Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Maja Salvador Feels Separation Anxiety As 'Wildflower' Ends On February 9, Says The Last Few Episodes Will Be Full Of Wild Surprises


MAJA SALVADOR looks radiant at the farewell presscon of her very successful soap, “Wildflower”, which will celebrate its first anniversary on the air this week the end its telecast next week. One of the darkest, bloodiest dramas about revenge ever, viewers praised Maja for playing her roles as Ivy Aguas and Lily Cruz very convincingly.

“Malaki ang naitulong ng show na ito sa career ko,” she says. “Sobrang minahal ng tao ang ‘Wildflower’ and I enjoy reading the comments on social media kasi may mga nagsasabing role models nila sina Ivy at Lily bilang mga babaeng palaban at hindi paaapi. Alter ego raw nila ang characters ko.”

She admits playing Ivy and Lily is no easy task. “Hindi lang emotionally challenging ang role but also physically challenging, lalo na ngayong patapos na andami ng action scenes na pinagagawa sa’kin. After patalunin ako sa paghabol sa isang helicopter, next naman daw, spaceship na ang hahabulin ko. Joke! Yung mga away namin ni Aiko Melendez, grabe, nagkakasakitan kami talaga.”

So what can we expect from “Wildflower” now that it’s about to end next week? “Aba, basta kapit lang kayo dahil marami pa kaming pasabog na inihahanda sa show to make sure the last few episodes will be really wild and memorable for the viewers. But this early, nagkakaroon na ako ng separation anxiety kasi I will miss everyone na kasama ko sa show, from my co-stars and our directors Dick Lindayag, Cathy Camarillo and Raymond Ocampo kasi naging isang pamilya kaming lahat talaga rito.”

What does she think are her most unforgettable highlights in the show? “As Ivy Aguas, I think it’s the wedding scene na itim ang gown ko kasi first time that the bride wore black. As Lily, it’s the scene naman that I wore a gold gown and declared: ‘I’m indestructible’.”

This week’s episodes will be very exciting after the Ardientes, led by Tirso Cruz III, Aiko Melendez and Zsa Zsa Padilla, humiliated Maja in public and blamed her for the death of Arnaldo. She was compelled to parade around their town with a sign that she’s a murderer while Aiko as Emilia Ardiente is lashing her back with a bullwhip. But the townspeople discover a mass grave where the Ardientes have dumped the remains of the townsmen they have killed and this causes a massive public uproar. Will this turn the table for Maja as Lily in her quest for justice against the abusive and merciless Ardientes? Don’t miss the final episodes to get the answer.
About her lovelife, there’s a story she’s now playing beautiful music with a young businessman who comes from a wealthy family but his relatives are against her for him. “Nakakaloka naman yan. It’s not true dahil yung family niya, sobrang love ako. Pero hindi pa talaga kami, wala pang concrete label ang relationship namin as of now. Dating stage pa lang.”

The History of Immortality: An in-dept journey to the backstory of ‘Altered Carbon’

Photo courtesy of Netflix.

How did we arrive at the future that is depicted in Altered Carbon? It may not be as far-fetched as you might initially think. In fact, the seeds for identity- and mortality-defying technology may already exist today...

Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, this short documentary will take you to a journey where we are discussing the history of immortality and the redefinition of identity from the eyes of the experts.

Based on the classic cyberpunk noir novel by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon is an intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future. Society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitized; human bodies are interchangeable; death is no longer permanent. Altered Carbon launches on Netflix Friday, February 2.

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Netflix Picks Up Myx TV’s “Eat Your Words”


Myx TV, the leading English-language Asian American entertainment network, scored a milestone this January.  Netflix has ordered two seasons of the show, “Eat Your Words”, Myx TV’s food competition show that challenges participants to recreate dishes that they didn’t enjoy at a given restaurant.

