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The Tale of Two Sisters Continues with Hating Kapatid

9 Jul

It seems that stories about two female siblings have become  favorite subjects of the movies ever since. In Korea’s most successful film to date, The Tale of Two Sisters; the daunting story focuses on siblings Su-Mi and Su-Yeong who both experience paranormal experiences. They went through a lot of tough, painful and scary events that led to insanity and death of some of the characters at the end of the story. The story of the melodramatic My Sister’s Keeper (2009) also revolves around two sisters. It narrates a sad story of Ana, an artificially conceived daughter who was brought into the world by her parents to be a genetic match for her sister who suffers from leukemia in order to keep her alive. In 2005, Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette played the role of two sisters with nothing in common but their shoe size in In Her Shoes, a funny but moving film about sibling relationship.

The concept is also popular in the local movie scene. In Nakagapos na Puso (1986) Sharon Cuneta played Elaine, a submissive sister who lived all her life under the silhouette of her older sister (Lorna Tolentino) who is more assertive, more intelligent and more appreciated. When she realized that she had to fight to live her own life, Elaine threw this unforgettable line: Oo ate, oo ate, puro na lang oo ate. Daig ko pa ang manikang de susi Iginapos mo na nga ang aking mga paa’t kamay, pati kaluluwa ko iginapos mo na rin”.

Similar type of sibling rivalry occurs in Inagaw Mo Ang Lahat sa Akin (1995), the Philippine’s official entry to the Best Foreign Language Film Category in the 70th Academy Awards. This is so far, the most tragic story of two sisters ever produced by the Philippine Cinema. The film focuses on the story of an incestuous neurotic named Jacinta (Maricel Soriano) who struggles for love and attention over her prettier, more intelligent and more loved younger sister Clarita (Snooky Serna). Ikaw na lang palagi ang maganda, matalino, busog sa papuri. Pati ba naman pagmamahal ni Itay ay gusto mo pang agawin sa akin? Malandi! Haliparot! Inagaw mo ang lahat sa akin. Lahat lahat.” Nothing beats that dialogue.

Most recent additions to the list are Viva Films’ Magkapatid (2002) with Judy Ann Santos and Sharon Cuneta and Posh Productions’ Ate (2008) that featured real life sisters Ara Mina and Cristine Reyes.

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On July 21, another tale about two sisters will be shown in the cinemas as Viva Films, Mel Mendoza-Del Rosario and Wen Deramas bring together box office queens Judy Ann Santos and Sarah Geronimo in Hating Kapatid. The drama-comedy film talks about a story of inseparable sisters Rica (Judy Ann) and Cecil (Sarah) whose parents flew overseas for work. At the later part of the story, the siblings are faced with trying situations that will test the strength of their relationship.

Since the people behind this movie are also the brainchild of Star Cinema’s Ang Tanging Ina series, everybody is expecting a side-splitting yet touching story from this big project. Not to mention the supporting cast that includes trusted actors like Cherry Pie Picache, Ms. Gina Pareño, Vice Ganda, Luis Manzano, JC de Vera and many more.

Mark your calender so you’ll not miss this big event

20 Catchiest Pinoy Movie Titles

6 Jul

Have you noticed the titles of our local mainstream films lately? You Changed My Life, You to Me are Everything, Miss You Like Crazy, I’ll be There, Paano na Kaya, Nandito Ako,Babe I Love You, Close to You, A Very Special Love, Let the Love Begin. Ahhh so boring and cheesy, right?. I am an avid fan of the local movie industry but honestly, I can’t help but look down on this crappy idea. Filmakers today seem to have run out of artistic ideas or  maybe they just don’t  want to  think of better titles  anymore. Arggh..

The title is as important as the plot, the cast and the trailer of a film. A catchy title can already make a movie on its own. Directors, production companies, actors, screenwriters, and directors must all have some say when choosing a movie  title. It should be something that register in the audiences’ conscious. A good storywith a bad title is a bad movie, well I guess.

 Star Cinema’s One More Chance (2007) starring John lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo was a commercial and citical success. Every part of it falls in place save for the title. Star Cinema could have picked a  more profound title.

