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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.
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Oct 15, 2021

 

















                     DIRECTOR MIKO LIVELO of 'SA HABA NG GABI'


DIRECTOR MIKO LIVELO has done comedies with Regal, like “Love You to Death” and “Unli Life”. He now writes and directs for Vivamax, which has garnered one million subscribers all over the world in just nine months of operation. 


His project with Viva is the horror-comedy, “Sa Haba ng Gabi”, a special Halloween presentation that starts streaming on October 29. 


“Nabudol ko ang Viva, along with Reality Enterainment, to give the greenlight for me to do this project,” he says at the film’s zoompresscon. “Dahil pang-Hallowee ito, expect na maraming eksena ng gulatan at katatakutan, but with comic touches so it’s like a roller coaster ride.” 


The movie is about zombie apocalypse, which has been done several times before. So how is “Sa Haba ng Gabi” any different from those past films? “


Yes, marami na ngang gumawa ng ganitong klaseng film, but this one is more about how three people trapped in one house are able to survive in one night and how it changed their lives and their relationships. 


"Yes, one night lang nangyari ang buong movie.”


His stars are Jerald Napoles, Kim Molina and Candy Pangilinan. Kim and Candy are housemaids in the mansion of a senator while Jerald plays the senator’s driver who is Candy’s boyfriend. He feels blessed working with such a talented cast.

“Working with them is so enjoyable as they’re all very talented. They all shared some inputs on how the movie would go and even about the characters, kunsaan nila gustong dalhin the roles they play. 


"You can see in their bonding na enjoy sila sa shoot and that’s made our work much easier kasi gabi ang setting ng movie so sa gabi lang kami nagsu-shoot.” 

Jerald says they all enjoyed the fact that their director is very collaborative.


 “May scenes, sasabihin niya sa amin, o mag-in put na kayo dyan ha. Kaya maraming eksena rito, nagi-improvise lang kami at okay namang lumabas.” 


“Sinabihan ko talaga sila, o kaya no dyan, ha,” adds Direk Miko. “Natutulog na nga lang ako sa set at hinahayaan ko na lang sila. Tapos, gigising na ako, ‘O tapos na ba? Na-shoot na natin?’ 


"But it was really fun kasi nga weird ang working hours namin due to the health protocols na only 12 hours puede mag-shoot. So we start shooting at 5 pm hanggang 5 ng madaling araw. 


"Baligtad ‘yung oras namin, kaya pagdating ng gabi gising na gising na kami. Masaya lang kasi magkakaibigan na kaming lahat.”


The movie is perfect set up for the pandemic. 


“Kasi ngayon, bawal ang big scenes involving too many people. Restricted pati ang locations. Di puedeng palipat-lipat kasi may time frame na sinusunod.


"Nakaplano na ang lahat hanggang sa dulo ng shoot kasi kailangang matapos agad ang pelikula. With the pandemic and shooting within a bubble, you have to be more creative  because you have to work within the constraints. 


"We’re thankful to VIva kasi tuloy-tuloy pa rin sila sa paggawa ng movies sa kabila ng pandemic.” 


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               YASMINE KURDI, THEA TOLENTINO & FAITH DA SILVA IN 'LAS HERMANAS' 





YASMIEN KURDI was only 14 years old when joined starstruck in 2003 and won as first runner up to Jennylyn Mercado. 


She has yet to attain the kind of success Jen got in her career (doing hit films and winning film acting awards), but her consolation is she is happily married to a pilot, Rey Soldevilla, and a doting mom to their 8-year old daughter, Aquisha. 


As far as her career is concerned, GMA has not neglected her through the years. She just taped the true story of former singer-turned-TV producer Elaine Carriedo in the "Rebeldeng Anak, Ulirang Ina" episode of “Magpakailanman” to be aired this Saturday.


And now, she stars as one of the title rolers in the new GMA Aternoon Prime series, “Las Hermanas”, the whole show of which they’ve completed shooting in two lock-in tapings with only a short interval in between. 


