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From a ‘Kariton’ girl to Asian Princess: Kris Aquino recalls her first movie ever in 1990

  • Kris Aquino starred as an orphan girl in 1990 and a princess in 2018.
  • She reminisced playing Dida, an orphaned girl in Pido Dida: Sabay Tayo.
  • She had a grand entrance with her Michael Cinco gown and cape flaring behind her as she walked on the aisle of Crazy Rich Asians‘ wedding scene.

Kris Aquino portrayed a Malay royalty, Princess Intan, in Crazy Rich Asians. In an Instagram post, the Queen of All Media reminisced her first-ever movie with the late Rene Requiestas in Pido Dida: Sabay Tayo in 1990.

Warner Bros. confirmed to Kris that the movie has earned Php 110 million since it was released in the Philippines on August 22, Wednesday.

Kris’ soul-baring truths.

Kris expressed her relief on Crazy Rich Asians making an impression to Filipinos as she felt fearful of being “the logical punching bag and laughing stock.”

“7. After portraying an orphaned girl pushing a “kariton” in her 1st movie 28 years ago, capping that roller coaster ride of hits & misses to portray a Princess resplendent in her real life family’s & democracy’s symbolic yellow- this girl was given her version of not just THE END but the magical HAPPILY EVER AFTER. 8. To all the Rachels, never allow the Eleanors to bully you. BE BRAVE because of your intelligence, personal achievements & your courage to LOVE.💛”

First movie debut.

Kris was only 19 years old when she starred in a 1990 romantic-comedy Regal Film project, Pido Dida: Sabay Tayo. The story revolved around two kids growing up in an orphanage where they thought they were siblings. They were adopted into an abusive family where they later ran away to live on a small town, trying to make ends meet.

Their real family later found them where they discovered they are actually not biologically related. Dida (Aquino) went to a rich family while Pido (Requiestas) went to live in a poverty-stricken neighborhood. In the end, they fell in love and decided to get married.

SPOILER: Princess Intan’s scene.

Kris portrayed Princess Intan who had an entire row to herself  so she wouldn’t be bothered in Colin (Chris Pang) and Araminta‘s (Sonoya Mizuno) “wedding of the century” in Singapore. She had a grand entrance with her Michael Cinco gown and cape flaring behind her as she walked on the aisle. Eleanor Young (Michelle Yeoh) and her circle gossiped as Rachel (Constance Wu) managed to make Intan smile, making the protagonist her only seat mate during the ceremony.

Her part became Rachel’s defining moment where she continuously chat up with the steely royalty. This left a mark on Eleanor who remained on disapproving Rachel for her son, Nick (Henry Golding).


Written by Angela Baltan

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