Just a few know singer Dulce is a terrific actress. Given any role, she could manage to sink her teeth on it. In any facet, she’s fine. As a matter of course, she’s versatility personified.

Look, aside from her stunning performance as the head nanny in the Overseas Filipino Workers’ film “Emir,” she was equally striking when she breezed through its premiere showing Monday night at the Cinema 9 of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

The audience, in general, was carried away by her moving portrayal as she sang the farewell song before an heir apparent, the younger Amelia (essayed by newcomer Frencheska Farr), with enough compassion and thoughtful rendition even National Artist for Film and veteran director Eddie Romero was affected.

“Dulce is a real artist. She’s a very excellent actress,” commented Romero.

Everyone was breathless, as Dulce effortlessly and unrelentingly, for quite a number of minutes, internalized her role, her whole body acting, in song and dance.

Entertainment broadcast journalist Lhar Santiago, himself a musically inclined person, was enthralled by her artistic passion he couldn’t wait to clap his hands just to see through her number.

Even newshen Crispina Martinez-Belen was mesmerized by Dulce’s acting. “Grabe si Dulce.”

National Commission for Culture and the Arts Executive Director Cecil Guidote-Alvarez couldn’t contain her appreciation of Dulce, the arts patroness personally greeted and extended her commendation.

“Cecil asked where I got my stamina and reservoir of emotions because she said it was a difficult job to do,” revealed Dulce who was now teary-eyed.

“I was emphatic of what Cecil said. I was even telling her there were moments of my life I recalled just to pull up exact feelings for the scene being shot. I am also an OFW because I do shows for the Filipino communities abroad and I could feel what they feel and think what they think,” she confessed.

“Emir” tells of the pains and triumphs of OFWs especially the care givers of foreigners.

It zeroes in on a Filipina nanny who takes care of a pregnant wife of a sheik in a Middle Eastern country and consequently, of her baby, who in the process, grew up with Filipino culture, language and other Christian traditions strangely introduced in an already entrenched Muslim lifestyle.

In this musicale, Dulce was made to dance and sway her acting to a hilt.

“Nahirapan ako sa choreography pero okay lang. Si Douglas Nierras yata ang teacher namin,” she proudly stated.

If ever there is already a nomination for an acting award, Dulce will surely harvest it hands down.

At theater lobby, Dulce, as her name connotes, was incredibly sweet as she posed for photo-ops and kissed and hugged friends and colleagues, and was dazzling as well in her radiant fuchsia gown.

“She’s a very friendly person,” complimented fellow actor and songstress Beverly Salviejo, who also plays nanny in the film. “And she’s a good actress.”

Fellow nannies in the film, stage actress Liesl Batucan and young singer and theater artist Kakila Aguilos, who were also around, were one in saying Dulce did her part well as an actress and as a person.

Everybody was practically tapping Dulce’s back.

To think that “Emir” is just Dulce’s fourth film in a span of her more or less 35 years in show biz and she was almost always in the company of live entertainers seldom with film and TV thespians.

“Most of my film roles in the past were too short. This is the first full-length,” she informed.

Director of the film Chito S. Roño was heaping hosannas on her. “She’s a natural actress. The moment I read the script and came across the mayordoma role, it was really Dulce I had in mind not only because it required acting but it required singing as well,” Roño said.

To top it all, Dulce was “shining” in her pair of dainty pair of earrings and a pharaoh-inspired necklace—all of them made of pure gold.

The diva was so proud a childhood friend from Cebu, Maria Handa, came all the way from Kuwait to give and to wear the jewelry in time for the premiere night.

Dulce treasures friendship so much and her closeness to Handa is very pivotal in her doing a part in a film that deals with Arab culture because her pal is married to a Kuwaiti.

“The whole movie is an authentic recreation of Middle Eastern life,” said Handa.

Handa, who is also a show promoter in the Middle East, is a fan of Dulce.

Even Dulce’s better half Bernard, is very proud of his wife not just as mom to their kids and sweetheart, but as an artist as well who is considered a national treasure. -abs-cbnNEWS

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