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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.

Oct 8, 2018

Director Joel Lamangan Busy With A New TV Show, 'Pamilya Roces''; A New Movie, 'Rainbow Sunset', And A Play, 'Galileo'

DIRECTOR JOEL LAMANGAN is happy to be back with GMA-7 to direct “Pamilya Roces” that starts airing tonight on GMA-7’s primetime. “Inilatag nila sa’kin ang project at nagustuhan ko kasi it’s not the usual soap,” he says. “Drama siya about a man with three different families, pero hindi dramang-drama ang treatment kundi may pagka-comedy na campy ang dating. Nataon ngang ginagawa ko ito, dinidirek ko rin ang Metro filmfest entry na ‘Rainbow Sunset’ with Eddie Garcia, Gloria Romero and a star-studded cast, plus I’m appearing pa playing the title role of ‘Galileo’ sa isang PETA play, kaya talagang sobrang busy ako.”

Roi Vinzon plays the patriarch, Rodolfo Roces, who owns a jewelry empire. His legal wife is Gloria Diaz as Natalia, a former model who comes from a rich family and originally helped him to put up his own business and for it to become successful. They have two daughters, Carla Abellana as Crystal and Gabbi Garcia as Jade, but Roi is no longer in love with Gloria and he wants their marriage to be annulled.

The second family is with Beth Oropesa as Violet Balocboc, a former beauty pageant contestant and back up dancer. She and Roi had a one-night stand and the result is Sophie Albert as her daughter, Amber, who serves as main contravida to Crystal. “Sila yung misfits na pinagsisiksikan ang sarili nila sa family na ayaw silang tanggapin,” says Joel. “Even in the way they behave, very loud sila and the way they dress, very flamboyant, colorful. Sophie’s role was originally offered to Winwyn Marquez, who backed out dahil hindi raw niya kaya, lalo na yung kissing scenes with Rocco Nacino. Magsisisi siya kasi ang ganda ng role, attention-getting, kaya tiyak na mapapansin si Sophie rito. In fairness to her, magaling talaga siya and even Beth O as her mom and Gloria Diaz also, puring-puri ang acting niya kasi she really delivers.”

The third family is comprised by Ana Roces as Lily, Rodolfo’s true love, and their daughter, Shaira Diaz as Amethyst. Ana has a daughter from her first marriage, Jasmine Curtis Smith as Pearl who Rodolfo accepted as his own. “Roi spends his weekends with Anna. Magkikita-kita ang lahat ng mga pamilya ni Roi when he has a stroke at maospital siya,” adds Joel. “Ayun, magkakagulo sila sa ospital. Ang gusto ni Roi, magkasundo-sundo lahat ng mga anak niya, pero siempre, hindi mangyayari yun.”

Also in the cast is Snooky Serna as Gloria’s sister, Camilla, with Andre Paras as Gareth, her adopted son. The other leading men are Rocco Nacino as Carla’s husband who’ll have an affair with Sophie, Christian Bautista as the family lawyer who has the hots for Carla, and Manolo Pedrosa as Gabbi’s love interest. Also in the cast is Mika de la Cruz as Gabbi’s best friend. Isn’t it difficult to handle such a big cast?

“Mahirap nga,” Joel confirms. “It’s such a big cast but it’s good na karamihan, nakatrabaho ko na, lalo na sina Gloria at Oropesa na alam na ang gagawin nila. Hindi naman nagpapahuli yung younger members ng cast. Lahat sila, very cooperative, walang pasaway at hindi ako binibigyan ng sakit ng ulo.”
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