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Pinay talent shines in 'Power Rangers'

It's encouraging and it always gives us great pride to know that in the vast world out there, there are Filipinos who excel in their professions or careers.

Just recently, we came face to face with an exotic-looking Filipina who has been making a name in the field of acting in the United Kingdom. Rhoda Montemayor is a Pinay through and through, and so proud of her Filipino heritage that she will never use any other name, she said. "Montemayor may be long but I like the sound of it. I'll never change my name even if it's only for the screen."

Rhoda may be petite but she's tall in credentials, as she is multi-talented and full of passion and dedication to her craft. Basically an actress, she is also trained in dancing (hip-hop, ballet, modern, and jazz) and stage combat. While she was here recently, Rhoda spent her time learning arnis. It could come in handy when she is assigned an action role again, is her rationale.

Anyway, she likes to do action roles like what she did in the latest season of "Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive," a Disney/Ranger Productions Ltd, whose filming in New Zealand took her away from home in the UK for seven months. She was homesick, of course, but it was all worth it.

"Power Rangers" is now being shown in the US and other parts of the globe. In the TV series, Rhoda plays Rose Ortiz, the Pink Ranger. What excited her most with this assignment is the fact that it will be premiered worldwide and is watched by millions of televiewers on Disney's Jetix TV and the ABC cable network.

Rhoda considers herself very lucky to have been cast in "Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive." Although she couldn't say she's highly skilled now in action, she said in an interview that, "I certainly feel a lot more confident now about doing stunts and choreographed action."

This experience with "Power Rangers" spawned her interest in action. She promised herself that she would keep on training. "I just don't want to stop. I love my job and I can't wait to explore other roles in the future. I'll do my best to keep aiming higher and higher…sky is the limit!" Rhoda said.

In the UK where she was born, raised, and educated (she took up performing arts), Rhoda has appeared on TV programs (as Kate in "Kerching – Series 3.9 ‘Seymour's Kitchen'," as Mai in "Kung Fu Warriors") and musicals like "West Side Story" where she played Rosalia when it was staged at Leicester Haymarket Theatre and as Teresita in the "West Side Story" UK Tour; "Peter Pan" where she played Peter Pan and Tiger Lily, and "A Chorus Line" where she was Connie Wong. Rhoda has also done commercial modelling.

By any standard, Rhoda is already successful, but humbly she said "I'm not sure. I feel very lucky and grateful for getting this far, so I guess you could say that I've been quite successful, but I also feel like I still have so much more to give, and that I am just at the beginning of a new and exciting journey." She has reached a significant milestone in her career with the roles she's played so far, and she's happy with the way things are happening in her personal and professional life.

And if she's already successful, it's because Rhoda worked hard for it. She knows she still has a long way to go, but she'll keep on working to achieve all her goals. And for all their support, encouragement, and guidance, she'd like to thank her family and close friends.

In the Philippines, Rhoda is managed by a friend from way back, Peps Villanueva, whose family was responsible for my sister Susan M. Almontero's going to live and work in the UK 35 years ago.

This information came from http://www.mb.com.ph/issues/2008/08/14/ENTR20080814132462.html

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