Cathy Garcia-Molina apologizes for cursing, talent refutes her claim
The Forevermore director has broken her silence.
Photo via Liza Soberano's Instagram account
(SPOT.ph) In an interview with Boy Abunda over the weekend, director Cathy Garcia-Molina has apologized for cursing at a former Forevermore talent while on set. To quickly recap, an open letter from a talent named Rosselyn Domingo went viral, after she claimed that Garcia-Molina repeatedly cursed at and humiliated her boyfriend, Alvin Campomanes. The latter is a UP professor who substituted for a small role on the show.
In her interview, Garcia-Molina said that Campomanes was "right" about her cursing. "Hindi naman kasi nakalagay sa letter [kung] ilang beses siyang nagkamali," she pointed out. "I admit nagkamali po ako. I admit nagmumura po ako. Pero hindi ko ipinagtatanggol na tama ang ginawa kong pagmumura. Mali, mali ang magmura, pero sana ilagay natin sa konteksto."
She continued, "Hindi ko sinasabing itinatama natin ang pagmumura, pero dito sa atin, may ibang kahulugan ang pagmumura. Hindi na siya mura to degrade or to humiliate or to insult anyone. Bukambibig." She also added that had she known he wasn't familiar with the industry, she would have approached him and apologized for her outburst.
A day after the interview was posted on YouTube, Campomanes refuted Garcia-Molina's claim that she cursed at him after multiple mistakes, writing, "Puro blocking lang ang naging pagkakamali ko na napakadali sanang itama kung maayos lang ang pagbibigay ng instruction. Hindi naman mahina ang ulo ko para umunawa ng simpleng instruction, lalo na kung blocking lang ito. Ang aking tanong, bakit hindi siya bastos sa 'malalaking' artista?"
Despite their misunderstanding, Campomanes said this morning (January 18) that he had already met with ABS-CBN on the matter. "The dialogue with ABS-CBN yesterday ended well. It was cordial, enlightening, and sincere. I am posting a final statement on the issue soon," he wrote.
Meanwhile, actress Vilma Santos (who incidentally starred in Ekstra, a film that dramatizes the maltreatment of bit players in the industry) has reacted to the issue. "Wala naman kasing personalan 'yon," she said. "Hindi mo rin masisisi na may mga hindi naiintindihan because they are not inside the industry. That, we have to understand also."