OGIE Alcasid was born on August 27, 1967 so he will be a golden boy this year. To celebrate, he will have a birthday concert at KIA Theater on August 25, Friday. The beneficiary will be the charitable organization, World Vision and its projects against child exploitation, a very noble cause indeed.
“I have received so many blessings kaya when World Vision asked me to help them, yes agad ako at hindi ko sila siningil at all,” he says.
In the concert, you will hear Ogie sings his latest songs from his new album, “NakakaLokal”, for which he just shot a music video. It has ten songs where he is accompanied by the ABS-CBN symphony orchestra conducted by Gerard Salonga. It has six original songs, including “Nakakalokal,” “Ikaw ang Tanging Pag-ibig Ko,” “Akala Ko,” “Di Na Muli,” “Di Ka Pababayaan,” and the upbeat track “Do You Wanna Dance With Me,” where Ogie shows he still has the energy to sing and dance even if he’s now a golden boy.
His special guests are Angeline Quinto, Erik Santos, Jaya, Yeng Constantino of Cornerstone, and Solenn Heussaff, Lovi Poe and his own daughter, Leila Alcasid. So how is Leila’s career doing?
“She’s preparing for her first album. Tinutulungan siya ni Marion Aunor as the producer and voice coach niya si Lara Maigue. She writes her own songs at iba ang sound niya, very millennial. Hindi siya nagmamadali, pero 6 months pa lang siya rito ang dami ng kumukuha. May mga La Salle students na gusto siyang kuning muse nila. Ang dami ring nanliligaw. Nagpapaalam naman sa’kin. Dad, someone is asking me to have coffee. Sabihin mo sa kanya, you can have coffee rito sa bahay. Pag gusto siyang ilabas, sabi ko, tell them to call me up muna at, tumatawag naman para kausapin ako.”
What if she’d have a boyfriend soon? “May magagawa ba ako? But as of now, I think serious siya in having a career here kaya nandoon ang focus niya.”
Ogie will be leaving for Paris on August 26, the day after his concert, with his whole family and he will celebrate his birthday there on August 27. “Tapos, diretso na kami sa pag-attend ng wedding ni Dr. Vicki Belo,” he adds.
MOTHER LILY CELEBRATES WITH NEW MOVIE RELEASE
TODAY is Mother Lily Monteverde’s 78th birthday and her birthday presentation for Regal is their latest release, “Woke Up Like This”.
“I’ve seen the movie and bagay na bagay sina Vhong Navarro and Lovi Poe sa roles nilang nagkapalitan sila ng gender,” she says. “Girl na girl si Vhong and Lovi is so astig, mukhang tough guy ang dating. Pareho silang sobrang nakakatawa and very effortless ang style of comedy nila. I’m happy and proud na ito ang papalabas namin in time for my birthday.”
Regal is working full time these days as they have a lineup of several movie projects after “Woke Up Like This”. They have two youth-oriented, horror flick, “Debutantes” and “Haunted Forest”, a new romantic comedy called “Recipe for Love” directed by Joey Reyes, Barbie Forteza and Ken Chan’s first movie together, “This Time Will Be Sweeter” directed by Joel Lamangan and their entry to the filmfest, “My Fairy Tale Love Story” with Janella Salvador and Elmo Magalona directed by Perci Intalan.
KRIS READY TO REVEAL SECRET
THREE stars of “Impostora” will be doing free mall shows this weekend. Today, Saturday, August 19, Kris Bernal, Rafael Rosell and Rita Daniela will do musical numbers to entertain the fans of “Impostora” in SM Trece Martirez City at 5 p.m.
Tomorrow, Sunday, August 20, they will do a show at StarMall in San Jose del Monte in Bulacan, at 3 p.m.
“We personally want to thank the viewers of our show for continuously supporting us and making us number one in our slot,” says Kris. “Meantime, abangan nyo dahil ipagtatapat na ni Nimfa ang katotohanan kay Rafael Rosell na hindi siya talaga si Rosette kundi isa lamang impostora.”
MOVIE REVIEW: 100 TULA PARA KAY STELLA
THE current topgrosser in the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino is “100 Tula Para Kay Stella”, raking in P4 million plus on its opening day. It’s the best work of young writer-director Jason Paul Laxamana since his award-winning “Magkakabaung”. Just like “Kita Kita”, it’s about lost loves and broken hearts that viewers enjoy the most when watching movies.
And we ourselves just adore movies about unrequited love, like “Splendor in the Grass”, “My Best Friend’s Wedding”, “The Great Gatsby”, “Casablanca”, “Titanic”, “500 Days of Summer”, etc.
“100 Tula” is about Fidel, a young man with a speech defect so he becomes a loner. In a provincial college in Pampanga, he meets a free-spirited girl, Stella, who defends him from bullies and doesn’t care if he stutters. But naturally, he falls in love with her but is never able to articulate his feelings for her. Instead, he secretly writes poems for her.
For Stella, Fidel is only a friend, as she has other boyfriends. She dreams of being a famous rock singer and neglects her studies so she fails in all her subjects in their first year in college, much to the chagrin of her older sister who’s sending her to school.
They’re actually a mismatched pair. At first, it’s Stella who seems to be the winner and Fidel, the nerdy loser made fun of by other people because of his stuttering. Eventually, their situations are reversed and Stella ends up being the loser while Fidel eventually succeeds in obtaining a college degree, but with a broken heart. But even his writing has improved. He starts in Tagalog then even ventures into writing in English.
The movie works because the two leads are both outstanding in their respective roles. Bela Padilla as Stella is totally believable as the seemingly overconfident chick with dark lipstick and a tattoo. She delivers her lines casually and with a tinge of persuasive insouciance. When she reveals to Fidel that she is just using her boyfriends and she doesn’t want to use him at all, you believe her. And you feel sorry for her for committing so many mistakes in her young life.
The first time we saw JC Santos in “Esprit de Corps” as an overbearing corp commander and as the dog in the musical “Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady”, we were so impressed by him we felt he’d soon be playing bigger roles. And we were right.
His role as Fidel is actually reminiscent of Cyrano de Bergerac, the hero with a nose defect who secretly writes poems for the woman he loves. Fidel also can’t communicate his love for Stella and writes 100 poems for her. But by the time he’s ready to give it to her, it’s too late.
What’s astounding about JC is that he gives a very relaxed but very effective portrayal of the underdog. It helps that he has an easy, charming screen presence, but it is his gentle but perfectly nuanced performance that cannot be praised enough. That scene shot in Mt. Arayat where Stella finally tells him she has read his poems and he, looking so crestfallen and crying quietly, is certainly a gem. You can really feel his genuine heartache. Not every actor can do that as poignantly.
But unlike other films about unrequited love, Fidel is given the chance to move on. The story is set in the early up to the mid-2000s, some years before Tinder when getting over someone is made easier by just moving your finger to the left or the right. Here, Fidel gets a second chance on love with the unwitting help of his supportive college professor (Ana Abad Santos.)
That a story of broken hearts and unfulfilled dreams can be so entertaining is a testament to Laxamana’s prowess as a thoughtful storyteller. His use of songs that mirror the turns of plot in the movie should also be commended. We should also give credit to the actors who give great support to Bela and JC, including the countless classmates they had through college.
Will “100 Tula” be the next “Kita Kita” that will make a killing at the box office? Well, we hope so, for the sake of Viva Films after their last unfortunate release, “Double Barrel”, was first day, last day in some theaters.