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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.

Aug 12, 2016

Camp Sawi Stars Reveal How They Coped With Past Heartaches And How They Manage To Move On

TWO MOVIES about love sick people will be shown one after another. “Camp Sawi” is about five young women who are all broken hearted. “That Thing Called Tanga Na” is about four gays and one woman also experiencing the same thing. The entire female cast of “Camp Sawi” was present at its grand presscon at La Reve: Andi Eigenmann, Arci Munoz, Bela Padilla, Yassi Pressman and Kim Molina. The only lead actor, Sam Milby, was a no-show as he has a taping.

The movie is a rehab clinic in an island for heartbroken women who want to recover from their heartaches. All the stars on stage were asked if they’ve experienced heartbreak in real life and how did they move on? “I suffered a lot,” says Andi about the end of her relationship with Jake Ejercito. “So para maka-move on ako, what I did is I traveled a lot and got to know more about our country. I also did a lot of activities and build a new world na hindi na siya kasali. The experience made me more sure of myself as a person. What’s more important is that you love yourself first as a person.” “Matagal na yun but it really took time for me to move on,” says Arci who admits she’s referring to Kean Cipriano. “I learned so much from the heartbreak. I realized kailangang pagdaanan mo talaga yung sakit para next time, alam mo na what to do at bale wala na. But we’ve all moved on. May asawa na siya’t anak and I’ve also found someone else.”

“Three years kong dinamdam yung first breakup ko,” says Bela who wouldn’t reveal the identity of guy who broke her heart but those in the know say it’s Jason Abalos. “Sentimental kasi akong tao, e. Hindi agad maka-let go. Umaasa pa akong magkakabalikan kami. It’s good I was working that time so binuhos ko na lang ang attention ko sa trabaho. But I’ve moved on and mas happy ako sa bago kong love (Neil Arci, who’s a co-producer of “Camp Sawi”.)”

“Masakit, hindi puedeng madaliin ang pagmu-move on. I’d go out with friends, masaya, pero pag-uwi ko ng bahay, umiiyak pa rin ako hanggang makatulog ako,” says Yassi who’s only known showbiz BF was Sef Cadayona. “But magsasawa ka rin doon sa pain, so you really have to move on para you won’t be bitter kundi better.” “Isa pa lang ang naging boyfriend ko pero matagal kami kasi since high school pa kami,” says Kim. “Iniyak ko na lang nang husto then I focused on myself and my singing na lang.”

In “Camp Sawi”, Andi plays Clarisse, the mistress of an older man, Tonton Gutierrez, who dumps her and she cannot take it. “Ako yung akala mo, very strong, hindi broken hearted. In control when in front of other people. Tinatago niya na deep inside, she’s hurting so much,” says Andi.

Arci plays Gwen, a band singer who’s jilted by her musician boyfriend, Rico Blanco. “Kasi masyadong maangas daw ako at pati yung band members ko, hindi masakyan yung mga trip ko.”
Bela plays Bridgette, who’s been on with her Chinese boyfriend for ten years. “Pero biglang iniwan niya ako para magpakasal sa ibang babae at hindi ko matanggap yun.”

Yassi is Jessica, a perky cheerleader who finds out her athlete boyfriend and campus heartthrob, played by Brett Jackson, is two-timing her.

The extreme case in their group is Kim as Joan, who wants to commit suicide so she’s put in a straight jacket to make sure she cannot kill herself. “Yung fiance ko kasi, nag-propose sa akin, then biglang he dies tragically, so gusto ko na ring magpakamatay.”

The camp master who will help facilitate their therapy sessions inside the camp is Louie, played by Sam Milby. Together, the five women will share the highs and lows in their their broken love lives throughout the movie which will open on August 24, now declared as National Sawi Day.