MARIS Racal enjoyed riding on the float of “Haunted Forest” and joining the annual parade of stars held in Muntinlupa yesterday. “First time ko sumama sa parada so excited ako, pati na rin ang co-stars kong sina Jane Oineza, Jameson Blake and Jon Lucas,” she says. “Natuwa talaga kami and we’re all proud when we learned na napasama sa filmfest ang movie namin as an official entry kasi when we were shooting this, di namin alam na isasali pala kami sa festival. So now, nagsisipag talaga kami to help promote it. Hindi naman mabibigo ang viewers dahil sa dami ng scary scenes sa movie, lalo na 'yung mga eksenang hinahabol kami ng halimaw called Sitsit. Mapapasigaw talaga sila sa takot.”
Is it true she’s now in a serious relationship with Piolo Pascual’s son, Inigo? “Hindi pa naman po kami talaga, but we’re exclusively dating, parang MU.”
Why wouldn’t she admit yet that they’re officially on? “Dapat kasi, siyang paaminin nyo. Alangan namang ako 'yung girl, ako pa ang aamin para sa amin? Siya 'yung lalaki, so siya 'yung dapat mag-effort about this.”
So how long have they been on MU status? “Mga two months na.”
We heard Papa P himself approves of her, “I don’t know. Siya ang tanungin nyo. Baka sabihin, assuming ako. Pero sobrang bait niyang tao. Every time nagkikita kami sa ASAP or anywhere, nahihiya ako sa kanya pero mabait siya sa’kin at inaasar-asar pa ako.”
So who does she think is handsomer, the father or the son? “Siyempre, si Inigo po. But 'yung dad niya, si Master Pogi.”
JERICHO REMINDS FANS ABOUT HIS AND HEART'S STATUS
JERICHO Rosales says this will be a sad Christmas as he will be terribly missing his father who died earlier this year. He says his father’s demise is the chief reason why he backed out from the Quantum Films filmfest entry, “All Of You”. “That time, sobrang nami-miss ko pa ang dad ko kasi sobrang close ako sa kanya at araw-araw ko siyang naaalala,” he says.
“He supported me a lot noong nag-uumpisa pa lang kaya I really got depressed when he passed. Dahil doon, I questioned kung ano ang purpose ko at gusto ko na lang nang tahimik na buhay. But dahil sa pagmamahal ko sa industry, naisip kong huwag itong talikuran dahil it’s been good to me and gave me so many good opportunities kaya bumalik din ako.”
He has now completed the filmfest entry, “Siargao”, which he enjoyed doing as it’s about surfing. “E, surfer talaga ako in real life, kaya I really had fun doing all the surfing scenes here myself. It helped me forget anuman yung malungkot na pinagdaraanan ko.
Puro magagaling pa ang co-stars kong sina Erich Gonzales and Jasmine Curtis Smith at nagkasundo kami nang husto ng direktor naming si Paul Soriano. We’re all very proud of this movie that also displays the beauty of Siargao in all its pristine glory. I play Diego, a singer na bumalik sa hometown ko in Siargao after staying in Manila for so many years. You will see Siargao Island in all its beauty as captured in our movie.”
Recently, his photos meeting former girlfriend Heart Evangelista were posted on social media and their fans were excited by it. “Yes, nabasa namin ng wife ko (Kim Jones) ang comments sa Instagram at kung anu-anong story na ang agad nabuo. Siguro, gusto nila talaga ang aming love team. But tawa kami nang tawa ng wife ko, kasi parang these people forgot na Heart and I are already married to someone else. Tapos, ganun pa rin ang reaction ng ibang tao. Dapat, move on na lang sila.”