This is the follow up to her hit action-drama, “Beautiful Justice”, on primetime. So how was it? 


“I’ve done lock in taping before sa ‘The Promise’ ng ‘I Can See You’, but sandali lang yun,” she says. “Unlike itong ‘Las Hermanas’ na inabot ng halos one month each ang taping namin sa out of town, so na-miss ko talaga ang family ko.”


She’s just thankful that in the midst of the pandemic, we have modern technology to help us out.


“I really missed my husband and our daughter. Buti na lang nga talaga we have cellphones to help us do face time, allowing us to always get in touch with each other. 


"Pero kapag busy ka na sa taping, you forget na rin somehow yung lungkot na pagkakalayo mo sa family mo. Parang nagbabakasyon ka lang.” 


So what’s the story of “Las Hermanas” or “The Sisters”? 


“Tatlo kaming magkakapatid dito,” she says. “Ako yung eldest as Dorothy Manansala, then si Thea Tolentino as Minerva Manansala and Faith Da Silva as Scarlet Manansala. 


"We’re still kids when our dad, played by Leandro Baldemor, died and our mother, played by Rita Avila, got jailed naman due to estafa cases.”


The tragedy made them tough as they try to solve the problems that come their way all by themselves.


 They are grieving over the loss their dad but they also have to find some income to help earn bail money to get their mother out of prison.


 They live with their Lola Josefa (Madeleine Nicolas) who’s very strict with them.


The huge powerhouse cast includes Albert Martinez as Lorenzo Ilustre, a rich mysterious businessman, and Jason Abalos as Gabriel Lucero who’s in love with Dorothy. 


Aside from their leading men, the supporting cast is ed by the comebacking Jennica Garcia in her first teleserye after her separation from Alwyn Uytingco. She plays Brenda, ex-girlfriend of Jason who's contravida to Yasmien.


Also supporting them are Melissa Mendez as Divine Sarmiento who helps Yasmien and Jason, Coleen Paz, Rubi Rubi, Robert Ortega, Christian Vasquez and Lucho Ayala, under the direction of Monti Parungao who just did the successful “The Lost Recipe” on GTV. 


“Las Hermanas” will air starting October 25 on GMA Afternoon Prime to replace “Nagbabagang Luha” that ends this week. It will be shown right after “Eat Bulaga” at 2:30 PM.



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                CASSY LEGASPI WITH BEAUTEDERM BOSSING MS. REI ANICOCHE TAN




BEAUTéDERM Corporation opens the final quarter of 2021 with the freshest and most exciting young star to join its ever-growing family as it formally welcomes TV personality and celebrity influencer Cassy Legaspi as the brand’s newest ambassador.

 

Since it was established back in 2009, Beautéderm has become a leader in the beauty and wellness industry as a respected distributor whose brands are trusted by consumers not only in the Philippines but the world over as well, while having an effective business model that provides long-term, sustainable jobs to thousands of resellers and franchisees.

 

Currently, Beautéderm offers over a hundred products under such categories as Make-up and Cosmetics; Haircare; Body Care; Personal Care; Body Sets; Spruce And Dash Collection; Beautéderm Home; and Facial Care – which is the brand’s particular line that Cassy is endorsing.

 

Beautéderm’s Facial Care Line includes the recently launched Blanc Plus Sheet Mask and Blanc Plus Mask Serum; along with Beauté L’ Elixir Skin Set; Beauté L’ Micellaire; Beauté L’ Créme Decollage; C’est Clair Acne Drying Gel; Acne Loin; and La Fraise Gommage Instant White Polish.

 

Cassy, who is also endorsing the brand’s Caress Hand Sanitizer Spray, Etré Clair Mouth Spray, Glowtion Instant Tan Lotion, and Au Revoir Relax and Revive Lotion, is the ideal brand ambassador of Beautéderm’s Facial Care Line because of her wholesome image and her very strong reach to the younger segment of the market as evident on her millions of followers on social media.

