Eddie Garcia (MNS Photo)

Eddie Garcia (MNS Photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Eddie Garcia’s advice to prevent tardiness among people in show business is simple: Fine actors or actresses who come late to the set!

The 86-year-old actor who is still active even after 66 years in showbiz said that he already suggested that before but it was always up to the producers or network. His idea also came from his years working with Sampaguita Pictures when he was just starting out in showbiz.

According to him, Sampaguita Pictures actors have to be punctual all the time. He remembered getting a P50 allowance per day and if you were late, you could lose that.

“Halimbawa schedule mo 8:00 a.m., dumating ka ng 8:10 a.m., may multa yun. Sa gate may time-in dun ang guwardiya. Pagdating dun sa studio 7:00 a.m. nandun na si Mrs. Vera so nakikita niya kung sino mga dumarating. 10 minutes late, P5 ang multa,” he recounted.

And Eddie was never late then; he is also never late to this day even when traffic is said to be at its worst. Production executives of GMA7 can attest to his punctuality. For their story conference for Eddie’s latest soap opera entitled “Little Mommy,” he was an hour early.

The principle he follows is simple, too, when it comes to punctuality. He does what he can do today and doesn’t procrastinate so he could do other things the next day. He said preparedness is key to getting to the set on time.

“Kung alam mo ang call time mo at malayo ka, eh ‘di agahan mo,” he pointed out.

Should producers take up his suggestion of fines, he also said the money pooled from tardy actors could be used for their last day parties. This was the norm then with Sampaguita Pictures, according to Eddie.

GMA 7′s “Little Mommy” reunites Eddie Garcia and Nora Aunor. The last time they worked together as co-actors was in “Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon,” where they both won acting awards for their respective roles.

In “Little Mommy,” Eddie plays Don Miguel Valle, Tinay’s (played by Kris Bernal) long-lost maternal grandfather. While Nora is Tinay’s Lola Annie who is still an active guitarist for a rock band.

Directed by Ricky Davao, also in “Little Mommy” are Bembol Roco, Keempee De Leon, Gladys Reyes, Mark Herras, Hiro Peralta, Renz Fernandez, Juancho Trivino and Sunshine Dizon.

So how did Eddie Garcia maintained his professionalism for more than six decades?

“Napakadali lang naman ’yang professionalism. Be punctual and ’wag mong bigyan ng sakit ng ulo mga kasama mo. Yung director mo wag mong bigyan ng sakit ng ulo. Pag-aralan mong mabuti role mo when you come to the set and be prepared. Tapos yung binibigay sa yung role pagbutihan mo para yun ang best recommendation mo for the next project,” he replied. (MNS)