Two of the country’s comediennes—Pokwang and Melai Cantiveros are brought together by Kapamilya Network in a new dramedy series titled ‘We Will Survive’ as Wilma and Maricel, which aired on Monday, February 29 on Kapamilya Primetime Bida slot before TV Patrol.
Pokwang and Melai as contest winners are also joined by two other winners of TV contests and have turned as stars as well—Bea Saw and Regine Angeles. The four will portray as friends with stories of struggles and triumphs, which the audiences will definitely resonate with.
In an exclusive interview, according to Mel Mendoza-Del Rosario, the show producer, the four friends’ common denominator is the videoke since it is their outlet whenever they find the need to have release of any emotional tension whatsoever.
She distinctly describes the four friends as: “Sa kanilang apat, Bea’s character is the well-off kasi mayaman ang asawa. Regine’s character has the videoke bar biz. Melai is an orphan and grew up with her grandmother which made her a spoiled brat at nakakaangat din sa buhay. While Pokwang has the most challenging situation in life; kaya nagpang-abot sila sa school hindi siya yearly nakaka-enrol. Ang interaction nila in reference to lovelife ay yung present sila sa lahat ng ‘highlights’ ng lovelife ng bawat isa. They share the important moments like proposals, break-ups, yun tipong they share the joys and heartbreaks.”
Since the show was shot in Legazpi with the Mayon Volcano as its backdrop—comparing the two comediennes to the province’s tourist attraction. Ms. Mendoza-Del Rosario described Melai and Pokwang as: “Si Melai ang similarity sa Mayon, nauuna ang damdamin na sumasabog bago mag-isip. Siya ang mas sumasabog na bulkan; warla kung warla pag-galit, baliw pag-in love. Siya ang Mayon na madalas may eruption.
“Si Pokwang naman mas serene at docile na Mayon; nagtatago sa ulap at perfect cone, Tahimik, kalma, mas may self-control, Kaya niyang i-set aside ang love and feekings para unahin ang needs ng pamilya. Perfect in the sense na gusto niya muna makitang maganda estado ng pamilya bago unahin ang sariling kapakanan at kaligayahan.”
The series is not the same feel as ‘Be Careful’, ‘Dream Dad’ and ‘Ningning’. It is best described as a dramedy and banking on friendship as its theme. In fact, the Network gambles on the team-up of Pokwang and Melai, who have never been lead stars in a television series since in the two stars have shown sincerity in acting for drama-themed shows like ‘Maaalala Mo Kaya’ episodes.
Mendoza-Del Rosario added, “Sana ito yung ma-achieve naming—yun bang sasakit ang ulo ng manonood sa kakatawa at kakaiyak.”
Apart from the dramedy as its unique selling point of the show, it also seeks to leave the televiewers the message of Filipinos being strong and resilient amid all challenges in life.
“Na kahit anong dagok sa buhay, go go go lang. Di lahat ng problema, baha, traffic, etc., sinasakyan lang ng Pinoy. Kahit anong problema o kalamidad, babangon tayo. We are a nation of survivors.”
Also in the show are Josh De Guzman, Carlo Aquino, Jeric Raval, Viveika Ravanes, Bing Davao, Alcris Galura, Maris Racal, Joshua Zamora, McCoy De Leon, and Vangie Labalan. It is directed by feel-good narrative director Jeffrey Jeturian.
After his box-office hit film—‘Alwas Be My Maybe’ opposite the equally hot and talented Ms. Arci Muñoz, Gerald Anderson has three more reasons for him to rejoice these days, which were talked about during a bloggers’ conference at Restaurant 9501 at ELJ Building, Quezon City today, March 1.
He’s celebrating His 10th Anniversary in Showbiz.
Gerald is very much vocal in his dream of being part of the military, which he thought he’d be entering when he turned 18, but fate has made a different turn and he ended up entering the first season of Pinoy Big Brother (PBB): Teen Edition on 23 April 2006. He was then proclaimed Teen Third Big Placer after his 42-day stay in the Big Brother House.
A year later, he was paired with Kim Chiu, another PBB alumna and the Big Winner via a drama series—‘Sana Maulit Muli’. But according to Anderson, two of his fondest projects are the soap operas titled—‘Tayong Dalawa’ (2009) and ‘Budoy’ (2011-2012), respectively.
