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Reasons to Watch ‘Starting Over Again’, Again and Again and Again

‘Starting Over Again’ is a material that is nothing new, but given the ‘twists’ created by the writers-Carmi Raymundo and Anj Persumal with the impressive performances of the cast members led by Piolo Pascual, Toni Gonzaga, Iza Calzado, and Lito Pimentel—it has made this one film with so much ‘interesting’ things to talk about as well as more reasons for people to camp in their theaters just to watch this over and over again.

The latest Valentine offering of Star Cinema that brings together the ‘dream-come-true’ partner of Toni Gonzaga—Piolo Pascual in one movie is already phenomenal.

The chase scene where the character of Ginny Gonzales (Gonzaga) was shown; as she goes after (just to find that ‘one chance’ to either ‘flirt’ or ‘win back’ the man he used to love) Marco Villanueva (Pascual) was already done in previous romantic comedy flicks from Star Cinema, very similar is the one with 2010 film ‘My Amnesia Girl’. However, what made it worked is the actors’ capacity to connect with their audience on how it is to fight for love. In fact, this device or ‘struggles’ incorporated in stories was also done in the 1997 film ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’.

Putting the three lead stars together in this project is another powerful move. As an actress, Toni has really matured in her craft. She may be considered the local Julia Roberts or the Meg Ryan of today. Pascual on the other hand always shines through especially in the famous confrontation scene between him and Gonzaga, where he did a litany of his pains and demanding explanation for what the woman did to him in the past.

Iza Calzado tackled her character Patty De Guia with such ease and sophistication. No other actress today can match the one she displayed. Her short moments and her confrontation scene with Gonzaga were perhaps going to be another ‘quotable lines’ or ‘unforgettable lines’ in Philippine cinema. I disagree that there should be another actress who can figure in to assume the role. Calzado’s face is the most charming and the most innocent-looking face there is that can erupt with ‘grace’ even in the most unlikely difficult scenes.

Lito Pimentel’s scene is one of the most memorable ones in the film. He as the father of Ginny was able to reflect a character that valued the loss of time and not spending it to the fullest.

‘Starting Over Again’ does not promise ‘happy endings’ that most romantic films resort to just to make its audience ‘feel good’. It was successful enough to provide a more practical and not a fairytale-ish kind of ending. It is but most fitting to say that Ginny indeed deserves to be ‘happy’ and she did have her ‘happy ending’ with the man destined for her. That being said, it is a piece that would guide audiences on what to do in a ‘breakup’ and how one chooses to move on, and learn to not give up to love again.

Apart from its commercial appeal, Star Cinema was able to capture issues about love—the ‘ifs’, the ‘buts’, and the ‘what must have beens’. There really is no such thing as un-loving someone just like as un-friending someone. The film teaches how to embrace reality and take whatever past hurts has given someone and use it to an advantage to be a ‘better person’ someday.

Directed by Philippines’ known romantic director Olivia Lamasan is still showing in theaters nationwide, it has a good casting, has good storytelling, and a film that is empowering for moviegoers.

Meet Today the 14 Finalists in Figlia’s Shoe Design Contest

ORTIGAS CENTER, Pasig City – Today, on Valentine’s Day, Figlia, the Philippines’ premier label shoe label will reveal its finalists and the five winners at SM Megamall’s Atruim, on the fifth floor, at 3pm.


Launched in October 2013, the contest gathered hundreds of entries from all over the country and has trimmed down its finalists to 14.

The finalists are: Kristina Leanne Basilio, Genesa Grace Alvarado, Joshua John Garcia, Pamela Pabuayon, Sheila De Jesus, Patricia Anne Santos, Ma. Ysabel Lotti Galicia, Izell Lim, Trixie Anne Tiangco, Rochelle Mari Bernabe, Paul Lester Dellosa, Sachi Go, Samantha Go, and Katherine Marie Austria.

The contest theme is ‘Self-Expression’ and aims to the creativity and design skills of Filipinos by creating a prototype of what they envision their respective shoes would look like. The grand winner will receive a brand new Wacom unit and so as his mentor worth Php20,800 with three thousand worth of Figlia gift certificates and a Starcard membership. There will be four runners-up with corresponding loads of prizes, too.

Members of the Board of Judges are: Rommel Calaspara of Wacom Philippines, who is a proud partner of this maiden design contest; Janeena Chan, a TV host, VJ and a model-actress combined; Ricardo Cepeda, a former fashion and commercial model and both a film and TV actor; Marina Benipayo, a former Binibining Pilipinas title holder and represented the country in Miss World and currently a mentor at School of Fashion and Arts (SoFA); Leeroy New, a production designer for feature and short films, for music videos and for theater productions as well; and the chairman of the board of judges is Joey Enriquez, the president of Charter International Incorporated, the makers of the successful Filipino shoe brands for women—Figlia.

‘My Beautiful Sole’ is co-presented by SM Megamall, Wacom Philippines, Yoshinoya, Traffic Footwear, and Red Root Artists Cooperative.

2 Oustanding Filipino designers in Fabe Love Show

What makes an affair to remember? If you are dating someone and you need to enjoy every bit of your moment—the Fabe Love show is something you shouldn’t MISS today on a Valentine’s Day, February 14 at 8pm, Luxent Hotel in Quezon City as it features two of the best Filipino fashion designers to watch out for—Leo Almodal and Rica Rico.

Almodal is seen with his model. INSET: Rica Rico, another designer featured in Fabe Love Show.

Almodal is seen with his model. INSET: Rica Rico, another designer featured in Fabe Love Show.

The designs of formerly Dubai-based fashion designer, Leo Almodal’s 10-piece stunning gown collection will surely mesmerize its guests. Almodal’s creations were also showcased in the recently concluded Baguio’s Ultimate Model Search held on February 7 at the Baguio Convention Center. Adding glitter to the affair is Rica Rico’s haute couture designs as well. Rico was named one of the 13 finalists in the country’s longest fashion competition—Mega Young Designers Competition All Stars in 2013.

According to Vic Fabe, such event is being mounted by his group because he simply wants to help people to break into the fashion industry.

“This is our way of contributing to help young aspiring and budding individuals who want to make a difference in their ‘passion’ for fashion.”

Since the affair is not just a fashion show, but a musical show as well, to be featured in the show are Fabe Event Productions homegrown talents–Shanne Velasco, D’Nice Boys, Kristoff Martin, and Jerome Robielos.

“We promise a lovely experience for the guests as they will be treated with all-time favorite romantic songs,” Khevin Almario, the show’s musical director said.

Tickets are available at Php800 with food. For more details, contact (632) 357-5011; +639473244000.