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Three Lolas fight against Zombies


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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Jelai Espino: A Fresh Face in Showbiz


At first glance, one may mistake Jelai Espino as someone mature for her age, but in person—she is just a 15-year-old teenager aspiring to make a ‘name’ for herself in showbusiness. She was recently introduced in public via a bloggers’ conference held on Tuesday, November 14 at Max’s Restaurant on Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City.

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Though a bit shy and a student at San Beda College in Taytay, she is determined to pursue her dreams of becoming a ‘star’ someday and this could be possible through the help of Ai-Ai delas Alas’s talent management team.

In preparation for her foray in the colorful world of entertainment—she has attended acting workshops under Star Magic and Ogie Diaz. She also underwent into a singing workshop with Vehnee Saturno who wrote her first single titled—‘Huwag Mong Biruin’ (‘Don’t You Kid’).

What is admirable about this young lady, with her innocence, she is all-out in chasing her dreams and wants to see herself acting side by side with the Star-for-All-Seasons—Ms. Vilma Santos. Her fancy on the veteran actress-turned-government official as the 22nd Governor of Batangas; started via the 2000 film ‘Anak’.

Ken-Bie back in Each Other’s Arms via ‘This Time I’ll be Sweeter’


The KenBie tandem that was born out from the successful romcom series—‘Meant to Be’ is back to make fans feel giddy via their first-ever film together—‘This Time I’ll be Sweeter’ with Joel Lamangan as the director and is set for a November 8 playdate in theaters nationwide.

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In the film, Barbie Forteza is Erika and Ken Chan is Tristan; they were college sweethearts that didn’t last long. Like in any relationship, the former was left too devastated about the breakup.

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After years of being apart—fate allowed reconnecting the former sweethearts. This time—Erika as a field reporter and Tristan as the manager of his family airline company. Because of a tragedy in the latter’s family—it paved the way for them to be closer once again. Being a love story, this film does not only tackle the romantic side but one’s struggles of being in a state of depression.

Coming from a light type of series—both admitted that they had to make certain adjustments in tackling their respective roles who are placed in a more mature and challenging situation. Banking on their ‘intimacy’ as friends has helped them both in making their heavy drama scenes easy to approach.

Erika and Tristan’s love story is a classic example of what Nishan Panwar described about falling in love, “It is very easy, staying in love is a challenge, letting go is the hardest part, and moving on is a damn suicide.”

Together with them in cast are Thea Tolentino (as the third party in the second chance of the protagonists’ love story), Ara Mina, Rey Abellana, Yayo AguilaNeil Ryan Sese, Kim Rodriguez, Hiro Peralta, Akihiro Blanco, Jai Agpangan, Kaki Ramirez, Fiona Yang, Jon Leo and a lot more.