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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.

Jan 12, 2020


julia barretto, direk mikhail red & joshua garcia in BLOCK Z

direk mikhail red with ina raymundo, ian veneracion, julia barretto, joshua garcia, maris racal & yves flores

JULIA BARRETTO and Joshua Garcia are together again in the horror-action flick, “Block Z”, that opens in theaters on January 29. At its presscon, the ex-lovers were asked how they’re doing these days when they see each other frequently while promoting their new movie together. It’s Joshua who replied first.

“We’re okay,” he says. “Noong makita ko siya rito, I realized parang na-miss ko siya. Kasi siempre, ang tagal naming hindi nagkasama.Naging busy ako, at naging busy rin siya at ngayon lang kami uli nagkita.”

“Tama siya, we’re okay,” says Julia. “When I first saw him again, the feeling was familiar. Like a familiar place, a comfortable place, a safe place. That’s one of the things that I am super grateful for, that we were able to protect and make sure that our friendship will stay and remain.”

So how was it shooting a zombie like “Block Z”? “This is so different from anything we’ve done in the past,” says Julia. “Kasi we did romantic comedies, romantic dramas, but this one, pinaghalong horror, action, adventure na may halong comedy rin.

"Mahirap siyang gawin kasi nakakapagod maraming takbuhan habang hinahabol kami ng zombies. For the first, makikita nyo, I’m doing action, stunts, namamaril ako rito, tinataga ko yung zombies.”

In the story, Julia, Joshua, along with co-stars Maris Racal, Yves Flores (as the bad guy in their class), McCoy de Leon (as the class nerd) are college students in a university where they belong to the kulelat section or Block Z. Then, a virus outbreak happens in their school that turn the students and the teachers into zombies.

Their school gets quarantined, locked down so no one could get out. To survive, they have to protect themselves from being bitten and they have to fiercely fight the zombies who want to bite them.

Also in the cast are Ian Veneracion as the father of Maris, Dimples Romana as the lady security guard who becomes a zombie fighter, and Ina Raymundo as the first one who got infected and becomes the queen mother of the zombies. This is directed by Mikhail Red who helmed the hit horror flick, “Eerie” and the award-winning “Birdshot”.