To those who have been following the trio of Lola Tinidora (Jose Manalo), Lola Nidora (Wally Bayola) and Lola Tidora (Paolo Ballesteros) will definitely be in for another all-out adventure of a lifetime via the latest comedy film—‘Trip Ubusan: The Lolas versus Zombies’, set to open in cinemas on Tuesday, November 22.
The wacky trio of Manalo, Bayola and Ballesteros take pride not just in the brand of humor they are fondly identified with by their following, but for the fact that Filipinos have a natural liking to grandparents’ kind-of-love.
In the story, the three grandmothers are equally thrilled to celebrate the birthday of their grandchild—Charmaine played by a newcomer child star—Caprice Cayetano. In their preparation for the celebration; while on their way for an out-of-town trip—they all encountered a group of terrified youngsters due to a zombie outbreak.
The film is actually a Filipino spoof of the 2016 South Korean zombie apocalypse action thriller—‘Train to Busan’.
When asked if the three actors who have popularized their lola characters in the longest noontime variety show in the country; feel pressure of delivering well in the box-office despite the absence of the AlDub tandem—they admitted such feeling.
However, the three hinted that even if AlDub or Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza aren’t part of the film—they are confident that the audience would gravitate still with the development of the story. Cayetano is the three lolas’ beloved great granddaughter related to the popular loveteam that trended worldwide for quite sometime.
If in ‘Train to Busan’ zombies attacked the passengers on a moving train; the Filipino spin-off comedy flick is set on a traveling bus. The three leads and the child star are joined by Ryzza Mae Dizon, Taki Saito, Kenneth Medrano, Shaira Mae Dela Cruz, Miggy Tolentino, Jayvhot Galang; also with Angelika Dela Cruz, Arthur Solinap, Lovely Abella, Rochelle Pangilinan, Joshua Zamora, Niño Muhlach and Al Tantay.
The film is a co-production of APT Entertainment and M-Zet Productions; directed by Mark Reyes of the ‘Encantadia’ fame.
After a short hiatus from doing projects on television and movies, Enchong Dee is back in a horror comedy flick titled ‘I Love You to Death’ (but this has nothing to do with the 1990 Hollywood movie of the same title) opposite the Comedy Princess—Kiray Celis. The movie opens on Wednesday, July 6 in theaters nationwide.
Dee, in this current Regal Entertainment Incorporated presentation, he plays Celis’s childhood friend, who is head over heels in love with the latter.
Despite the fact that he is really serious in pursuing his singing career because it was actually the ‘fire’ that fueled him to go on with his passion in the entertainment industry, he was forced to be inactive for a while, but after much needed thought—he is back in doing a movie project because he finds this opportunity a unique to be paired with Kiray, who had proven her box-office potentials via another movie from the same outfit, titled—‘Love is Blind’.
Also, Enchong wants to show and even prove not just to himself but to others especially to those who aspire to join showbiz, “Gusto kong makita ng iba as an inspiration. Dahil sa business na ito, napakahirap pumasok at andaming gusting pumasok. I want to set an example at masabi ng iba na—‘gusto kong maging katulad ni Kuya Enchong’.”
When he was not active in the limelight, he opened his own restaurant business and he considers it as a preparation for his future, “Alam ko naman na one day, I would get to the point that I am going to lay low.”
In his return, he describes himself in five words as, “I am CONTENTED. HOPEFUL that I still get to do the roles I wanna do in the future. I’m EXCITED. I’m HAPPY. And I’m more FOCUSED.”
Dee and Celis are joined by Janice de Belen, Betong Sumaya, Devon Seron, Trina Legaspi, Michelle Vito, Shine Kuk, Paolo Gumabao, Christian Bables, Nico Nicolas, and Dino Pastrano. The film is directed by Mico Livelo.
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.