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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 4, 2022



                                     ALONA NAVARRO

                                   JEM MILTON

DIRECTOR TOPEL LEE is known for the horror TV shows he did like “Third Eye” and “Parang Normal Activity” and scary movies like “Ouija”, “Sundo”, “White House”, “Basement” and various episodes of different “Shake, Rattle & Roll” movies. 

He now gets to direct his first full length sexy film in Vivamax’ “Tubero”. 

The lead stars, Vince Rillon and Angela Morena, have appeared in various sexy films but the rest of the cast are newcomers: sexpots Alona Navarro, Jem Milton and new hunk JC Tan who plays Angela’s husband. 

So what adjustments does Direk Topel have to do in doing a sexy flick? 

“Si Vince, I got to work with him in an episode of the sexy trilogy ‘L’, so I know alam na niya ang gagawin niya,” he says. 

“Angela has also done several sexy films, so I relied on their expertise ni Vince kasi mas experienced sila sa akin. Mas kampante ako in directing them. 

"For the newcomers, I asked them kung okay ba sa kaila ang mga set up na gusto ko. I explained it all to them and they did it nang walang hesitation. 

"All of them really delivered. I think this will be one of the sexiest films to be shown on Vivamax.”

At the zoom presscon for “Tubero”, only Jem and Alona were present and JC didn’t show up. 

Jem says this is her first movie and first time for her also to go sexy.

“I’m more into modeling so this is something new for me,” she says. “Masyadong malayo sa akin ang character ko na ginampanan ko rito. 

"She’s so adventurous, wild and bitchy. Fun and games lang ang lahat para sa kanya. At hindi ako ganun. I just hope nabigyan ko ng justice yung role ko.”

As for Alona, she made her debut in Roman Perez Jr’s “Sitio Diablo” where she had a love scene with Massimo Scofield and two other girls. 

“So, sina Direk Roman at Massimo ang nagbinyag sa akin and they’re both very professional. After this, I did ‘Purificacion’ with Direk GB Sampedro.

"Then I’ve finished two other movies, ‘Alapaap’ and ‘Cara Cruz’. Pero mauuna nang ipalabas itong ‘Tubero’.”

She says she comes from a conservative family and her parents didn’t want her to go sexy. 

“I told them gusto ko lang i-try. Kasi since high school, gusto ko nang mag-artista. So wala na silang nagawa. 

"Sabi ko, huwag na lang nila panoorin ang movies ko. Support na lang sila kasi nakita naman nilang masaya ako sa ginagawa ko.”