“We’re very proud of this accomplishment,” said Myx TV General Manager Miguel Santos.  “Myx TV has been producing reality shows of late that are out of the box and out of the ordinary.  We offer a different palette of storytelling, perspective and experience that appeal across the board and I’m glad that Netflix saw something new and special in one of our works.”


“Eat Your Words” turns the table on internet food critics. Host Kara Birkenstock was quoted by Variety: “In the age of social media, anyone who goes to a restaurant thinks they’re food expert, and they’re happy to broadcast their picky opinion over the internet.”


The show then challenges the critics to cook the dish they negatively rated and be subjected to the evaluation of a panel of judges.  If they score high, they get a gift certificate to the participating restaurant; if they score low, they have to apologize to the restaurant they critiqued and, well, “eat their words”.

“Eat Your Words” is the first TV series to be picked up by Netflix from Myx TV, a network owned and operated by ABS-CBN International, a subsidiary of ABS-CBN Corporation which is the largest Filipino media and entertainment network in the world.  It is also the first show picked up by Netflix from any ABS-CBN company.

You can watch “Eat Your Words” on Netflix at https://www.netflix.com/title/80207838 .

Rakrakan Festival 2018: Pinoy Muna! Features 120 OPM Artists

Rakrakan Festival
Another year, another round of making history in OPM! Rakrakan Festival just keep on getting BIGGER, LOUDER and BOLDER! And there’s no stopping it! Get ready for a more diverse OPM selection, more stages to enjoy and of course, a whole lot of new activities to experience at the vast Aseana City Concert Grounds on February 24, 2018 for Rakrakan Festival 2018: Pinoy Muna! This year, we will be featuring 120 OPM artists, 6 Stages, a skateboarding exhibition and competition, Live Art contests joined by top universities, merch exhibit and many other thrilling activities.

With the addition of the Center Stage, Rakrakan Festival goers may now enjoy an even wider range of genres from their favorite solo artists. With this new stage we will give you iconic performances from Gloc 9, Loonie, Ron Henley, Dello, Smugglaz and also classic performances from the ultimate trio, Freestyle, Side A and South Border. Ely Buendia will also be headlining this brand new stage along with his greatest hits like Ang Huling El Bimbo, Ligaya, Magasin and many more. We will also witness the comeback performance of Orange and Lemons with its original frontman, Clem Castro. And for the first time ever, Silent Sanctuary is going to perform in Rakrakan Festival! And of course, we will still have the Move Stage along with Sponge Cola, Barbie Almalbis, Gracenote, Moonstar88, Urbandub, Hale, 6Cyclemind, December Avenue and Mayonnaise. Slapshock, Kwjan, Philia, Wilabaliw, Basti Artadi and the 2018 Muziklaban Champion along many others are bound to shake up the Mosh Stage. New and upcoming artists are going to dominate the Indie stage, like Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, Agsunta, Leanne & Naara, Clara Benin, Reese Lansangan and more. Brownman Revival, Kokoi Baldo, On The Spot, Miko Suave  and many Filipino reggae and ska artists will bring in the good vibes at the Groove Stage. On the Mosh Stage, Mr. Bones and the Boneyard Circus, The Wuds, Sky Church, Philippine Violators and many more heavier acts will give us performances that will surely take us head bangin’ and slammin’ all night long!
Rakrakan Festival promises to give a one of a kind OPM Festival experience as all performance will run simultaneously on all stages – as it has done so since 2013 – assuring another wild and monumental experience for every OPM fan in attendance.
Rakrakan Festival 2018: Pinoy Muna! Will cater not only to music lovers but also to Art and Extreme Sports fanatics. We have several pocket events that will surely suffice the lifestyle mercenary in you!
  • Skateboarding Exhibition and Competition – a staple since 2013, the skateboarding exhibition and competition features a free-for-all skateboarding area for attendees, with freebies and prizes at stake for contest participants in several categories including Best Run and Best Trick.
  • Live Art Contest – ten 5-member teams from top universities like University of the Philippines, De la Salle Unviersity, Ateneo de Manila University, University of Sto. Thomas, University of the East, MAPUA, Lyceum of the Philippines University, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and many more are going to compete and showcase their creativity through Street Art and will be judged based on their originality style and design. In addition, a “freedom wall” will be setup for all guests who wish to express their creativeness and leave their impression for future generations of OPM supporters.
  • Merch Exhibit – currently the largest congregation of indie merchandisers in Metro Manila, with over 70 brands participating annually. Festival-goers will find everything here from tees and tank tops to shorts and jeans, jackets, socks, jewelry, footwear, artworks, sunglasses, pins, caps, toys, and plenty of other goods at very affordable prices!
  • Side activities such as giant inflatable rides, face painting and henna tattooing, brand-sponsored games, and artist meet-and-greet (for VIP ticket holders) will be there to complement the whole festival experience.
Early-bird tickets are now available at all SM Tickets outlets nationwide for only Php 500 and VIPs at Php 1,500 (excluding SM Tickets charges) for limited slots only; door prices are at Php 600 and Php 2,000, respectively.
Don’t miss it!
Rakrakan Festival 2018: Pinoy Muna!” is Presented by Red Horse Beer and Rakista Radio; Co-Presented by Dickies and Aseana City Concert Grounds; Sponsored by Hotel Sogo; and Supported by Warner Music Philippines. Visit www.rakrakanfestival.com for more details.

