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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.

Jul 7, 2012

Atty. Joji Alonso Answers Detractors Who Chide Her For Producing 'Posas' For Her Son Nico Antonio

QUANTUM FILMS producer Atty. Joji Alonso is now also into acting. She plays Piolo Pascual’s lawyer in Chito Rono’s “Undo”, a film about annulment, with Atty. Katrina Legarda as the judge. She’s also producing the Metro filmfest horror entry “The Strangers” starring Cherry Pie Picache, Enrique Gil, Julia Montes and Johnny Revilla as a new family who just moved to a remote town where strange things are happening. For Cinemalaya, she has produced the crime-drama “Posas”, directed by Law Fajardo and starring Wendy Valdez, Bangs Garcia, Art Acuna, Jake Macapagal, Nor Domingo and her own son Nico Antonio. Some folks are censuring her for making Nico star in the movie and say Direk Jeffrey Jeturian backed out it as he didn’t want to direk Nico.

“As the producer, ano bang pakialam nila?” she says. “Pero ko naman ang ginagastos ko? I can cast anyone I want. Since his days as a theatre actor in Ateneo where he won as best actor, it’s been my son’s dream to act and I think he has paid his dues dahil 8 years na siyang umaarte. He started as an extra in ‘Panday’. I told him hindi madali ang pinasok niya. As a producer, this is my 10th film and I’ve helped a lot of people win awards: Gina Pareno in ‘Kubrador’, Angelica Panganiban and John Lapus in ‘Here Comes the Bride’, Uge Domingo in ‘Septic Tank’. When I read the script of ‘Posas’, I felt bagay kay Nico and it’s about time I give him a chance. Natakot ako nung una, but after watching the whole film, ako mismo, nagulat sa anak ko, nakaya niya and I can really say, magaling siya. He really trained hard and prepared for this film. He lost 30 lbs. He was tortured ng wala daya at akala niya, mamamatay na siya. But he did justice to the role. And I’m so proud of him. Yung mga nagrereklamo, magpa-produce na rin sila ng sarili nilang pelikula sa mga nanay nila. As for Jeffrey, I’m also his manager and we just renewed his contract with ABS-CBN nang magpaalam siya to do ‘Posas’. Kaso, he just started a new soap with them at ayaw siyang payagang mag-leave, so he had to give up ‘Posas’ and we both decided to get Law after seeing last movie, ‘Amok’, which we both loved.