Zia Quizon still in the process of healing
MANILA, Philippines -- Actress-singer Zsa Zsa Padilla is ready to return to work full-time, four months since her partner, the late film icon Dolphy, passed away.
Padilla told ABS-CBN News' Gretchen Fullido on Wednesday that she will be doing a teleserye under ABS-CBN by November or December.
While Padilla has been performing every Sunday on the concert variety program "ASAP 2012," she has not taken on any new film or TV project since Dolphy died in July after a five-year battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
In addition to the new "teleserye," Padilla earlier told "Showbiz Inside Report" that she is working on a tribute album in memory Dolphy, which she will be doing in collaboration with Zia Quizon, her daughter with the late veteran actor.
"We've been meeting about it; it's going to be under Star [Records]," Padilla said Wednesday, referring to ABS-CBN's record label.
"Mas chill 'yung sound," Quizon said of the album. "It can be a way of healing for me rin for the both of us at the same time."
A proud mother over her daughter's achievements as a recording artist, Padilla said she cannot possibly credit the young singer's talent to herself alone.
"When you're in love with a person, you want to have children with this person," Padilla said.
"When you see Zia on stage, you kind of see me. I hope I could claim it, but so much of is (Quizon's talent) is Dolphy's," she added.
The youngest daughter of Dolphy, Quizon also shared she is grateful for the presence of her family as she continues to "heal" from their loss leading up to the Holiday season.
Dolphy has 18 children from five relationships. Among them are Quizon and her older sister, Nicole, from the comedy king's 23-year relationship with Padilla.
"The healing process isn't a concrete science. Everybody heals in their own pace," she said.
"I'm just really glad na marami kami in the family as a support group, and we're always there for each other," Quizon added.