TIMOTHEE CHALAMET, IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE IN “CALL ME BY YOUR NAME”


At 22, Timothée Chalamet becomes the youngest Oscar Best Actor nominee in 74 years, and he gets this distinction for his performance in Sony Pictures Classic's heartwrenching love story, Call Me By Your Name.

Directed by Luca Guadagnino, the film is the heady awakening of a 17-year old young man’s first passion. When Elio (Chalamet) falls for Oliver (Armie Hammer), the charismatic 24 year-old graduate student staying at his parents’ villa in northern Italy, it sets in motion an experience that will linger with both of them forever.


A large percentage of the story focuses on the myriad steps forward and backward between Elio and Oliver before their relationship finally becomes physical. Stressing anticipation through an unhurried buildup is common in Guadagnino’s films. Says Chalamet: “It’s the universally relatable game of cat and mouse and push and pull that occurs between people that are attracted to one another but have suspicions and insecurities about whether the other holds the same level of attraction. They also have trepidations because they aren’t in a time period or a location that is accepting or encouraging of them having an intimate relationship.”

While his films are praised for their eroticism, Guadagnino doesn’t depict sexuality gratuitously. Says Chalamet: “When you first see Elio and Oliver kiss, and the first time they really make love, the shots play out for awhile. You see the awkwardness and the physical tension in a way where, if there were a million cuts, would be lost.”

Rated R-16 With No Cuts by the MTRCB, Call Me By Your Name, is a sensual and transcendent tale of first love, based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman.

It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timothee Chalamet), a precocious 17- year-old young man, spends his days in his family’s 17th century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia (Esther Garrel).

Elio enjoys a close relationship with his father (Michael Stuhlbarg), an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture, and his mother Annella (Amira Casar), a translator, who favor him with the fruits of high culture in a setting that overflows with natural delights. While Elio’s sophistication and intellectual gifts suggest he is already a fully-fledged adult, there is much that yet remains innocent and unformed about him, particularly about matters of the heart.

One day, Oliver (Armie Hammer), a 24 year-old American college graduate student working on his doctorate, arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of the setting, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.

Now showing exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas, Call Me By Your Name is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

“FIFTY SHADES FREED” - DAKOTA JOHNSON WILL SEE YOU NOW

She has become one of Hollywood’s fastest-rising stars, playing the coveted role of Anastasia Steele in the feature adaptations of E L James’ novels and worldwide phenomenon Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker. Now, Dakota Johnson reprises her role as Ana in Universal Pictures' explosive romantic thriller Fifty Shades Freed (in Philippine cinemas February 7).