VIC REFUTES VICE GANDA'S P1B CLAIM
VIC Sotto was asked at the second presscon of ‘Meant to Beh’ how he feels about Vice Ganda’s claim that his entry "Gandarrapido" will earn P1 billion. “Baka ang ibig niyang sabihin, 'yung kita ng buong festival,” says Vic. “Kasi kung isang pelikula lang, parang mathematically impossible. Pero kung mangyayari 'yun, maganda for him and the industry. Personally, ako, ang gusto ko, lahat ng entries, sana kumita. Kasi maganda ang mix ng entries ngayon, may fantasy, may action, may love stories, may horror, may comedy, may musical, so mas maraming pagpipilian ang viewers. Ang wish ko, mas maraming manood sa mga sinehan this year.”
He’s confident that his own movie, “Meant to Beh”, will hit it big at the tills. “The movie is wholesome from start to finish. Ang ganda ng feedback after our premiere night noong Wednesday. Lahat nasiyahan and complimented me. Something new for me ito kasi walang fantasy, walang special effects. Nagpapatawa but we don’t resort to slapstick na mga hampasan o insultuhan just to make the audience laugh. I commend our young director, Chris Martinez, who also co-wrote the script, kasi nailatag niya nang maayos ang story at kapupulutan pa ng magagandang values about families and relationships. When we watched the original cut, three hours pala 'yun, kasama ko si Pau-leen, but di naman namalayan kasi nakakatuwa siya mula umpisa hanggang ending. But then, siyempre, kailangan i-edit into two hours para hindi masyadong mahaba ang running time at mas bumilis ang pacing.”
SOLENN CONTINUES TO HAVE A GOOD CAREER
SOLENN Heussaff is thankful that the passing year 2017 has been a good one for her and her family. She’s happily married to her husband Nico Bolzico and her younger brother, Erwan, is now also happily married to Anne Curtis. But it’s not only their love life that is doing good, but also their careers, with Nico currently an internet sensation for his comic antics and a businessman who has businesses all over the country.
Solenn is better known as an actress, what with her seen in two regular primetime teleseryes this year, “Encantadia” and “Alyas Robin Hood”. She’s also hosting “Taste Buddies” and “All Star Videoke Challenge”. But Solenn is actually wearing many other hats as she is also a singer, a painter, a writer, a fashion and commercial model, a lifestyle host, a blogger, an accomplished makeup artist.
Through it all, no matter how busy she is, she still looks forward to Christmas. “I’m a true Christmas fan!” she says. “I love singing Christmas songs, putting Christmas decorations, wrapping Christmas presents for people I love and care for. Christmas is for the family so I always make sure we spend Christmas together, we eat together as a whole family.”
Her family all loves Christmas ham so they always have CDO Premium Holiday Ham on their table. “We love it as it’s so different from other brands in the market because of CDO Premium Holiday Ham’s whole boneless meat from the hind leg that makes it all its own. Other hams in the market are only molded from different cuts of pork. Since it’s made of whole meat, it can be smoked in ham nets and it definitely has no extenders. I hate extenders in food. I love that CDO Premium Holiday Ham has absolutely no extenders!”
She really loves to eat CDO Ham. “Ako talaga, from the start, I only endorse products I believe in. Favorite ko talaga CDO Holiday Ham with cheese ball and pandesal, same sa ginagawa ng mom ko. It reminds me of Christmas traditions in our family.”
This year, like every other year, Christmas will be spent with her immediate family. “Usually, every Christmas Eve, si Erwann (Heussaff, Solenn’s brother) ang nagluluto. It’s just him, me, Anne (Curtis, her sister-in-law), my sister, my brother-in-law; very small lang kami.”
Solenn, however, will be missing someone special this year as her outrageously funny and handsome hubby Nico will be in his home country of Argentina for a month. She was all set to go with him but decided against it.
“Dapat nga, sasama ako sa kanya. It’s part of my duty din as a wife. Pero nung makita ko ‘yung mga gagawin kong work for next year, sabi ko kay Nico na it’s not a good time for me to leave. May one week off ako, pero papuntang Argentina pa lang, 30 hours na ‘yung trip. Not worth it na nandun lang ako ng four days.”