No less than Jim Paredes was impressed.
“Tippy Dos Santos was so loveable…The girl in school you fall in love with. Gorgeous…and great acting and singing..,” tweeted one of the three members that make up the legendary Apo Hiking Society shortly after watching a preview of “I Do Bidoo Bidoo (Heto nAPO Sila),” the movie musical based on their timeless songs.
It’s not easy for any newcomer to hold their own in a film with a powerhouse cast that includes Gary Valenciano, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Ogie Alcasid and Eugene Domingo, let alone steal a few scenes here and there. But the 18-year old Fil-Am sensation does exactly just that and then some.
And although “I Do Bidoo Bidoo” marks her film debut, Tippy has been around for quite some time. As a matter of fact, she said she has been singing as early as the age of 3.
A member of ABS-CBN’s Star Magic stable, Tippy made her singing debut as a guest in the now defunct morning show, “Ruffa & Ai” in 2009. Since then, she has also appeared on several series such as “1DOL,” “Growing Up,” “Sabel” and most recently, “Princess and I” where she has a recurring role.
And if the chemistry between her and leading man Sam Concepcion is very much evident in “I Do Bidoo Bidoo”, particularly in their duets of “Panalangin” and “Ewan,” it’s because the two young stars are, in fact, childhood friends who made beautiful music together as Peter Pan and Wendy in the Trumpets production of “Peter Pan” last year.
“I’ve known Sam since I was 10 years old, we have the same manager in Mr. Carlo Orosa and we auditioned together for this film,” Tippy told Interaksyon during the press preview of “I Do Bidoo Bidoo.”
During the audition at the office of Unitel Productions, which co-produced the film with Studio 5, Tippy recalled that she and Sam were asked to read excerpts from the script. Both were very happy when they found out they both got the part.
Although only 18, Tippy said she is already familiar with the Apo’s music, citing “Batang Bata Ka Pa” and “Panalangin” as some of the favorites in their family.
Doing “I Do Bidoo Bidoo” is an experience she can only describe as surreal, as she couldn’t believe that she was acting alongside her favorite singers.
“I still get starstruck when I’m doing scenes with them, especially Ms. Zsa Zsa who was my idol,” she admitted. “Imagine, I just used to listen and watch them on TV. Then all of a sudden, hindi ko lang sila nakaka-eksena, in between scenes nakakausap ko pa at nakaka-kwentuhan na parang mga kaibigan ko lang.”
Tippy was naturally saddened when she learned that her onscreen mother was recently diagnosed with kidney cancer. She in particular felt bad for Zsa Zsa’s daughter, Zia Quizon, who she found as “napakabait” when she first met her in a fashion show.
With regards to her closeness to Sam, Tippy confirmed what the former said about their relationship in his recent interviews, and that is they’re just close friends and remain supportive of each other.
Tippy shared that she was very happy when Sam’s interpretation of Soc Villanueva’s “Kontrabida” won second runner-up in the recent PhilPOP Music Festival.
As for her own career plans after “I Do Bidoo Bidoo,” Tippy said that her number one priority is to pursue a singing career. But after finally seeing the movie, she now wants to get more acting projects as well, whether it’s mainstream or indie films.
“Sobrang happy at naiiyak ako sa tuwa ngayong napanood ko na,” she exclaimed. “My manager said that there is a right time to pursue my dreams. Well, I think this is the right time.”