His film 2013 ‘On the Job’ with Star Cinema and Reality Entertainment as the Daniel Benitez with Erik Matti as his director; and earned him a FAMAS Best Actor nomination is one that he could consider as his most ‘challenging’ role he ever portrayed. And his latest film with Dan Villegas raked a Php20M as of this writing and had a Php8M mark on its first day alone is also his most ‘honest’ acting for a particular character as Jake.
March is His Birthday Month.
Come March 7, on his birthday, he is thankful for all the blessings that came his way since he found himself in the said industry. As he turns 27 on the said date, he looks forward to more meaningful years and even happenings in his life’s journey both as a private individual and as a celebrity.
Last year, he won his first-ever Best Actor trophy courtesy of the 24th PMPC Star Awards for Television for his moving performance in an episode of ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya’ where he played a person stricken with Tourette Syndrome. As of December of the same year, he has 21 acting nominations and he won 10 Best Actor awards and one Best Supporting actor award.
On television, he was last seen via a fantasy-drama series titled—‘Nathaniel’ as he played Paul Laxamana, the young father of a baby boy who became an angel after dying in an accident.
He’d like to spend his birthday to be purpose-driven as he is going to embark into a leaf of his life’s journey.
Launching the Gerald Anderson Foundation soon.
On the day of his birthday, Anderson will be hosting a benefit dinner, which will serve as a springboard to officially launch the Gerald Anderson Foundation. It will be at Le Rêve Events Venue in Quezon City and he has invited friends and family members as well as possible individual(s) and corporate sponsors to make a pledge to support this advocacy-driven effort and group he recently formed.
The non-profit volunteer-driven organization seeks to serve the country and the world as it is committed to providing responses with specialized canines, with highly-trained personnel, and equipment that aids in the recovery of missing persons especially during disasters like the one southern Mindanao and when Yolanda struck Tacloban.
Through his foundation, he wants to help save lives by training dogs for search and rescue operations during calamities such as flood and earthquakes.
For more information about the Gerald Anderson Foundation, visit its official website.
Surprisingly, the petite comedienne—Kiray Celis (Johanna Ismael Celis in real life) has gone a long way since she started at the age of four in showbusiness. From being a mere contestant in a noontime show to guesting to other Kapamilya shows back then, and eventually earned her a part in ‘Mara Clara’ as Desiree Francisco in 2010-2011 and was one of the mainstays of a kid gag show ‘Goin’ Bulilit’; but she celebrated her recent victory of her film ‘Love is Blind’ under Regal Entertainment that made quite a hit at the box-office when it opened in theaters nationwide four days prior Valentine’s Day—February 10.
Kiray breathed into the character of Fe, a desperate woman who fell for Wade portrayed by Derek Ramsay.
The film defeated its rival film from Viva Films titled—‘Girlfriend for Hire’.
Due to the success of the movie, which Celis have managed to pull-off a great performance as the ‘other’ female star along with the sultry and beauteous—Solenn Heussaff; she and Star Magic hosted a bloggers’ conference on a Thursday, February 18 at Dong Juan on Mother Ignacia Street, Quezon City.
Despite the success that she is enjoying now, Celis stressed that she will not be choosy with roles for future projects. In fact, she is not even the type who aims to be a lead star: “Mas gusto ko pang support kasi walang ghaanong pressure at mas marami akong magiging projects.”
The soon-to-be 21-year-old young woman come July, Kiray has grown into a full woman as she dons the creations of a celebrated fashion designer and icon—Fanny Serrano in every function she gets to attend these days.
Critics may have given their thoughts that ‘Love is Blind’ what made it tick—it is because of her being part of the film even if she was supported by ‘more’ appealing stars to the common Filipino eyes—they are Heussaff as Maggie and as the beautiful Kiray (in the eyes of Wade), Ramsay as Wade, and Kean Cipriano as Yari. However, Celis is quick to defend that the success of the movie was not entirely her own doing or efforts, but rather it was a group effort; a collaborative work of the four leads.
As of this writing, Kiray is set to be paired with Jerome Ponce in another film with Regal Entertainment.