By Joseph Peter R. Gonzales

Angelica Panganiban sheds light on the issue why after doing “Pangako Sa ‘Yo” opposite Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, she opted to do “Playhouse”, a light material as compared to “Asintado” in which the role of Shaina Magdayao was originally offered to her.

“Maybe it’s because coming from an emotionally draining program like ‘Pangako Sa ‘Yo’ where my character always gets mad at KathNiel and Jodi (Sta. Maria), I wanted my next project to be different. I longed for something which is light in nature and presto, ‘Playhouse’ came in.

“When it was pitched in to me, I found the material a perfect respite from all the heavy stuff people are used to see me portraying. At least, it’s a breath of fresh air for me, so to speak. In the meantime, I wanted to avoid doing scenes where warehouses are the location. Ha-ha-ha! ‘Playhouse’ offered something new so I accepted it right away,” she avers.

In the show, she has a new leading man in the person of Zanjoe Marudo.

Photo: Angelica Panganiban and Zanjoe Marudo (

“Yes! It’s my first time to work with him on a television project. We’ve done a few films before where we are not screen partners and it’s exciting that this time, we’re paired together. It’s a new experience. I’m sure the viewers will like our chemistry on screen.”

In “Playhouse”, they play husband and wife whose marriage is on the rocks. Angelica’s character Patty decides to seek for an annulment. However, they are forced to stay together when they were assigned to look after an orphaned kid.

“The plot is really interesting. For sure, people will rollick in laughter in all of our misadventures in the story.”

Angelica points out though that she and Zanjoe worked hard to establish their on screen chemistry and it took time before they obtained it.

“That’s true! Admittedly, the initial taping sessions were longer. Direk Jeffrey Jeturian made sure that Zanjoe and I familiarize ourselves very well with our respective character.

We also sought the help of the entire cast in making each character stand out. It’s actually group effort, teamwork not only among the cast members which also includes Donnie Pangilinan and Kisses Delavin but also on the side of the production, creative and the writers.

“I’m proud of the turn-out of our collaboration. Viewers can see and feel that in each scene that we do. I’m relieved that eventually, Zanjoe and I became relaxed with each other.

Unlike the first few days when we were still stiff, the succeeding days witnessed how we became more and more comfortable with each other and it’s reflected in our scenes together,” she states.

“Playhouse” will be fielded in the daytime block. Is it just okay with her considering that her past starrers were aired on prime time?

“That’s not an issue actually. When it was presented to me, it was really pegged on daytime. I readily agreed because that timeslot is family-oriented. As I’ve said, it’s something new to me, the reason why it excites me to the hilt.”

The critically-acclaimed Kapamilya actress revealed that she even felt more nervous when at one point management considered fielding the show on primetime.

“Oh yes! When it appeared that they didn’t know where to put us at first and considered the primetime block, I felt real nervous. I just didn’t react and waited for the verdict.

Management perfectly knows what to do and I feel everything fell into its proper place in the end,” says Angelica.