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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.

May 20, 2015

Andrea Torres & Mikael Daez Star In An International Movie/ Mini-Series, 'Blood In Dispute', Filmed In Manila & Phnom Penh

ANDREA TORRES is back in town after shooting a movie-mini series, “Blood in Dispute”, with her perennial partner, Mikael Daez, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for 3 weeks. “Nagulat kami pagdating
namin doon kasi sa airport pa lang, ang dami ng nakakilala sa amin,” she says. “Big hit pala roon ang soap naming ‘Sana ay Ikaw na Nga’ at currently showing naman ang ‘With a Smile’. While shooting there, nag-guest kami sa iba’t ibang TV shows nila. They have 15 TV networks there. Nag-guest pa kami sa isang game show. Pinagsayaw nila ako, e very conservative pala sila roon. Hindi puede yung sayaw namin sa ‘Sunday All Stars’ na sexy ang dating. Sabi nila, less, less.”

“Blood in Dispute” is about two brothers, one (Mikael) with a Filipino mother and one (Cambodian actor Khat Vaihang) with a Cambodian mom. Their father is played by a respected Cambodian actor, Tep Rindaro, who’s said to be the equivalent of Christopher de Leon. Mikael goes to Cambodia to play their top sport, Bokator, a version of Muay Thai, without knowing that his biggest opponent is his own brother. Andrea follows him there and she has a rival in Cambodian actress Meas Thorn Sreynai.

“Blood in Dispute” is written and directed by Toronto-based Canadian director Ken Simpson. It will first be shown in Cambodia in its edited version as a movie in August, then will be shown on TV as a teleserye. Here in Manila, it will be shown on GMA-7 as a mini-series.

Andrea said she enjoyed her stay in Cambodia so much. “Ibang-iba ang architecture nila sa atin. Maraming temples, but I didn’t get to see the famous Angkor Wat kasi it’s in Siem Reap, which is six hours away by car. Bawal sa kanila ang high rise. Usually, three storey buildings lang ang allowed, but this year, nagbigay na raw ng permit para magtayo ng tall buildings. Mas mura ang food sa kanila, kaya lang very spicy. Puro maanghang. At iisa lang ang mall nila, kaya yung Cambodians na nakakarating dito sa Manila, tuwang-tuwa sa laki at dami ng malls natin.”

Did she miss her rumored BF Sef Cadayona while she was away? “Lahat naman silang kasama ko sa ‘Bubble Gang’ at sa ‘Sunday All Stars’, na-miss ko, hindi lang siya,” she replies with a smile.