In the film, believing they have left behind shadowy figures from their past, newlyweds Christian (Jamie Dornan) and Ana fully embrace an inextricable connection and shared life of luxury. But just as she steps into her role as Mrs. Grey and he relaxes into an unfamiliar stability, new threats could jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins.


For her third time as Anastasia Steele, Johnson dove headfirst into Ana’s challenging world and emboldened sense of self. She updates us with where the characters are: “In Freed, there’s more suspense, more of a thriller aspect, with additional characters and more action—all of that is intertwined with the love story. A love story that has evolved and deepened. Anastasia and Christian are married, and Anastasia has received a promotion, raising the intensity of both her private and professional life.”

She agrees with E L James and screenwriter Niall Leonard, though, when she states: “This is an epic love story but we do our best to keep it grounded and relatable. It’s one of those inexplicable connections between two people that is completely undeniable. Throughout these stories, you find the protagonists faced with situations that require one or both of them to bend their wills and adapt to their version of love.”

When it came to working with Johnson and Dornan, director James Foley takes a moment to reflect on the work they have put into the series. “Jamie and Dakota have the kind of instinctual connection to their characters that actors who are really good in their parts find. At this point, they are referencing something that they know; they’re not making believe. Somehow, Dakota plugged into the psychology and the emotion of Ana, and Jamie relaxes even further into the role; in Freed, you see him find Christian Grey in himself.”

Fifty Shades Freed is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

MERYL STREEP BREAKS OWN RECORD FOR MOST OSCAR NOMS WITH “THE POST”


For almost 40 years Meryl Streep, has portrayed an astonishing array of characters in a career that has cut its own unique path. She has won three Academy Awards and just days ago, in a record that is unsurpassed, she earned a 21st Academy Award nomination for her role in Steven Spielberg's, The Post (in Philippine cinemas February 21).

Marking their historic, first-ever on-screen collaboration, Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in The Post, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light.


The real Katharine Graham would go on to become one of the most influential women in America, a groundbreaker who unexpectedly shattered the glass ceiling to become head of The Washington Post Company’s media empire, then willed herself to become the grand dame of bold journalism. But at the time of the Pentagon Papers, she was still finding her feet, still learning how to operate as the only woman with a seat at the table.

While the external story is a matter of history, it is the internal story of Graham’s rise that Streep hones in on in The Post. She began her research with Graham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir. “It’s so beautifully written, so deeply felt that it’s one of the most compelling autobiographies I’ve read,” she says. “From it, I really got a sense of something her children and friends also talked about with me: that she was not always the confident Katharine Graham that people came to know as the first woman head of a Fortune 500 company. She was once someone very unsure of herself and the product of her time, a time when women weren’t expected to do much outside the realm of good works, good child raising and household keeping. It’s hard to really imagine how different that time was unless you lived through it. And I did. I was on the cusp of the rising opportunities for women, and I certainly benefited from many of them. But she was in the vanguard, so she was not completely comfortable with taking the reins of leadership.”

She continues: “She took a stand when it was very difficult for her to do that, when she was not only doubted by her adversaries, but also by her friends. I think it’s a particularly lonely thing to do, to take a stand under those circumstances. Everybody in this story does that. Every single person takes a risk. And that more than anything I think this is the story of the film: how ordinary people can really move the needle and change the course of history. Big things can come from one little person.”

Embodying Graham—whose stately physique often made her appear more in control than perhaps she felt—was also a key to the interior. “For me, it wasn’t as important to try to look precisely like her, as it was just to capture something of her personal grace – and also the tentativeness that was there behind decisions. It was a very interesting challenge,” says Streep.

The Post also marks Streep’s first real collaboration with Spielberg. “Steven works very hard, and he thinks very hard, but it’s like play for him, because he has the absorption and freedom of a child,” she observes. “It’s improvisatory, his filmmaking, which shocked me. I don't know what I was expecting, but we came in and there was no rehearsal. That really surprised me. Instead you just go in and start shooting and he just keeps mixing it up. It was so spontaneous and really thrilling. People were on their toes, believe me.”

