The year 2016 looks quite promising and busy for StarStruck Season 4 ‘Ultimate Hunk’ and GMA Artist Center talent—Aljur Abrenica as he finished and all his four independent films are set for release and a sporting brand chose him to be as an endorser; which were revealed in an intimate bloggers’ conference at Tweedle Book Café on Scout Gandia, Quezon City on Wednesday, March 16.
Abrenica, over the years have become mature in his portrayals of roles assigned to him and has become more adventurous in taking on projects.
His Two Most Challenging Roles.
The supposed to be entry to the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival, but backed out—the film titled ‘Ang Hapis at Himagsik ni Hermano Puli’ is about the founder of Cofradia de San José (Confraternity of St. Joseph), which was composed of Indios, and came to be known to his followers as Hermano Puli or Pule short for Apolinario de la Cruz (July 22, 1814 – November 4, 1841 or ‘Brother Puli’. As Puli, he led a major revolt against Spanish rule of the Philippines based on a struggle for religious freedom and independence.
While his character for ‘Expressway’, a film entry for ‘Sinag Maynila Independent Film Festival, which is happening on April 21-26 in SM Cinemas—he took on a role of Morris, a neophyte hitman, a trigger-happy, sadist who yearns to impress the syndicate boss and is partnered with a syndicate old-timer named Ben needs to do one last assignment before the boss he works for grants him his much delayed retirement. According to Aljur, to prepare for the role—to psyche himself up—he had to interview a real-life-hired-killer. The film is his reunion with Ato Bautista as his director after another film—‘Mabalasik’.
Two Other Films—‘EDSA’ and ‘Mabalasik’.
‘EDSA’ is something that is close to 2009 and 2012 Sexiest Filipino Man’s (Ranked 1 and 2) heart because it is a reunion project for him and his batchmate in StarStruck Season 4, the actor’s co-Top Four winner—Kris Bernal. Both play Jun, a snatcher and Carla, a nurse, respectively. The film is directed by Alvin Yapan and had its release in time for the 30th year anniversary of the People Power Revolution.
But with ‘Mabalasik’, he is joined in by another equally hot actor, also a Kapuso talent—Rocco Nacino. In this film, Abrenica assumed the role of Elias Obrero as the predator thief while Nacino is the newlywed cop, who is hunting the former for the death of his godfather. Ato Bautista directed the said movie, which was filmed prior to ‘Expressway’.
#AljurAbrella’s Latest Endorsement.
Every year, the actor has his goal of having at least one endorsement and this 2016, PUMA Philippines signed him up to be the image of the sporting brand to launch its campaign for Ignite Ultimate Shoes.
Aljur shared that his first encounter with the said brand was his dream of becoming a soccer play, but the sport isn’t just for him. His being the StarStruck Ultimate Hunk title made the brand to get him to represent PUMA. He is mainly going to promote the running, fitness and training segment of the said brand.
On Friday, August 28, Sun Life Financial brought the selected members of traditional and digital media to one of best and yummiest restaurants in Pampanga—The SOUQ located on Lazatin Boulevard. Dolores, San Fernando, Pampanga; to welcome the two brand ambassadors and father-and-son tandem—Piolo Pascual and Iñigo Pascual in heading the insurance company’s #LiveFreePH movement that was formally launch that day.
In the said gathering, Piolo stressed and shared not only with his son, Iñigo, also to the media men that it is wise to invest whatever earnings one has, save and make one’s money work for him or her; and one unique as well as beneficial mean is via Sun Life Financial insurance policy plans. As a celebrity, he never had qualms of getting a policy from the insurance firm and even encourages his fellow celebrities to secure their future by living free from possible worries in everyday life and to sum it up as PYOLO—Plan, You Only Live Once.
When he was asked what event that made him sign-up a policy from Sun Life, he was quick to reply, “It’s a no-brainer.”
According to the senior Pascual, (who is also a celebrity-photographer) Sun Life has been a great support to his advocacy especially when he had an exhibit to raise funds for his advocacy—Hebreo Foundation. When the company approached him to be the face of Sun Life, he didn’t hesitate in saying ‘yes’.
That same day, the two Pascuals also had a concert at SM Pampanga Amphitheater and there were Sun Life advisors on standby at the time to assist those who want to take hold of their futures and be part of the #LiveFreePH movement and enjoy life to the full.
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Productions56 talent named Mannix Mannix is part of the much-talked-of-the-town musical written by Nicolas B. Pichay’s titled ‘Macho Dancer: A Musical’.
The 25-year-old Mannix was chosen to be part of the ensemble of macho dancers.
The production revolves around macho dancers who are already past their prime and try to prevent the imminent closure of the rundown club. They enlist an ex-dancer to help choreograph a postmodern ballet extravaganza set for the ‘Big Night’. This is their last efforts to recapture both their glory days and the club’s.
Previous projects of Mannix were in ‘Kambal Sirena’, an episode in ‘Magpakailanman’, ‘Magkano ba ang Pag-ibig?’, and a film titled ‘Bamboo Flowers’ that was first exhibited at Sineng Pambansa National Film Festival All-Masters Edition in 2013. He also went through PETA’s basic acting and theater acting 1. This Virgin Labfest entry is his first professional theater appearance.
‘Macho Dancer: A Musical’ still has two more runs slated on Friday and Saturday, July 10 and 11 at 8pm and 3pm, respectively, at Tanghalang Huseng Batute, Cultural Center of the Philippines.
For tickets, contact TicketWorld at telephone number (632) 8919999.