 

Aside from being a major social media influencer, Cassy also gained further mainstream recognition when she appeared on GMA-7’s top-rater "First Yaya" where she played the role of Nina Acosta while co-hosting "Sarap ‘Di Ba Bahay Edition" opposite mother Carmina Villaroel and brother Mavy Legaspi from 2018 to 2021.

 

“Cassy is a very welcome addition to the Beautéderm and we are thrilled to have her on board,” says Beautéderm President and CEO Rhea Anicoche-Tan who recently spearheaded the Royale Beauté 12th anniversary celebration of the company. “Cassy embodies the vibrancy of youthfulness and this best represents our line of products which are designed and formulated for all ages.”

 

Cassy on the other hand is equally elated now that she is officially a Beautéderm Brand Ambassador.


 “I am happy to partner with Beautéderm and I am so in love with their products. I love using their all-natural skin set Beauté L’ Elixir as it is now part of my daily skin regimen. Aside from being very mild, it smells so great and it is effective in nourishing and cleansing my skin. I could really feel and see the glow of my skin from the moment I started using it.”

 

For more information and exciting updates on Beautéderm and Cassy Legaspi, follow @beautédermcorporation on Instagram, @beautedermcorp on Twitter, and @beautedermcoporation on TikTok; like Beautéderm on Facebook; and subscribe to Beautéderm TV on YouTube.




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Oct 14, 2021

 
















Kamuning Bakery spearheads 7th World Pandesal Day on Oct. 16 by giving away freebreads to orphanages and donations to 3 public schools.


Despite the pandemic, #WorldPandesalDay is again going to be celebrated October 16 Saturday 10 am as a civic and cultural event by 82-year-old Kamuning Bakery Café with special guests education advocate Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, culture advocate Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, urban renewal & food security advocate Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte and social justice advocate Atty. Neri Colmenares. 


Instead of its annual tradition of giving 70,000 free pandesal and other foods the whole day to the urban poor plus free medical/dental/optical missions, due to Alert Level 4 now, owner Wilson Lee Flores said donations of breads shall be delivered to orphanages, diverse children’s shelters and urban poor communities. 


World Pandesal Day seeks to honor the humble yet great Filipino bread pandesal, also to highlight the need to address global hunger and poverty. 


Messages of support for the annual #WorldPandesal Day came from various leaders led by President Rodrigo R. Duterte, Senator Grace Poe, Senator Sonny Angara, Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, GMA Network, Inc. 


Chairman & CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon (who was guest of honor at 2019 World Pandesal Day to lead the giving of free breads and other foods to the urban poor) and Regal Entertainment founder Mother Lily Y. Monteverde. 


Actor Dingdong Dantes had also grace World Pandesal Day and helped to distribute free breads and foods. Among Kamuning Bakery Café’s partners in this annual philanthropic and cultural project include Philippine Foremost Milling, San Miguel Mills, Mondelez, Pagcor, Mega Sardines and Caltex Iba Malhacan Road in Meycauayan Exit. 


Despite the economic crisis, Kamuning Bakery Café has also donated new public school buildings to Barangay Dinalaoan Elementary School in Calasiao, Pangasinan in cooperation with Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII). 


It also donated public schoolbuildings to other economically-disadvantaged rural regions, like to Sta. Rosa Elementary School in historic seaside Balangiga town, Eastern Samar province and to Villa Bacolor Elementary School in Tarlac, Tarlac province. 


On June 5, 2020, Kamuning Bakery Café also donated P500, 000 to help Taal Volcano victims in Batangas through Hinabang Foundation led by First Lady Honeylet Avanceña and in the presence of Batangas Governor Hermilando “Dodo” Mandanas. 


Kamuning Bakery Café also sponsors unique cultural projects such as the annual World Poetry Day celebration every March 21, the non-partisan “Pandesal Forum” where leaders and  newsmakers dialogue with media and intellectuals, poetry readings, book launchings, art exhibits and the March 7, 2020 poetry & music night fundraising event for medical needs of award-winning poet Jose “Pete” F. Lacaba which was attended by national artists Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera and Bencab, many top musicians Noel Cabangon, Cookie Chua, Hazel Faith, etc. 