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Mga Pinakapinarangalang Aktres ng Dekada

12 Feb

Kahalintulad ng mga talang kumikislap sa kalangitan, halos hindi rin  mabilang ang mga bituin na nag aalay ng ningning sa telebisyon at pinilakang tabing. Taon taon humigit isang dosenang butuin ang nadaragdag sa listahan hanggang ang isang buong dekada ay tila hindi na dumidilim.

Daan daan man ang mga nagniningning na bituin sa Pilipinas, mabibilang lamang sa daliri ang mga aktress na may kakaiba at nakatindig balahibong  galing. Galing na hindi dapat palampasin ng mga kritiko at mga samahang taga gawad ng parangal sa pag arte local man o buong mundo ang sakop.

Sa kasalukuyang dekada, masasabing hindi masyadong maningning ang pelikulang Pilipino na dahil na rin baka sa suliranin sa pirata at sa walang humpay na pagpapalabas ng  mga banyagang pelikula. Kung ihambing sa mga naunang dekada, nangangalahati na lang ang naipapalabas na pelikulang lokal sa mga sinehan at ang karamihan pa nito ay ang mga indie films. Kaya ang ang mga butuin sa telebisyon na lang umaarte madalas. Subalit hindi naging hadlang ito sa ating mga magagaling na bituin na patuloy nag aalay ng kamangha-manghang kislap at talento.

Vilma Santos

Tama lamang na Star for all Seasons ang tawag kay Vilma Santos dahil mahigit apat na dekada na ang kanyang pamamayagpag simula noong dekada 70. Masasabing napag iwanan na ng Gobernadora ang dating kasabayan nitong si Nora Aunor na halos limang taon nang walang proyekto.

Humigit kumulang 15 tropeo bilang pinakamagaling na aktress ang natanggap ni Ate Vi sa dekadang ito para sa mga pelikulang Anak (2000), Dekada 70 (2002), Mano Po3 (2004) at In My life (2009).  Hindi lang yan, natanggap niya ang kanyang ikaapat ng grandslam best actress noong 2004 para sa pelikulang Dekada 70 na hango sa nobela ni Luhalhati Bautista. Nagpapakita lamang ito na hanggang gumagawa ng pelikula ang ina ni Luis Manzano, hindi titigil ang pag-ani niya ng parangal.

Cherry Pie Picache

Maituturing na isa sa pinaka underrated na mga artista si Cherry Pie. Kung galing lang sa parte ang pag-uusapan, walang duda kung si Isadora ang isasalang mo sa harap ng kamera. Mapadrama o comedy, bida o supporta lamang, mainstream o indie  bibigyan ka ni Marlene pagganap na hindi mo malilimutan.

Ang natural na pag arte ni Cherry Pie ay hindi lang naghakot ng parangal dito sa bansa kundi pati na rin kung saan saang sulok ng mundo. Tatlong international Best Actress ang natanggap niya mula sa Cinefan at Durban International Film Festival para sa mga pelikulang Foster Child at Kaleldo ni Brillante Mendoza.

Kaliwa’t kanan din ang mga parangal niya dito sa Pinas para sa nakakantig at natural niyang pagganap sa Foster Child noong 2007 at sa nakakatuwa niyang pagganap sa sexy-comedy na Bridal Shower ni Jeffrey Jeturian. Ilang best supporting actress na tropeo din ang naiuwi ni Pie para sa mga pelikulang Twilight Dancers (2007) at Ako Legal Wife (2006).

Maricel Soriano

Kahambing ng isang diamante, ang nag-iisang Diamond Star ay walang tigil sa pagkinang sa kanyang bawat pagganap sa pelikula. Halos apat na dekada na rin siya sa industriya at walang tigil ang pagtanggap niya ng parangal sa mga madamdamin at makatotohanang pag arte sa pelikula man o telebisyon.

Labindalawang Best Actress trophies sa pelikula at isa sa telebisyon (Vietnam Rose, 2005) ang nahakot ni Maria sa dekadang ito. Kung pag aaralan ng maigi halos lahat na ng genre ng pelikula ay napanalunan na ni Maricel. Mapa drama, comedy, horror pati dramedy, mapapatungangaga ka sa galing ni niya.