Spielberg says of Streep: “The extent to which Meryl plumbed the depths of Katharine Graham … I don’t know how she did it and I’m the director.”

The Post is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

AWARD-WINNING FILM “THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI” TACKLES MOM’S UNDYING LOVE ON FEB. 14


One of this year’s highly-acclaimed film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” will finally open in the Philippines on February 14 in select cinemas – Eastwood, Shangri-La Mall, Century Mall, Commerce Mall, Festival Mall, Fisher Mall and Fora in Tagaytay.

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is a darkly comedic drama from Academy Award® winner Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award® winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, commissioning three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award® nominee Woody Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated.



Mildred marks the first time McDonagh has written a female lead for a film, but she is perhaps his most relentless character as well, an aggrieved mother without regret who comes to test the very fabric of her town.  Joining McDonagh and McDormand in the ensemble at the heart of the film are acclaimed actors Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, John Hawkes, Lucas Hedges and Peter Dinklage. 

It was a story that would lead to Oscar®-winner Frances McDormand channeling a modern, female variant of the classic western hero in a showdown-style performance.   “I really latched onto John Wayne in a big way as my physical idea, because I really had no female physical icons to go off of for Mildred,” she explains.  “She is more in the tradition of the Spaghetti Western’s mystery man, who comes walking down the center of the street, guns drawn, and blows everybody away -- although I think it’s important that the only weapons Mildred ever uses are her wits.”
               

                The film is, says McDonagh, the most tragic he has written so far yet it is also a search for hope.   “The starting place is quite sad, but there’s a lot of comedy in it and hopefully it’s quite moving in parts as well,” he reflects.  “I guess that’s the way I see life.  I see sadness in certain aspects, but my tendency is always to try to temper that with the bright side, with humor, however black it may be, and with the struggle against hopelessness.”

Nominated in this year’s Oscars for major awards such as Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, and Original Screenplay, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” opens February 14 from 20th Century Fox.

“WILDFLOWER” GIVES PH PRIMETIME TV ITS WILDEST ENDING

Lily teaches viewers courage and resilience…

ABS-CBN’s hit primetime series “Wildflower” is about to end its yearlong run with its ‘wildest ending’ happening next week.

With Raul (Wendell Ramos), Helena (Zsazsa Padilla), and Arnaldo (RK Bagatsing), out of the picture, Lily (Maja Salvador) appears to have the upper hand in her mission to get the Ardientes off their high horses and finally set the people of Poblacion Ardiente free from their deception and abuses. But Julio (Tirso Cruz III), together with Emilia (Aiko Melendez), will not give up without a fight and will make sure Lily will pay for everything that she did.



After publicly putting the blame on Lily for Arnaldo’s death, the Ardientes humiliate her in public and force her to walk around town with a signage that says she is a killer, while Emilia lashes her back with a whip. But just when the odds are seemingly back in the Ardientes’ favor, the people of Poblacion Ardiente discover a mass grave of bodies suspected to belong to their loved ones who went missing, causing a massive public outrage.




How will this discovery change things? Where will Lily find a spark of hope amidst the misery? When will Poblacion Ardiente finally see the light after many years of being in the dark under the Ardiente rule?

More than just a story of revenge, “Wildflower,” produced by ABS-CBN under the business unit led by director Ruel Bayani, is a story of a woman’s courage, determination, and resilience to find justice for her family and for the people of one town. Driven by hope and love, main protagonist Lily Cruz fights for what is right without putting the law in her hands.



Ever since its premiere in February 2017, “Wildflower” has been a consistent top-rating program in primetime and a consistent trending topic on social media. It reached an all-time high national TV rating of 35.2% for its October 10 episode – the highest rating earned by a program in the 6 pm timeslot in recent years. It also ranked 13th on Kantar Media’s list of most watched programs for 2017 and was also among the most swatched program on iWant TV last year.