GMA Network, Inc. Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon said in his message: 


“I first stepped into the doors of Kamuning Bakery Café a long time ago upon the invitation of my friend, Wilson Lee Flores. The smell of freshly baked pan de sal and brewed coffee evoke warm memories of home. The bakery and I share something special. We are both the same age! If only the walls and ovens of the bakery could talk---imagine the stories they would tell. Today, we celebrate two important occasions---the World Pandesal Day and the 82nd anniversary of the Philippines’ home of delicious, artisanal bread---the Kamuning Bakery Café. Congratulations Wilson and team for shining the spotlight on our country’s humble yet popular bread and for celebrating by sharing your blessings with others.”


Atty. Gozon added: “From its humble beginnings in 1939, Kamuning Bakery Café has grown and its legacy of serving traditional, no-preservatives, proudly Filipino style bread remains. It is also home to diverse leaders, intellectuals, writers and celebrities. Even after it was burned to the ground last year, it remains undaunted and full of hope. It could have chosen the easy way out, but it did not. Like the pan de sal, it has remained resilient and constant---serving the same delicious bread over the past 82 years. Yan and Serbisyong Totoo.”


Atty. Gozon also said: “It is people like Wilson and the master bakers of Kamuning Bakery that nourish Philippine history. We share in your dream of bringing out the best in every Filipino through world-class artisanal baking. Under your inspired leadership and mastery of craft, you have preserved culinary heritage today and for the generations to come. I wish Kamuning Bakery Café more success in the years ahead. Again, our warmest congratulations!” 


For inquiries: Pls. contact Wilson Lee Flores at 09188077777 & 09178481818


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ANGELI KHANG  was introduced in “Taya” where she played a supporting role. Now, she’s launched to full stardom in Vivamax’ “Mahjong Nights”. How does she feel about this?


“When they told me na bida na ako, I felt so thankful na leading lady na agad ako after ‘Taya’,” she says. 


“I really feel na sobrang blessed ako. And when they told me about the movie, sobrang deep ang meaning niya kasi it’s about the experiences during the pandemic at hindi lang siya erotic film. 


"Parang true to life, based sa research na ginawa nila about the pandemic. Hindi siya basta sexy movie lang.” 


Written and directed by Lawrence Fajardo, the story is set during the pandemic when people are bored so they organized a mahjong night. 


Mickey Ferriols plays Esther, in whose house they play mahjong. Jay Manalo is Leo, her second husband, who is secretly lusting after her daughter from her first marriage, Angeli as Alexa. 


The other mahjong players are Maricel Morales, Arnel Ignacio and Jamila Obispo. Sean de Guzman plays the driver of Mickey’s friend with whom Angeli is having a secret affair. 


All the other characters have their own hidden desires, but there is an unexpected person who knows all their dirty secrets that will lead to an explosive climax and intriguing finale that will ruin their lives. 


Angeli have bed scenes with both Jay and Sean. How was it? 


“ Si Sir Jay, na-starstruck ako nung una, pero sobrang bait niya. Tinuturuan niya ako sa scenes namin together. Kapag nagi-stutter ako, ginagabayan niya ako. 


"Si Sean naman, nakatrabaho ko na sa ‘Taya’ and he’s very friendly. Nagkukulitan kami sa set.”


What’s the most difficult sexy scenes she did? 


“Wala namang mahirap sa pinagawa sa’kin, kasi si Direk Law, he really guides us to make sure ready kami sa mga ginagawa namin sa harap ng camera. 


"Sa love scenes, kinabahan ako but sina Sir Jay and Sean, very helpful and I just leaned on them kasi very caring sila. After each delicate scene, they cover me up right away.  


"I’m just thankful when I met yung expectations ni Direk. Abangan nyo yung sexy scenes, kasi puro pasabog talaga yun.” 


How does she feel that she’s now competing with AJ Raval as Vivamax' top sexy young star? 


