MANILA – Jodi Sta. Maria defended her hit series “Be Careful with my Heart” against critics calling for the cancellation of the Kapamilya daytime show.
The "kilig-serye," which was originally slated to run for only one season, proved to be a ratings success for producer ABS-CBN and has been credited for shaking up daytime programming in the Philippines.
Due to this, ABS-CBN president and chief executive officer Charo Santos-Concio even joked last year that the show will be on air "forever."
In an interview with ABS-CBN News on Wednesday, Sta. Maria acknowledged that she and the other cast members have been receiving negative feedback on social media but they refuse to engage with these bashers.
“Sa mga tao na feeling nila hindi na dapat nasa ere, nakaka-receive din naman kami sa social media ng mga comments ng mga tao. Pero siyempre sa amin, hindi na namin pinapansin 'yung mga ganung komento,” she said.
Sta. Maria said they just focus on their loyal viewers who have supported the show for nearly two years now.
“Gusto kong pasalamatan muna 'yung mga tao na hanggang ngayon ay sumusuporta sa ‘Be Careful with my Heart’… Kasi alam namin na marami pa rin talagang nai-inspire and pinapaasa ng ‘Be Careful.’ Mas doon na lang ang focus namin kesa sa negative na binabato sa show,” she said.
Asked if plans to make a movie adaptation of “Be Careful with my Heart” will still push through, the actress said, “Hindi ko talaga alam kung ano na ang mangyayari sa kanya. Pero as of now, TV na lang muna.”
Meanwhile, Sta. Maria said she is glad that she will be portraying a new role for the upcoming horror movie “Maria, Leonora, Teresa,” which will also star Iza Calzado and Zanjoe Marudo.
“Sobrang excited kasi ang tagal ko ng hindi nakagawa ng pelikula. Ang huli ko pang nagawa with Star Cinema is 'yung ‘Cinco’ na horror din. First time ko makakasama sa pelikula sila Iza and Zanjoe. Excited ako makatrabaho sila so bagong learning experience,” she said.
Saying she missed doing heavy drama, Sta. Maria said, “Kailangan ko talagang himayin 'yung character ng maigi para ma-portray ng maayos 'yung role. Very excited ako kasi after almost two years, gagawa na naman ako ng bago.”
Directed by Wenn Deramas, “Maria, Leonora, Teresa” is slated to be released in theaters later this year.