From a bride in black walking down the aisle to a fierce lady in gold making one unforgettable entrance, “Wildflower’s” many showstopping scenes became memes that went viral online. It is also one of the most talked about shows by netizens.





The show also received various recognitions from award giving bodies such as PMCP Star Awards for TV, LionhearTV Rawr Awards, GEMS Hiyas ng Sining Awards, and even the Asian Television Awards where Tirso Cruz III was finalist in the best supporting actor category.

Don’t miss the last few episodes of “Wildflower,” weeknights before “TV Patrol” on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). For updates, follow @wildflowerabscbn on Instagram, @RSBDramaUnitNew on Twitter and like the show’s official Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/wildflowerchannel2/. Catch its latest episodes on iwantv.com.ph or skyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers.

MARVEL'S “ANT-MAN AND THE WASP” TRAILER BRINGS ON THE ACTION


Real heroes. Not actual size. Marvel Studios has just revealed the brand-new trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne/Wasp.

Check out the trailer at https://youtu.be/8_rTIAOohas and watch Ant-Man and the Wasp in Philippine cinemas July 4.


From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes Ant-Man and the Wasp, a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choice as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is directed by Peyton Reed and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John Kamen, Abby Ryder-Forston, Randall Park, with Michelle Pfeiffer, with Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas.

Kevin Feige is producing with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard, Charles Newirth, and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Chris McKenna & Eric Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari wrote the screenplay.

Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp will be distributed in the Philippines by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Follow the official social media accounts of Marvel, namely, (FB) MarvelPhilippines, (Twitter) @marvelstudiosph and (Instagram) @marvelphilippines.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Director Irene Villamor Of 'Meet Me In St. Gallen' Admits She Was Inspired By The 'Before Sunrise/Before Sunset Movies'

 
DIRECTOR IRENE VILLAMOR is one the young female Filipino directors we have today. The most senior among them is Laurice Guillen, followed by Olivia Lamasan and Rory Quintos, then Joyce Bernal, Cathy Molina, Mae Alviar, Ellen Marfil, Veronica Velasco, Antoinette Jadaone and now, Sigrid Andrea Bernardo of the currently showing “Mr. and Mrs. Cruz”.

Other indie directors who have made their first movies are Hannah Espia, Marie Jamora, Sari Dalena, Samantha Lee, Connie Macatuno, Pam Miras, Ivy Baldoza, Maribel Legarda, Ida del Mundo. Gina Alajar has directed soaps but has yet to direct a full length film.

Going back to Direk Irene Villamor, she debuted with "Relaks, Lang It's Pag-ibig", an indie film, then followed it up with a mainstream flick with Viva, “Camp Sawi”, a hit. And now, she has just finished a new movie, “Meet Me in St. Gallen”, that’s partly filmed in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Why did she choose St. Gallen to be the setting of her movie’s final act?



“They have a quaint Christmas village and it’s a charming old town in Northeastern Switzerland na bagay sa story,” she says. “We shot there on the second week of last December in the middle of winter kaya sobrang lamig. The story is told in three chapters. The first two, set here in Manila. Yung una, nagkakilala sila sa isang cafe. Next is five years later and yung last chapter, set in St. Gallen, is two years later.”

The movie shows the two main characters doing a lof of talking and it’s reminiscent of Richard Linklater’s “Before Sunrise/Sunset” movies. How different is “St. Gallen” from these movies that have cult following?

