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SANA ALL: On Wines, Passion, Love, and Heartaches


After the success of On Vodka, Beers, and Regrets; comes another love story starring Meg Imperial and Arvic Tan as the lead stars in Sana All.

 

Both Imperial and Tan are reunited in the said film, and this time as the lovers who have issues they need to come to terms with. Their paths crossed because of one passion and that is the intoxicating rice wine called Tapuey

From the story imagined by JF Fulgencio and a screenplay by Enrique Villasis–the two characters met in a chance encounter in La Union.

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Meg plays Iyam, granddaughter of Lola Ingga (Lita Loresca), a renowned Tapuey-maker in the town of Adams.  Iyam is about to take over their rice wine business, but the drink that she makes doesn’t meet her grandma’s standards. Lola Ingga points out that it lacks an important ingredient, and that’s passion.

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Arvic, on the other hand, plays Syd, a guy from Manila who, together with his friend Joan (Andrew Muhlach), is on a quest for the sweetest Tapuey. His search leads to Adams, where he meets Iyam for the second time. 

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Since Lola Ingga knows that Iyam is capable of producing best-tasting Tapuey because she had done so in the past. Lola Ingga and her grandson Timo (Pio Balbuena), Iyam’s cousin, are convinced that Iyam will regain her passion for Tapuey-making if she falls in love. Together they hatch a plan without Iyam’s knowledge about it. 

Sana All, which was shot entirely in Adams, one of the scenic gems of Ilocos Norte will open in cinemas nationwide on March 25. It is directed by Bona Fajardo

TAuMBAYAN celebrates 11th Anniversary with Six-Night Benefit Jams


TAuMBAYAN, the art hub and resto-bar in Kamuning, celebrates its 11th anniversary with a six-night fund drive shows for the benefit of the residents affected by the Taal volcano eruption.

From Monday, January 20 till Saturday, January 25, performances and live acoustic jams will be held, hosted by various artists who have become friends with TAuMBAYAN and its habitues.

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On Monday, PAKIKINIG night features Choi Gustar with Meryll Soriano, Ricci Chan with Eugene Adalia, a long-time friend of TAuMBAYAN and a CNN producer, and many more.

PAGBABAHAGI is on Tuesday night. Join and witness the performances of Musika Publiko featuring Kaurali, Gazera, Pordalab, and Talahib People’s Music. Sabrina Manansala and GP Villapando are joining the night’s jam, too.

The original TAuMBAYAN regulars with Melvin Sumalinog will be the main feature of Wednesday night’s jamming sessions. It will be all about PAKIKIISA.

Thursday night, PAG-AAMBAG is through the musical accompaniment of Project Yazz and Pete Canzon. Talata Ni Tala and Alamat ni Ug will also be one of the evening’s highlights. 

Friday night is PAKIKIPAGKAPWA with the Tres Marias (Bayang Barrios, Cooky Chua, and Bb Lolit Carbon) with Nathan Abella.

To close the six-day jam nights, Saturday will be PAGSASALO, the date of the anniversary itself. AVANAR (Ava Santos and Narcies Cabico) will be in the spotlight that evening. 

The performances are free and open to the public; however, the audiences are encouraged to share what they can as donations to those affected by the Taal Volcano eruption. 

Donations can be in cash or in-kind (preferably sleeping mats, blankets, eating utensils, hygiene kit, and canned goods). 

TAuMBAYAN has hosted and initiated fund drives for various causes to give back to the community. For the Taal relief campaign alone, TAuMBAYAN hosted two fundraising drives by two artist groups. 

TAuMBAYAN’s initiative 11@2020  will be held as part of the anniversary celebration and to respond to the call of the times.

Performances start at 9 PM. For inquiries, follow TAuMBAYAN’s facebook page, or contact DMS Boongaling via +639274513892

 

Pokwang, Melai topbill Kapamilya’s Newest Dramedy Show


Two of the country’s comediennes—Pokwang and Melai Cantiveros are brought together by Kapamilya Network in a new dramedy series titled ‘We Will Survive’ as Wilma and Maricel, which aired on Monday, February 29 on Kapamilya Primetime Bida slot before TV Patrol.

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Melai and Pokwang tandem will make the televiewers laugh and cry at the same time via their dramedy series–‘We Will Survive’. Photograph courtesy of ABS-CBN.

 

Pokwang and Melai as contest winners are also joined by two other winners of TV contests and have turned as stars as well—Bea Saw and Regine Angeles. The four will portray as friends with stories of struggles and triumphs, which the audiences will definitely resonate with.

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Bea Saw portrays one of the four friends in this dramedy. Photograph courtesy of ABS-CBN.

 

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Regine Angeles also plays one of the four friends. Photograph courtesy of ABS-CBN.


 

In an exclusive interview, according to Mel Mendoza-Del Rosario, the show producer, the four friends’ common denominator is the videoke since it is their outlet whenever they find the need to have release of any emotional tension whatsoever.

She distinctly describes the four friends as: “Sa kanilang apat, Bea’s character is the well-off kasi mayaman ang asawa. Regine’s character has the videoke bar biz. Melai is an orphan and grew up with her grandmother which made her a spoiled brat at nakakaangat din sa buhay. While Pokwang has the most challenging situation in life; kaya nagpang-abot sila sa school hindi siya yearly nakaka-enrol. Ang interaction nila in reference to lovelife ay yung present sila sa lahat ng ‘highlights’ ng lovelife ng bawat isa. They share the important moments like proposals, break-ups, yun tipong they share the joys and heartbreaks.”

Since the show was shot in Legazpi with the Mayon Volcano as its backdrop—comparing the two comediennes to the province’s tourist attraction. Ms. Mendoza-Del Rosario described Melai and Pokwang as: “Si Melai ang similarity sa Mayon, nauuna ang damdamin na sumasabog bago mag-isip. Siya ang mas sumasabog na bulkan; warla kung warla pag-galit, baliw pag-in love. Siya ang Mayon na madalas may eruption.

“Si Pokwang naman mas serene at docile na Mayon; nagtatago sa ulap at perfect cone, Tahimik, kalma, mas may self-control, Kaya niyang i-set aside ang love and feekings para unahin ang needs ng pamilya. Perfect in the sense na gusto niya muna makitang maganda estado ng pamilya bago unahin ang sariling kapakanan at kaligayahan.”

The series is not the same feel as ‘Be Careful’, ‘Dream Dad’ and ‘Ningning’. It is best described as a dramedy and banking on friendship as its theme. In fact, the Network gambles on the team-up of Pokwang and Melai, who have never been lead stars in a television series since in the two stars have shown sincerity in acting for drama-themed shows like ‘Maaalala Mo Kaya’ episodes.

 


 

Mendoza-Del Rosario added, “Sana ito yung ma-achieve naming—yun bang sasakit ang ulo ng manonood sa kakatawa at kakaiyak.”

Apart from the dramedy as its unique selling point of the show, it also seeks to leave the televiewers the message of Filipinos being strong and resilient amid all challenges in life.

“Na kahit anong dagok sa buhay, go go go lang. Di lahat ng problema, baha, traffic, etc., sinasakyan lang ng Pinoy. Kahit anong problema o kalamidad, babangon tayo. We are a nation of survivors.”

Also in the show are Josh De Guzman, Carlo Aquino, Jeric Raval, Viveika Ravanes, Bing Davao, Alcris Galura, Maris Racal, Joshua Zamora, McCoy De Leon, and Vangie Labalan. It is directed by feel-good narrative director Jeffrey Jeturian.

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