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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 18, 2018

Dingdong Dantes And Anne Curtis Paired For The First Time In 'Sid & Aya, Not A Love Story' From Young Hitmaker, Writer-Director Irene Villamor

DINGDONG DANTES and Anne Curtis both started with Viva Films. Dingdong was introduced in “TGIS” in 1997 when he was 17 years old and later starred in “Anna Karenina”. Both TGIS and Anna are youth-oriented afternoon TV shows on GMA-7 produced by Viva. He was then paired with Antoinette Taus and they also did several movies together.

Anne Curtis was introduced as a child actress in Viva’s fantasy film, “Magic Kingdom”, in 1997. She then played supporting roles in “TGIS” and “Anna Karenina” and also in the films of Dingdong and Antoinette. Now, the two of them are paired with each other playing the title roles in Viva’s latest offering, “Sid & Aya, Not a Love Story”, which opens in theaters on May 30.

Written and directed by Irene Villamor of the hit romantic films “Camp Sawi” and “Meet Me in St. Gallen”, the film is shot on location in Japan for some of its important scenes. In the story, Dingdong plays Sid, an insomniac, while Anne portrays the role of Aya, the mysterious woman Sid meets and asks to keep him company during those long, sleepless and empty nights.

“It’s great to finally get the chance to work with Anne,” says Dingdong. “She has accomplished so much through the years and it’s so delightful to be acting with her now before the camera.”

“Working with Dong is a dream come true for me,” says Anne. “All these years, I kept on wondering kung kailan kami mabibigyan ng pagkatataong magkatrabaho and now, sa wakas, nagkatotoo na and it’s a memorable experience to work with one of the most reliable actors of our generation.”

The trailer of the movie shows that Dingdong and Anne have such great chemistry when they’re together on screen. “Malakas ang kilig factor!” as the fans say. The film’s tagline about it not being a love story is as intriguing as Anne and Dingdong’s first major big screen pairing. The description that went with the full trailer of “Sid & Aya…” on YouTube, is indeed enough to tickle the imagination of moviegoers. But as Dingdong’s character Sid tells us, “Hindi naman lahat ng may ‘I love you,’ ay love story na, eh.”

So don’t miss the movie for you to discover the mystery surrounding Sid and Aya’s relationship. Catch Dong and Anne in their upcoming movie tour on May 19 (Sat), 5PM at SM City Dasmariñas; May 20 (Sun), 4PM at Ayala Malls Cloverleaf; May 26 (Sat), 4PM at Gateway Cineplex and 6PM at Ayala Malls Feliz; May 27 (Sun) 4PM at SM City Bicutan and 6PM at SM City Sta. Rosa, with a Red Carpet Premiere on May 28 (Mon), 7:30PM, at TriNoma Cinema 7. The film will be shown in Middle East theaters starting June 7. US screenings start on June 8. It will also be released soon in Rome, Italy and Hongkong. For further details, please like and follow the official social media accounts of Viva Films, Facebook: VIVAFilms and on Twitter & IG: viva_films.