“Those great films are my inspiration. I love them all. Ang ikinaiba ng movie ko is this is my own take. As a filmmaker, you want to make your own interpretation and this is mine. May idea ako noon na series of conversations which I wrote down at umabot ng 15 pages. Nasa laptop ko lang siya and it wasn’t until Bela Padilla read it and pushed me to pitch it sa Spring Films, na siya namang nagdala nito sa Viva and now, movie na siya. It’s about two people, Carlo Aquino as Jesse and Bela Padilla as Celeste, who meet by chance at nagkaroon agad ng unexpected connection. First meeting nila, parehong masama ang takbo ng buhay nila. Then time passed and they’re in a better place. They’ve changed over time and when they see each other again for the third time, they ask themselves: what will we do now from here?”

Now, let’s see if “Meet Me in St. Gallen” will be as big a hit at the tills as the past offering of Spring Films, “Kita-Kita”. Our personal apprehension is that we already have a surfeit of these two-character “hugot” films lately, like “12”, “All About You”, “Mr. and Mrs. Cruz”. We just hope hindi pa nagsasawa o nauumay ang moviegoers natin with this kind of movie.

Ryzza Mae Dizon Finds A New Persona In 'Eat Bulaga' As The Precocious Aling Maliit Who Now Becomes The Domineering Boss Madam

RYZZA MAE DIZON rose to fame when she won the Little Miss Philippines contest in “Eat Bulaga” in 2012 when she was 7 years old. She quicky became a mainstay in the longest-running noontime show and viewers loved her for being Aling Maliit, who’s so smart and precocious for her age. She was later even given her own talk show.

But as we all know, things don’t last forever and her talk show was eventually replaced by soaps. Now on the verge of pubescence, Ryzza found a new likeable persona and Aling Maliit has become Boss Madam. Since November, she's being seen onTV garbed like a little boss in the segment Barangay Jokers.

She invests her new role with her usual wit, humor and charm as she exchanges jokes with EB Baes Jon Timmons, Kenneth Medrano, Joel Palencia, Tommy Penaflor, Kim Last and Miggy Tolentino. They dramatize the gags, jokes and sketches given to them by the Dabarkads. This is now a hit segment that viewers watch out for from Mondays to Saturdays in “Eat Bulaga”.

“I didn’t know masaya pala ang maging boss,” Ryzza quips while dressed in executive outfits with fur coat, in heels and with oversized sunglasses. “I like being Boss Madam kasi ibang role naman ito and bago siya para sa akin. Gusto ko rin yung character niya kasi, kahit masungit, meron pa rin siyang good heart. Malaking tulong din po ang suporta sa’kin ng mga kasamahan ko sa Eat Bulaga. Tinutulungan po nila ako kung ano ang dapat kong gawin at kung paano ma-deliver nang maayos ang aking mga linya. Meron din po akong stylist na nag-aayos ng lahat nang isusuot ko. Tinutulungan din po ako ni Tita Ruby (Rodriguez) and Tita Pia (Guanio) para sa ibang bags na ginagamit ko. Nae-enjoy ko ang role dahil parang hindi po siya trabaho. At nagpapasalamat ako sa ‘Eat Bulaga’, sa viewers, at kay Papa Jesus dahil after five years, naririto pa rin po ako ‘Eat Bulaga’ na naging napakalaking tulong para sa buong pamilya namin.”

Robin And Rommel Padilla As Very Effective Endorses Of Bravo Food Supplement That Helps Enhance Their Masculinity


ROBIN PADILLA seems like on a winning streak. His movie with Sharon Cuneta, “Unexpectedly Yours”, is a blockbuster and his two current shows, “Pilipinas Got Talent” and “Sana Dalawa ang Puso”, are both rating well. Now, he has just renewed his contract for a masculinity enhancement product, Bravo Food Supplement, along with his Kuya Rommel.

They were launched as Bravo ambassadors last year at Black Mamba and their re-launch was also held in the same venue last Tuesday. How effective are Robin and Rommel as Bravo endorsers? “Very effective,” says Bravo product manager Gil Caoile. “After one year in the market, we’re now one of the leading brands compared to others na ten years na sa market. Robin and Rommel are real Bravo men!”

