JANELLA Salvador is a Kapamilya talent but she’s co-managed with Manny Valera who made her sign up with Regal. She has done two big movies as a Regal Millennial Baby: “Haunted Mansion”, a surprise big hit in the Metro Manila Filmfest two years ago, and “Mano Po 7.”
She’s now shooting the romantic fantasy “My Fairy Tail Love Story” with Elmo Magalona, directed by Perci Intalan. Its trailer is a big hit on the internet, garnering more than a million hits and counting. How is it doing a mermaid movie? “I’m having super duper fun at sana makapasok talaga kami sa Metro Filmfest,” she says. “Enjoy ako flapping my sirena tail in the water kahit it’s about an hour bago maikabit ang buong buntot ko. I really trained hard for it kasi nag-training ako ng mermaid lessons sa isang diving pool. We also shot on location in beaches in Zambales and Batangas. I got so sunburnt ni hindi ako makatawa kasi masakit sa balat ko.”
Is it true she had wardrobe malfunction when her boobs accidentally popped out while shooting an underwater scene? “Ay, no, hindi naman ako nakitaan. 'Yung una kasing ginamit nila, dinidikit 'yung silicon. E, nung nabasa ng water at nasama sa pawis ko, naalis. Pero bago pa man tuluyang naalis, naremedyuhan na nila kaya walang nakita sa akin at all.”
How is her movie different from past mermaid movies like “Dyesebel”? “It’s so different kasi I was not born naman a mermaid kundi I was just cursed. My name is Chantal and I’m a sobrang maarte at malditang mermaid.”
So is she and leading man Elmo Magalona now an item? “We’re closer now than before. Sa bawat project namang gawin namin, tulungan kami so, it’s really a partnership.”
Will she have a kissing scene with Elmo? “No, I’m not yet ready to do a kissing scene. I think it’s not yet time for me.”
Is it true she had a rift with her mom, Jenine Desiderio, who’s against Elmo? “Hindi naman sa ganun. Let’s just say moms are really protective sa mga anak nila. Favor lang, 'wag na nating pag-usapan ang mom ko. I’d rather not talk about kasi baka lumaki pa and I don’t want things to get worse kasi I believe malapit na naming maayos ito. In the end, she’s still my mom so let’s not add fuel into the fire, please.”
Mother Lily Monteverde and her daughter Roselle obviously believe in her as they just renewed her contract with Regal Entertainment for another four picture and even before “My Fairy Tail Love Story”, she’s already given another assignment, “So Connected”, directed by hitmaker Jason Paul Laxamana of “100 Tula Para kay Stella”. For this, they will choose a new leading man for her.
“I’m really super duper happy to renew my contract with Regal. Happy naman talaga ako rito. Sana marami pa akong magawang movies with them.”
CHOOSING 'THE DEBUTANTES' LEADS A LONG PROCESS
MOTHER Lily Monteverde is optimistic that her next release, “The Debutantes”, after the big comedy hit “Woke Up Like This” will similarly be a blockbuster. “It’s a youth-oriented horror movie,” she says. “Ibang-iba ang look, colorful, at magaling 'yung five sexy young girls we got to star in it, sina Sue Ramirez, Miles Ocampo, Chanel Morales, Michelle Vito and Jane de Leon, directed by Prime Cruz.”
Sue is in the center of the story as Kate, a sad loner in school who tries to befriend her classmates: Miles as Lara, Jane as Jenny, Michelle as Candice and Chanel as Shayne. But it’s only Lara who is kind to her. The others turn out to be mean girls who bullied her. Kate then has a nightmare and sees something bad happening to them. She warns them but they ignore it, leading to some horrifying consequences.
“Lahat kami rito, title rolers,” says Sue. “Kasi lahat kami we’ll have our 18th birthday, pero something tragic will happen. This is a big break for all of us, thanks to Regal and their trust na ibinigay nila sa amin.”
Sue, Miles, Michelle and Jane are all from Star Magic. Chanel is the only who came from TV5 and is now managed by Arnold Vegafria. Didn’t she feel out of place while they were shooting the film? “No naman, kasi sa storycon pa lang when I first met them, nakasundo ko na sila agad lahat. I really admire these girls, kasi kahit different ang managements namin, everything went on smoothly sa set at hindi kami nagkailangan.”
How were these IT Girls cast in the movie? “Matagal ang process ng casting,” says Direk Prime. “We have to make sure we get the right girl for the right role, but I think kami nina Ms. Roselle made the right decision because Sue, Miles, Michelle, Jane and Chanel all did very well in their respective roles and I’m proud of the work they’ve done in the movie. Si Sue, may pagkabaliw, but kailangan ng kabaliwan para gumaling ka. Si Miles, magaling pati sa nuances. Chantal was afraid to swim but she was willing to overcome her fears for the project. Si Michelle, siya ang pina-okay takutin of all the girls while Jane is the newest but kaya niyang sumabay with all the girls.”
Don’t fail to see “The Debutantes” when it opens in theaters nationwide on October 4.
CIGNAL PRESIDENT HONORED IN SINGAPORE
CONGRATS to Cignal TV president and CEO Jane Jimenez-Basas as 2017 Asia Media Woman of the Year given by ContentAsia Summit 2017 held in Singapore on September 7-8. The people and companies behind ContentAsia is a premier information resource that covers the entertainment media industry across the Asia-Pacific region.
Janine Stein, editorial director of ContentAsia says Jane Jimenez-Basas talks about steering Cignal TV in the Philippines "in a space inspired on all levels by regional giants, global streamers and is confident that Cignal could be part of the push towards 35% of subscription-video penetration in the Philippines."
In her speech, Jimenez-Basas says, "the consumer palate for content is becoming more discerning, not only for the breadth of choice, but also for the relevance of content." She is convinced there will be a "content explosion" in Filipino content with the growing access of content creators to various digital platforms. "Quality will improve with content creators, of which Cignal is now one with Cignal Entertainment.”
Grateful and humbled being named as Asia Media Woman of the Year, she views the award as a challenge to Cignal's stature as an industry innovator and cites the mentorship and guidance of superiors Manuel V. Pangilinan and Ray C. Espinosa in pushing her to seek premium Filipino content.
"The award is significant for me because it validates the good work done by people and organizations. Beyond being recognized for achieving business objectives, it is special in a huge way because it enriches ones spirit and inspires one to achieve even better things especially for the Filipino audience.”
Cignal TV, Inc. is the fastest growing subscription television company in the Philippines with close to two million subscribers. It is the subsidiary of MediaQuest Holdings, the media arm of the PLDT Group.