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David Licauco-Shaira Diaz in a ‘kilig-worthy’ Romantic-Comedy flick ‘Because I Love You’


When Netizens noticed the chemistry between David Licauco and Shaira Diaz via Magpakailanman’s Nakawin Natin Ang Bawat Sandali episode in July 2018, which had a replay on June 8 this year, ALV Films thought of putting the two together in a millennial twist to the rich boy-poor girl love story in Because I Love You. The romantic-comedy flick is set to open tomorrow, June 26 in cinemas nationwide.

Composed image David Licauco Shaira Diaz

The Kapuso chinito heartthrob David Licauso is Rael and Shaira Diaz is Summer. Image courtesy of ALV Films.

It will be directed by veteran and multi-awarded director Joel Lamangan.

The Kapuso chinito heartthrob Licauso plays Rael, the cool, quiet and reserved executive and heir to his family’s business empire. He comes from a conservative upbringing which shaped him into stereotyped thinking, including matters of the heart.

Diaz, on the other hand, is Summer, the tenacious, street-smart firefighter who takes pride in pursuing her departed dad’s heroic legacy, much to the chagrin of her mom who wishes her to be a flight attendant or to be a beauty queen.

Teaming up the two in a wacky and romantic themed movie is a response to the pair figured as one of the top trending topics on social media. Their ‘kilig-worthy’ pair was heightened all the more during their guesting for One Hugot Away, GMA-7’s Web-TV project in March.

(L to R) David Licauco, Shaira Diaz, Michelle Dee, Martin del Rosario

In this photo, Licauco and Diaz are joined by two other stars–Michelle Dee and Martin del Rosario. Image courtesy of ALV Films.

Martin del Rosario, Michelle Dee, Samantha Lopez, Bernadette Allyson, Monsour del Rosario, Mr. World Philippines 2018 JB Saliba, Timothy Lawrence Yap, Bryan Benedict, IC Mendoza, Victor Basa, Rob Sy, Chris Leonardo, LM Mercado, Afi Africa, Melo Merkona, Jao Mapa, and Mosang with special cameo appearances by Miss Multinational 2017 Sophia Senoron, Miss Eco International 2018 Cynthia Thomalla, RJ Ledesma and newly-elect Senator Francis Tolentino are part of the cast.

 

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Dingdong Dantes: The Ideal Man for Mesa


On Thursday, June 20, Mesa Filipino Moderne bigwigs Eric Dee the chief operating officer, Riki Dee the chief executive officer and Raymond Federigan the director for national operations, along with Perry Lansigan welcomed GMA-7 Kapuso’s Primetime King Dingdong Dantes as the newest face to promote the said Filipino restaurant.

Dantes with the Dees

Dantes is the newest face for Mesa Filipino Moderne. He is flanked by Eric Dee the chief operating officer and Riki Dee the chief executive officer. Photograph courtesy of Rain de Ocampo of checktherain and raindeocampo.com

According to Mesa management, Dantes is the ideal face for the restaurant. As an actor, he has a wholesome image and is a family man. He’s married of Kapuso star Marian Rivera, and a father to two kids Maria Letizia, (3) and Jose Sixto IV, (two-month-old). He suits well for the restaurant’s image.

Having Dantes as the new endorser, it is part of the restaurant’s goal to achieve 100 stores in 2020. AS of this date, Mesa has 65 branches nationwide.

Dantes looks forward to opening his own Mesa branch. It will be the restaurant’s 68th branch soon.

Dingdong Dantes solo

Dantes smiled before the clicking cameras at the signing of his endorsement for Mesa Filipino Moderne. Photograph courtesy of Rain de Ocampo of checktherain and raindeocampo.com

Apart from hosting StarStruck 2019, he is YesPinoy Foundation‘s founding chairman and AgostoDos Pictures‘ head. He is set to star in a Koreanovela remake in Filipino Descendants of the Sun as Captain Lucas Manalo.

Mesa Filipino Moderne is owned and operated by LMG GB5 Food Ventures Incorporated. It serves almost 128 items including appetizers, seafood combinations, soups, chicken, pork, beef, and specialty drinks, sodas, wines, desserts and other native favorites.

Related Link: A Review on Mesa

Farewell to the Excellent, Eddie Garcia!


Though I have not worked with late veteran and multi-awarded actor-filmmaker Eddie Garcia, I still admire his passion and dedication for his craft. Perhaps the closest encounter I had with him was when we covered the launch of one of his latest films with Globe Studios, Hintayan ng Langit in November last year.

I began to like him as an actor when he played comic roles in the sex-comedy flicks May Lamok sa Loob ng Kulambo and May Daga sa Labas ng Lungga (1984). The most memorable film that I enjoyed about him the film Erpat Kong Forgets (also in 1984), written by Jose Carreon and directed by Erastheo Navoa.

A scene from Erpat Kong Forgets 3

Garcia is seen with Muhlach in a hospital scene from the film ‘Erpat Kong Forgets’.

In the said film, Garcia was the father of Aga Muhlach‘s character as Ariel who fell in love with Janice de Belen‘s Josephine (the sister) of the Carmi Martin‘s role. He’s undeniably great in drama, comedy, and action. Whether he’s the protagonist and the antagonist, he is effective in both.  

A scene from Erpat Kong Forgets 5

The tandem of Aga Muhlach and Janice de Belen was born through the film ‘Erpat Kong Forgets’.

A scene from Erpat Kong Forgets

Carmi Martin was Garcia’s love interest in ‘Erpat Kong Forgets’.

Apart from Hintayin Kita sa Langit, his two other latest award-winning films Rainbow Sunset and ML (Martial Law) were testaments of how exemplary he was. He was named 42nd Gawad Urian best actor for the latter film, given by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (the Filipino Film Critics).

The cause of his death may not be something that the TV industry can take pride in. He met his fatal accident on the set of a taping for a series. He breathed his last breath on June 20, almost two weeks of fighting to survive. What is admirable about Garcia, he died working for his passion and never faltered on his commitment.

Rest in peace Eduardo Verchez Garcia (Born on 2 May 1929 – Died on 20 June 2019).

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