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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jun 4, 2016

Mother Lily Monteverde Says Kiray Celis-Enchong Dee Movie, 'I Love You To Death, To Open On July 6, To Be Followed By 'That Thing Called Tanga Na'

MOTHER LILY MONTEVERDE proudly announced to us when we had dinner with her last Wednesday night at Chilli’s Greenhills that Regal is currently shooting six movies and two of them are now in the can.

“Yes, nag-last shooting day na ang ‘I Love You to Death’ and ‘That Thing Called Tanga Na’,” she says. “Both of them are comedies kasi parang mas gustong tumawa ng tao ngayon after mag-hit yung ‘Love is Blind’ namin. Mauuna naming i-release ang ‘I Love You to Death’ on July 6, followed by ‘That Thing Called Tanga Na’ in August.”

“I Love You to Death” stars Kiray Celis in her first solo movie. This will be a big test for her. In “Love is Blind”, she had Derek Ramsay and Solenn Heussaff with her no less. This time, her leading man is Enchong Dee, who has no hit movie yet so we’ll see if moviegoers would be willing to support their unlikely love team.

Also in the cast are Janice de Belen, Betong Sumaya, Michelle Vito, Devon Seron, Shine Kuk, Trina Legaspi, Paolo Gumabao, Nico Nicolas, Dino Pastrano and Jon Lucas. The movie is produced for Regal by Jun Lana and Perci Intalan’s IdeaFirst Content Creation Company and helmed by a new director named Miko Livelo.

“That Thing Called Tanga Na” is about the friendship of four gay friends played by Eric Quizon, Martin Escudero, Billy Crawford and Kean Cipriano, with Angeline Quinto as the lone leading lady, directed by Joel Lamangan. We’ve seen their photos and Martin is a riot as a cross-dresser. This is not the first time he’s playing a gay role since he also played one in the acclaimed “Zombadings”.

Eric is also not new to gay roles as he has played a gay before in such films as “Pusong Mamon” and “So Happy Together”. Kean, in turn, has played a closeted gay priest in “Echorsis”. It’s only Billy who’s playing a gay role for the first time. Wonder what will his GF Coleen Garcia will say when she watches the movie.
Other movies being filmed by Regal now are “Mighty Yaya” with Ai Ai de la Alas and Megan Young, “The Escort” with Lovi Poe, Derek Ramsay and Christopher de Leon, and “My Rebound Girl” with Alex Gonzaga and Joseph Marco, directed by Emmanuel de la Cruz.