Cathy Garcia-Molina shared why she pursued ‘My Papa Pi’ sitcom despite wanting to move to New Zealand

The well-renowned film director Cathy Garcia-Molina shared the reason why she agreed to direct ABS-CBN’s upcoming sitcom starring Piolo Pascual, “My Papa Pi”.

Cathy Garcia-Molina

Cathy and Piolo’s work in 2008’s Lobo

Cathy stated that she wanted to work again with Piolo after the fantasy series, “Lobo.” In a previous digital conference for the show, she said,

“I really want to work with Piolo. Kasi ang huli namin ay ‘Lobo’ pa, dekada na ‘yon. So na-miss ko na siya. And because ngayon parang once a year na ako magpe-pelikula tapos pareho rin kaming busy. Parang na-offer sa akin ‘yung pagkakataon na, o ayan project with Papa P.’ Umoo ako. ‘Yun talaga ‘yon.”

Moreover, the award-winning director mentioned that directing a sitcom is something new to her. 

“Tapos na-cute-an ako sa idea na kambal sina Pepe (Herrera) at Pidiong (Pascual). Siyempre mayroon ka pang Queen P (Pia Wurtzbach). Parang ang saya lang.”

Cathy and her plan to move to New Zealand

Cathy recently announced that she wanted to retire from directing, sharing her and her children’s plan to move to New Zealand. Unfortunately, their plan to move abroad was pushed back because of new opportunities.

“Because of the pandemic nagkaroon ng avenue for a new company na na-put up ko with my friends, the Nickl Entertainment and so far marami kaming natutulungang tao via this new company.

The director continued by explaining how these opportunities somehow change their plan but not entirely.

“So parang na-push back ng konti ‘yung paglipad. Pero nandoon pa rin ‘yung kailangan naming umalis, kailangan kong pagbigyan ‘yung mga anak ko. Panay lang talaga ang katok ng kuwento. Siguro talaga when, ‘pag isa kang mangenguwento, parang ang hirap umalis. ‘Pag may magandang kuwento napapalingon ako pabalik.”

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Meanwhile, Piolo shared that he still wishes to do a film with Cathy in more projects. This is understandable since she has helmed some of the best Star Cinema blockbusters and most memorable films.

“Parang maraming projects na ang hindi matuloy-tuloy. So ‘yun nga finally we get to do something like this. For sure one of these days we will still be able to do a film together because ‘yun ang pangako namin sa isa’t isa. So mangyayari ‘yon.”

My Papa Pi” will air every Saturday at 7 p.m., starting March 5 on the Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, A2Z, iWantTFC, and TFC. 

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