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One Great Love: A Metro Manila Film Festival 2018 entry by Regal Films


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.

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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.

Mae Cruz Alviar talks about ‘Must Date the Playboy’


(An Exclusive Interview)

Direk Mae Cruz Alviar directs the first original StarFlix on ABS-CBNmobile. Photograph courtesy of Direk Alviar's facebook account.

Direk Mae Cruz Alviar directs the first original StarFlix on ABS-CBN mobile. Photograph courtesy of Direk Alviar’s facebook account.

‘Must Date the Playboy’, ABS-CBN mobile’s first-ever StarFlix original film is one of the many things that Kapamilyas must take advantage with as it features the blockbuster loveteam of Kim Chiu and Xian Kim or KimXi (as coined) under the direction of Mae Cruz Alviar; as it premiered on Monday, August 31. This exclusive film, which is created specifically for Kapamilyas and for ABS-CBNmobile subscribers to enjoy quality entertainment at anyone’s leisure.

Alviar admitted that it was a challenge for her, “Since this is a maiden project of ABS-CBN Mobile’s StarFlix, it was a challenge for me in determining the format. It’s like a mix of TV and film. It’s new for me because I’ve never done anything like this.”

StarFlix Movie: An Advantage Rather than a Disadvantage!

Despite the fact that there are a lot of shows offered by ABS-CBN, the mobile film is not even in competition with the rest of the shows and the films it has produced and will be producing in the future. In fact, it has created more venues or platforms for its valued patrons and subscribers to have a variety of choices to spend one’s free time.

Direk Mae added, “So far, it is an advantage. The viewers can watch it at their convenience. There’s no screening time to catch. Just watch when you feel like watching it.

“There are also no advertisements that get in the way of the viewing experience. You can also watch it over and over again if you wish.”

In working with Kim and Xian, Again.

This is not the first time that Alviar has worked with the KimXi tandem. She has considered both not just as her artists, but as friends, too. She has also observed that, “They (Chiu and Lim) have matured more both professionally and in their personal lives. Though they have worked well together in the past, I see how their relationship has leveled-up.

“The change I noticed is that they are more comfortable with each other. Kinda like an old couple dynamics. They’re more honest about feelings and there’s a deeper understanding of each other. They are still so supportive of each other but this time with more sensitivity to each other. At work Kim is more playful and makes ‘kulit’ to Xian. She helps him loosen up. Xian on the other hand, has his serious moments and I see how he influences Kim that way. I see how they balance each other out.

Alviar’s Advice to Women Dating and Wanting to Date a Playboy?

Dating a playboy in life may quite be risky and is actually a no-brainer for others not to do it like the character of Tori played by Kim.

However, for Direk Mae, she doesn’t want to impose her way of thinking, but shares these insights for women who are dating and are about to date playboys.

“Get ready for your hearts to be broken! After all the tears, learn from it and be wiser in choosing next time.”

Also starring in the film is Jessy Mendiola as a manipulative brat but loves her friends dearly. Because of the blossoming relationship between Zach (Xian) and Tori (Kim), her friendship with Tori is challenged.

Alviar hinted, “Chloe always says: ‘What Chloe wants, Chloe gets’. Find out if she will still get what she wants till the very end. Will she choose friendship over her selfish and vindictive plan or will she give up Tori who is the closest thing to having a family?”

To complete the crazy cast is Matt Evans as Nathan, playing a gay character.

Watch the trailer of ‘Must Date the Playboy’ here:

For only 10-peso load a day, any ABS-CBNmobile prepaid subscriber and ABS-CBNmobile MHP subscribers can access the movie anywhere, anytime using the ‘IWantTV’ app in their smartphones. Just text ‘IWantv10’ and send to 2135 in order to access the film on 3G or through WiFi. There’s no need for additional Internet load.

‘Must Date the Playboy’ is based on the popular Wattpad series novel of the same title.

What Makes ‘Past Tense’ a ‘Present-Day’ Definition of ‘Happy Endings’?


For the third time, after their two highly-successful romantic comedy flicks together, Kim Chiu and Xian Lim or better known as the KimXi tandem are back on the silver screen to provide another ‘kilig’ love story via ‘Past Tense’.

Known for her success in films like ‘She’s the One’ and ‘Bride for Rent’—director Mae Cruz-Alviar offers another winning streak to audiences who love romantic comedies and so as to millions of KimXi fans. This is Star Cinema’s pre-Christmas offering with Ai Ai delas Alas as the third wheel in providing humorous scenes in the movie.

‘Past Tense’ revolves around the friendship of Babs and Belle, both assumed by Xian Lim and Kim Chiu. It opened with the sleeping Belle portrayed by Ai Ai delas Alas, the older one who fell asleep for 20 years and was given by Papa Time (Benjie Paras) the unique opportunity to return to 20 years backwards and meet her younger self Belle (Chiu) and make the latter fall in love with her best friend Babs (Lim) in order to prevent an accident that drastically changes her life.

Both Kim and Xian knew very well their comic timing and the sleeping part was the most natural and giddy part for all the KimXi followers and fans. Apart from the comic relief that Ai Ai could offer, some dramatic scenes really are tearjerkers. Lim and Chiu here are both daring in their kissing scene.

The film allows the moviegoers to examine and re-examine the past and create the chance to correct whatever mistakes in order to evade pains. The film attempts to re-define the meaning of a Present-Day Happy Ending and that is giving true love the second chance. Also, its conclusion provide a funny ‘twist’ that will guarantee its audience to come out in high spirits despite some dramatic scenes.

‘Past Tense’ opens on Thursday, November 26 in theaters nationwide.