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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.

Apr 8, 2021



AJ RAVAL is getting her biggest break as the leading lady of Diego Loyzaga in Direk Yam Laranas’ movie, “Death of a Girlfriend”. 

She started with Viva Films in a supporting role in the Nadine Lustre film, “Indak”, then she was officially introduced playing a bigger role in “Gusto Kong Maging Pornstar”.

Born on September 30, 1995, AJ is the daughter of former action star Jeric Raval and a sexy actress in the 90s, Alyssa Alvarez. 

AJ’s real name is Elizabeth Buensuceso and her screen name, AJ Raval, stands for "Anak ni Jeric Raval". She signed up with Viva for a five-year contract. 

She really wants to join showbiz and she started as a member of a girl band called Fabulous Girlfriends as a teenager. She also appeared as a guest in various game shows.

“I really enjoy dancing and singing,” she says. “I have a brother Kuya Ace, who’s also into music and Viva has asked us to record our own song, ‘Madaling Araw’.”

What’s her role in “Death of a Girlfriend”? 

“I play Christine, girlfriend ni Diego, who plays Alonzo. This is a love story with a touch of mystery. 

"Isang araw, biglang hindi na lang ako pumasok sa school namin and there will be an investigation. My body will be discovered in the woods at may dalawang suspects, a forest ranger, played by Arnold Reyes, and a farmer, played by Raul Morit. 

"Sa investigation, may kanya-kanyang versions about my brutal rape and murder sina Diego at yung dalawang suspects and it becomes a search for the truth. Kung sino ang tunay na salarin, yun ang matutuklasan nyo sa shocking ending ng movie.”

How is it working with Diego as her leading man? 

“Diego is tahimik na tao. Mahiyain siya, but inalalayan niya talaga ako, lalo sa sexy scenes kasi may love scene kami. He guided me, sila ni Direk Yam Laranas.”

Is it true her dad didn’t initially approve of her joining showbiz? 

“Yes, both my parents were not supportive noong una, but now they just let me do my job as they can see na nag-enjoy naman ako. My dad can see Viva believes in me and gives me good projects. The people naman welcome warmly. 

"Basta ayaw lang niyang masyadong magpa-sexy, lagyan ko daw ng limitation. Nung mag-pose akong kamay lang ang nakatakip sa dibdib ko, nagalit siya. 

"Pinatanggal na niya ang picture na yun sa instagram account ko. But kung ako, okay lang po magpa-sexy, kasi work ko po ito. I was told gagawin ko raw ang remake ng ‘Scorpio Nights’.”

Director Yam Laranas is optimistic that viewers will enjoy “Death of a Girlfriend” as it’s not just your usual romantic story but told like a whodunit where you’d be kept guessing as to who the real culprit is. He says it’s based on a true story that happened in France.

The film is told from the point of view of three different persons and reminiscent of the classic Japanese film, “Rashomon”, by Akira Kurosawa. 

Yam has directed hit horror entries in the Metro-Manila Filmfest, like “Sigaw”, “Aurora” and also the GMA blockbuster, “The Road”. 

“Death of a Girlfriend” will have its world premiere on April 30 on ktx.ph, iWantTFC, TFC IPTV, SKY PPV and Vivamax for only P250.00