Diamond Star Maricel Soriano, The Queen is Back, No One Comes Close (T18)
Mama Cel. Maricel. Maria. Marya. Mary. Taray Queen. Drama Anthology Queen. Comedy Queen. Diamond Star. Best Actress of her Generation. Most Versatile Actress. 3rd Most Awarded Actress in the Philippines. Queen of Mystique. Inay.
Unparalleled filmography of 115+ films, 90+% of which are certified box-office hits. More than a dozen TV shows with one of the longest running top rater TV drama anthology (Maricel Drama Special, 10 years) and one of the longest running family sitcoms (John en Marsha, 17 years).
Comedy. Drama. Action. Horror. Suspense Thriller. In any film of any genre, she delivers with the same energy, same high level of performance and high entertainment value for her audience.
41 years in the industry. Seems like a long time, but for her audience it is still not enough. Still craving for the kind of performance and entertainment she delivers. New and younger generation continue to appreciate her and her older comedy and drama films. Still laughing at her comedy films. Still crying with her in her drama scenes, 20 years or 10 years even after they were shown. Over and over again.
Stars come and go but she still remains here. How many batches of Regal babies were introduced with her? How many stars from different batches of Star Magic talents she has worked with? How many veteran stars who mentored her? How many young stars she has mentored? And she is still here, as she continues to collaborate with directors and co-actors, as she continues to evolve in her craft.
She may have gone on "vacation" for personal reasons. But whenever she comes back, it is always regarded as a very welcome and special "treat" for her audience and for her peers in the industry.
In the Philippine film and TV industry, she already has made her special place and that place will forever be hers.
FOR NO ONE COMES CLOSE. Her achievements are not just based on the years she has been in the industry, not just based on awards and recognitions, not just based on box-office receipts. It is based on how she has inspired us and affected our souls and emotions with every performance she delivers. To be real. To take risks. To be different. To love. To get hurt. To get mad. To laugh. To get scared. To smile. To feel pain. To be young. To be a mother. To be a sister. To be a friend. To be who you are.
"A measure of a great actress is based on how one affects the the soul and the heart of the ones watching her. For the audience to see and feel beyond someone who is just acting a role. To see and feel the spirit of the person inside and out. "