To most people, the word ‘vice’ has a negative connotation or definition. It means a bad habit or even described as a horse, which probably the singer-comedian-host-turned entrepreneur Vice Ganda has capitalized on his successful showbiz career as well as his Vice Cosmetics that made a Guiness World Record-holder.
In September of this year, Vice Ganda or Jose Marie Borja Viceral in real life mounted the Ganda for All Music Festival at the Smart Araneta Coliseum and together with his fans and an estimated of 6,900 people in attendance—they broke a world-record for the largest gathering of people applying lipstick at the same time. Two months later, on November 18, Vice Ganda opened the flagship store of his Vice Cosmetics at Market Market.
During the opening, thousands of people witnessed and flocked to the store and the comedian and TV host, who recently won the 4th RAWR Awards as Favorite TV Host did not fail to draw such a huge crowd inside the said mall.
Maymay Entrata and Kisses Delavin: Vice Cosmetics’ Faces.
When asked who chose Maymay Entrata and Kisses Delavin as the official face of Vice Cosmetics, he said, “The very reason that the two young female stars were chosen—it’s because of the two fit the face of today’s young girls.”
He described the two young female stars; after their Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky 7 edition stints, they both perfectly represent the young ladies of this present generation. Entrata from a simple beginnings and who possesses that ‘morena’ (brown) complexion and Delavin who was raised in a more comfortable lifestyle and has that flawless and fair skin could very well gravitate with the beauty brand’s intended market.
Vice Ganda is glowing these days.
Due to Vice Ganda’s rumored special friendship with Calvin Abueva, a Filipino professional basketball player for the Phoenix Fuel Masters of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)—the question was thrown at him if there is a chance that what they both have at the moment will blossom into something deeper.
The host of Ganda Gabi Vice was quick to reply, “We are happy.” Nothing followed and the press fell silent and didn’t pursue any longer.
What’s notable is that, Abueva’s grandmother is fond of him. Whenever he and Calvin go on a date, he usually wears either of the two of his favorites—Severe, a Good Vibes Matte Lipstick and Phenom, a Phenomenal Liquid Lipstick.
Spreading Beauty as a Vice.
After the TV host and entrepreneur underwent a depression, which made him want to stop doing what loves to do; but through his two friends—Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid, he realized that’s it’s ‘the devil’ that was playing with his mind, so that it will bring him down and make him think negative. Since then, he fought and vowed to always stay positive. Vice Cosmetics is one outlet and his way of reaching out to people especially to women, those gay men who are being discriminated by society to choose to live and stay positive in and out, which translates to being beautiful.
He added that the tagline of Vice Cosmetics suggested such concept, “Kaya nga ‘Ganda for All’ (It means beauty for all regardless of whoever the person is).”
When it comes to romantic-comedy films especially in Hollywood, the name that easily comes to my mind is Nora Ephron, who also wrote a novel titled Heartburn in 1983, but she also wrote a screenplay and directed ‘Julie and Julia’ in 2009, which starred Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Messina; thus stumbling upon this latest romantic-comedy offering of Regal Entertainment Incorporated–the Recipe for Love, I thought that it should be in that league of storytelling.
Having Jose Javier Reyes, who has worked on romantic-comedies as well, this project that will spotlight once again the humorous side of Christian Bables opposite Cora Waddell.
But what stuck in my head was what Ephron had wrote once in her novel titled ‘Heartburn’ (1983) that said: “Nothing like mashed potatoes when you’re feeling blue. Nothing like getting into bed with a bowl of hot mashed potatoes already loaded with butter, and methodically adding a thin cold slice of butter to every forkful. The problem with mashed potatoes, though, is that they require almost as much hard work as crisp potatoes, and when you’re feeling blue the last thing you feel like is hard work. Of course, you can always get someone to make the mashed potatoes for you, but let’s face it: the reason you’re blue is that there isn’t anyone to make them for you. As a result, most people do not have nearly enough mashed potatoes in their lives, and when they do, it’s almost always at the wrong time.”
The film is about Calix (Bables) , a chef named of an upscale Filipino restaurant and Val (Waddell), a food blogger and aspiring magazine editor.Though they may have started off on the wrong foot, would they eventually hit it off and romance start to mash well?
Apart from the tandem of Christian and Cora, the one thing that made Jose Javier Reyes convince to direct the screenplay of Raymund Barcelon who made a great analogy between food and relationships; it was also the idea of spotlighting Filipino cuisine like Cochinilla (roasted suckling pig) and Kare-Kare (stewed oxtail, pork hocks, calves feet, pig feet, beef stew meat, and occasionally offal or tripe complemented with a thick savory peanut sauce), which turned out to be his favorites.