As startling as her entrance, Jane Oineza’s departure from Precious Hearts Romances Presents Araw Gabi left us all shocked with her unforeseen death in the August 21 episode.
Portraying Amber Distrito, the cunning and loyal minion of Celestina (Vina Morales) who was tasked to be Michelle/Ana Vida’s personal body guard, she indeed astonished us for shedding off her delicate persona and put on the ferocious antagonistic character, which she started by swapping her long tress with a pixie cut.
It was indeed a bold move, but her dedication to the craft and yearning to try something new motivated and excited her to comply with the requirements of the role. Throughout her stint, she never failed to amaze us with her compelling performance as she truly made us hate, love, and pity her.
From being a dependable underling of the evil Celestina, who was blinded by her motive of avenging her Ate Mia’s (Margo Midwinter) demise, the tables had turned after Amber unintentionally discovered that her boss, and not the alleged suspect Adrian (JM de Guzman), was the real culprit. Before being accidentally shot, she was able to capture a video of the murderer’s confession and freed the deranged Conchita (Angelina Kanapi) from being kidnapped.
Emotions terribly poured out that day, not only on-screen, but off-cam as well. PHR Araw Gabi posted a video of some cast members uttering their well-wishes, goodbyes, and poignant messages to their departing co-actor.
Veteran actress Angelina Kanapi described how was it working with Jane.
“Jane is one of the most beautiful persons that I’ve ever met in show business. She's so true, she's so real, she's the sweetest person, and when she says ‘I'll never forget you,’ she means it. So, Jane, I really love you. I hope to see you again and I know this is not the end,” she said.
Meanwhile, Phoebe Walker divulged that she and Jane are actually best friends.
“Sobra akong napalapit kay bestie. Bestie ko 'yan in real life. Such a pleasure to work with at masaya kasama at siyempre professional din. So mamimiss ka naming. Mamimiss kita bestie,” she revealed.
RK Bagatsing, who plays her ally and love interest David, also expressed how much he will miss her presence on the set and how excited they are for her upcoming projects.
It was not only us who was appalled with her exit, but the 22-year-old actress as well, after some of the cast and crew surprised her while lying on her death bed, pretending to be lifeless. They proceeded on repeatedly chanting “last day na ni Amber” afterwards.
Of course, her stint wouldn’t be complete without a touching speech from Jane herself.
“Gusto ko lang po magpasalamat sa lahat ng sumusuporta ng Araw Gabi. Gusto ko lang po magpasalamat sa lahat ng tumangkilik kay Amber. Maraming salamat po sa lahat ng nagmahal-slash-nag-hate sa kanya. Sobrang happy ako sa show na 'to at nagpapasalamat ako RSB for trusting me with this role. Sa lahat ng sumusuporta, maraming, maraming salamat po at sana patuloy nyo pa ring suportahan ang Araw Gabi,” she stated.