MISS World Philippines 2017 Laura Lehmann and Reina HispanoAmericana's Winwyn Marquez both look luminously beautiful at the send off party hosted by Miss World Philippines top honcho Arnold Vegafria at Annabel’s. Also in attendance are Miss Eco Tourism Philippines Cynthia Thomalla, Miss Multinational Philippines Sophia Senoron and the first and second runners up. Arnold presented and thanked the glam team led by designers Mark Bumgarner, Francis Libiran and Ezra Santos who will make sure that Laura and Winwyn will be truly ravishing come their respective coronation nights.
Some folks bashed Laura saying they’re not in favor of her as our representative to the Miss World Pageant to be held in Sanya, China next month. In her farewell speech that night, Laura says, “I will be in China to represent not myself but the Philippines, so please, stop spreading negativity but positivity instead. For my part, I feel honored to represent our country and I promise to do my best to show the world how great we are as a people.”
As for Winwyn, she is both nervous and excited. “It’s a big challenge to be the first Asian representative in a pageant where the candidates are mostly Latinas, who we all know always do good in beauty pageants,” she says. “But I promise I’ll do my very best to bring honor to our country, so please pray for me and also vote for me online.”
Winwyn’s pageant will be held in Sta. Cruz, Bolivia. She left last Thursday via New York, then Panama, then Bolivia. She’s also scheduled to go to the Bolivian capital of La Paz with the other candidates to showcase their talents. Coronation night will be held on November 4 Salon Soriono de la Feria Exposicion.
Laura left yesterday, Friday, for Guangzhou, China. The Miss World Coronation night will be held on November 18 at the Sanya City Arena. For the Talent and Multimedia challenges, you can vote for her online by downloading the Mobstar app then search for her name and swipe right to vote for her. Arnold Vegafria is positive both Laura And Winwyn will do well to sustain the Philippines’ winning streak in the global pageant scene.
MARTIN SECURE ABOUT MASCULINITY
MARTIN Del Rosario was last seen in the primetime teleserye, “Mulawin Vs. Ravena”. He now plays the good son in the dramatization of the Holy Bible’s the Prodigal Son (played by Jeric Gonzales), with Juan Rodrigo as their father. This is for the new show hosted by Sen. Manny Pacquiao, “Stories for the Soul”.
“I’m familiar with the story kasi nabasa ko noon sa school in Christian Living class,” he says. “I like my role kasi ako 'yung mabait na anak dito, masunurin, masipag, pero dedma lang ang father namin sa’kin. Mas favorite niya si Jeric na iniwan siya at nang bumalik, pinaghanda pa niya.”
He’s also a recent guest in “Magpakailanman” where he played a transgender who falls in love with Ina de Belen, a tomboy. “Maganda naman ang reaction ng mga tao sa’kin,” he laughs. “Ang ganda-ganda ko raw as girl. Inahit lahat ng buhok ko sa katawan for me to be credible in the role.”
Isn’t he worried about bashers since some quarters are also questioning his gender? “No, secure naman ako sa sarili ko and I welcome the challenge of playing offbeat roles like the one I did in ‘Magpakailanman’.”
So he’s just doing guestings and not a new teleserye? “I’m taping a mini-series right now, ‘Unbroken Hearts’, shot on the beaches of Zambales with Janine Gutierrez. Then I will soon start another soap about HIV for GMA’s Afternoon Prime, ‘Hindi Kita Kayang Iwanan’, with Gina Alajar, Yasmien Kurdi, Mike Tan.”
QCINEMA INTERNATIONAL FILMFEST PRESENTS ENTRIES
QCINEMA International Filmfest formally opened at Ayala Malls Vertis North last Thursday and here are the 8 local film entries: “The Write Moment” by Dominic Lim, “Dapol Tan Payawar Na Tayug 1931 (The Ashes and Ghosts of Tayug 1931)” by Christopher Gozum; “Dormitoryo” by Emerson Reyes; “Gugu” by Khavn de la Cruz; “Hubog ng Langit” by Lawrence Fajardo; “Medusae” by Pam Miras; “Neomanila” by Mikhail Red; “The Chanters” by James Robin Mayo”.
Dominic Lim wrote and directed The Write Moment about a heartbroken scriptwriter who fails to get back with an old flame through his “romantic-hugot script” and finds himself living in the scenes he wrote. He’s forced to follow everything verbatim—or else face being stuck in an endless loop of scenes repeating over and over again.
Christopher Gozum’s Dapol Tan Payawar Na Tayug 1931 (The Ashes and Ghosts of Tayug 1931) retells the story of rebel leader Pedro Calosa and the infamous Tayug Colorum Uprising in Pangasinan from three diverse angles: a silent film dramatizing Calosa's return to his hometown; an aging supremo as he searches for a sacred cave accompanied by historians; and a filmmaker doing interviews about the 1931 uprising to prepare for a film about Calosa.
Dormitoryo, Emerson Reyes’ second film, focuses on the lives of eight individuals who spend the evening tucked away in personal galaxies, talking about collective experiences, and sharing a similar fate.
Khavn de la Cruz works with writers Jerry Gracio and Achinette Villamor to create "Gugu". Set in Balangiga Massacre in 1901, it follows 11-year-old Kulas who flees town with his grandfather and their carabao to escape General Smith’s “Kill and Burn” order. By some twist of fate, Kulas finds a toddler amid a sea of corpses. Together, the two boys struggle to survive the American occupation.
Lawrence Fajardo teams up with writer Lilit Reyes for Hubog ng Langit. An idealistic priest attempts to shape the morals of a town and tries to transform a chaste but warped fanatic carving icons whose sensuality is awakened. Surrounding them are the council members with their respective worldly ways while claiming to serve the parish.
Pam Miras spun a playful narrative in Medusae for her second feature as writer and director. A documentarist’s son goes missing when she films a story on the disappearances of the firstborns in a remote island. Her search reveals the presence of a cult and an abductor who looks like her, whom her son claims to be his real mother.
Mikhail Red’s second film, Neomanila, provides a closer look on the violent war on drugs waged in present day Manila. Toto, a teenage orphan, is recruited by a notorious death squad. Irma, the group’s leader, soon becomes a maternal figure to the young boy. As the two form a familial bond, their loyalties will be put to the test when one of their targets turns out to be a familiar face.
Director James Robin Mayo collaborated with Andrian Legaspi and Ana Puod for his first feature, The Chanters. In a remote tribe, the dying tradition of chanting is kept alive by an old chanter and his son. When the father, one of the last chanters, passed away, the tradition is threatened to be forgotten.
These films will be shown at Gateway Mall, Robinsons Galleria, Trinoma, UP Town Center and Cinematheque Center from October 20 to 28. Tickets are only P150 each.