MANILA, Philippines – Young actress Andi Eigenmann was hurt while taping an action scene for ABS-CBN television series “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin” last week in Marikina.
Eigenmann, who plays a soldier in the TV series, was hit by a blank bullet after co-star Martin del Rosario accidentally pulled the trigger of his firearm on Friday.
“Si Martin kasama ko doon, tinabihan niya ako tapos yuyuko kami sa ground… siguro napull niya ‘yong trigger. Tumama sa akin pero sideways. It was a blank bullet, aapoy lang siya tapos sasabog,” Eigenmann told “The Buzz.”
She was rushed to St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City by the production staff and actress Maja Salvador. She reportedly suffered a second-degree burn and is now resting at her Quezon City home.
Eigenmann said everything happened so fast that at first she did not know what hit her. When she realized what occurred, she said she “freaked out.”
“Ang sakit kasi, naramdaman ko. Pero biglaan so hindi ako masyadong nagreact kasi nasa eksena na kami. Hanggang sa tumayo na ako, iyak ako ng iyak. Hindi ko nakikita ‘yong sugat, nakita ko ‘yong dugo at butas ng damit ko. Siyempre baril ‘yon, so natatakot ako,” she said.
In a separate interview with “The Buzz,” del Rosario recalled that when he heard the shot, he was initially not aware where it came from.
“Nakita ko na lang reaction ni Andi na may pain. Nataranta lahat kasi siyempre butas ‘yong jacket tapos ‘yong shirt. Hindi ko din maiisip na mapuputok ko ‘yon. Nakadikit pa kay Andi… Hindi ko gustong mangyari ‘yon… Hindi ko talaga sinasadya,” he said.
Del Rosario said he apologized to Eigenmann.
Eigenmann, on the other hand, said it was an accident and accepted del Rosario’s apology.
Meanwhile, director Darnel Joy Villafor said in a statement that both artists will resume taping next week.
“What happened between Andi Eigenmann and Martin del Rosario on the set of 'Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin' was purely an accident. Our actors are aware of the risks involved when doing action sequence on the show and their safety is always our priority. Andi has already been treated for minor injury, while Martin has apologized to Andi for the mishap,” Villarfor said.