Janice: I can’t campaign for Aga

Janice de Belen can’t campaign for CamSur congressional bet Aga Muhlach, her ex-boyfriend and father of her eldest son Luigi because her religion, Iglesia ni Cristo, won’t allow her to.

“Pinag-usapan na namin ito  ni Aga,” Janice said in an interview at the presscon of her upcoming horror film, “Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles.”

It will be recalled that Janice converted from Christianity to Iglesia ni Cristo for her ex-boyfriend, a law student at the Ateneo de Manila University.

Luigi, however, will campaign for his dad.

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“Overwhelming at bonggang bongga itong nangyayari sa akin,” she gushes.  “Sobrang happy ako.  And my way of giving back is to make sure I do my job right.”

Janice adds that she is so busy she has no time to dwell on matters of the heart. She admits she has bouts of loneliness every now and then, but she soon snaps out of it when she realizes she has a lot to be thankful for.

“My heart is all fixed.  Walang space sa ibang tao.  Ang ginagawa ko ngayon, dapat ginagawa ko nung 20 or 25 years old ako.  Hindi na ngayon. But I’m enjoying.  This is me time.”

She admits finding it awkward at first to act as the wife of real-life brother-in-law Ariel Rivera’s wife in the ABS-CBN soap “Ina, Kapatid, Anak.”

She had to ask those behind the soap if they’re sure of the casting.

“Other people may not understand it,” Janice explained.

But she later realized that she had to get past that fear and get on with the job.  After all, even her sister, Gelli de Belen, Ariel’s wife, just  laughed Janice’s fears away.


Now on her 35th year as an actress, the former child performer  wants to prove her versatility by taking on other roles beyond the goody-two-shoes ones she has portrayed.

“Importante sa artista na ma-challenge ka, whether on TV or the movies.  I want to explore other roles.”

And if that means playing villain roles, so be it.

Janice is fast becoming known for horror films.  This year alone, she has done five of them.

“It’s crazy, pero masaya,” she notes.

[Watch trailer] “Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles,” directed by Erik Matti, also topbills Dingdong Dantes and Lovi Poe. The film, shot entirely on green screen and using full computer-generated imagery (CGI) effects,  opens in theaters on October 17.

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