The Ex Battalion or Ex B for short, a Filipino hip hop collective known for their hit single, ‘Hayaan Mo Sila’ which peaked as number two in the Philippine Billboard’s Top 20 hits; and the group is the latest brand ambassadors of Rough Rider Jeans or RRJ; as they recently signed up with the said brand on Thursday, March 15 at Ai Sarap Express on Sgt. Esguerra corner Mother Ignacia, in Diliman, Quezon City.
According to the fashion lifestyle brand, the group members were chosen to be the latest ambassadors since their group’s image have embodied and have resonated with the brand’s tagline: ‘Live Your Style’.
Elijah Wood once said, “I think being different, going against the grain of society is the greatest thing in the world.”
Because of the unique talents of Ex Battalion members—they were able to have their other song peaked, ‘No Games’ reached number 10 also in the Philippine Billboard. The collective was originally formed as a musical group by Bosx1ne, who mostly writes the hooks of each of their songs and Flow-G. Later members include JRoa, an Internet sensation; Jon Gutierrez, who is also known as the ‘King Badger’; Emcee Rhenn, Brando, KentMNL, Bullet-D and Mckoy.
The collective gained prominence nationwide after releasing several hit songs.
To date, they are dubbed as the most successful hip-hop collective in the country in the mainstream with their music video hits counting to almost three hundred million on YouTube. Following the departure of JRoa, who recently changed his screen name to John Roa, the collective released their hit single that debuted in the Philippines’ Top 20 chart and landed in number five spot.
Comedy Concert Queen Ai-Ai delas Alas is the newest manager of the group. After signing up with Ms. delas Alas, offers came their way. In fact they are thrilled to do a US Tour soon.
In their collaboration with RRJ, one member shared: “Our swag, color coordination, that’s all going to be seen in our fashion collaboration with RRJ. We will have limited edition items which we will be working with them soon. We want to make our name right, we talk about it, we don’t want to fight, we started in an amateur rap contest, knew each other, we were in different groups but happen to know each other so we formed as Ex members of previous groups.”
Being positive about the film—‘Haunted Forest’, her production outfit has done in time for the Christmas season and the annual Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF)—Regal Entertainment Incorporated matriarch—Lily Monteverde expects box-office success as she sees the new generation audience—the millennials are thrill-seekers.
Back in 1988, the company has produced and created one of the biggest horror flicks in Philippine cinema history with the winning tandem of Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes as directors of ‘Tiyanak’ which starred Janice de Belen. Three years later, another film came to the fore with still the Gallaga-Reyes team-up as directors for the third installment of ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’; and left an unforgettable creature called ‘Undin’, a water-nymph sea creature in its third episode titled—‘Nanay’ with Manilyn Reynes as the lead star.
Despite the strong competition that stands in the way for the film’s success in the upcoming MMFF 2017; like her mother, seasoned producer Roselle Monteverde is confident about the unique charm of the ‘Haunted Forest’ to attract the moviegoers come on Monday, December 25—Christmas Day.
“We assure you that this is not just your typical jump scare movie because ‘Haunted Forest’ is a film that you have to think about per scene in order for you to feel the horror,” according to its director, an international award-winning filmmaker Ian Loreños.
In the film written by Jeps Gallon, a new creature will be introduced to make the scary experience of its audience complete. Its story revolves around the father-daughter relationship of ex-Manila policeman Aris (Raymart Santiago) and Nica (Jane Oineza) and the mysterious haunted forest where a dark creature called ‘Sitsit’ resides.
Joining the cast members are Jameson Blake, Maris Racal, Jon Lucas, Joey Marquez, Jerald Napoles, Betong Sumaya, Myrtle Sarrosa, Miho Nishida, Beverly Salviejo, Fiona Yang and Kelvin Miranda.
After the star-studded red carpet premiere of the official entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival 2016–‘Kabisera’ on Tuesday, December 20 at SM Megamall Cinema 7, it proved to be a piece that spotlights values such as honor, trust and loyalty are some of the values that are tested amid the threats of exposing a Filipino family’s imperfections and how the members stood up for what is right and what is more important to them.
The comebacking, one and only Superstar–Ms. Nora Aunor leads the stellar cast members of the said film. Joining La Aunor are Gawad Urian Best Actors Ricky Davao and Jason Abalos, Urian Best Supporting Actor Menggie Cobbarubias, QCinema Best Actor JC de Vera, MMFF Best Supporting Actor Victor Neri, Sinag Maynila Best Actress Ces Quesada, Cine Filipino Best Actor Karl Medina, and Gawad Urian Best Supporting Actress Perla Bautista.
Nora Aunor is Mercy. She is the mother of De Dios clan which the plot of the story is based on. Aunor’s character is forced to take over the ‘kabisera’ (the principal seat) at the dining table in order to put together his family being under scrutiny in Philippine society.
Nora’s avid fans showed their excitement to the return of their idol via this film that attempts to present a statement for a family’s quest for justice and to regain dignity by sticking and standing up for one another. Even celebrities in the entertainment circuits supported the movie that befits a Queen like Nora.
Cast and crew of the #Kabisera are set to tour the nation and visit remarkable families who have been the ‘inspirations’ for the film’s plot. For a list of activities you may check Kabisera’s facebook page or visit its webpage via firestartersmanila.com/kabisera.
Also, Filipinos especially the youth are encouraged to catch the film during its entire run of the #MMFF2016 and help promote the very words of the country’s national hero—Dr. Jose Rizal who once said: “It is a useless life that is not consecrated to a great ideal. It is like a stone wasted on the field without becoming a part of any edifice.”
Let ‘Kabisera’ the first film to be viewed and be on the front rows to witness how a story about love and the strength of a family and what they can give when the most important people in their lives are threatened. Catch the Aunor-starrer film, opening tomorrow on Christmas Day, December 25.