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TAGPUAN: A Film about Finding One’s Place in the World, in Someone’s Heart


After the love triangle sexy-drama film–Hindi Tayo Pwede, comes another screenplay by Ricky LeeTagpuan, under the direction of MacArthur Alejandre.

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Though a love triangle is not a new way of telling a love story, what is striking about this film is its location–shot in Manila, Hong Kong, and New York.  In the cast are Alfred Vargas, Iza Calzado, and Shaina Magdayao.

Perhaps the best way to describe the three characters portrayed by Vargas, Calzado, and Magdayao–they are pilgrims.

Richard Niebuhr defines the word as, “Pilgrims as persons in motion passing through territories not their own, seeking something that can a completion, or perhaps the word clarity will do as well, a goal to which only the spirit’s compass points the way.”    

The three lead characters: Alfred is Allan, Iza is Agnes, and Shaina is Tanya. These three are finding their respective places in the world as well as the perfect partners for themselves.

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Allan is a businessman. He wants everything calculated, controlled, and that he’s able to navigate the things he wants to be in his life. Agnes, as a woman tries to be a good wife and a good mother, however, she feels that her commitment to the man she married is standing in the way for her to fulfill her dreams. Tanya is a lost soul who continues to strive to have a better life.

In their chance encounters, they will find some realizations that will push them to make crucial decisions as well as coming to terms with themselves.

Tagpuan is an entry to the first-ever Summer Metro Manila Film Festival this 2020.

Ricky Lee reunites with Lovi Poe in 2020 Romantic-Drama Film


It was way back in 2013 when film and TV director Joel Lamangan worked on Lihis, a screenplay by Ricky Lee, which brought together three equally gorgeous and intense actors–Jake Cuenca, Lovi Poe, and Joem Bascon

Viva Films’ latest offering Hindi Tayo Pwede brings together Lamangan and Lee with Poe as the leading lady to two of the country’s young, hunky sought-after actors–Marco Gumabao and Tony Labrusca.

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Gumabao made headlines when he paired with Anne Curtis in another Viva Films’ production Just a Stranger (2019), while Labrusca became viral with his scenes in the iWant film Glorious (2018) with Angel Aquino.

In this latest Lee’s story, it revolves around three main leads–Gabby (Poe), Gabriel (Labrusca), and Dennis (Gumabao). Both Gabby and Gabriel is a picture-perfect of a happy couple until the night before their wedding day, Gabriel met a fatal car crash. Amid the pain and devastation, Gabby finds comfort in the arms of her best friend, Dennis. That’s when the conflict starts.

During the grand press conference of the film, Poe shared her thoughts about being able to work again with two young desirable actors in this generation, “I am very grateful to be allowed to work with fantastic actors. To make a good film, you have to be surrounded by the best team. I have Direk Joel, Sir Ricky… and now to share the screen with these guys, I can’t even explain jow excited I am about this film.

“I keep saying that this movie, I am very proud of. The fact that I worked with Tony and Marco is truly a blessing. I feel like I was given the best cast.”

Lee, on the other hand, remarked that writing the story of this latest screenplay came in too easy.

“Madali ang pagsulat sa ‘Hindi Tayo Pwede’ kaysa ‘Lihis’ kasi ang characters nila Jake at Joem, political ang slant. 

“Dito mas pasok sa loob, ang emosyon. That made it easy to develop the characters. Ang takbo ng narrative nito ay inward at ang ‘Lihis’ ay outward.”

Hindi Tayo Pwede opens in cinemas nationwide on March 4.

 

‘Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit’ to Showcase Three-Equally, Award-Winning Actresses in Philippine Television


Starting February 24 on GMA Afternoon Prime, the newest TV series will hit the screens with three of the country’s brightest female stars to headline the remake of Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit.

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Aunor is Cedes Dela Cruz.

Mylene Dizon

Dizon is Nolie Dela Cruz-Santos

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Alcantara is Maggie Dela Cruz-Zulueta

Philippines’ Superstar Nora Aunor returns as Mercedes ‘Cedes’ Ignacio-Dela Cruz (no longer as Magnolia ‘Noli’ Dela Cruz vda. de Zulueta to which she breathed into the 1989 film by Elwood Perez) in the series. Portraying Aunor’s former role is Mylene Dizon as Magnolia ‘Nolie’ Dela Cruz-Santos. Meanwhile, Kapuso Breakout Star Kyline Alcantara is Margarita ‘Maggie’ Dela Cruz in this generation’s retelling of a classic story of love, persistence, and revenge.

Though different from the previous story, the very essence is still intact as envisioned by the creative director Aloy Adlawan and creative head Suzette Doctolero. The series creative consultant Kit Langit along with head writer Geng Delgado and writers Ken De Leon and Jmee Katanyag; as well as brainstormers Bylle Tabora, Milo Paz, and Jake Somera–make sure that the story will excite the afternoon viewers.

The series takes pride in its star-studded cast. 

Zoren Legaspi is Anselmo, Martina (Isabel Rivas) and Ramon‘s (Dante Rivero) conceited son. He has his ways around women. He pursued Nolie for his selfish gains.

Gabby Eigenmann is the eligible bachelor Arthur, a promising entrepreneur (who has eyes for Nolie).

Ina Feleo is Margaux, the classy and self-absorbed wife of Anselmo.

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Marta is Alcantara’s love interest and both portray Jun and Maggie.

Jun, the charming and carefree son Anselmo and Margaux–is portrayed by Yasser Marta. He falls for Maggie, eventually.

Also in the cast are Divina Valencia as Editha, a rich widow who crosses paths with Cedes and takes her in and Candy Pangilinan as Connie, Nolie’s confidante who sticks to her through ups-and-down.

In the series, Ricky Davao is Damian, Cedes’ calm and charitable husband. He acts as the leader of the town’s small-time grape farmers.

Taking the helm of the series is Laurice Guillen.