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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.

Jun 8, 2018

'Walwal' Of Regal Shows The Lives Of Young Men Today In The Age Of Social Media Starring Elmo Magalona, Jerome Ponce, Kiko Estrada And Donnie Pangilinan

 REGAL ENTERTAINMENT is introducing a new batch of future matinee idols in a barkada movie, “Walwal”, written and directed by Jose Javier Reyes who says this is an updated version of his youth movie, “Pare Ko”. The four guys are Elmo Magalona, Jerome Ponce, Kiko Estrada and Donnie Pangilinan, who are all sons of more senior stars.

Elmo is the son of the late Francis Magalona. Jerome is the son of former Viva actor Jessie Delgado. Kiko is the son of Gary Estrada and Cheska Diaz. Donnie is the son of Maricel Laxa and Anthony Pangilinan. “Walwal is a story of growing up and it follows the stories of four friends from high school to their initial years in college,” Direk Joey says. “Ipapakita rito ang mga problemang kinakaharap ng mga kabataan ngayon in the age of social media. Mas simple ang buhay noong araw, e. Competition was less and kids don’t get depressed and commit suicide. But we show na whatever happens to them, they’re accountable for their decisions in life.”

What roles do the four young actors play? “Elmo is the obedient son, the type who follows lahat ng gusto ng mga magulang niya for him. Hilig niya is graphic arts, but his parents want him to be a lawyer kaya he’s taking up law.”

And how about Jerome? “Siya yung madrama ang buhay. Galing sa mahirap na pamilya at ang nanay niya is a hasbeen na bold star, so hard up ang buhay nila. Si Kiko Estrada naman, siya yung tipong palit ng palit ng course in college at palit din ng palit ng girlfriend. Basta nakapalda, papatulan niya. Then he gets someone pregnant after a one night stand, so nagkaproblema siya.”

And Donnie? “His dream is to be a top filmmaker who’s recognized abroad. Donnie is parang apo ko na kasi ninong ako sa kasal ng parents niya. I’m happy to get the chance to direct him in his very first movie. Imagine, dinirek ko ang nanay niya sa maraming pelikula. Tapos, ngayon yung anak na ni Maricel ang dinidirek ko.”

He praises his four actors for their energy and enthusiasm. “They really enjoy what they’re doing. Hindi sila pinilit mag-artista at gusto nila talaga ang ginagawa nila. They all deliver at makikita mo ang eagerness nila to do a good job. We’re all very pleased sa trabaho nila in ‘Walwal’ that opens in theaters on June 27.”