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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.

Feb 26, 2013

Marian Rivera Had A Great Time Working With Gov. Vilma Santos In 'Ekstra, The Big Player'

VILMA SANTOS and Marian Rivera had a great time working with each other for the first time on the set of Quantum Films’ “Ekstra, The Bit Player”.

Ate Vi plays an extra in the film within a film entitled “Una Kang Naging Akin”, with Marian Rivera and Piolo Pascual as the lead stars. The three of them didn’t at all charge producer Joji Alonso for their appearance in the movie.

“Indie film ito,” says Ate Vi. “May limit na P3.5 million lang ang budget ng Cinemalaya per entry. So tulong ko na lang ito and I also welcome the new challenge it offers to me as an actress. Sana nga, matanggap ito sa international film festivals.”

“Ako naman, ginawa ko ito dahil gusto kong makasama si Gov. Vi and also for Atty. Joji Alonso,” says Marian. “I really had a good time shooting for the movie kahit guest role lang ako. Nag-enjoy ako kasi ang gaan ng atmosphere sa set. Parang di nagtatrabaho ang mga tao at ang saya ng lahat. Nakakahawa kasi si Gov. Vi. Low key lang and super professional, sa kabila ng stature niya. She just follows lahat ng direction ni Direk Jeffrey Jeturian.”

Atty. Joji says Ate Vi herself helped out in getting locations for free, including a house used in the movie owned by her friend and a sugar cane plantation.

“Puro libre,” she says. “Pati si Direk Jeffrey, pro-bono rito. Nag-sponsor din ng food namin ang Jollibee, giving us lots of food sa set.”

Marian adds that she hopes she and Ate Vi will make another movie together where they will both have full length meaty roles. “Yung hindi ako guest lang.”

Marian is also happy that “Temptation of Wife” continues to rate high on primetime. This week, the real Chantal (Michelle Madrigal) returns. Her mom Ayen Laurel as Lady Armada can’t believe she’s still alive. But she’s so depressed so she’s taken to the hospital as she’s bound to get worse if she’d learn that Nigel is about to wed Marian as Angeline. When she dreams Nigel left her, she runs out to the street and gets hit by a car.