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.
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.
Music Museum, Greenhills played host to the second concert of the #HaranaPrince—Michael Pangilinan on Friday, March 18, dubbed as ‘Michael Really Sounds Familiar’.
During that evening, the young singer-and-recently turned actor is evidently at ease on the stage and his voice has clearly and has become a more familiar sound to his audiences and even to those who came because of curiosity. Pangilinan showed a different range of his voice as he belted some great songs that made most of his female fans shriek every time he came onstage to perform.
The concert has proven the first runner-up placer of ‘Your Face Sounds Familiar Season Two’ that he can already pull through not just having to show his capacity to hit high notes, but he is all set to conquering a bigger venue to perform on.
He was supported by his guest performers, the likes of Jeffrey Hidalgo of former ‘Smokey Mountain’ fame and now a filmmaker; gay standup comedians—Ate Gay and Boobay; with the special performances of Garie Concepcion; and a surprise duet of Ms. Denise Laurel, ‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’ grand winner.
The singer’s debut film ‘Pare Mahal Mo Raw Ako’ is set on a May 4 playdate and he will be sharing the limelight with another ‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’ alumnus and a versatile actor and performer—Edgar Allan Guzman.
On Saturday, October 2 at AFP Theater at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City, Gantimpala Theater Foundation Incorporated mounted its last show for its Manila-run of ‘Kanser @ 35: The Musical’ with Harana singer-member and the man who popularized the song titled ‘Pare Mahal Mo Raw Ako’—Michael Pangilinan as the lead star, Crisostomo Ibarra.
Pangilinan, who is now part of Kapamliya show ‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’ as one of the celebrity performers has reservations of assuming the role or venturing into the theater scene. However, after much convincing by Jobert Sucaldito, his manager, he gave in and took the challenge of venturing the stage as a theater artist.
According to Michael, his experience in portraying the character in the musical based on the country’s national hero—Jose Rizal’s novel titled ‘Noli Me Tangere’ was a challenge since he has little knowledge about the author and the role. He was grateful for the his fellow actors and his director of the said production for being helpful in his new-found journey.
He also added that his theater experience prepared him for his stints in the impersonation and total transformation talent competition show over Channel 2 that airs every Saturday (after MMK) and every Sunday (after Rated K), respectively, “My exposure in this musical has helped me a lot in my assuming each personality assigned to us.”