Ang mga pelikula ni Maricel na umani ng parangal ay Filipinas (2003) I will Survive (2004), Inang Yaya (2006) , Numbalikdiwa (2006), Bahay Kubo (2007) at A Lovestory (2008).

Judy Ann Santos

Pinaka bata man sa listahan, hindi pahuhuli ang tinaguriang Young Superstar. Bata pa lamang ay nakitaan na ng galing sa pag arte at sa kanyang mga kasabayan, siya lang ang nanatiling walang tigil ang pagningning sa telebisyon man o pelikula.

12 Best Actress Awards, 1 Best Supporting Actress at isang Best Actress for TV (Krystala, 2006) lang naman ang nahakot ni Juday sa dekadang ito. Halos lahat na ng award-giving bodies sa bansa ay napahanga ni Juday maliban sa Young Critic Circle Film Desk (YCC).

Ang mga pelikulang nagpataob sa mga kalaban ni Mrs. Ryan Agoncillo ay: Mano Po 2 (2004), Sabel (2005), Kasal Kasali Kasalo (2006), Ouija (2007) at Ploning (2008).

Gina Pareño

Kung si Ate Vi ang Star for All Seasons, para sa akin si Gina Pareño naman ang Actress for All Seasons. Habang tumatagal, tila mas lalong gumagaling at tumitinkad ang kislap ni Gina. Sa galing, nahigitan pa niya ang naitala ng Superstar na si Nora Aunor sa pinakamaraming International Best Actress awards. Apat na tropeo mula sa Amiens, Brussels, Asian at Cinefan Film Festivals ang naiuwi ng magaling na aktess para kanyang napakahusay na pagganap sa pelikulang Kubrador (2006) at Serbis (2009). Hindi lang yan, nasungkit din niya ang Best Actress in a single performance mula sa Asian TV Awards noong 2007 para sa episode na “Rehas” ng MMK (ABS-CBN)

Hindi pwedeng hindi rin mapuna ng mga lokal na kritiko ang galing ni Gina. Inulan din ito ng parangal para sa mga nabanggit na pelikula kasama na rin dito ang kanyang nakakatuwang pagganap bilang ina ni Judy Ann Santos sa Kasal Kasali Kasalo. Napahanga din hindi lang ang madla kung hindi pati na rin ang PMPC  sa kanyang pagganap bilang si Lola Gets sa teleseryeng Tayong Dalawa ng ABS-CBN noong 2009.

A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino

10 Nov

Larawan

Repertory Philippines' A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino

It was one idle afternoon as I was rummaging through some tattered folders of my old papers when I chanced upon a xerographic copy of A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino written by National Artist Nick Joaquin. This literary treasure was introduced to me through a course on Philippine Literature in English in college with my professor who knows the play by heart. Her keenness towards it was very contagious that I got infected by it like flu. Since then, I started this habit of reading it at times when I feel the need to reminisce this masterpiece known to be as the Philippine National Play.

With a Pre-world War II background set in Intramuros, the play tells a story of two Marasigan sisters, Candida and Paula with their father, Don Lorenzo, a well known painter. The family is going through a serious financial crisis and to make ends meet, they hire a male boarder. People around them including their other siblings are compelling them to sell their house and their father’s self portrait but both shook their heads to it. As a result the sisters are faced with trying situations and events that will test how they will be able to patch up the demanding conflict of preserving their old cultural models and at the same time coping with the domineering modern values and Western influences they can’t say no to.

A number of adaptations of the play have been staged which featured high caliber movie and stage actresses like Gina Alajar, Irma Adlawan and Anna Abad Santos to name a few. Zsa-Zsa Padilla, Rachel Alejandro, and Celeste Legazpi also gave life to it carrying the title “Larawan” with a musical touch. Critical and commercial success of these productions prompted Reyna Films to conceptualize a script to bring it to the silver screen which eventually didn’t push through. Dawn Zulueta, Chin Chin Gutierez and Jericho Rosales were supposed to top-bill the said project under the direction of Carlitos Siguion Reyna. It could have been the second play by Nick Joaquin made into a movie after Tatarin in 2001(correct me if I’m wring).

