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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.

Nov 9, 2011

Mother Lily confirms Lovi Poe is now a big star

MOTHER LILY confirmed to us at the mass that her latest release, “Aswang”, is a hit. “Hindi kasinlakas ng releases ng Star at Viva (“No Other Woman” and “Praybeyt Benjamin”) as I don’t have TV plugs like them, but it’s doing very well kaya extended in several theatres and we’re very happy about it,” she says. “It made P6.5 million on opening day and during the long weekend, it earned a lot more kasi nga holiday. Lovi is definitely now a star kaya kinukuha na rin daw ng ABS.”

Mother Lily is also happy with the good critical feedback the movie is getting. “Magaling si Jerrold Tarog and he’s now directing a new episode of ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll 13’ for us, yung ‘Lunod’ episode na set in the floods kaya laging baha ang set. Magastos.”

Jerrold created a new monster in “Aswang”, the taong bayawak or abwak, reminiscent of creatures of the undead from “Resident Evil” or “30 Days of Night”. Lovi plays Jasmine, a mysterious girl who is herself an abwak. She has accepted her fate but refuses to lead the life of the flesh-eating monster that preys on human beings. Jasmine meets a human, Daniel (Paulo Avelino), whom she sees as her hope to escape from the world of the abwaks. They fall in love. But the leaders of the tribe of the abwaks, Joem Bascon and Bembol Roco, just won’t allow it, leading to some thrilling complications and a deadly face off between abwaks and humans.

Now on its successful second week, “Aswang” also stars Jillian Ward and Albie Casino as survivors of a massacre that killed their parents. They are chased by assassins led by Marc Abaya, accidentally leading them to the remote town of Jasmine and the abwaks. Precious Lara Quigaman, Noni Buencamino, and Nina Jose complete the cast.

“Regal is happy and proud to launch Lovi solo in ‘Aswang’,” adds Mother Lily. “All the films she did with us this year are hits, including ‘My Valentine Girls’, ‘Temptation Island’ and ‘My Neighbor’s Wife’. She’s now also part of our filmfest entry, ‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’ where she’s paired with Jericho Rosales this time.”