Maricel's camp appeals for 'understanding'

Posted at 01/22/13 4:27 PM

'Diamond Star' moves on to new projects

MANILA, Philippines -- Following the reported outburst of Maricel Soriano on the set of her upcoming series, the veteran actress' camp appealed for understanding as she continues to undergo personal challenges.

Maricel Soriano. File photo

Sources close to the actress told ABS-CBN News on Tuesday that Soriano should be accorded understanding, given the passing of her mother in 2009.

The Kapamilya contract artist, dubbed the country's "Diamond Star," can also benefit from undergoing anger management to resolve personal conflicts, the sources added.

In 2011, Soriano was embroiled in a controversy after allegedly maltreating her former housemaids, who took to court their complaints against the actress. The two camps have since reportedly reconciled.

On Monday, reports on Soriano's alleged outburst on the set of the upcoming drama series "Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin" circulated online. The 47-year-old actress allegedly lost her temper over co-star Gerald Anderson's numerous takes in filming a scene.

Soriano's management and that of ABS-CBN's -- which produces the TV series -- have since decided to exclude the Diamond Star from the cast.

Star Magic, ABS-CBN's talent management arm, however, backed Anderson's "unassailable personal character and professional behavior," following the alleged incident.

Other projects

"Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin", which also stars Cristine Reyes and Rayver Cruz, was seen as the comeback project of Soriano as a Kapamilya after she signed anew with ABS-CBN in November last year.

Although her being dropped from the project is seen as a setback in her showbiz comeback, Soriano is still gearing up for several big screen projects.

The veteran actress currently has a film contract with local entertainment production company Viva Entertainment, in addition to a three-picture deal with producer Tony Tuviera.

Soriano, under her Viva Films contract, is set to star in a project co-starring comedian-host Vice Ganda. Directed by Wenn V. Deramas, the film is with the working title "Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy."

The Diamond Star is also gearing up for her team-up with award-winning actress Eugene Domingo, for another big-screen project tentatively titled "Mama Mia." -- with a report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News