MANILA, Philippines - Eager to dive headlong into acting anew is Anna Marin, an actress in the '70s who was the favorite leading lady of some of the industry's biggest stars including Joseph "Erap" Estrada and of course, Da King, Fernado Poe Jr., with whom she had a child.
Marin, who was based in Las Vegas since 2005, came home last year and went on to appear in the hit GMA series, "Hiram Na Puso."
The stint apparently reinvigorated her passion for acting and now she is raring to do more.
"I really enjoyed working in 'Hiram Na Puso' so I thought, why not, 'di ba? So here I am, back for good," she told Bulletin Entertainment in an exclusive interview.
Although an open secret in showbiz circles, Marin's relationship with FPJ came to public consciousness at the height of the 2004 presidential elections when the actor-director-producer-philanthropist-politician himself chose to reveal the matter in a TV interview.
FPJ succumbed to cerebral thrombosis with multiple organ failure December of that year.
Marin recalls Poe as a straight shooter -- very frank but nonetheless sweet.
"He was a good provider, a shoulder to lean on. Contrary to what others might believe, he was always there for us, he always made his presence felt," she related.
Marin, however, does not necessarily blame Poe's untimely demise on politics.
"Ayoko ng magsalita tungkol diyan, I'd like to think na lang that it was fate. Of course, it was painful, it was sad, pero, in the end, it was fate," she opined.
According to Marin, she has never met Susan Roces, Poe's widow, but if ever, she is very much willing to work with her.
She already met Lovi Poe -- another of FPJ's children -- through her son.
"It was way back in 2010, during one of Ronian's gigs. Sa Republiq yata 'yun if I am not mistaken. She was there and we were introduced. She was really nice. Nagpa-picture pa kami," she said.
Asked if she be willing to work her, Marin said, "Of course, why not? I don't see no problem naman about it, but I do hope of course, siya din [ay willing]."
But if there's anything that she is really excited to about, it's working again with her close friends Gina Alajar, Lorna Tolentino, and Sandy Andolong -- actresses she had worked with in the landmark film "Moral."
Marin divulged that 2013 has started on a good note for her as GMA has already offered her a part in the upcoming "Tatlong Ina, Iisang Anak."
"I was told that I will play the role of the mother of one of the show's lead characters," she shared.