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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

Maricel Soriano Should Be Paired With Maine Mendoza In Her Next Regal Movie As It Would Be A Most Intriguing Tandem On The Big Screen

MARICEL SORIANO was in a good mood when she attended the victory party hosted by Mother Lily Monteverde at Valencia Events Place for the big success of “My 2 Mommies” at the box office. And why not? The feedback on her is very positive and she can feel that everyone really missed her, so she is now so energized to act again before the camera. She’s quite excited to do another movie for Regal, the script of which is still being written by Jose Javier Reyes and again to be directed by Eric Quizon.

“Nang malaman kong may gagawing movie si Eric kay Mother Lily, sabi ko, sali ako diyan, lalo na nang malaman kong pang-Mother’s Day ito,” says Maricel when she was asked to say a few words during the blowout. “Mahal ko ang mga nanay at marami rin akong nagawang movies na pang-Mother’s Day noon sa Regal, like ‘To Mama with Love’ and ‘Minsan May Isang Ina’. Gusto kong nagpapasaya ng mga nanay, e. Akala ko, guest lang ako rito sa ‘My 2 Mommies’, pero inabot din ng three days ang shooting ko at nag-enjoy ako. Ang saya namin ni Paolo Ballesteros sa mga eksena namin at parang matagal na talaga kaming magkakilala.”

Another reason why she enjoyed the movie is because it’s with Mother Lily. “Original Regal baby ako, no? At si Mother Lily, I really consider her my second mother. Basta siya ang may kailangan sa’kin, oo ako agad. Di ako puedeng tumanggi. At dahil kumita ang ‘My 2 Mommies’, Mother, where’s the envelope? Ang bonus namin,” she laughs and Mother Lily generously obliged.

“Dahil kumita ang ‘My 2 Mommies’, ganado ang Regal to make more movies this year,” says Mother Lily. “May follow up na agad si Maricel na ‘Widow/Widower’, then next release namin is ‘So Connected’ with Janella Salvador and Jameson Blake. Then ‘Walwal’, a youth movie with Elmo Magalona, Jerome Ponce, Kiko Estrada and Donnie Pangilinan, then the fantasy comedy ‘Unli Life’ with Vhong Navarro, Joey Marquez and Winwyn Marquez. Panoorin nyo lahat yan para may victory party uli tayo ha.”

For Maricel’s next movie, we suggested to Mother Lily and Direk Eric to get Maine Mendoza to play her daughter. This will be a great team up for the two of them as Maine has her own brand of comedy and we honestly believe she would have great on screen chemistry with Maricel if they’d play mother and daughter. Maine is managed by APT and we think Mr. Tony Tuviera would be generous enough to lend her to Regal for this project and, maybe, they can even co-produce it. With this movie, Maine wouldn’t need an Alden Richards by her side and the novelty of pairing her with an established actress like Maricel would do her career a lot of good and give it a very big boost.