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One Great Love: A Metro Manila Film Festival 2018 entry by Regal Films


To most people, this love story has nothing new to offer, but a rehash from the love stories that were previously told in old dramatic and romantic flicks in the past. However, this Gina Marissa Tagasa screenplay which revolves around three main characters in a love triangle portrayed by Dennis Trillo, JC de Vera and Kim Chiu.

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This Eric Quizon-directorial movie essays the love between childhood sweethearts–Carl Mauricio (de Vera) and Zyra Paez (Chiu). But because of a turbulent past, he keeps on hurting her even if she has done nothing but to love him despite his imperfections. Dr. Ian Arcano, a cardiologist, who literally takes care of his patients’ hearts including Zyra’s.

Though the plot is presented in the most simple way, it still paints complications in relationships of three souls wanting to love and be loved. In the film, Zyra, a businesswoman who is torn between two lovers–a pilot and a surgeon; who will she choose? Who will she marry and who will she fight for love because she knew that one of them is her one great love.

Imagine if you are in Zyra’s shoes, who would you choose? Would you be willing to take risks in loving the man whom your heart is yearning for or be the apple of someone’s eyes and give in to the love he’s willing to offer on your feet? Are you the type who don’t believe in magic, but believe in great love?

The film promises a different kind of Kim Chiu, a more mature and daring artist as paired by two equally gorgeous and young dramatic actors in Philippine television and film. If you are the type who go for Nicholas Sparks-type of stories, then this film could easily appeal to you. Opening on December 25 in cinemas nationwide.

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PCSO runs Free Block Screenings for ‘The Maid in London’


Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), headed by its general manager Alexander F. Balutan is staging series of block screenings for the Danni Ugali debut film The Maid in London which gave Andi Eigenmann as best actress at the International Film Festival Manhattan in New York on October 17 this year.

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The series of block screenings is FREE for all audiences who want to catch the 2018 film especially those who missed it during its regular run.

The screenings will be in selected Robinsons MovieWorld cinemas.

The film is set on the following dates, time and cinemas:

  • Friday 7 December, 7pm at Cinema 9, Robinson’s Galleria
  • Sunday 9 December, 1pm at Cinema 7, Robinson’s Place Las Piñas
  • Tuesday 11 December, 1pm at Cinema 4, Robinsons Calasiao, Pangasinan

Its main objective in showing the film is to share the story to senior citizens, women’s organizations and for those people who values family as well.

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The Maid in London focused on the lives of the three undocumented migrants—Margo, Faye and Nido portrayed by Eigenmann, Alexis Navarro and Joshua De Guzman as reflected the ordeals of undocumented migrant individuals in London in particular.

The BL Panganiban-based film may not entirely or directly the stories of the characters portrayed by the actors; but still the struggles, the adventures and the misfortunes were based on historical human dramas of undocumented migrants who eventually turned out to be victims of human trafficking and labor violations abroad.

 

‘Recipe for Love’ (of Cochinilla and Kare-Kare): A New Romantic-Comedy Flick from Regal Films


When it comes to romantic-comedy films especially in Hollywood, the name that easily comes to my mind is Nora Ephron, who also wrote a novel titled Heartburn in 1983, but she also wrote a screenplay and directed ‘Julie and Julia’ in 2009, which starred Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Messina; thus stumbling upon this latest romantic-comedy offering of Regal Entertainment Incorporated–the Recipe for Love, I thought that it should be in that league of storytelling.

 

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Having Jose Javier Reyes, who has worked on romantic-comedies as well, this project that will spotlight once again the humorous side of Christian Bables opposite Cora Waddell.

But what stuck in my head was what Ephron had wrote once in her novel titled ‘Heartburn’ (1983) that said: “Nothing like mashed potatoes when you’re feeling blue. Nothing like getting into bed with a bowl of hot mashed potatoes already loaded with butter, and methodically adding a thin cold slice of butter to every forkful. The problem with mashed potatoes, though, is that they require almost as much hard work as crisp potatoes, and when you’re feeling blue the last thing you feel like is hard work. Of course, you can always get someone to make the mashed potatoes for you, but let’s face it: the reason you’re blue is that there isn’t anyone to make them for you. As a result, most people do not have nearly enough mashed potatoes in their lives, and when they do, it’s almost always at the wrong time.”

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The film is about Calix (Bables) , a chef named of an upscale Filipino restaurant and Val (Waddell), a food blogger and aspiring magazine editor.Though they may have started off on the wrong foot, would they eventually hit it off and romance start to mash well?

Apart from the tandem of Christian and Cora, the one thing that made Jose Javier Reyes convince to direct the screenplay of Raymund Barcelon who made a great analogy between food and relationships; it was also the idea of spotlighting Filipino cuisine like Cochinilla (roasted suckling pig) and Kare-Kare (stewed oxtail, pork hocks, calves feet, pig feet, beef stew meat, and occasionally offal or tripe complemented with a thick savory peanut sauce), which turned out to be his favorites.

Opening tomorrow, November 21 in cinemas nationwide; and for more updates, follow Regal Entertainment Incorporated on facebook, on twitter, on Instagram and  on YouTube.

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