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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.

Apr 15, 2018

Viva Films Has A Promising Lineup Of Their Five Newest Film Releases Starting With Sarah Geronimo's 'Miss Granny'

VIVA FILMS is now showing the trailers of their four forthcoming releases in the screenings of “Never Not Love You”. First is “Sid and Aya, Not a Love Story” starring Dingdong Dantes and Anne Curtis, directed by Irene Villamor. Next is the youth oriented movie about a barkada, Squad Goals” with the FBois, directed by Mark Meily.

Then there’s “Miss Granny” with Sarah Geronimo and Nova Villa as her older self, with James Reid as her apo, directed by Joyce Bernal. Last is the horror flick, “Cry No Fear”, starring Ella Cruz and Donnalyn Bartolome, directed by Richard Somes.

It seems Viva has another promising project in the latest project they’re now filming, “Abay Babes”. The story is about five young women who are always bridesmaids, but never the bride herself. So it becomes some sort of a contest for them as to who among them will succeed in facing the altar first with her own groom.

The five actresses who are assembled for this movie are Cristine Reyes, Meg Imperial, Nathalie Hart, Roxanne Barcelo and beauty queen Kylie Versoza. The first time Viva assembled five girls in a movie was in “Camp Sawi”, the story of five broken hearted girls played by Bela Padilla, Arci Munoz, Andi Eigenmann, Yassi Pressman, and Kim Molina. It was a big hit. The formula is now used again in “Abay Babes” and we won’t be surprised if this, too, would do well at the box office.

The movie is written and directed by Don Cuaresma and this is his first project with Viva. He has directed several TV shows for ABS-CBN and some films for Star Cinema, like “All ABout Love”, “Call Center Girl”, “My First Romance”. He also directed “Loving You” for Regal 10 years ago.

In “Abay Babes”, Cristine, Nathalie and Kylie seem to play the usual sexy girls in their group. It’s Meg and Roxanne who play unconventional roles. Meg plays a tomboyish girl who likes to wear getups for boys while Roxanne is made up to look like she’s black, someone like Wilma Doesn’t.

Movies about weddings are usually a hit with audiences so we won’t be surprised it this would do well at the box office. It reminds us of the 2011 Hollywood blockbuster, “Bridesmaids”, which starred comedians Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy.