CHYNNA Ortaleza showed up at Regal Valencia with hubby Kean Cipriano for the last presscon of “That Thing Called Tanga Na” before it opens in theaters today. She looks “dalaga” again and doesn’t show any sign that she just gave birth to their baby girl, named Stellar. She’s ready to make a comeback. “I just renewed my contract with GMA at bibigyan na raw ako ng bagong soap,” she says.
So how is it to be a mom? “It’s a very rewarding experience and being a mother is a role of a lifetime. I feel so complete now.”
How does she feel about hubby Kean playing a gay role in “That Thing Called Tanga Na”? “Ang galing niya. Naaliw akong panoorin siya, silang lahat sa cast. It’s a fun movie. Tama si Mother Lily in saying that this is her tribute to the members of the LGBT community.”
It’s the first time for Kean to play a swishy gay. “I’ve played a gay priest before in ‘Echorsis’ but closeta 'yung character ko roon. Unlike here in ‘That Thing Called Tanga Na’, girl na girl ang projection ko as CC, a fashion designer who owns a clothing company na very possessive sa jowa niyang si Ken Alfonso. Gumawa pa siya ng wedding gown na susuotin niya kapag nag-same sex marriage sila, not knowing na may ibang babae palang balak na pakasalan si Ken, played by Korean actress Son Yung Kuk. Pero bukod doon, inaahas din niya ang mismong husband ng bestfriend niyang si Angeline Quinto, played by newcomer Timothy Yap. So panoorin nyo kung paano siya magpakatanga dahil sa pag-ibig.”
Didn’t he have second thoughts about accepting the role? “Pinag-isipan ko muna kung maitatawid ko ba 'yung character. So nag-research ako and I thought, kaya ko naman ito, so I did it. Pati delivery ng lines ko, ginawa kong malandi. And surprisingly, nag-enjoy ako, pati 'yung mga kasama ko sa cast na sina Eric Quizon, Martin Escudero and Billy Crawford. In between takes, swardspeak na nga kami kung mag-usap sa isa’t isa para lagi kaming in character.”
Wouldn’t playing a gay role tarnish his image as the rocker vocalist of Callalily? “Wala namang kinalaman 'yung pagiging actor ko when I sing my songs. I do live gigs and I also act in films. Those are two different things.”
What does he think of same sex marriage? “I have no issue with that. It’s a matter of sexual preference. If I prefer women and you prefer men, same sex, it’s all the same. At the end of the day, it boils down to love.”
JUDY ANN'S MOVIE BOX OFFICE WINNER
CONGRATULATIONS to Judy Ann Santos. Her movie, “Kusina”, is the number one box office winner at the current Cinemalaya. Noel Ferrer, one of the producers, says that because of this, “Kusina” will have an additional screening at the CCP Main Theatre on Saturday, August 13, at 12:45 p.m.
The film’s success is not surprising as many of her loyal fans have really missed Juday since she gave birth to her daughter Luna. Also, this is the only entry which was well promoted. Writers were invited to visit the set and interview the cast, then they also had a presscon and press preview for the movie, which no doubt helped in generating more public interest in “Kusina”.
Number 2 at the Cinemalaya box office is “Pamilya Ordinaryo” with Ronwaldo Martin, number 3 is “I America” with Bela Padilla, and number 4 is “Tuos” with Nora Aunor and Barbie Forteza. You only have until Sunday to watch the entries at the CCP and at Ayala Cinemas like Greenbelt, Trinoma, UP Town Center, Fairview Terraces.
EVICTION FROM PBB TURNS POSITIVE FOR YASSI
YASSI Pressman came out of PBB last weekend, evicted along with JK Labajo, Elise Joson, Hideo Muraoka and Nonong Balinan. This is well and good for Yassi as she can now help promote the movie she finished shooting before she joined PBB, “Camp Sawi”, where she co-stars with Andi Eigenmann, Arci Munoz, Bela Padilla and Kim Molina.
In her social media account, she wrote about her PBB experience. “I’ve come out a bigger dreamer, a stronger human being, and an even more sensitive person. I am so thankful for the opportunity to go into Kuya’s house, despite all the hardships, when there was no food, and nowhere to sleep, and with difficult challenges, I could only be stronger with my housemates.
“I’ve gained some amazing friends, and come out with more than I could imagine. Mas pinapahalagahan ko na ang lahat ng bagay at tao sa paligid ko, and I am so excited to share more. Sobrang salamat Kuya. Salamat Pinoy Big Brother. Salamat din sa lahat ng sumuporta. Mahal na mahal ko kayo!”
TRUE FILM FESTIVAL KING
ALLEN Dizon is the true film festival king as he has an entry in almost all the local film festivals held throughout the year. In the World Premieres Filmfest, he has two entries: “EDSA” directed by Alvin Yapan and “Iadya Mo Kami” by Mel Chionglo. “Iadya Mo Kami” won him the best actor award at the Silk Road International Filmfest in Ireland. In last year’s Sinag-Maynila Filmfest, he won best actor for Lawrence Fajardo’s take on illegal immigrants in Japan, “Imbisibol”. Other filmfest entries that gained him acclaim are “Children’s Show”, “Lauriana” and “Magkakabaung”.
Now, he has an entry in the current Cinemalaya filmfest, “Lando and Bugoy”. “I play an illiterate father in Camiguin, where we shot the movie of Director Vic Acedillo on location,” he says. “Yung anak ko, played by Gold Azeron, ayaw nang mag-aral. So to encourage him, sabi ko, sabay kaming pumasok sa school. My character kasi, si Lando, was not able to go to school when he was young sa sobrang hirap ng buhay at nagtrabaho agad siya for his family. But he wants to show his children kung gaano kaimportante ang edukasyon kaya bumalik siya sa eskwela. It’s a very inspirational movie to encourage 'yung mga no read, no write na it’s never too late to get a good education.”
Allen has also just finished a serious drama for BG Productions, “Area”, with Ai Ai de las Alas, about the lives cheap prostitutes in Pampanga. This is intended as an entry in the Metro Manila Filmfest this December. Aside from this, he has also started shooting “Malinak Ya Labi (Silent Night)”, an entry in the Cinema One Digitals Filmfest directed by Abdel Langit and to be filmed totally in the Pangasinan dialect. This is going to be quite a challenge for Allen as he is Kapampangan. This is slated to be shown in November and he’s paired with Angeline Quinto.