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Labrusca, Alcantara star in first-ever Black Sheep’s BL series ‘Hello Stranger’


Boys Love (BL) series is fast-becoming popular not just in its country of origin (Japan), but even in the rest of the world, including the Philippines. Proof to this mania is the Filipino fans’ excitement to finally have another local version of BL series via Hello Stranger with Tony Labrusca and JC Alcantara as lead male stars.

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The Labrusca-Alcantara starrer is Black Sheep’s first-ever digital production and will premiere on Wednesday, June 24.

Filmmaker Petersen Vargas, the man behind the success of the Filipino coming-of-age full-length drama film 2 Cool 2 Be Forgotten of the 2016 Cinema One Originals Film Festival directs.

 

In the series, Labrusca plays Xavier while Alcantara takes on as Mico. Like Thai’s Vachirawit Chiva-afree (a.k.a. Bright) and Metawin Opas-iamkajorn (a.k.a. Win) of 2gether series–this local series hopes to draw more local fans as well.

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Other cast members are Gillian Vicencio, Vivoree Esclito, Patrick Quiroz, and Miguel Almendras.

Alfred Vargas reveals His Insights about His Two Leading Ladies–Iza Calzado, Shaina Magdayao


Congressman Alfred Paolo Dumlao Vargas (a.k.a. Alfred Vargas) of Quezon City’s fifth district shared his insights about his latest film Tagpuan, which is one of the eight official entries to the first-ever Summer Metro Manila Film Festival 2020.

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His latest film appearance was in iWant‘s Wild Little Love as Luis Pangilinan, the disciplinarian father of Sam (Andrea Brillantes). 

For him, acting is his passion. It’s his first love, “It would be more difficult for me not to do acting at all.” 

According to him, he couldn’t get his focus if he’s only doing politics; he thinks without acting–he’d go nuts. 

In an interview with Vargas, he detailed his relationships with the two female characters (Agnes and Tanya) in the film.

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Vargas is Allan.  A businessman who hides his emptiness by pushing himself to be successful in what he does. His relationship with Agnes (Iza Calzado) got compromised. In one of his travels, he had a chance encounter with an alluring and mysterious Fil-Chinese woman named Tanya (Shaina Magdayao).

He was quick to respond regarding his relationships with Agnes and Tanya, “”If I were younger–I’d go for Tanya. She’s adventurous, bold, curious, and passionate.

“If I were older, I’d go for Iza’s character. She’s realistic, accepting, patient, kind, forgiving, and understanding.”

The film’s original playdate is April 11. However, its exhibition is interrupted due to the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine.

TAGPUAN: A Film about Finding One’s Place in the World, in Someone’s Heart


After the love triangle sexy-drama film–Hindi Tayo Pwede, comes another screenplay by Ricky LeeTagpuan, under the direction of MacArthur Alejandre.

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Though a love triangle is not a new way of telling a love story, what is striking about this film is its location–shot in Manila, Hong Kong, and New York.  In the cast are Alfred Vargas, Iza Calzado, and Shaina Magdayao.

Perhaps the best way to describe the three characters portrayed by Vargas, Calzado, and Magdayao–they are pilgrims.

Richard Niebuhr defines the word as, “Pilgrims as persons in motion passing through territories not their own, seeking something that can a completion, or perhaps the word clarity will do as well, a goal to which only the spirit’s compass points the way.”    

The three lead characters: Alfred is Allan, Iza is Agnes, and Shaina is Tanya. These three are finding their respective places in the world as well as the perfect partners for themselves.

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Allan is a businessman. He wants everything calculated, controlled, and that he’s able to navigate the things he wants to be in his life. Agnes, as a woman tries to be a good wife and a good mother, however, she feels that her commitment to the man she married is standing in the way for her to fulfill her dreams. Tanya is a lost soul who continues to strive to have a better life.

In their chance encounters, they will find some realizations that will push them to make crucial decisions as well as coming to terms with themselves.

Tagpuan is an entry to the first-ever Summer Metro Manila Film Festival this 2020.