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Even just the thought of translating the play into a movie makes me thrilled.  Seeing it on the silver screen would be more than delight especially if it stars two of the country’s biggest stars, Sharon Cuneta and Maricel Soriano to play the dilemmatic Marasigan sisters. This could be the most awaited answer to the Sharonians and Maricelians request to see their idols together in one film. They’ve been in the business for over 30 years yet we haven’t seen them shine together in a movie. Well, I bet Larawan is the best vehicle for this biggest team-up in history of Philippine Cinema after FPJ-Erap and Nora-Vilma tandems.

Ang Pinakamatagumpay na Seryeng Pampelikula

6 Nov

Halos nasa sulok na ang Kapaskuhan. Ramdam na ang malamig na dampi ng hangin at ang mga tugtuging  Pamasko ay madalas nang naririnig. Isa sa napakarami kong inaabangan tuwing sasapit ang Pasko ay ang taunang Metro Manila Film Festival na idinaraos sa ganap na ika 25 ng Disyembre at minsan umaabot pa hanggang ikalawang lingo ng Enero ng susunod na taon.  Mahigit kumulang sampung pelikulang Pilipino ang sabayang ipinapalabas sa mga sinehan na pawang mga de kalidad dahil binusising maigi ng Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) ang pagpili ng mga kalahok.

Para sa ika 35th taon ng MMFF sa susunod na buwan, hindi ko maitago ang pagkasabik na mapanood ang Mano Po 6: My Mother na isa mga kalahok sa paligsahan. Itinatampok dito ang Megastar na si Sharon Cuneta kasama sina Heart Evangelista, Christopher de Leon, Zsa Zsa Padilla at marami pang iba. Sa mahigit 30 taong karera ni Sharon ay ngayon pa lamang siya makakagawa ng isang buong pelikula sa bakuran ni Mother Lily. Una ng nakapagtrabaho ang Megastar sa Regal nang siya’y nagpaunlak na lumabas bilang panauhing artista sa pelikulang pinagtambalan nina Judy Ann Santos at Ogie Alcasid na Oh My Girl! noong nakaraang Hulyo.

Katulad ng inaasahan, ang ika anim sa serye ng Mano Po ay hitik sa mga nagsilakihang bituin na hindi pahuhuli sa mga naunang Mano Po. Maliban sa mga naunang nabanggit, kasama rin sa pamosong pelikula na ito sina Dennis Trillo, Boots Anson Roa, Ciara Sotto at JC de Vera. Mahalagang papel naman ang gagampanan ni Kris Aquino bilang matalik na kaibigan ng karakter ni Sharon. Sariling pagkukusa ni Kris ang hindi pagtanggap ng bayad makahanay lamang ang Megastar sa pelikulang ididirihe ng batikang direktor na si Joel Lamangan. Sa nakaraan, matatandaang nakadalawang beses ng gumanap sa Mano Po ang bunsong anak ni Cory.

Mano Po noong taong 2002 ang nagsilbing pagbabalik pelikula ni Kris pagkatapos ng halos limang taong hindi paglabas sa pinilakang tabing. Isang katuwang na papel ang ginampanan niya sa unang pelikula ng Mano Po na nanguna sa takilya sa 28th MMFF na umani ng halos P70 million sa loob ng tatlong linggo. Hindi matatawaran ang mga artistang nagsipag ganap dito na pinangungunahan ng Diamond Star na si Maricel Soriano kasama sina Eddie Garcia, Boots Anson Roa, Richard Gomez, Ara Mina, Gina Alajar, Amy Austria, Jay Manalo at marami pang iba. Ginawaran bilang Pinakamahusay ng Pelikula ang Mano Po sa naturang paligsahan ng mga pelikula.

Ginampanan naman ni Kris ang papel ng batang Susan Roces sa sumunod na Mano Po na pinamagatang My Home noong 2003 na hinimay ng direktor na si Erik Matti at isa ring kalahok sa MMFF sa taong iyon. Pinantayan ng ikalawang Mano Po ang nauna kung pasikatan ng artista lamang  naman ang pag uusapan. Pinagsama sama sina Susan Roces, Lorna Tolentino, Christopher de Leon, Kris Aquino, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Judy Ann Santos, Carmina Villaroel at marami pang iba. Kahit hindi nagpahuli ang My Home sa bigat ng mga artistang nagsiganap, hindi nito napantayan ang nahamig ng nauna sa takilya.

