INA RAYMUNDO became more famous when she did the “Sabado Nights” girl commercial of San Miguel Beer in 1995.
After resigning as the Sabado Nights girl, she was 19 then, two decades ago, now she’s 43 and remained sexy.
Ina has been vocal about bequeathing the “Sabado Nights girl” tag to her 17-year-old daughter in her previous interviews.
“That’s my wish also, and she wants to also.
“Siyempre, pag nasa tamang edad na siya, I would love her to be the next ‘Sabado Nights girl.’”
Ina said that she never thought of herself as “the only Sabado Nights girl.”
And should it happen another young girl would be named as the new Sabado Nights girl, Ina would be supportive of it.
She said, “I don’t really think of it that way na parang, ‘Kailangan sa akin lang yung title na Sabado Nights girl.’
“But yes, if ever na may next Sabado Nights girl, I wish it’s my daughter Erika. That would be so nice.”
Asked if she can think of another celebrity to pass on the “Sabado Nights girl” tag, Ina named Julia Barretto without batting an eyelash.
She explained, “Bagay din sa kanya e. She’s a fun-loving girl. Kailangan fun-loving e.”
Ina expressed her gratitude to the beer brand for always having her on their important events.
“They’ve been so good to me and also I really believe in their core belief na ‘Walang Iwanan.’
“Every time I’m part of their events, I feel na parang, ‘Wow!’ Feeling ko, I’m back in my prime age.
“Feeling ko talaga nababalik ako dun sa Sabado Nights na era, na sobrang fun, I feel good, I feel young, I feel energetic, and it just feels so happy.
“I’m just so happy na I’m part of this, ‘Walang Iwanan.’”
Ina also opened up about her daughter’s plans of joining the entertainment industry.
The Kapamilya actress said her daughter is still focused on finishing her high school studies before pursuing a showbiz career.
She narrated, “Meron na siyang plano, open siya pero siyempre yung pag-aaral niya ang priority niya kasi high school pa lang siya.”
Ina later added, “May mga go-see na siya na pinapapunta, and she can sing also, e.”
Apart from joining showbiz, Ina’s daughter also voiced out her plans of joining a beauty pageant.
Ina said, “Siya yung may gusto, interesado din siya. Why not?
“I will not stop my daughter from doing what she wants to do.”
Ina, however, hopes that her daughter would learn how to manage her time first before entering the entertainment business.
She said, “Kailangan niya munang matutunan mag-juggle ng time niya para mapagsabay niya yung pagaaral and yung demands ng showbiz.
“Kailangan pag nag-commit siya, she has to commit 100 percent.
“Hindi siya puwedeng yung male-late sa work.
“Hindi siya puwedeng mag-disobey kapag may kailangang gawin.
“She has to follow rules. That’s one thing I always tell her, ‘You got to learn to follow rules.’
“Because I noticed, yung mga kabataan ngayon, they have a problem following rules.
“Because nakikita nila sa social media, meron silang voice, meron silang, ‘I got to do this!’
“But no, you have to follow rules because you have bosses. May mga boss ka na kailangan mong sundin.
“So pag nag-commit ka, you have to commit 100 percent. Hindi puwedeng less.”
Asked what her husband, Brian Portunak, thinks about their daughter joining showbiz, she answered,
“He’s very open-minded also, very cool.”
STARSTRUCK’S pilot weekend showed the final audition of the show’s Top 22 hopefuls.
Hopefuls who will make it after the final audition will be part of StarStruck’s Final 14.
GMA-7’s original realitybased artista search StarStruck made its television comeback for its seventh season last Saturday, June 15.
The first two episodes, which aired over the weekend, showed the final audition round of 22 hopefuls before they were trimmed down to the StarStruck Final 14.
The StarStruck 7 council—composed of Heart Evangelista, Jose Manalo, and Cherie Gil—made their decision based on the final audition pieces of each hopeful.
Each hopeful was given the option of either singing or dancing in front of the council, but they were all required to tape their final acting audition piece.
In the end, seven hopefuls entered the StarStruck Final 14: Pamela Prinster, Carl Aquino, Abdul Rahman, Dani Porter, Angelic Guzman, Kim de Leon, and Gelo Agban.
Hosts Dingdong Dantes and Jennylyn Mercado helped in presenting the finalists.