“Friends kami ni AJ so we’re not rivals. Also, I don’t want to compare myself with others kasi lahat naman kami may kanya-kanyang talents na ipapakita. 


"I just promise na kahit anong role ibigay sa akin, i will give it all my best para sa ikabubuti ng career ko. Kasi from cosplay and modeling, now nasa acting na ako and I really enjoy being before the camera.” 


How does her family and her boyfriend react to her going sexy? 


“I’m half Korean as my dad is in Korea. My mother is Pinay and she’s very supportive. She knows I love what I’m doing so she’s happy for me. 


"Basta ang importante, wala raw akong tinatapakang ibang tao. Wala po akong boyfriend now kasi mas focused ako sa career ko.”


Don’t miss “Mahjong Nights” when it goes streaming on Vivamax worldwide starting on November 12. 

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‘THE NIGHT HOUSE’ is a horror-thriller that starts with a familiar plot line. A wife has just been widowed and she starts discovering secrets about her late husband. 


This is the gist of several movies about wives with secretive spouses, like the one we recently reviewed, “Intrusion”, and also, “Gaslight”, “What Lies Beneath” and other similar films.


The central character is Beth, played by Rebecca Hall, who starred in other thrillers like “The Awakening” and “The Gift” and just directed her first film, “Passing” to be shown soon on Netflix. 


Her husband, Owen, shot himself on the head while on a boat and she now lives alone in their big house by the lake.


Owen left a cryptic suicide note that says: “You were right. There is nothing. Nothing is after you. You are safe now.” 


She and even her friends cannot figure out what it really means. She then experiences supernatural occurrences while alone at home. 


She sees visions of strange women running and jumping into the lake. At night, she wakes up to see her dead husband walking naked on the beach. 


She sees her own self while on a boat, going to another house, sleeping on the couch. Then she can feel a strange presence in their home and thinks it’s her dead husband trying to tell her something.


She asks her friends if they believe in ghosts and they become so concerned about her. 


She rummages through Owen’s things and sees books on the occult, a reverse floor plan of their house, and the strange image of a woman with spears penetrating her body that looks like a voodoo “mangkukulam” doll. 


On the phone he left behind, she sees a picture of a woman who looks like her and thinks he’s having an affair. She also sees the address of the bookshop where Owen bought his books on the occult. 


She goes there and meets there the woman in the cellphone, Madelyn, whose features are strangely similar to hers. 


Madelyn tells her she never slept with Owen but he did kiss her and tried to choke her but she cried and he apologized. Things get more weird from hereon. 


in the other films where the husbands are just evil, this one really has a supernatural element in it involving an evil entity who’s original target turns out to be Beth herself.


We won’t go into details anymore so as not to spoil it for you. We just don’t know whether you will buy the film’s premise as believable or find its explanations about what’s going on it simply ludicrous. 


In all fairness, there are some effective boo moments that will really jolt you. Our advice is don’t watch it by yourself all alone at night as it would surely give you the creeps. 


The film offers gripping effective atmospheric horror and is boosted by Rebecca Hall’s engrossing performance. She dominates the film as she’s in almost everyone scene. 


She’s quite persuasive in the lead role of the beleaguered widow who has to wrestle with a sinister spirit.


We just wish the film had a more definitive resolution to make the protagonist’s obsession with her late husband’s predicament have a better pay off. 


As it is, towards the end, the writing becomes so contrived and muddled that made the film's final scenes become less and less credible. 


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Oct 13, 2021

 













                                     JOMARI with PRISCILLA ALMEDA


                                     JOMARI with son ANDRE YLLANA


JOMARI YLLANA was last seen on TV in the hit soap, “The Half Sisters”, which ran for more than a year, 2014-15. That was six years ago.  


After that, he didn’t accept any acting jobs as he was elected as Paranaque  councilor and he’s now on his second term.


“It’s my choice to focus on being a councilor as it is a lot of hard work and this is part of the sacrifice you have to make when you serve the people,” he says in a zoom presscon. 


