MANILA – Cacai Bautista turned emotional as she recalled how Lea Salonga has served as her inspiration when she was starting out in theater.
In the Friday episode of “Magandang Buhay,” Bautista shared that her first job in theater was to be Salonga’s wardrobe assistant.
“Kakatapos ko lang mag-workshop sa probinsiya tapos 'yun agad 'yung binigay na trabaho sa akin. Sobrang excited ako kasi Lea Salonga, anong gagawin ko? Baka dumugo ang ilong ko kasi English nang English,” she said, laughing.
Tears then began to fall as Bautista narrated how she was moved by Salonga’s good heart.
“Konting tao lang ang nakakaalam pero one of the reasons why I never gave up in theater and in showbiz was because of Ms. Lea Salonga. Marami akong mentors. She’s one of the few people who really inspired me,” she said.
Salonga then expressed how proud she is of all the achievements of Bautista.
“Nakakataba ng puso watching her kasi ang galing niya. When you see somebody kasi that you’ve known, that you’ve worked with, up there na magaling, na maganda 'yung ginagawa, talagang wow. Kamakailan lang, magkasama lang tayo, binibihisan mo ako. Now I’m seeing her like that, nakakatuwa,” she said.
Asked how she feels that she has that certain effect on other artists, Salonga said: “I’m thankful. I guess a lot of it is dahil sa theater training na do not give other people a hard time. It’s part of it.”