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Ian, Jodi reunites in a New RomCom Flick


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.

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Veneracion and Sta. Maria were all smiles during a Press Conference. Photograph is courtesy of Ted Claudio of Wazzup.Ph.

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.

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Richard Yap is Ian Veneracion’s rival in winning the heart of Jodi Sta. Maria in the newest romantic comedy flick by Antoinette Jadaone. Image is courtesy of Star Cinema.

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.

‘Pare, Mahal Mo Raw Ako’ is a Must-See for ‘Best of Friends’


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(Mini-Review)

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.

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In the photo (L-R): Pangilinan is Red and Guzman is Mark.

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.

Kiray is Now a ‘Made’ Lead Star


Surprisingly, the petite comedienne—Kiray Celis (Johanna Ismael Celis in real life) has gone a long way since she started at the age of four in showbusiness. From being a mere contestant in a noontime show to guesting to other Kapamilya shows back then, and eventually earned her a part in ‘Mara Clara’ as Desiree Francisco in 2010-2011 and was one of the mainstays of a kid gag show ‘Goin’ Bulilit’; but she celebrated her recent victory of her film ‘Love is Blind’ under Regal Entertainment that made quite a hit at the box-office when it opened in theaters nationwide four days prior Valentine’s Day—February 10.

Kiray breathed into the character of Fe, a desperate woman who fell for Wade portrayed by Derek Ramsay.

The film defeated its rival film from Viva Films titled—‘Girlfriend for Hire’.

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Kiray Celis posed before the invited bloggers as she donned in a red sexy cocktail dress designed by Fanny Serrano.

Due to the success of the movie, which Celis have managed to pull-off a great performance as the ‘other’ female star along with the sultry and beauteous—Solenn Heussaff; she and Star Magic hosted a bloggers’ conference on a Thursday, February 18 at Dong Juan on Mother Ignacia Street, Quezon City.

Despite the success that she is enjoying now, Celis stressed that she will not be choosy with roles for future projects. In fact, she is not even the type who aims to be a lead star: “Mas gusto ko pang support kasi walang ghaanong pressure at mas marami akong magiging projects.”

The soon-to-be 21-year-old young woman come July, Kiray has grown into a full woman as she dons the creations of a celebrated fashion designer and icon—Fanny Serrano in every function she gets to attend these days.

Critics may have given their thoughts that ‘Love is Blind’ what made it tick—it is because of her being part of the film even if she was supported by ‘more’ appealing stars to the common Filipino eyes—they are Heussaff as Maggie and as the beautiful Kiray (in the eyes of Wade), Ramsay as Wade, and Kean Cipriano as Yari. However, Celis is quick to defend that the success of the movie was not entirely her own doing or efforts, but rather it was a group effort; a collaborative work of the four leads.

As of this writing, Kiray is set to be paired with Jerome Ponce in another film with Regal Entertainment.