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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.

Sep 22, 2017

Toni Gonzaga & Piolo Pascual Reunited In 'Last Night'. Will It Be As Successful At The Tills Than Their Megahit First Outing, 'Starting Over Again'?

TONI GONZAGA is happy to be reunited with Piolo Pascual in “Last Night”, directed by Joyce Bernal. They were last seen together in the 2014 megahit, “Starting Over Again”, directed by Olive Lamasan. “Last Night” is written by actress Bela Padilla. How is it different from their previous film?
“‘Last Night’ is edgier, darker, braver,” says Piolo. “It’s not your usual romantic-comedy but a more dangerous love story about two broken people at the lowest point in their lives who want to end their lives after a series of setbacks. Then they meet each other and that gives them hope.”

“Mas malalim ang story nito at ang pinanggagalingan at pinagdaraanan ng characters namin,” adds Toni. “Piolo is Mark and ako naman, si Carmina. I was named after the character of Dawn Zulueta in ‘Hihintayin Kita sa Langit’ dahil favorite yun ng mama ko. She thought it’s the end of her life, but actually, it’s just the beginning after she met Mark. It will show that you still have a reason to live, ang sarap pang mabuhay.”

Why is the title “Last Night”? “It actually has two meanings,” says Direk Joyce Bernal. “Puedeng last night, meaning kagabi. At puede ring huling gabi. Isa pang meaning is how they make the night last while they’re together. Kasi, basically, nangyari ito sa loob ng isang gabi lang na gusto na nilang tapusin ang lahat. May death-defying scene si Toni rito kasi tumalon siya sa Jones Bridge, pero sumabit yung damit niya at hindi siya tuluyang nahulog. Dumating si Piolo at tinulungan siya, not knowing it will be the start of their friendship that eventually blooms into love. The whole film was shot in Manila, with the hotel scenes shot at Luneta Hotel sa may Roxas Blvd.”

Piolo says the role of Mark is quite a big challenge for him. “I took a risk in playing this role kasi my identity as a person is totally different from Mark. We have totally different personalities and perspectives in life. Each time I do a scene, I have to get into his psyche and it’s not easy kasi nasa edge na siya ng buhay niya. I have to fully understand first the journey of this character so I can portray him convincingly.”

This is Toni‘s first film since she became a mother and her baby boy, Seve (for Severiano Eliott), will soon turn a year old on September 30. “Pinaghahandaan na namin ng husband ko ang 1st birthday party niya,” she says.

Where did they get the two names of Baby Seve? “Paul’s grandpa, the late Nestor de Villa, favorite golfer niya noong araw si Severiano Ballesteros and Paul likes that name. Ako naman, gusto ko yung pangalang Eliott from ‘E.T. Extraterrestrial’ ni Spielberg, so pinagsama na lang namin.”
Don’t miss Piolo and Toni in “Last Night” that opens in theaters on September 27,