Is Robin really using the product? How active is his sex life? “Kung puede, twice a day,” says Robin. “Nagba-budget pa ko niyan, ha. Dati, puede ko kahit all night long. E, ngayon kasi, 48 na ako.”

Does he and wife Mariel intend to come up with another baby soon? “Naku, wag muna. Noong buntis siya sa baby naming si Isabella, diyeta ako kay Mariel, e. Ngayon lang ako nakakabawi uli tapos susundan agad, so huwag muna. Si Mariel ang magdedesisyon kung kelan niya gusto uli.”

How about Rommel? “Naku, mas active pa sa’kin ang sex life niyan,” says Robin.

“Kung kaya ng daily, gagawin ko,” says Rommel. “But now na 53 na ako, every other day na lang.”

Is Bravo really effective for them? “Sobrang effective,” says Robin. “Noong una, ginawa kong daily ang pag-inom, grabe ang epekto sa’kin. Pati baras, niroromansa ko na. Dapat kasi, once every three days lang ang inom. Ganun siya ka-effective kaya mas economical din kasi 90 pesos lang siya, good for three days ang epekto. Yung iba, P150 ang presyo, araw-araw mo pang iinumin. Ito, it raises your testosterone levels kaya itinitindig nito ang ating pagkalalaki para paligayahin ang ating mga mahal. Dahil dito, mapapasigaw sila ng Bravo! At mas magi-improve rin ang relationship nyo bilang mag-asawa. Ang maganda rito, all natural herbs. Nothing synthetic."

Beloved Kapuso Maryo J. Delos Reyes Passes Away At 65

GMA Network deeply mourns the passing of one of the country’s beloved entertainment pillars, television and movie director Maryo J. Delos Reyes. The award-winning Kapuso director died Saturday (Jan. 27) after succumbing to a heart attack in Dipolog City.

In his fulfilling 65 years of life, he created a body of work — including films, dramas and comedies, adaptations and remakes — that changed the landscape of the Philippine movie and television industry. The ace filmmaker directed ground-breaking and blockbuster movies such as “High School Circa ’65”, “Schoolgirls”, “Annie Batungbakal”, “Hindi Mo Ako Kayang Tapakan”, “Saan Darating ang Umaga”, “Sinungaling Mong Puso”, “Bongga Ka ‘Day,”, “Totoo Ba Ang Tsismis”, “Kaya Kong Abutin Ang Langit”, “Sa Ngalan Ng Pag-ibig”, “Tagos ng Dugo”, “Pepe en Pilar”, “My Other Woman”, “Kapag Napagod Ang Puso”, “Diosa” and “Bamboo Flowers.” He also directed the iconic youth-oriented film “Bagets” in 1984 and the Nora Aunor-starrer “Naglalayag” in 2004.
One of his best works is the inspirational film “Magnifico” in 2003, which won the Crystal Bear in the 2004 Berlin Film Festival Children’s Category and Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk Grand Prix for Best Feature Film in the same festival. It also garnered major recognitions in the FAMAS, Gawad Urian, Golden Screen Awards and FAP Awards in the Philippines.

For the small screen, he has helmed numerous soap operas in GMA 7 including “Someone To Watch Over Me”, “Pari Ko’y”, “Niño”, “Magkano Ba Ang Pag-ibig”, “Pahiram Ng Sandali”, “Little Star”, “Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak”, “Biritera”, “Munting Heredera”, “Magdusa Ka”, “Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin?”, among others.

The noted filmmaker was a former seminarian who began his movie career in the 1970s. He studied Communication at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City and has won accolades here and abroad.

Apart from being a brilliant director, he has been a mentor to various actors in the industry and a catalyst in shaping their careers. He was a consultant for GMA Artist Center and was deeply involved in its Talent Development program. Rest well in our LORD's bosom, Director Maryo J. de los Reyes. We will all miss you as you’re one of the the friendliest directors in town, with excellent PR. Let’s all pray for the repose of his soul. And our condolences to the loved ones he left behind.