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