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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.

Nov 17, 2022



COLEEN GARCIA is still in Lyon, France when she attended the zoom presscon of Viva’s horror flick, “Kaluskos”, which was nominated as best picture in the recent Cinemalaya and will now be released in theaters on November 30. 

Her husband Billy Crawford won the grand prize in the “Dancing with the Stars” in France. She says they’ve been in France for three months now.  

“It’s no vacation at all,” she says. 

“We stay in an apartment and iba talaga ang buhay namin dito kaysa sa Pilipinas. 

"Ibang experience kasi wala kaming katulong, so we do everything ourselves, but we've learned to adjust. 

"We will be staying here up to December and be back in Manila for Christmas.”   

“Kaluskos” is directed by Roman Perez Jr. and is her first horror flick. So what is it all about and what’s her experience in shooting it?

"She is so career-oriented so she has no time for her daughter, played by child actress Queenzy Calma. 

"She is separated from her husband, played by Karl Medina, and they are now in a midst of a custody battle. Tapos, she’s given time to spend with her daughter and strange things start to happen.”

She’s glad that the film will now be released in theaters to a wider and not just a limited audience. She adds that “Kaluskos” is not exactly a horror film. 

“Our screenwriter, Enrique Villasis, says its more of a domestic thriller. I love the material and the script, so I was excited to do this project. 

"I am really waiting to do this kind of genre movie. I feel I have more room in exploring and developing my character.”  

 How is it working with Direk Roman Perez Jr.? 

“Pareho kami ni Direk Roman sa vision namin about Rebecca, the character I play, and he really guided me. Sobrang chill lang siya sa shoot and we have a happy set, hindi nakaka-stress.” 

Direk Roman says he’s been pitching the project for quite some time but no one would pick it. 

Viva liked it but they’ve just made a series of horror flicks and told him to wait. 

He then entered it in Cinemalaya and he was surprised when he was told that it qualified as an official entry. 

“So siempre, nagulat ako, but Viva was there to support the project and now ire-release pa nila sa sinehan para mapanood ng mas maraming tao,” he says.   

Also in the cast of "Kaluskos" are Cara Gonzales as Karl Medina's new girlfriend and Elora Espano as the lawyer of Coleen who is helping her in her battle for custody of her daughter.