Sa kabila ng hindi masyadong matagumpay na kinalabasan ng My Home, hindi nahinto ang nasimulang tradisyon ng Regal Films dahil sa ng sumunod na MMFF noong 2004, nagbida ang nag- iisang Star for All Seasons sa ikatlong pelikula ng Mano Po na pinamagatang My Love na idinirihe ng nagbabalik na si Joel Lamangan.  Nakasama ni Ate Vi ang kanyang paboritong katambal sa pelikula na si Christopher de Leon at nariyan din ang pinagsama-samang mga beterano at batang artista na sina Eddie Garcia, Boots Anson Roa, Jay Manalo, at Amy Austria na kasama rin sa unang Mano Po, Sheryl Cruz, Carlo Aquino, Jean Garcia, Patrick Garcia, Karylle, Angelica Panganiban, Cherry Pie Picache, Dennis Trilllo at John Prats. Hindi yata nakatulong ang malakas na hatak ng isang Vilma Santos sa takilya sa kadahilanang hindi man lang nakapasok ang My Love sa tatlong pinakapinanood ng pelikula sa paligsahan noong taong iyon. Mas pinanood ang mga kalahok na pelikula na may temang katatakutan at pantasya o kababalaghan.

Hindi ko lubos akalain na ang Ako Legal Wife pala nina Zsa Zsa Padilla, Ruffa Mae Quinto at Cherry Pie Picache ay bahagi ng serye ng Mano Po. Sa direksiyon pa rin ni Joel Lamangan, nakipagbanggaan sa takilya ang kakaibang komedya ng Ako Legal Wife katunggali ang ibang pelikulang kalahok sa MMFF noong 2005 na ang tema ay pawang mga katatakutan at pantasya. Hindi matawaran ang mga positibong puna ng mga kritiko sa pang-apat na Mano Po subalit nabigo ito na manguna sa takilya o pumasok man lang sa ikatlong posisyon. Nakigulo din sa pelikula sina Jay Manalo, John Prats, Bianca King, at Ella Guevarra.

Hindi natinag si Mother Lily kahit hindi gaanong humamig ng limpak limpak na salapi ang mga huling pelikula niya kaya’t ibinida niya ang pinakamainit na tambalan noong 2006 na sina Angel Locsin at Richard Gutierez  sa Mano Po 5 Gua Ai Di na kasama sa siyam na pelikulang kalahok sa ika-32nd MMFF. Sina Christian Bautista Lorna Tolentino, Tirso Cruz III, Gina Alajar, Ketchup Eusebio, Michelle Madrigal, Jacklyn Jose at AJ Dee ay nagdagdag din ng kulay sa isang kwento ng masaya at nakakatawa subalit masalimuot na pagmamahalan ng Instsik at Pinoy. Sa kabila ng napaka komersiyal na kwento at sikat na mga artistang nagsipagganap, nabigo pa rin ang Regal Films at si Direk Joel Lamngan na iangat ang kinita ng mga huling pelikula ng Mano Po na  pawang ika-apat na pwesto lamang ang narating sa paligsahan.

Nadala na rin siguro ang Regal Films nang nahinto ang tradisyon nilang lumahok ng isang pelikulang Mano Po sa MMFF sa sumunod na dalawang taon. Nalungkot ang mga nag aabang dito sapagkat nakasanayan na ang Mano Po bawat MMFF simula noong taong 2002. Kahit na nagkaroon ng Bahay Kubo A Pinoy Mano Po noong 2007 kasama si Maricel Soriano , iba pa rin ang nakaugaliang mga pelikula na pamoso, elegante at mala epiko ang dating.