“Mahirap din kasi 25 years akong nagtatrabaho sa harap ng kamera. I enrolled sa UP College of PUblic Administration and Governance to learn more about my responsibilities. 


"Minsan may roles and offers na dumarating, kaya lang hindi ko mabitiwan ang trabaho ko sa city hall. Walang oras yan, e. Bigla kang kakailanganin ng tao.”


How did he get involved with politics? 


“Nauna na sa’kin ang brothers ko, Anjo and Ryan. Lumaki kami sa father ko na military man serving sa AFP Medical and our lolo was a war veteran. Noon pa nila ako kinukumbinsi to run but I was busy with acting. 


"The one who talked to me and encouraged me to be in politics was my mom. I vividly remember her telling me: You are the one who’s more like your dad than sa mga kapatid mo when it comes to helping people. 


"Kapag magulang mo pala ang kumausap sa’yo, hindi ka makakatanggi, so I listened to her, ran as an independent candidate and I won.”

Doesn’t he miss acting? 


“I do, lalo na doing films, kasi ang TV mahirap gawin lalo na kung puro lock in taping. Kapag natapos ko last term ko as a councilor, I’ll give myself a break and try acting again.”

It’s common knowledge that he and Priscilla Almeda are now together. 


Yes, she’s very special to me. Teenagers pa lang kami noon and Abby Viduya pa siya nang unang maging kami. Then, we parted ways, nag-abroad siya, pero ang ending, kami pa rin pala. 


"She’s very supportive sa lahat ng ginagawa ko, lalo na sa public service. She’s my lucky charm. Mula nung nagsama kami uli, marami siyang naituwid at naitama sa buhay ko. 


"She gives me a lot of inspiration at ang galing-galing din niyang magluto.” 

He then calls Abby to him oncam to talk to the press. 


“I’ll always be here for him, kung ano ang kailangan niya,” she says. “Inspiration works both ways and together, we make each other stronger, we can face anything. 


"We show respect and understanding for each other’s needs. Akalain mo, marami kaming pinagdaanan, pero sa huli pala, kami pa rin. 


"We’re both complicated persons so yung path namin we started when we were very young, then nagging liko-liko ang life namin, but now, dumiretso na. 


"This is really the time for us to enjoy the rest of our lives together. I admire his love for helping people. 


"Hindi ko nakita nung bata pa kami but now, I realize it’s always been there. He’s also very God-fearing and very religious.” 


His son with Aiko Melendez, Andre, is now also in showbiz and doing ‘Di Na Muli’ for Viva.


 “Interactive kami ni Andre. We communicate. Morning and evening. I give him advice on how to prepare sa set nung mag-taping na siya. He’d consult me every now and then. 


"Nagkukuwento yan.One time, may interview raw siya at siya mismo ang nag-put ng make up on himself bago siya humarap sa kamera. 


"I follow his instagram. I send him lunch sa set nila, healthy meals. I also gave him my car, mahilig kasi yan sa kotse, just like me. 


"He joins racing events. Sa November may sasalihan siya, kaming dalawa.”


It’s very noticeable that he put on weight. 


“Yes, kasi I’m always behind the desk. I really need to have a good physical fitness program. Ganun naman tayo, tataas ang timbang natin, pero kaya din nating magpababa kung kakailanganin. 


"Like before, kapag may shoot ako na kailangang mag-love scene o mag-model sa Bench, just give me a few weeks and I will be in good shape.” 


When he assumed office on his first year as councilor, he was named minority floor leader. He is currently seeking reelection for the same council post in the next election. 


He said his second term as councilor is very challenging as the pandemic happened.   “Our focus in Paranaque is on livelihood and recovery, medical care and education,’’ he says.


Jomari is head of the council committees on information technology, tourism and social services. 


He is optimistic hybrid education, a blend between online and classroom schooling, shall soon be in place in the city.


