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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

David Licauco-Shaira Diaz in a ‘kilig-worthy’ Romantic-Comedy flick ‘Because I Love You’


When Netizens noticed the chemistry between David Licauco and Shaira Diaz via Magpakailanman’s Nakawin Natin Ang Bawat Sandali episode in July 2018, which had a replay on June 8 this year, ALV Films thought of putting the two together in a millennial twist to the rich boy-poor girl love story in Because I Love You. The romantic-comedy flick is set to open tomorrow, June 26 in cinemas nationwide.

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The Kapuso chinito heartthrob David Licauso is Rael and Shaira Diaz is Summer. Image courtesy of ALV Films.

It will be directed by veteran and multi-awarded director Joel Lamangan.

The Kapuso chinito heartthrob Licauso plays Rael, the cool, quiet and reserved executive and heir to his family’s business empire. He comes from a conservative upbringing which shaped him into stereotyped thinking, including matters of the heart.

Diaz, on the other hand, is Summer, the tenacious, street-smart firefighter who takes pride in pursuing her departed dad’s heroic legacy, much to the chagrin of her mom who wishes her to be a flight attendant or to be a beauty queen.

Teaming up the two in a wacky and romantic themed movie is a response to the pair figured as one of the top trending topics on social media. Their ‘kilig-worthy’ pair was heightened all the more during their guesting for One Hugot Away, GMA-7’s Web-TV project in March.

(L to R) David Licauco, Shaira Diaz, Michelle Dee, Martin del Rosario

In this photo, Licauco and Diaz are joined by two other stars–Michelle Dee and Martin del Rosario. Image courtesy of ALV Films.

Martin del Rosario, Michelle Dee, Samantha Lopez, Bernadette Allyson, Monsour del Rosario, Mr. World Philippines 2018 JB Saliba, Timothy Lawrence Yap, Bryan Benedict, IC Mendoza, Victor Basa, Rob Sy, Chris Leonardo, LM Mercado, Afi Africa, Melo Merkona, Jao Mapa, and Mosang with special cameo appearances by Miss Multinational 2017 Sophia Senoron, Miss Eco International 2018 Cynthia Thomalla, RJ Ledesma and newly-elect Senator Francis Tolentino are part of the cast.

 

‘Recipe for Love’ (of Cochinilla and Kare-Kare): A New Romantic-Comedy Flick from Regal Films


When it comes to romantic-comedy films especially in Hollywood, the name that easily comes to my mind is Nora Ephron, who also wrote a novel titled Heartburn in 1983, but she also wrote a screenplay and directed ‘Julie and Julia’ in 2009, which starred Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Messina; thus stumbling upon this latest romantic-comedy offering of Regal Entertainment Incorporated–the Recipe for Love, I thought that it should be in that league of storytelling.

 

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Having Jose Javier Reyes, who has worked on romantic-comedies as well, this project that will spotlight once again the humorous side of Christian Bables opposite Cora Waddell.

But what stuck in my head was what Ephron had wrote once in her novel titled ‘Heartburn’ (1983) that said: “Nothing like mashed potatoes when you’re feeling blue. Nothing like getting into bed with a bowl of hot mashed potatoes already loaded with butter, and methodically adding a thin cold slice of butter to every forkful. The problem with mashed potatoes, though, is that they require almost as much hard work as crisp potatoes, and when you’re feeling blue the last thing you feel like is hard work. Of course, you can always get someone to make the mashed potatoes for you, but let’s face it: the reason you’re blue is that there isn’t anyone to make them for you. As a result, most people do not have nearly enough mashed potatoes in their lives, and when they do, it’s almost always at the wrong time.”

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The film is about Calix (Bables) , a chef named of an upscale Filipino restaurant and Val (Waddell), a food blogger and aspiring magazine editor.Though they may have started off on the wrong foot, would they eventually hit it off and romance start to mash well?

Apart from the tandem of Christian and Cora, the one thing that made Jose Javier Reyes convince to direct the screenplay of Raymund Barcelon who made a great analogy between food and relationships; it was also the idea of spotlighting Filipino cuisine like Cochinilla (roasted suckling pig) and Kare-Kare (stewed oxtail, pork hocks, calves feet, pig feet, beef stew meat, and occasionally offal or tripe complemented with a thick savory peanut sauce), which turned out to be his favorites.

Opening tomorrow, November 21 in cinemas nationwide; and for more updates, follow Regal Entertainment Incorporated on facebook, on twitter, on Instagram and  on YouTube.