Agot Isidro (MNS photo)

Agot Isidro (MNS photo)

Aside from her dog housemates – two chocolate labs and one beagle – actress Agot Isidro will never lack for company this Christmas season.

In an interview after the official press screening of her upcoming film “Mga Anino ng Kahapon,” Agot shared that she is expecting her immediate on Christmas Eve, while the whole Isidro clan would be arriving on Christmas Day itself.

Their plans include to “just chill with my family, dun sa bahay ko then may catered food,” she related.

The 47-year-old actress said that, like most Filipino households, her family also follows some common Pinoy traditions including Noche Buena and “Monito-Monita.”

What sets their celebration apart, however, is a little game of Bingo.

Every Christmas, “After (eating) we play Bingo. Isidro Bingo Social, meron talaga,” Agot said, laughing.

Although blessed with continuous projects, her most recent being ABS-CBN’s “Muling Buksan Ang Puso,” Agot’s latest film project “Mga Anino ng Kahapon,” a finalist in the New Wave Section of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) could be an early gift of sorts for the actress.

Written and directed by Alvin Yapan, the full-length independent feature film highlights the story of Irene (played by Agot), a Schizoprenic patient hounded by her experiences during the martial law.

“Initially, I was scared, I didn’t want to perform (the role)… the challenge was to portray the schizophrenic patient or Irene truthfully (and not) in a stereotypical way.” She now considers playing Irene the most challenging roles she’s had so far.

She said that it was a sensitive and difficult role to play because the acting “has to be a little precise and medyo restrained.”

However, the five-day taping proved advantageous for Agot.“Actually mas okay sakin ’yun at least I’m involved because, kunwari, if there are one-month, (or) two, three weeks na leave (between shoots), mahirap to get back into character.”

She hopes that the film could shed lights on truths behind schizophrenia and “raise awareness (about the) illness.”

Mga Anino ng Kahapon” will be screened from Dec. 18-Dec. 24 at Glorietta 4 and SM Megamall cinemas. (MNS)