Ara Mina on Cristine Reyes, Vivian Velez issue
Ara Mina on Cristine Reyes, Vivian Velez issue
Ara says she hopes the issue between her sister and Vivian will be fixed

MANILA, Philippines – Actress Ara Mina came to the defense of her sister Cristine Reyes, who was accused of being rude to Tubig at Langis co-star Vivian Velez. (READ: Vivian Velez quits show, says Cristine Reyes was ‘rude’ to her)

In an interview with Pep, Ara said that she heard what happened between the two and spoke with her sister about it. According to Ara, Cristine denied that she had asked Vivian to leave the room they were sharing during their taping.

“I heard what happened between Ms. Vivian Velez and my sister Cristine.

“I’m disheartened that the issue has been blown out of proportion,” Ara said.

Ara said that she decided to release a statement as Cristine is being judged even before she could air her side.

Ara said she is not in the position to say anything since she was not there.

“Maybe she’ll give her statement when she’s ready,” Ara said.

Ara shared said that Cristine wanted to talk to Vivian but it was reported that Vivian declined to talk with her. Ara is hoping that the situation between her sister and Vivian will be fixed.

“I’ll pray and wish that everything will be okay between the two of them,” she said.

On Sunday, March 6, Vivian took to Facebook to announce that she was quitting the show, after she was treated rudely by one of her co-stars. While she did not initially say who it was, she later confirmed that it was Cristine.

In an interview with TV Patrol, Vivian said that she is not asking for any special treatment – just respect.

“I’ve earned my stripes naman in the industry. Iyon lang, kaunting respeto. Hindi naman kailangan special treatment,” she said.

(I’ve earned my stripes here in the industry. That’s all, some respect. I’m not asking for special treatment.)

Vivian admitted it was painful how Cristine asked her to leave the room they were sharing. She also said that Cristine has complained on the set many times. 

After meeting with the producers of the show about her resignation, Vivian told Pep that the meeting went well and that she agreed to return to the set to finish some scenes before she officially leaves the show.

Vivian starred in the film Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang, which was remade, starring Marian Rivera. She also starred in a number of films in the late 70s, 80s and early 90s, before taking a break for a while.

She returned to television, appearing in shows such as Rio del Mar, Misibis Bay, and Maria Mercedes, and appeared in films such as On The Job and The Trial.–

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