 Jomari has really come a long way from being a teen Guwaping of the 90s who’s a regular in the long running comedy, “Palibhasa Lalake” and doing significant films like “Sa Pusod ng Dagat”, “Ikaw Lang ang Mamahalin”, “The Healing”, “Minsan Pa”, “Sigaw”, among others.



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JERIC RAVAL has been playing supporting roles in films and TV shows lately. In “Encounter”, he played the dad of Diego Loyzaga. 


Now, the former action star of the 90s gets to play a lead role again as one of the title-rolers in the prolific Director Darryl Yap’s latest film, “Barumbadings”

In the story, Mark Anthony Fernandez as Jopay, Baron Geisler as Rochelle and he as Izzy are all gays.


“Inampon kami from childhood ni Joel Torre as Mother Jewel who owns the fashion shop na House of Joy. Hindi nagbabading-badingan lang ang characters namin dito, kundi gays kami talaga.”  


Didn’t he hesitate to accept the role? 


“Noong una, naisip ko, respetuhin pa kayo ako ng fans pagkatapos kong gawin ito? Pero bilang actor, I want to try to do all kinds of roles, lalo ngayon na sa mga ginagawa ko, suporta lang ako. Tapos, okay naman co-stars ko, tinanggap ko.” 


So how is his experience playing a gay role? 


“As an action star, nahirapan akong mag adjust. Kasi I did 48 action movies na bida ako, laging brusko, macho. So hirap ako rito kasi kailangan kong kumilos at magsalita ng malambot at makipag-fight scene na naka-stilleto high heels.” 


So what are his most challenging scenes? 


“Siempre, yung action scenes na nagtatakbuhan tapos naka-high heels ka. Before we shot, I have to practice a lot how kung paano maglakad at tumakbo ng naka-heels. 


"Noong una naaalibadbaran talaga ako, kasi naka-bra pa ako. But as the shooting went on, I enjoyed it and I’m now praying magkaroon sana ito ng part 2 kasi Direk Darryl said trilogy raw ito, e.” 


He admits when he first joined showbiz, he was surprised at the prevalence of gays. 


“Talagang andami, sangrekwa. But eventually, masasanay ka rin. Sa shooting kasi, lahat halos ng galawan sa set, ang mga katrabaho mo, gays.


"Maayos naman ang pakikipagkapwa tao nila at okay sila makitungo, so dapat pantay lang ang respeto natin sa kanila. Masarap silang kabarkada. May alalay ako sa bahay na gay, may lawyer din akong gay, so no problem.”


What about his family? What is their reaction that he’s playing a gay role? 


“Actually, yung family ko was excited sa project na ito. Doon sa ibang projects ko, wala silang reaction. But here, naging interested sila and they even asked kung kailan ito ilalabas? So sabi ko, mukhang maiintriga ang mga tao sa project na ito. 


"Nang makita ako ng daughter kong si AJ na naka-make up, sabi niya, magkamukha raw pala kami. Sabi ko, oo naman, ganyan ang hitsura ko nung bata pa ako.”


His role is actually a non-speaking one. “Yung character ko rito, hindi nagsasalita. Iisa lang ang dialogue ko rito all throughout: Mother. Tahimik siya, pero matinik at mapanganib.” 


“Barumbadings” will start streaming on Vivamax starting November 5. Jeric's daughter AJ is currently controversial because of her romance with Aljur Abrenica. 


Jeric says he met Aljur and asked him three questions: Is Aljur really courting his daughter? Is he really separated from his wife? Aljur replied yes to both. Third question: What do you think will I say to your father in law Robin Padilla in case we meet by chance?


Jeric adds: "Friends kami ni Robin so hindi maiaalis sa akin na mahiya sa sitwasyon. Ayokong isipin ng mga tao na ang third party sa paghihiwalay nila ng misis niya e yung anak ko. I told him I don't have anything against him, kaya lang kaibigan ko ang biyenan niya. 


"Kasi naniniwala akong hindi magiging masaya ang isang relasyon kung may ibang natatapakan so sana, ilagay nila sa ayos ang lahat."


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