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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 5, 2018

Jolo Revilla, Incumbent Cavite Vice Governor, Back On The Big Screen As A Drug Enforcement Agent In The Trilogy, 'Tres', Where He Stars In '72 Hours' Episode

JOLO REVILLA, who’s also the incumbent Cavite vice governor, says he really missed doing movies so much. “Na-miss ko talaga since my last movie was ‘Agimat and Enteng Kabisote’ in 2012 pa, where I did a guest role, so ang tagal na, kaya naman I’m really glad to be back in ‘Tres’, the trilogy movie namin ng mga kapatid kong sina Bryan and Luigi Revilla, produced by our family’s company, Imus Productions,” he says. “Naging part naman ako last year ng ‘Ang Probinsyano’, pero iba pa rin talaga ang pelikula.”

“Tres” has three different stories: “Virgo”, “72 Hours” and “Amats”, directed by Dondon Santos and Richard Somes. Jolo stars in “72 Hours” by Dondon. Unlike other movies now that are promoted in a presscon one or two weeks before its playdate, the publicity for this movie starts one month before it opens in theaters on October 3. The three Revilla brothers will have their own presscon each, then there will be a grand presscon on September 24, handled by Star Cinema that will distribute it.

“Yun ang gusto ng father nilang si Sen. Bong Revilla who wants all his sons to have his own presscon at para mas ma-promote ding mabuti ang pelikula,” says the film’s PR, Ethel Ramos. “Each brother will also have his own trailer for his own episode in the movie. It’s Sen. Bong’s idea to revive Imus Productions to revive the interest of local viewers in action films and to help the livelihood of the small people in the industry who lost their jobs nang mawala ang action films.”

Jolo’s episode is titled “72 Hours” because it happens in 72 hours. He plays a drug enforcement agent who teams up with a female cop, Rhian Ramos, to track down a vicious drug lord, played by Albert Martinez. Also in the cast are Tirso Cruz III as Jolo’s boss, Aaron Villaflor and Dominic Roque as Albert’s henchmen, Phillip Salvador in a special unbilled guest performance, and Bacoor Mayor Lani Mercado as Jolo’s mom. “Ako mismo ang nakiusap ko sa mommy ko to appear with me at nag-yes naman siya agad,” he says.

Whose idea is it to come up with a trilogy and not just one full length film starring him and his brothers? “Concept ito ng dad ko. Marami nang horror trilogies but this time, para maiba naman, action trilogy. Viewers get the chance to watch three different action stories for the price of one. Hindi tinipid ang lahat ng episodes. You hear of some films now being filmed in 4 or 5 days. My episode was shot for 13 days, ang kay Brian, 9 days, at ang kay Luigi, 8 days, so bale a total of 30 days lahat sila. Nagpasabog kami ng mga kotse at helicopter at walang CGI special effects ang blastings kundi from scratch talaga lahat for authenticity.”

Making a cameo role in the film is his ex-GF Lovi Poe. “Ako mismo ang kumausap sa kanya and she approved it without thinking. Good friends naman kami, e.”

What about his other ex, Jodi Sta. Maria? Why didn’t he invite her also to be part of “72 Hours”? “We’re fine. All I can say is that I have the highest respects for her and her family. I will treasure everything that we had before.”

Any chance of reconciliation? “Ibalato nyo na lang sa’kin yun.” Some folks claim they’ve already reconciled. “No, no. I’m single, wala akong lovelife, which is fine as I’m busy with our movie and I will be campaigning for re-election as vice governor by next year.”
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