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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.

Jan 16, 2016

How True Is The Story That John Lloyd Cruz And Bea Alonzo Are Now A Real Love Team Even Off Cam?

THE LOUDEST WHISPER in town is that, finally, John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo have made their love team not only for the big screen but also even off screen. Yes, if we’d believe the rumor, then that means JLC has broken up with Angelica Panganiban while Bea has called it quits with Zanjoe Marudo.

The last time we saw JLC with Angelica was at the press preview of “Honor Thy Father” at Dolphy Theatre just before Christmas and they were still so sweet to each other. We also saw Zanjoe in a bar after the new year and he denied that he and Bea have split.

When asked about this at the Congressional investigation on the anomalies at the Metro Manila Filmfest, JLC tried to evasive. This made folks conclude that the rumor must be true because, if it were not, it’s so easy for JLC to deny that he and Bea are now the ones playing beautiful music together.

But we agree with JLC’s declarations at the hearing that there must be positive changes on how the annual filmfest is conducted to make it a true festival of quality movies and not just a flagrant money making affair for producers who come up with nothing but commercial flicks. As JLC said: “It’s about time na gawin nating totoong festival ang Metro Manila Film Festival. Hindi siya parang venue lang para pagkakitaan. Ibalik natin ‘yung panahon noon na ipalabas natin ‘yung mga importanteng pelikula.”

He adds that he’s doing this not just for their entry, “Honor Thy Father”, which was disqualified for the best picture award. “I’m not saying na kung hindi kami na-disqualify, mananalo kami. We don’t know that. Wala namang nakakaalam nun, e. Pero ang alam ko lang, dahil sa disqualification, natanggalan kami ng opportunity, ng pagkakataon para malaman kung paano mag-perform 'yung aming pelikula sa panlasa ng mga hurado.”

Well, we just hope the hearing will bring positive results for the local movie industry and there will eventually be a revamp in the way that the annual filmfest is now being conducted.