Kaya’t naghiyawan ang mga kaibigan kong intsik at nagdaos naman ng isang piging ang mga kabitbahay kong Tsinoy nang  inanunsiyo ni Megastar Sharon Cuneta ang pagbida niya sa ika-anim at tinaguriang pinakamalaking Mano Po sa kasaysayan sa nalalapit na Kapaskuhan. Magtagumpay kaya sina Direk Joel, Sharon at lahat lahat na bumubuo ng Mano Po My Mother sa malaking hamon na ito?

Aging Gracefully

23 Oct

These women are already in their 40’s but like wine they seem to get better with age. See the evidence.

 

What’s Hot and Whats Not?

21 Oct

Hot

 

Sis- after almost 9 years of talk, fun and endless surprises,sis GMA 7’s Sis, remains unbeaten after 9 other talk shows from rival network were pitied against it. Yes, the current morning talk show of the Kapamilya network Ruffa and Ai is on its closing stages and is soon to be replaced with a new show. Way to go Sis!

 

Nagsimula sa Puso- This remake of a 1980 film seems very promising. I have seen just 3 episodes of this afternoon series but I just can’t pay no attention to the cast’s commendable acting. I agree with Boy Abunda when he regarded Maja Salvador as one of the finest actresses of today’s generation.

 

Maricel Soriano in the new TVC of Aji-Ginisa- Who would think she’s 44 years old?

 

Aaron Junatas - Aaron is endearingly funny as Kenoy, KC Concepcion’s cousin in the Philippine remake of the hit Korean series, Lovers in Paris

 

Mo Twister’s oozing confidence- Last Sunday, October 18, 2009 in Showbiz Central,

the infamous radio/TV host said he believes he’s the best DJ in the land.  How I wish I had the same confidence.

 

 

Not

 

John Lapuz’s pronunciation- I couldn’t help but notice Sweet’s not so good pronunciation of some English lines as he did the voice-over for a VTR last Sunday in Showbiz Central. He and Butch Francisco of Star Talk should stick with Tagalog which I know they’re good at.

 

The “What’s your Motto” segment in Wowowee- Incurably corny.

 

Ejay Falcon’s acting in Katorse- ABS-CBN Management should do something about this. Ejay needs more acting workshops. Please because I love Katorse.

 

Sharon (show) – undoubtedly the show has become a comedy/entertainment show. There’s nothing wrong with it. I just miss the juicy conversations from the old show before.

 

Together Forever by Agot Isidro- Along with Zsa-Zsa Padilla, Agot sang this last Sunday, October 18 in ASAP ‘O9 to promote her latest album entitled White Lace and Promises, a collection of the singer’s favorite wedding songs.  I’m not certain but if this is the album’s carrier single, then they’ve made a wrong choice. It is not catchy at all.

Sineserye Presents Florinda: A Masterpiece

8 Oct

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I have finished watching the final episode I missed from Sineserye Presents Florinda on You Tube just recently. The 20-episode series from The Susan Roces Cinema Collection is top-billed by Maricel Soriano who never fails to give high caliber acting performance in her every work either on TV or the big screen.

The series tells the story of  Florinda (Maricel Soriano) who made a decision to live in the ancestral house, given to her as a gift by her fiance Ramil, (Jay Manalo) after he mysteriously disappeared on their wedding day.  She strongly believes that Ramil will come back for her so she waits for him although she believes that the ghost of Ramil’s mother is haunting her.  Despite all the scary and trying adversities she has gone through in finding Ramil, Florinda has survived the life threatening dangers along the way which also led her to the truth that she’s been yearning for.

 Sineserye Presents Florinda is no doubt a masterpiece with its tight storyline, outstanding cinematography and very effective musical score. But its strongest point is the cast who gave commendable and memorable acting performances from the start to finish most especially the Diamond Star. Here, she has proven that even after almost 40 years in the industry, she has never lost brilliance.

Lovers in Paris and Other Teleserye Shot Abroad

19 Sep

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Tayong Dalawa, one of the country’s most watched teleseryes today, is airing its final week starting Monday, September 21, 2009. The nine-month old series will be replaced by the most anticipated team-up of KC Concepcion and Piolo Pascual with Zanjoe Marudo in the Philippine remake of one of Korea’s most successful series, Lovers in Paris.

