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Sex Sells in ‘Jowable’


(A Mini-Review)

There is no denying that sex sells. Even if the writer would claim that the film Jowable is not entirely about sex, it still is. The thirty-something Elsa (not the Elsa envisioned by Ricky Lee in Himala and not even the Elsa that the trio of Chris Buck-Jennifer Lee-Shane Morris wrote for Disney’s Frozen) is desperate enough to have a lover at all cost.

On Wednesday, September 25, the Darry Yap‘s full-length film opened in cinemas nationwide. 

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Banking on the response when it first came out in 2018 via Vincentiments’ facebook page, the film already raked an 18.5M gross income at the box-office.

Jowable is indeed Kim Molina’s biggest break and her blockbuster hit since she began her commercial films, a few years back. But what exactly made this film sell?

It’s the brutal manner of speaking in dialogues that could have attracted the moviegoers especially the millennials and the Generation Zers. The film suggested a woman like Elsa desperately wanting to have a man and love her even if her ultimate purpose is to get laid. 

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Without thinking of the consequences of her actions, feeling pressured that she’s still a virgin among her friends, Elsa wants to find a man to be her lover and have sex with him. But if one tries to look into the life of Elsa, she’s living with her mom (Kakai Bautista) who retired from being a prostitute and live a life of a single mom. My only wonder is that Elsa never experienced a complete family and saw her spinster elementary teacher having a secret affair with an anatomy apparatus–still, she wants to have a man.

The film attempts to humanize the character of a nun (Candy Pangilinan) by making her say words that aren’t associated with such religious personality. Though, the inclusion of a nun in the story was somehow justified.

But mind you, they all point to one topic–sex. Yes, in the conclusion of the film, it stressed that having sex must be done responsibly. Sex is always misconstrued as love and as part of having a companion. 

As a whole, though the story was stretched from a short film and wasn’t well-crafted, it still has entertaining values. That’s what matters the most. The moviegoers patronized it. 

 

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Kylie Verzosa: Thai Royale Spa’s New Female Face


On Thursday, May 31, at the Viva Films’ headquarters in Ortigas Center, the five feet and seven-inch tall Miss International 2016, Kylie Fausto Verzosa was recently introduced as the new female face of Thai Royale Spa.

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Verzosa was already eyed by the owners to be the next face of the brand even right after the beauty queen was crowned Miss International. It took them quite a while to wait, but finally she made her commitment to endorse this massage business that was started by the husband-and-wife entrepreneurs.

According to the sixth Filipina who went home with the Miss International crown, “It ibecause of their philosophy of giving good service to other people that made me convince to accept the offer.”

Like anyone else, the Baguio beauty-turned-actress and now a Viva talent; she believes that frequent visits to Spa do create both mental and physical health benefits. Based on studies getting regular massage in spas like Thai Royale Spa—directly correlates with better quality sleep, fewer sick days, reduced absenteeism from work and fewer hospitalizations.

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Today, the massage business has grown to 70 branches and still counting. It is a proud member of Wellness Organization Worldwide (WOW) and one of the few that is certified by The Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society (International Body Work Training Center) in Bangkok, Thailand.

It offers a variety of massage services and body treatments. Clients are treated to a luxurious massage at an affordable rate and with great ambiance at the same time. Massages like Thai, Swedish and even Back and Foot are just among the services available in each of its branch. Treatments like Body Scrub Salt Glow, Microdermabrasion Diamond Peel and Facial+Diamond Peel are also being offered.

For more information, log on to its official website or like its facebook page and follow its IG and twitter accounts.

When Love for Nature and Family wins over Love for a Lady


Though not so-identified as a romantic comedy, which was initially the intention of the film’s theme that turned out to be a slightly ‘advocacy’ and melodrama flick of Dennis Trillo titled ‘Lakbay2Love’ is set for a February 3 opening in theaters nationwide.

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The second official poster of the film ‘Lakbay2Love’. Image is courtesy of Erasto Films.

Trillo plays the role of Jay-R or ‘Alamat’, a forester and a biker who helps the lost and lovelorn Lianne portrayed by Solenn Heussaff. In the film, Jay-R became the main subject of the documentary assignment that Lianne is working on and falls for somewhere in between. But when Jay-R’s good friend, Macky played by Kit Thompson resurfaced as Lianne’s ex-lover, the blossoming love went sour when the letter guy is still determined to pursue the woman they have entangled with.

The pseudo-romantic cum coming-of-age film is written by Palanca-winner Layeta Bucoy and the director herself Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil.

The love story of Jay-R and Lianne failed to go on further after the former is faced with the challenge of providing for his loved ones—his family and is forced to work in a foreign land instead.

Ongkeko-Marfil admires Dennis’s commitment to finish the project despite the actor’s busy schedule while working as a lead star in a different independent, historical-biographical film dramatizing the life of the first executive minister of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, and is titled ‘Felix Manalo’.

“His breaks from the shootings of the ‘Manalo film’—he would be with us—filming ‘Lakbay2Love’ and he treated it as his ‘rest’,” says the director.

Trillo admitted as well,  “Isa ito sa dream roles ko na natupad na. Hindi ko naramdaman na work kasi masaya ang shooting. Kung saan-saan kami pumunta. Maraming lugar na first time ko napuntahan. Meron pang locations wherein we had to hike for two hours pero sobrang enjoy!”

Apart from Dennis, Solenn also showed ease in tackling her role as she along with other cast showed effortless way of pedaling through the rocky forests and hilly terrains.

This is the third time that Trillo and Heussaff have worked together. For more details on the said movie, check out its facebook.com page.

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