | Updated as of 01/11/2013 1:59 PM

Dual role in new series is actress' latest challenge

MANILA, Philippines -- Angelica Panganiban now finds it easier to forgive, having found contentment in her career and personal life.

Angelica Panganiban and John Lloyd Cruz. File photo

"Hindi ko na nga maalala," the 26-year-old actress said in a recent interview, when asked if she has already forgiven those who have done her wrong in the past year.

"Alam niyo kasi, 'pag nagpatawad ka 'di ba, kinakalimutan mo na 'yung mga 'yon. So hindi ko na maalala 'yung pain na naramdaman ko," she said.

Last year, Panganiban made headlines as the actress went through changes in her personal life. Her breakup with long-time boyfriend Derek Ramsay -- which was confirmed by the actor in May -- was no less controversial than her then-rumored relationship with actor John Lloyd Cruz.

Panganiban and Cruz, both Star Magic talents, confirmed being officially a couple in November, leading up to the release of their first big-screen project together, "24/7 In Love."

"Alam mo 'pag sobra kang masaya, at sobra kang blessed, 'yun 'yung pwede mong ibalik, 'di ba, 'yung forgiveness," Panganiban said.

Serena vs Rebecca

Aside from her relationship with Cruz, the actress sees as a "blessing" her return to primetime television. Panganiban takes on a dual role in "Apoy sa Dagat," which is among the several new shows lined up for ABS-CBN's TV programming in the first quarter of 2013.

"Gusto muna mag-focus doon, kasi medyo mahirap 'yung role na ginagawa ko. Eighteen hours ako on set. So mahirap lang, nakaka-drain talaga siya physically, emotionally, mentally, so ayoko namang mag-suffer 'yung isa sa mga projects na gagawin ko," she said.

In the Kapamilya series, Serena (Panganiban), as a child, drifts off from a ship accident at sea to a fishing village, where she takes on a new name and grows up with her best friend Ruben (Piolo Pascual). As Serena pursues her dreams in the city, she meets Rebecca (also portrayed by Panganiban), with whom she will share the man she loves.

"Parang matagal akong hindi napanood ng mga tao sa primetime, so gusto ko, pag napanood nila ako dito, maging sulit talaga at ma-excite sila dahil, 'Ay, bago nanaman 'tong nakikita namin!'

"Na-miss 'to ng mga tao, lalo na ng mga Pinoy, 'yung ganitong klaseng soap opera, dahil may halong comedy, may sobrang drama, may action, and nakaka-excite kasi first time ko siyang gagawin, na dalawang characters 'yung pino-portray ko," Panganiban said.

Directed by F.M. Reyes and Nick Olanka, "Apoy sa Dagat" also stars Diether Ocampo, Angel Aquino, Nikki Gil, Empress Schuck and Patrick Garcia.