Karla Estrada topbills riotous comedy on mixed-race siblings

Karla Estrada, former That’s Entertainment star in the 80s and currently co-host of the top-rating morning talk show Magandang Buhay, is back on the big screen. She topbills the still-in-theaters comedy Familia Blondina. Tagalog movie fans last saw her in the comedy Gandarrapido:The Revenger Squad, an entry to the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival with Vice Gandaand Daniel Padilla, Karla’s son by Rommel Padilla, brother of the famous and controversial Robin Padilla.

Karla Estrada, aka Queen Mother, topbills the comedy “Familia Blondina”

Karla Estrada, aka Queen Mother, topbills the comedy “Familia Blondina”

Jerry Lopez Sinenengdirects the film that revolves around Cindy (Karla), a woman who leaves her family behind to move to the US to marry an American soldier. The marriage produces three children, all blonde. 

When the American husband dies, he leaves her deep in debt and she has no choice but fly back home to the Philippines with her three blonde children where she could eke out a living to support them. 

She goes through a series of misadventures looking for a job. She meets, a widower (Jobert Austria a.k.a. Kuya Jobelt) who also has two blond children.

Together, they raise their children and impart to them what it means  to be a Filipino. 

The cast of the movie with Karla Estrada (fourth from left) and Jerry Lopez Sineneng (beside her on the right)

The cast of the movie with Karla Estrada (fourth from left) and Jerry Lopez Sineneng (beside her on the right)

Written by Mel Mendoza-del Rosariowho wrote the hit movie series Tanging-InaFamilia Blondina is a comedy for all ages and every Filipino family. 

Joining the “Queen Mother” (a title bestowed on her by the local movie press) in the movie are some of the most followed young stars in social media today – Marco Gallo, Kira BalingerXia Vigor, Chantal Videla, Heaven Peralejo, and Awra Briguela

Produced by Arctic Sky and distributed by Cine Screen, 'Familia Blondina' opened on Feb. 27 in cinemas nationwide.