BEA Binene appears at the presscon of “Mulawin Vs. Ravena” garbed in an almost see-thru lavender gown without wearing any bra. “First time ko magsuot ng ganitong outfit kaya kinakabahan ako,” she says. “Lalo na nga nipple gel covers lang ang nakatakip sa dibdib ko. Kaya nga paglakad ko sa red carpet, I was so careful, dahan-dahan talaga kasi baka biglang matanggal ang covers sa dibdib ko.”
So is this is a signal that she’s about to go daring? “Naku, wala lang bra, daring na agad. Actually, even more daring at mas sexy pa 'yung ibang gowns na ipinakita sa akin ng stylist ng show na isuot ko raw for the presscon, pero sabi ko, hindi ko pa carry 'yung masyadong revealing. Okay na itong napili ko, mas safe pa rin kasi may cover naman ang dibdib ko kahit paano at hindi sobrang plunging neckline gaya nung iba halos litaw na ang boobs kaya mas nakaka-conscious. Teenager pa rin ako, so give me a few more years at baka puwede na.”
What did her leading man, Derrick Monasterio, say about her revealing gown? “Nagulat siya when he saw me but he said, okay naman, bagay raw sa akin and mas mature ang dating ko.”
In “Mulawin Vs. Ravena”, she plays Anya, the half-breed daughter of Carla Abellana as the well loved Mulawin, Aviona, and the mortal Tom Rodriguez as Rodrigo. She will be figuring in a love triangle with Derrick as Almiro and Kiko Estrada as Rafael, Derrick’s best friend who’ll turn into his mortal enemy because of Bea. As of now, she's been captured by mortals while Pagaspas and Lawiswis are looking for her.
“I prepared physically for my role kasi may flying scenes ako,” she says. “Nagpapayat ako and when the flying scenes are shot, hindi ako kumakain para di ako mabigat kapag nasa harness ako. May fight scenes din, so I’m into martial arts and wushu training para preparado ako. So far, enjoy naman kahit mahirap ang role.”
CHRISTIAN ENJOYS NEW ROLE
CHRISTIAN Bautista is happy to play the role of the rich and happy go lucky Winston Libredo in the Pinoy adaptation of the Korean hit, “My Love from the Star” that starts airing tomorrow on GMA-7 after “Mulawin Vs. Ravena”.
“Napanood ko 'yun the first time the original was shown on GMA-7 and I really like the show and how the story was developed,” he says. “So when I learned na kasama ako sa Tagalog version, at maganda pa 'yung role ko, I was really glad and excited. Super rich ang family namin dito. Kababata ko rito at long time friend si Steffi Chavez, the role played by Jennylyn Mercado. In love ako sa kanya at kaya kong ipasara ang buong Enchanted Kingdom just to please her, but she does not reciprocate it. 'Yun na nga, money can’t buy you love. Ang may gusto sa’kin dito, si Jackie Rice na best friend ni Jen, pero hindi ko naman gusto. Brother ko si Gabby Eigenmann na gusto namang makamkam ang lahat ng kayamanan ng family namin.”
So how is it working with Jennylyn and Jackie? “Masarap. Parehong okay katrabaho sa set kasi they both take their craft seriously. Si Jen, nakasama ko na before sa concerts. We got to sing together. Pero siyempre, iba itong ‘My Love from the Star’, kasi uma-acting kami rito. And I learn so much from her about acting, lalo sa character niyang carefree and kikay.”
How about Jen’s new leading man, Gil Cuerva? “Magiging love triangle kami rito nina Jen. He works hard. He knows how to grab the opportunity that knocked on his door and he also knows the risks, so he’s really doing his best para magampanan nang tama ang character niya as an alien na napadpad dito sa earth.”
SIGNIFICANT FILMS THAT NEED MORE VIEWERS
WE admire TBA, which stands for Tuko Films Production, Buchi Boy Entertainment and Artikulo Uno Films, for producing films that have socially relevant content and more significant than the usual rom-coms so prevalent in mainstream local films today. They were the producers of such acclaimed films as “Heneral Luna”, “I’m Drunk, I Love You” and “Bliss”. All got positive reviews, but only “Luna” did well at the box office due to positive word of mouth endorsement.
When we saw these films, we also saw the trailers of their upcoming productions and they look like they’re worth waiting for serious film aficionados. These movies include: “Smaller and Smaller Circles” - based on an acclaimed crime novel by F.H. Batacan, this is directed by Raya Martin and stars Nonie Buencamino and Sid Lucero as two priests searching for a serial killer, also starring TJ Trinidad and Carla Humphries.
“Birdshot” - a mystery thriller about a young girl who accidentally shoots the critically endangered Philippine eagle, leading to an investigation that reveals a horrifying discovery. Directed by Mikhail Red and starring John Arcilla and newcomer Mary Joy Apostol.
“Kita Kita” - an unlikely romantic-comedy between a blind girl, Alessandra de Rossi, and comedian Empoy Marquez, directed by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo of “Huling Chacha ni Anita” and “Lorna”.
“Iisa” - Directed by Chuck Gutierrez, this is a film about rebels who are victimized by a disastrous hurricane, starring Rio Locsin, Mitch Valdes, Angeli Bayani, Mon Confiado, Rocky Salumbides and Jess Mendoza.
“Women of the Weeping River” - Written and directed by Sheron Dayoc, it stars unknowns and tells the story of women in a distant Muslim community confronting a widening blood feud that stretches far back into past generations. It won best picture at the 2016 QCinema Filmfest.
All these serious films that say something valid about the human condition are definitely not mainstream and have very little chances at the local box office. Still, we admire the courage and guts of TBA in producing them. They would need a very big push for the ordinary local moviegoer who just wants mindless entertainment to be interested to watch them. Here’s wishing they would somehow be able to recoup their investment in the making of these non-commercial movies.