Based from the story of Keiko Aquino, and screenplay by Vanessa Valdez, the upcoming high-caliber drama film titled—‘The Unmarried Wife’ features three of the country’s finest actors—Angelica Panganiban, Dingdong Dantes and Paulo Avelino in the lead cast with multi-awarded film and TV international master filmmaker—Maryo J. Delos Reyes as the director; will open on Wednesday, November 16 in theaters nationwide.
Panganiban is Anne, a young woman who is stuck in her traumatic childhood past about love. Such inhibitions developed into reservations after she had her own marriage to the man she loves the most—Geoff portrayed by Dantes. And in every love story, it is most effective that if the damsel-in-distress, there is a knight in shining armor in the person of Bryan, breathed by Avelino.
After nine years, the said film marks the reunion of Panganiban, Delos Reyes and Valdez when they first collaborated in a Star Cinema film via ‘A Love Story’ back in 2007. Also, Direk Maryo returns to the said film outfit after his last project via ‘I’ll Be There’ in 2010.
According to Direk Delos Reyes, “I’m very excited to doing this film. It is a test of my skill on how to tell a story about relationships. ‘The Unmarried Wife’ is a different. It’s very timely and at the same time very important to be discussed.”
Together with Star Cinema, Direk Maryo along with Vanessa and the three powerful and equally intense actors—Angleica, Dingdong and Paulo; the film promises to change the way people perceive men being cheaters and women failing to be faithful in relationships.
Avelino in a bloggers’ conference mentioned that what makes the film different from other relationship-centered movies, “It is organic. It is like being a witness to conversations between couples; very at the moment.”
The blockbuster tandem of Ian Veneracion and Jodi Sta. Maria is soon to be seen again in a romantic comedy film titled—‘The Achy Breaky Hearts’ as Ryan and Chinggay. Together with them is another effective onscreen partner of Sta. Maria is Richard Yap as Frank and the upcoming Star Cinema presentation is directed by Antoinette Jadaone.
Jodi plays a woman who has been single for seven years and somewhere along the way she has to deal with the dilemma of choosing two men—Veneracion and Yap.
Sta. Maria as Chinggay who is a successful career woman, on a Press Conference on Thursday, June 16, she stressed that the struggle of finding a suitable partner is not entirely the fault of her character to be ‘successful’ or as someone who has high standards in getting a man to be in relationship with, “Men get intimidated because of the status of a woman especially when it comes to achievements.”
Both also shared their thoughts on how they move on after ‘heartbreaks’. For Veneracion, he says, “Iisipin ko lang. Kahit sino ka pa. Isang iyak ka lang. Then move on.”
While Jodi made sure to give encouraging words to those who experience heartbreaks: “Lahat ng pain na nangyayari sa atin. Everthing that we go through—our failures and heartbreaks, these will serve a ‘purpose’. Maybe we don’t understand now ‘why it’s happening’ but one day, everything will make sense. It’s up to you whether you dwell on your situation or you stand up, you walk and you move on.”
Also Jadaone, being the director and the co-screenwriter of this movie, she stresses that this #hugotflick wants to leave some thoughts for its female audience who could identify a similar scenario with Chinggay: “It is for all ladies who have been single for so long, they’re tired of hearing, Kailan ka mag-aasawa?, or of asking themselves, May mali ba sa’kin? Pangit ba ‘ko?”
‘The Achy Breaky Hearts’ is set to open on Wednesday, June 29 in cinemas nationwide.
Seeing the film ‘Pare, Mahal Mo raw Ako’, written and directed by Joven Tan for the second time around during its premiere night—it gave me more appreciation of the movie, which was lifted from the hit song of the same title that was sung by one of the stars—Michael Pangilinan. Edgar Allan Guzman is Mark and fell in love with Pangilinan, who played Red, the guy best friend.
There were flaws in the storytelling, which I agree with my fellow writer-friend Arnel, but I just had to point on the good points of the film. First, it didn’t present struggles of how to accept gay people in a heavy drama. Yes, there were emotional scenes, but those were needed to highlight the emotions and the tensions between Mark and Red and so as Mark’s mother portrayed by Nora Aunor.
Second, Guzman could very well claim that this is one of his most natural and best performances ever. He was able to prove that acting needed not to be acted out. He has that depth and could deliver certain emotions even with hackneyed dialogues. His subtle actuations and the nuances of a ‘paminta’ gay were greatly displayed. In his scenes with more seasoned actresses—La Aunor and Ana Capri—he didn’t lag behind. While for a newcomer, Panglinan proved that he has potentials to have more chances of getting film projects.
Lastly, it has successfully concluded the film without any tragedy. It means that there really is a great hope for gay people to be happy in this world as long as people (especially between friends) would embrace and accept for who they are and for what they are capable of—to love without any boundaries. The line—‘sa pag-ibig walang forever, pero sana sa pag-ibig walang gender’—is witty and one quotable quote.
The film is set to open on Wednesday, June 8 in cinemas and is distributed by Viva Films.