Lovers in Paris is a story of Vivian, Carlo and Martin caught in a love triangle which blossomed in the world’s most romantic city. Of course the three actors had to go to Paris to shoot some scenes for the show and that makes Lovers in Paris the seventh Philippine series with scenes shot overseas. (Correct me if I’m wrong) I’m assuming you all have a bad memory so I came up with this list just in case you would want to know what the other six are.

Vietnam Rose (ABS-CBN, 2003)

Vietnam Rose is the Philippine’s first Teleserye shot abroad and at the same time Maricel Soriano’s first Teleserye in her career of more than 30 years.  The story revolves around the life of Nguyen Dang Thien Yeu, a Vietnamese woman who left her country and moved to a foreign land to forget her tragic past. Angelica Panganiban, John Estrada, Jay Manalo, Gina Alajar, Rosa Rosal, Chanda Romero, Jason Abalos are also part of the cast of this Joel Lamangan masterpiece.

Hongkong Flight 143 (GMA, 2006)

This special Valentine treat from the Kapuso network only ran for two weeks. It stars Pauleen Luna, Mark Herras and James Blanco. Yeah I know, you haven’t heard of this one.

I Luv NY (GMA, 2006)

This romantic-comedy series brings together ex-loveteam Jolina Magdangal and Marvin Agustin for the first time after they moved from the Kapamilya station to GMA-7.  The series is about the adventures of four friends in New York. To complete the funny and lovable quartet are Strastruck’s Mark Herras and Jennylyn Mercado.

Crazy for You (ABS-CBN, 2006)

It was on September 11, 2006 when Crazy for You was launched worldwide though The Filipino Channel. It was first in the history of Philippine Television.  In the story, Toni Gonzaga plays an OFW in Europe who falls in love with a rich man(Luis Manzano).  Also in the cast are Pokwang, John Pratts, Sandara Park, Roxanne Guinoo and Joseph Bitangcol.

Asian Treasures (GMA, 2007)

Shot in Asian countires like China and Thailand, this action-packed series is said to be one of the most expensive teleseryes in the local television.  It talks about the adventure of two KKK (Kapatirang Kumakalinga sa Kayamanan) members played by Robin Padilla and Angel Locsin who wander throughout the caves of Asia to search for the 10 anting- anting that are said to be the key to the hidden Asian Treasures.

Only You, (ABS-CBN, 2009)

After the success of the Philippine remake of Korea’s My Girl, ABS-CBN offered Kapamilya viewers another localized Koreanovela with an all-star cast. Only You features Angel Locsin as Jillian who pursues her dream of becoming a chef  by studying culinary arts in different Asian countries. She went to Korea with her childhood friend Jonathan (Diether) who has special feelings for her. There she meets and falls in love with TJ (Sam Milby) and that starts the conflict of the story.

Twin Treat (Kimmy Dora Movie Review)

3 Sep

kimmydoraposterIf you’ve been waiting to see a local film lately which could give you a good laugh and at the same time could melt your heart, Kimmy Dora (Kambal sa Kiyeme) comes in just right in time for you. Spring Films, along with Director Joyce Bernal, Eugene Domingo, Chris Martinez and everybody behind Kimmy Dora has successfully coalesced heart and humor into one side-splitting yet moving film of the year.

Kimmy Dora (Kambal sa Kiyeme) is a story of twin sisters Kimmy and Dora Go Dong Hae (Eugene Domingo in a dual role) who have extremely contradicting personality. Kimmy is the smarter sister which runs and bosses their enormous chain of businesses and lives in a swanky kind of lifestyle. Dora on the other hand is dumb but has a good heart which brings her closer to other people. Conflict starts to rise when both bump into an attractive man played by Dingdong Dantes.

Eugene Domingo,taking her first lead role has proven everybody that she deserves this big break in her career. She has shown an unbelievably unmatched acting range in this film as she plays a dual role. It reminds me of Maricel Soriano in Maria Went to Town in 1988. Playing exceptionally opposing characters in a single film effortlessly deserves a best actress plum. While playing two exceptionally contradicting characters in a single film and at the same time having one pretend to be the other one and vice versa (confused?) warrants a grand-slam award.

