Two decades later, Claudine Barretto recalls working with Vilma Santos in 'Anak'


Posted at May 17 2020 07:33 PM

MANILA – Who would have thought that 20 years have already passed since the movie “Anak” was released?

Two decades later, a lot of people are still talking about the Vilma Santos and Claudine Barretto starrer and the impact the movie made in their lives.

On Sunday, Barretto surprised Santos on “I Feel U,” the new online show hosted by Toni Gonzaga.

Looking back at their experience filming it, Barretto said: “I am really honored to be able to be a part of ‘Anak.’ Kung hindi niyo alam, Vilmanian talaga ako bata pa lang. For me, yun na ang ultimate dream come true ko.”

“Sabi ko nga noon kay tita Malou (Santos) nung inoffer ang ‘Anak,’ okay na akong hindi mag-artista basta makasama si Ate Vi,” she added.

When asked how she prepared for their heated iconic scene, Barretto said: “I had the support of Ate Vi throughout the shooting. She never told me na, ‘Ito ang gagawin mo.’ Yung preparation ko is I had to step up and I really had to focus.”

Because of how Santos portrayed the role of her mom in the movie, Barretto said she understood better what a mother’s love really means.

“Naintindihan ko sobra na kapag nanay ka, kahit ano talaga gagawin mo para sa anak mo. Especially si Ate Vi, kung hindi niyo alam is one of my mentors talaga. When I [was] going through my lowest talaga, nandoon siya,” she said.

At end of the interview, Barretto said it was because of Santos that she learned to love her own parents more.