In an episode of Tonight with Boy Abunda aired in 2018, box-office director Cathy Garcia-Molina shared that she’s set to retire by 2019, although she’s open to all possibilities. After all, life is full of surprises.
She was promoting the Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla-starrer “The How’s of Us,” which was one of the last four films slated before her retirement. Another one, she reserved for Piolo Pascual.
“Kapag tinatanong nila ‘yung last four films ko, ang tanging alam ko lang may pangako ako kay Piolo Pascual. Sabi niya, ‘Direk, baka bago maging senior citizen tayong dalawa, magawan mo ako ng pelikula.’ Doon ko na-realize na in my 22 films, wala pa nga pala kaming pelikula ni Piolo, so I promised Piolo one. So, I’m doing KathNiel, then, Piolo. Dalawa na lang ang natitira,” she told Tito Boy.
The other two, she lives up to the management. “Malay mo, I will still go back. But for now, mas ‘yun ang pangarap ko. I may not have a film in mind, kung ano man itong gusto kong gawin, ang tanging alam ko, sana hanggang sa huling pelikula ko, makapagserbisyo ako sa mga tao, makapagbigay ako ng aral, makapagbigay ako ng lakas ng loob to live and fight,” she explained.
Thus, she couldn’t help but reconsider her retirement plans when offered to direct Piolo’s newest sitcom My Papa Pi, which also stars Pia Wurtzbach and Pepe Herrera. In 2021, she also worked on her first Metro Manila Film Festival entry “Love At First Stream” topbilled by new-gen actors Daniela Stranner, Anthony Jennings, Kaori Oinuma, and Jeremiah Lisbo.