MANILA — Despite a three-year hiatus from showbiz, it appears Claudine Barretto hasn’t lost her touch in acting, going by the teaser for her comeback project.
Barretto, dubbed local showbiz’s “Optimum Star,” is taking on her first lead role since 2016 via the April 27 episode of “Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK).”
It will follow the life story of RJ Cunanan, a dancer whose dreams are sidelined because of a condition that paralyzes parts of his body. Barretto portrays RJ’s mother, Vhing, while breakout actor Jameson Blake plays the young dancer.
The teaser for the episode shows Barretto in dramatic scenes, including where her character wishes it was her, and not RJ, who was beset with the illness.
On Instagram early this week, Barretto shared a photo of her with the real-life Cunanan, as she shared her realizations from his story.
“Totoo pala ang sabi nila na ang suporta at pagmamahal ay nakakapagpagaling ng anumang sakit. At walang ina ang ‘di gagawin ang lahat mabuhay lang ang anak,” said Barretto, who is a mother of two.
She described Cunanan and his mother as “living testimony that nothing is impossible with God.”