Celebrities were among those whose jobs were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As for beauty queen and actress Winwyn Marquez, she had to be enterprising to survive.
“Ako po, nagbenta ako ng pandesal (Me, I sold bread),” Marquez proudly revealed during a March 19 online press conference for her upcoming suspense-thriller movie “Nelia.”
During the pandemic, the actress learned how to bake and cook. She feels happy and fortunate because the people from the village where she lives ordered and bought her products.
A year since the pandemic first hit the country, work came continuously for Marquez. She is one of the mainstays of the GMA-7 comedy series “Owe My Love” and is slated to start filming “Nelia.” But there were also other projects and activities that kept her busy.
“On the side, I started to revive my YouTube channel. Pumapasok na rin ako sa TikTok kasi (I also entered the world of Tiktok because) I also want to be relevant to our generation Z. You have to go with the flow siyempre para hindi ka huli sa ginagawa mo (so you will not be left behind in what you do),” she said.
Marquez is also pleased with the feedback she gets from her followers on YouTube and TikTok, who enjoy seeing her in the “raw,” not made up and during casual moments. She thinks this may be because fans are interested to see who she is behind the camera.
Meanwhile, in the film, Marquez will be playing the role of a doctor who has multiple personalities.
“Nu’ng binigay nila sa akin ‘yung script to read, I said yes. After the last page, sabi ko I want to play the character. I wasn’t sure yet kung kukunin nila ako pero hindi ako nagdalawang-isip kasi it’s very exciting, ibang-iba. Never ko pa nagawa ito,” she said.
(When they gave me the script to read, I said yes. After the last page, I said I want to play the character. I wasn’t sure yet if they would get me but I did not think twice because it’s very exciting, it’s so different. I have never done anything like this before.)
“Nelia” is directed by Lester Dimaranan, with screenplay written by Atty. Melanie Honey Quiño, from A and Q Productions Film, Inc, which is making the movie as its maiden film. It also stars Vin Abrenica, Ali Forbes, Dexter Doria, Lloyd Samartino, Mon Confiado, Shido Roxas and Raymond Bagatsing. JB
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