She will forever be the Philippines’ iconic “Sabado Nights Girl” from the now classic 1995 San Miguel Beer commercial. And at 45 years old today, she is still admired by many, not only for her perfectly toned body and ageless beauty, but also for her amiable personality and acting ability.
Happily, Ina Raymundo has been back in the biz for a good two years now since taking time off after marrying Canadian-Ukrainian businessman husband Brian Poturnak and having five children.
Her earliest appearances between 2018 and 2020 were mother roles in teen flicks “Block Z” (2020) and “Vince and Kath and James,” plus an award-winning role as Ogie Alcasid’s leading lady in the critically acclaimed indie, “Kuya Wes.”
But this year, Raymundo is noticeably making a comeback to her erstwhile sexy roles starting off with iWantTFC’s “Me & Mrs. Cruz.”
The third installment of the “hugot” anthology series “Ampalaya Chronicles,” Raymundo plays Eva in Mr. & Mrs. Cruz who falls in love with Caloy (Paulo Angeles) who is 23 years younger than her sexy, sophisticated but sad character.
Based on the trailer, Raymundo does show quite a lot of curves, which remain amazingly unchanged despite having five births. With teeners among her brood, The Manila Times Entertainment dared to ask the actress why she accepted a steamy project like Mr. & Mrs. Cruz again.
“Dati nung ’90s, puro sexy lang talaga walang lalim, walang layer or isang layer lang kundi magpasexy. But this time, 25 years later, may mga offers na ganun and I don’t mind accepting them because they’re fun and feel like a breath of fresh air,” she candidly replied.
“And for the past five years, ang mga roles ko inaapi, kawawa or zombie. So ngayon I’m flattered kapag may ganoong offer. I’m very open to it basta syempre may story. Kumbaga may challenge, may layer of pain and maturity — lahat nang yun na mga hugot. For me that’s a great combination. That’s ideal for me.”
The gorgeous mom, however, said that even as she’s open to sexy roles again, she sets limitations now from the start of the project.
“Syempre kailangan kong isipin mga anak ko, my family,” Raymundo insisted.
Comparing her experience during her early years as an actress, she admitted how looking back, she feels “exploited” for being daring then. Leaving the past behind, she chooses to be grateful for this more meaningful comeback.
“Kasi naman noong ’90s let’s admit it, usong-uso talaga ang mga super sexy movies. Minsan may exploitation nang nagaganap, mga ganung levels. But this time, I’m so happy na hindi ka pine-pressure na gawin mo yung beyond na makakaya mo and for me, that’s very good,” Raymundo enthused.
“Also, at this point din naman talaga, kaya ko na rin talagang mag say no. Kumbaga I have wisdom now to say, ‘No, I can’t do that.’ Yun ang difference and hindi naman na uso ngayon yung over the top na sexy, thank goodness,” she laughed.
“Me & Mrs. Cruz” by Jerome Dawis also stars Kat Galang, Kristof Garcia, Mark Wei, JM Mendoza, Sophie Reyes, Nicki Morena and Frances Makil-Ignacio. It follows “Adik” and “Labyu Hehe” in the trilogy is produced by Firestarters Production with a screenplay by Bridgette Ann Rebuca, under the direction of Real Florido. It is available for free worldwide beginning today, March 26, on the iWantTFC app (iOs and Android) and iwanttfc.com.