The rest of the cast provided acting performances that range from fair to outstanding. Though most of them are non-comedians, humor came out naturally and funny scenes did not appear overacted. For the most part of this, the credit should go to Binibining Joyce Bernal who helmed the filmmaking and Chris Martinez who conceptualized the script. Both were able to bring out the funny sides in them. For me, this is Bernal’s best comedy film to date. No more crappy flicks like Booba please.

Despite the flaws in the technical aspect which is of course justifiable with a budget a little less than that of a typical mainstream movie, Kimmy Dora (Kambal sa Kiyeme) sets a milestone in the local film industry which is being swamped with nonsense and clichéd comedy flicks recently. So grab a friend and give yourselves a funny and a heartwarming movie treat this September.

Rating:

* * * *

Florinda

2 Sep

florinda

The most anticipated comeback of the country’s one and only Diamond Star on Primetime television is happening on Monday, September 7, 2009. Maricel Soriano returns via Florinda, the third and last installment of Susan Roces Movie Collection. Her last regular television project was John en Shirley which aired its last episode in October of 2007.

Florinda also stars Roxanne Guinoo, Jay Manalo, Nikki Gil, William Martinez, Cherry Pie Picache, Zanjoe Marudo, Pooh and many more.

Big Stars Small Roles

8 Aug

Big stars doing cameo roles in either mainstream or indie movies has become a fad nowadays. Cinemalaya Cinco’s top grosser “Astig” was flooded by more than a dozen artists from Boy Abunda’s the Backroom. Boy Abunda co-produced the film which is set to be sent to some international film festivals.

But noteworthy are Maricel Soriano and Sharon Cuneta’s special participations in last month’s movies, another Cinemalaya entry Last Supper 3 and Oh My Girl! respectively. Despite their superstardom, both agreed to have small parts in these movies for one big reason-friendship.

Oh My Girl! stars Ogie Alcasid andJudy Ann Santos whom the Megastar shares a strong bond of togetherness since Viva’s Magkapatid. Sharon willingly played a “manghuhula” role in the movie which happened to be her first appearance in a Mother Lily-produced flick in 30 years.

sharon in OMG“This is the least I can do for my friends, Juday and Ogie and Mother Lily who have all been good to me in my years in showbusiness,” said Sharon in an interview with PEP. “Like what the movie conveys, real love and friendship prevails–and despite what everyone says about fleeting relationships and tainted power relationships in this industry, my dealings with Juday and Ogie and Mother Lily transcends everything–will be here forever.”

Prior to the regular screening of this 49th anniversary offer of Regal Films, lots of articles and write-ups were heard of this Mega cameo, news on TV and even presscons.

On the other hand, almost nobody really knew that Diamond Star, Maricel Soriano is part of the cast of Last Supper 3 which recently bagged the Best Picture plum in the Cinemalaya Cinco awarding ceremonies held last month at the CCP. Soriano appeared to give support to Veronica Velasco, director of the filmand who has co-directed and wrote Unitel’s Inang Yaya in 2006.
last supper 3“Maricel was very accommodating.  She came to the set prepared. She gave her input on the character no matter how minor it was.”  This was quoted from the lady director in an article in Philippine Daily Inquirer.
William Reyes of Philippine Entertainment Portal commends the Diamond Star in his article saying “Sa “Last Supper No. 3,” it took Veronica Velasco and co-director Jinky Laurel to convince Diamond Star Maricel Soriano na gumanap sa isang mahalagang papel bilang clerk of court. Sa listahan ng cast para sa pelikula, walang top billing si Maricel. Patunay na sa mga obrang Cinemalaya, o alinmang digital-indie film, ang star status ay hindi pangunahin. Higit na mahalaga ang pagsasabuhay ng mga tauhan (characterization) at husay ng pagganap ng isang artista bilang tunay na alagad ng sining.”

A review from filmeyeballsbrain.com says “and watch out for Maricel Soriano in a particularly hilarious bit as a clerk – she looks like she hasn’t aged a day” and a reviewer from criticafterdark.blogspot.com tagged her stint as a “hilarious cameo”.

We used to see both actresses play lead roles and it is a little surprise to see them doing cameos. But what’s more surprising is how they make small roles make a big difference.

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