To most people, this love story has nothing new to offer, but a rehash from the love stories that were previously told in old dramatic and romantic flicks in the past. However, this Gina Marissa Tagasa screenplay which revolves around three main characters in a love triangle portrayed by Dennis Trillo, JC de Vera and Kim Chiu.
This Eric Quizon-directorial movie essays the love between childhood sweethearts–Carl Mauricio (de Vera) and Zyra Paez (Chiu). But because of a turbulent past, he keeps on hurting her even if she has done nothing but to love him despite his imperfections. Dr. Ian Arcano, a cardiologist, who literally takes care of his patients’ hearts including Zyra’s.
Though the plot is presented in the most simple way, it still paints complications in relationships of three souls wanting to love and be loved. In the film, Zyra, a businesswoman who is torn between two lovers–a pilot and a surgeon; who will she choose? Who will she marry and who will she fight for love because she knew that one of them is her one great love.
Imagine if you are in Zyra’s shoes, who would you choose? Would you be willing to take risks in loving the man whom your heart is yearning for or be the apple of someone’s eyes and give in to the love he’s willing to offer on your feet? Are you the type who don’t believe in magic, but believe in great love?
The film promises a different kind of Kim Chiu, a more mature and daring artist as paired by two equally gorgeous and young dramatic actors in Philippine television and film. If you are the type who go for Nicholas Sparks-type of stories, then this film could easily appeal to you. Opening on December 25 in cinemas nationwide.
The tandem of Erich Gonzales and Enchong Dee is given a more challenging task to star in the pioneering film collaboration of Skylight Films and Regal Films, a mature drama titled ‘Once a Princess’ with JC De Vera as the third wheel, and directed by award-winning and seasoned director—Laurice Guillen.
In this movie, the three lead stars will assume three flawed characters—Gonzales as Erin, Dee as Leonard, and De Vera as Damian as inspired from Precious Hearts Romances national bestseller novel of the same title by fictionist Angel Bautista.
Apart from the stars, ‘Once a Princess’ takes pride in its being simple, straight-forward storytelling, and the ‘charm’ of making its audience fall in love and sympathize with its characters.
Erich, Enchong and JC were all praises to their director whom they regarded as someone who guided them like a mother in the process of making the said film.
The three stars had to tackle their respective roles as mature as they could, and expect a sense of sensuality from Gonzales, Dee, and De Vera. Also, the triangle reminds of the heydays of Christopher De Leon, Vilma Santos, and Phillip Salvador.
Though based on the bestselling novel, the production opted to make certain changes to fit to the taste of Filipino moviegoers as well as having a more cinematic sense. As a novel, ‘Once a Princess’ earned the coveted PH Novel of the Year Award in 2012 and Filipino Reader’s Choice Award for Novel in Filipino in 2013, respectively.
The film is set to open today in cinemas nationwide and for more information on the movie, visit its website.
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Replacing a soap like ‘Maria Mercedes’ is one that challenged the people behind ‘The Legal Wife’, which will premiere tomorrow, January 27 with Angel Locsin, Jericho Rosales, Maja Salvador, and JC de Vera as the lead stars. It will be directed by Rory B. Quintos and Dado Lumibao.
The soap was originally titled ‘Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin’ and was also supposedly going to replace another show in 2013—‘Bukas na lang Kita Mamahalin’, but fate didn’t allow it and it was to give way for the clamor of Koreanovela fanatics to air first—‘When a Man Falls in Love’.
According to Henry Quitain, the creative manager for the show—this soap is not just centered on the love triangle between Monica Santiago (Locsin), married to Adrian de Villa (Rosales), and with Nicole Esquivel (Salvador); but rather places the fourth important character of Max Gonzales (de Vera).
It is a love square and not a love triangle. Audience will be treated to a different kind of storytelling and intertwining relationships in the most complicated manner. See how the four characters have matured in their takes for their respective roles that will surely make televiewers glued to their television sets on weeknights.
Locsin, Rosales, Salvador, de Vera are also supported by veteran stars like Christopher de Leon as Javier Santiago, Rio Locsin as Eloisa Santiago, Mark Gil as Dante, Joem Bascon as Javy Santiago, Ahron Villena as Jasper Santiago, and Maria Isabel Lopez as Sandra. Other stars are Thou Reyes, Vandolph Quizon, Frenchie Dy, Dionne Monsanto, Pamu Pamorada, Michael Flores, and Joe Vargas. Xyriel Manabat, James Blanco, Neri Naig, Matt Evans, Bugoy Carino, and Aaron Junatas will have special appearances in the said show.
Having all these stars in the said series, ABS-CBN already provides its loyal viewers with another intense drama to watch out for.