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“My Fairy Tail Love Story’: A Contradiction to ‘The Little Mermaid’

Though, the Regal Entertainment Incorporated’s film ‘My Fairy Tail Love Story’ by Perci Intalan is easily identified with the fairy tale written by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ which is about a young mermaid who is willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul; this one attempts to create a movie experience apart from telling a story; particularly having in mind the youth of today.


The mermaid-centric piece assembles three of the promising young stars in Philippine cinema, the popular team-up of ElNella (short for Elmo Magalona and Janella Salvador) and the eye candy—Kiko Estrada, the son of Cheska Diaz and Gary Estrada. Magalona plays the male childhood friend of Chantel, Noah; while Salvador is Chantel and Estrada is DJ Ethan, the third wheel in the film.


The film takes pride in its scenic locations where the film was shot in Batangas, Zambales and Pangasinan. Most of the breathtaking underwater scenes were taken in Anilao and the beach scenes were both in the latter mentioned places. Some underwater shots were done in Tubbataha Reef, Palawan. It posed a great challenge for the director to make all the shots look like it was taken in one location.


Like any other ‘Little Mermaid’ franchises, though the film has nothing to do with Walt Disney films and all; still it offers musical production where it utilizes the singing talents of ElNella tandem. However, Intalan promised that it only has 20% musical parts, but has a major musical scene. Moviegoers are in for a Disney-kind-of-treat in this Valentine offering movie.

Janella’s character as Chantel is cursed with a fish tail and she can only go back to her human form and restore her legs when she finds her true love’s kiss, which she mistook it to be DJ Ethan. In contrast to the character of Walt Disney Princess named Ariel, Salvador’s voice wasn’t gone, but she has to sing whenever she has to say something.

Also in the cast are Kiray Celis, Dimples Romana, Dominic Ochua, Kakai Bautista and a lot more. The MTRCB rated B film opens on Hearts’ Day (Valentine’s), February 14 in cinemas nationwide.

For latest updates, visit Regal Film’s official social media accounts–facebook, twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


Three Lolas fight against Zombies

To those who have been following the trio of Lola Tinidora (Jose Manalo), Lola Nidora (Wally Bayola) and Lola Tidora (Paolo Ballesteros) will definitely be in for another all-out adventure of a lifetime via the latest comedy film‘Trip Ubusan: The Lolas versus Zombies’, set to open in cinemas on Tuesday, November 22.

Three Lolas

The wacky trio of Manalo, Bayola and Ballesteros take pride not just in the brand of humor they are fondly identified with by their following, but for the fact that Filipinos have a natural liking to grandparents’ kind-of-love.

In the story, the three grandmothers are equally thrilled to celebrate the birthday of their grandchild—Charmaine played by a newcomer child star—Caprice Cayetano. In their preparation for the celebration; while on their way for an out-of-town trip—they all encountered a group of terrified youngsters due to a zombie outbreak.


The film is actually a Filipino spoof of the 2016 South Korean zombie apocalypse action thriller—‘Train to Busan’.

When asked if the three actors who have popularized their lola characters in the longest noontime variety show in the country; feel pressure of delivering well in the box-office despite the absence of the AlDub tandem—they admitted such feeling.

However, the three hinted that even if AlDub or Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza aren’t part of the film—they are confident that the audience would gravitate still with the development of the story. Cayetano is the three lolas’ beloved great granddaughter related to the popular loveteam that trended worldwide for quite sometime.

If in ‘Train to Busan’ zombies attacked the passengers on a moving train; the Filipino spin-off comedy flick is set on a traveling bus.  The three leads and the child star are joined by Ryzza Mae Dizon, Taki Saito, Kenneth Medrano, Shaira Mae Dela Cruz, Miggy Tolentino, Jayvhot Galang; also with Angelika Dela Cruz, Arthur Solinap, Lovely Abella, Rochelle Pangilinan, Joshua Zamora, Niño Muhlach and Al Tantay.

The film is a co-production of APT Entertainment and M-Zet Productions; directed by Mark Reyes of the ‘Encantadia’ fame.


Jelai Espino: A Fresh Face in Showbiz

At first glance, one may mistake Jelai Espino as someone mature for her age, but in person—she is just a 15-year-old teenager aspiring to make a ‘name’ for herself in showbusiness. She was recently introduced in public via a bloggers’ conference held on Tuesday, November 14 at Max’s Restaurant on Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City.


Though a bit shy and a student at San Beda College in Taytay, she is determined to pursue her dreams of becoming a ‘star’ someday and this could be possible through the help of Ai-Ai delas Alas’s talent management team.

In preparation for her foray in the colorful world of entertainment—she has attended acting workshops under Star Magic and Ogie Diaz. She also underwent into a singing workshop with Vehnee Saturno who wrote her first single titled—‘Huwag Mong Biruin’ (‘Don’t You Kid’).

What is admirable about this young lady, with her innocence, she is all-out in chasing her dreams and wants to see herself acting side by side with the Star-for-All-Seasons—Ms. Vilma Santos. Her fancy on the veteran actress-turned-government official as the 22nd Governor of Batangas; started via the 2000 film ‘Anak’.