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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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‘#Y’: The Modern-Day Retelling of 80s ‘Bagets’?


On December 10, as part of Star Cinema’s 20th anniversary celebration, it will release and distribute the youth-oriented, but not-too-pleasant-themed flick of young filmmaker Gino M. Santos’s ‘#Y’.

Gino Santos is seen talking with the press, along with his two lead stars Elmo Magalona and Coleen Garcia. Photograph courtesy of Stanley Briz.

Gino Santos is seen talking with the press, along with his two lead stars Elmo Magalona and Coleen Garcia. Photograph courtesy of Stanley Briz.

The film revolves around the lives of upper-class and modern-day youth and features young stars like Elmo Magalona, Coleen Garcia, Sophie Albert, Kit Thompson, Slater Young, and Chynna Ortaleza.

Gino M. Santos, one of the youngest commercial, TV, and film directors in the country who graduated with a Digital Filmmaking degree from De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde in 2008 was chosen as Philippines’ delegate for the Motion Picture Association Conference held in Beijing, China. He is best identified with flicks that focus on youth particularly set in present-day.

With ‘#Y’, together with his screenwriter Jeff Stelton, this is their second attempt to present the lives of today’s youth. In fact, according to Santos, “I intend to make a trilogy about the kids of today, following them in high school which was the setting for ‘The Animals’ and ‘#Y’, which depicts their lives in college.

“I’m still conceptualizing the third film with my writer, Jeff Stelton, it will probably be about yuppies and post-grad life.”

He added that in his first film ‘Animals’ which was also a Cinemalaya entry, it showcased more of the environment in which these kids live in, on the other hand in ‘#Y’, he went inside their heads in order to show the audiences what really goes on inside or what their motivations, “I guess the latest film is more intellectual.”

Two of Santos’s films are reminiscent of the 1984 two-part Philippine youth-oriented comedy films ‘Bagets’ created by Viva Films about a group of high school teenagers. In this successful 80s movie, it was Jake Tordesillas who wrote the story and the multi-awarded Maryo J. Delos Reyes was the one who directed it.

He admitted that the film was one of his inspirations, “I’m really a big fan of teen-oriented films and ‘Bagets’ is one of them. I also loved ‘Batch ‘81’ as well as ‘Jologs’. I guess all of them served as inspiration for my films. These films depicted their generations, from the slang, the clothes, and the environment, which I guess would make ‘#Y’ look unique to the generation since each generation has its own trademark style and the technology they use that differ on each time.”

Back in this year’s Cinemalaya, ‘#Y’ competed in the New Breed category and was given the Special Jury Citation for Best Acting Ensemble for its cast.

According to Santos, the film has to undergo some adjustments just to cater to the taste and regular audience as well as the thrust of Star Cinema, “We had to make a bit of tweaking.”


The film conveys a message of how today’s generation live their lives that is greatly influenced and unified by social media and the Internet. It also promotes the ideological lifestyle of ‘YOLO’ which means ‘you only live once’ which simply implies ‘make the most of what one has in this lifetime.

‘#Y’ is written by, and is produced by Stained Glass Productions and Timeframe Media Production.

Y Screening

For more details and updates on the film, like its facebook page.

Another Cebuana creates a ‘Buzz’ in an International Beauty Tilt


MANILA, Philippines – After the 20-year-old Jamie Herrell, a Cebuana who was recently crowned Miss Earth 2014 on Saturday, November 28; another Cebuana, a 24-year-old financial analyst, Kris Tiffany Janson almost bagged the title Miss Intercontinental 2014 when she placed second runner-up to Thailand’s Phataraporn Wang on Thursday night, December 4 at the Maritim Hotel Madgeburg in Germany.

Kris Tiffany Janson almost bagged the title Miss Intercontinental 2014, but failed and settled to be named as second runner-up.

Kris Tiffany Janson almost bagged the title Miss Intercontinental 2014, but failed and settled to be named as second runner-up.

Janson, came in third, but also brought home the Miss Photogenic award.

She vied against other 71 contestants from around the globe to become a woman of power and grace, commitment and intelligence, style and substance.

Cuba’s Jeslie Mergal was declared first runner-up.

The Continental Queens were South Africa as Miss Intercontinental Africa, Philippines as Miss Intercontinental Asia & Oceana, England as Miss Intercontinental Europe, Cuba as Miss Intercontinental North America, and Argentina as Miss Intercontinental South America. Part of the Top six finalists were Miss Portugal and Miss Thailand after being declared tie with Miss Philippines for the Miss Intercontinental Asia & Oceana title.

Countries who made it to the Top 16 semi-finalists were: Puerto Rico, Canada, Ecuador, Brazil, Myanmar, Mauritius, Nigeria, Poland, and Turkey.

Special awards were also given to South Africa as Best in Swimsuit, Puerto Rico as Best in Evening Gown, Panama as Best in National Costume, Turkey as Miss Fashion and Style, and Canada as Miss congeniality.

Kris’s was asked final question: “If you would meet a famous person/celebrity, no matter still alive or dead, who would you like to meet and why?”

She replied with ease and grace, “If I were to meet a famous person, I would want to meet Malalai Yousafzai. She’s a kid who fought for her right for education. I may not be able to jump into a bullet to fight for my right but I do have a voice. And if I would be lucky enough to bring home the crown, I would have a louder voice and be the voice of the voiceless and use this to help more people and bring happiness and joy to other people.”

Currently, Kris is an entrepreneur and runs her business called the Mactan Dynamics Dance Company in Cebu. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California USA on July 12, 1994.

The Miss Intercontinental pageant is on its 43rd anniversary.