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Farewell to the Excellent, Eddie Garcia!


Though I have not worked with late veteran and multi-awarded actor-filmmaker Eddie Garcia, I still admire his passion and dedication for his craft. Perhaps the closest encounter I had with him was when we covered the launch of one of his latest films with Globe Studios, Hintayan ng Langit in November last year.

I began to like him as an actor when he played comic roles in the sex-comedy flicks May Lamok sa Loob ng Kulambo and May Daga sa Labas ng Lungga (1984). The most memorable film that I enjoyed about him the film Erpat Kong Forgets (also in 1984), written by Jose Carreon and directed by Erastheo Navoa.

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Garcia is seen with Muhlach in a hospital scene from the film ‘Erpat Kong Forgets’.

In the said film, Garcia was the father of Aga Muhlach‘s character as Ariel who fell in love with Janice de Belen‘s Josephine (the sister) of the Carmi Martin‘s role. He’s undeniably great in drama, comedy, and action. Whether he’s the protagonist and the antagonist, he is effective in both.  

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The tandem of Aga Muhlach and Janice de Belen was born through the film ‘Erpat Kong Forgets’.

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Carmi Martin was Garcia’s love interest in ‘Erpat Kong Forgets’.

Apart from Hintayin Kita sa Langit, his two other latest award-winning films Rainbow Sunset and ML (Martial Law) were testaments of how exemplary he was. He was named 42nd Gawad Urian best actor for the latter film, given by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (the Filipino Film Critics).

The cause of his death may not be something that the TV industry can take pride in. He met his fatal accident on the set of a taping for a series. He breathed his last breath on June 20, almost two weeks of fighting to survive. What is admirable about Garcia, he died working for his passion and never faltered on his commitment.

Rest in peace Eduardo Verchez Garcia (Born on 2 May 1929 – Died on 20 June 2019).

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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.

JaDine is back via #NeverNotLoveYou


On Saturday, March 17, Viva Films launched the latest film #NeverNotLoveYou of one the country’s hottest loveteams—JaDine (James Reid and Nadine Lustre) with Antoinette Jadaone as the screenwriter and director.

 

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Dubbed as a mature film for the two young stars since it tells the story of two young, carefree and reckless individuals who entered into a relationship, but soon leads to an abrupt ending when their respective dreams take them to separate paths and so as their choices tear them apart in the process.

Reid and Lustre returns on the big screen, and this latest romantic-drama is their sixth film together, and marks as their reunion film together with Jadaone after the series they did together in 2016-2017, titled ‘Till I Met You’.

James is Gio, a freelance graphic designer while Nadine is Joanne, brand manager for a direct-selling company. Their characters paint a situation that young couples would normally find themselves when faced with challenges in life; realizing that love is essential in every relationship but may not be enough to make it work for the longest time especially when living in a foreign land.

For the most part of the film, it was shot in London while additional scenes were taken in Manila and Zambales.

Love changes two people who are madly in love with each other, but life catches up on two people in their weakest points and it changes how they perceive and feel about love.

Gio and Joanne are young couple and they need to have two incomes in order to survive. Due to their works, it has affected their relationship and failed. This is one scenario that the young couple are facing in the story. Both actors are asked to tackle concerns on ‘unspoken expectations’ often lead to disappointment and miscommunication in a relationship.

Catch JaDine is their tender and intense love story to open on a Black Saturday, March 31 in cinemas nationwide.

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