ROBIN Padilla and his brother Rommel were launched as the official endorsers of Bravo Food Supplement for Men. They’re perfect for the product as they’re both known for being macho and real ladies’ men whose virility cannot be questioned. As the Bravo blurb says: “Masarap ang buhay. Itodo ang arangkada nang walang palya! Ang bagsik mo!”
But Robin is honest enough to admit that he has not personally tried using Bravo. “Hindi puwede kasi six months ang tiyan ng misis ko ngayon at ipinagbabawal muna ng doktor na may gawin kaming maganda, kasi maselan ang pagbubuntis niya,” he says. “Pero naipaliwanag nila sa’king mabuti ang benepisyong makukuha ng mga lalaki sa Bravo kaya heto, ini-endorso ko po ito. Parang agimat ito para mas tumindi ang performance mo.”
But his Kuya Rommel says he has personally tried Bravo. “Siyempre, kapag dumarating ang pagkakataon na ang bossing nating si 'junjun,' natatapat na medyo may kalungkutan, tapos kinalabit ka ni misis. Para maibigay mo agad ang hinahanap niya, kailangang uminom ka ng Bravo para pasiglahin si 'junjun'.”
After three daughters with ex-wife Liezl and another daughter with Leah Orosa, Robin will have another daughter soon with new wife Mariel Rodriguez. He also has a son with Liezl and with Jobelle Salvador. We joke that he has another “pambayad utang” for being a womanizer in the past. “Ayan naman, e,” he laughs. “Tapos na 'yun. Good boy na po ito.”
The baby comes just as he and Mariel celebrate their 6th wedding anniversary. Wouldn’t he prefer that he has a baby boy for his first born with Mariel? “Sa akin naman po, kung ano 'yung ibibigay ng Panginoon. Maski ang mga anak kong sina Queenie, Kylie at Zhenzhen, excited nang magkaroon uli ng baby sister.”
A well-known supporter of Pres. Duterte, didn’t he get an offer to hold a government post like other stars who supported the current president, such as Arnel Ignacio, Liza Diño and Aiza Seguerra? “Actually, may mga naging offer nga po, kaya lang hindi ko puwede tanggapin dahil alam nyo naman, nagkaroon tayo ng mga problema noon sa batas na pinagbayaran na natin. Ang request ko lang sa presidente natin ngayon, makipag-dialogue muna with showbiz personalities na nandun sa sinasabi nilang drug list bago isapubliko ang pangalan ng mga ito. Kasi kawawa naman ang mga taong masisira ang reputasyon kung wala naman silang kasalanan.”
GMA GIVES GABBY GREAT GIFT
GABBY Concepcion’s career got a big boost when he did GMA’s hit romcom “Because of You”. After being relegated to father roles, he once again played a lead role in this show opposite Carla Abellana and became popular as Boss Yummy. No wonder he now signs up an exclusive contract with the Kapuso Network.
Present in the contract signing were GMA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, GMA Entertainment TV's Senior Vice President Lilybeth G. Rasonable, GMA Consultant for Business Development Department II Marivin T. Arayata, GMA Vice President for Drama Productions Redgie Acuña-Magno, GMA Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Communications Angela Javier Cruz, GMA Senior Assistant Vice President for Alternative Productions Gigi Santiago-Lara, GMA Assistant Vice President for Drama Productions Cheryl Ching-Sy, Senior Program Manager for ETV Charles Koo and Popoy Caritativo, Gabby’s manager.
“I’m very honored and excited about this new milestone in my career as a Kapuso,” says Gabby. “I am very, very grateful. I think it’s going to be a good year. Malapit na ang birthday ko so this is really a good birthday gift. Definitely, we are doing more shows in GMA. Meron daw akong gagawing comedy show. Pahinga muna tayo sa drama. Magpapatawa at magpapasaya muna tayo ngayon. Kaya tuloy-tuloy nila akong mapapanood sa GMA after ng role ko as Boss Yummy.”
Atty. Gozon said he is very happy that Gabby is joining GMA’s stable of stars because he is a brilliant actor, “Si Gabby matagal ng uma-appear sa ating mga shows at nakita naman nating okay ang reception ng viewers sa kanya dahil sa magaling na artista at gwapo pa, talagang asset si Gabby kahit saang TV station mapunta. Kaya nagpapasalamat tayong napili niya tayong exclusive niyang tahanan.”
Rasonable said that the network will continue to provide quality projects for Gabby that his avid fans and supporters can look forward to, “Nakita natin how he was so effective in Because of You so we will continue giving him more drama projects. He is doing something else, he is doing a comedy on primetime. Dapat abangan nila yun kasi another side of Gabby that they have not seen for a long time, makikita nila rito.”
MOVIE REVIEW: DAGSIN
‘DAGSIN (Gravity)’, an entry in the Cinemalaya, opens with a retired judge, Justino (Tommy Abuel), putting a gun on his head playing russian roulette on himself. He pulls the trigger but it doesn’t explode and he sighs: “Another day in paradise.” Actually, it’s more like hell for the viewer, not exactly paradise, for watching “Dagsin” is a big test of patience.
The narrative unfolds in such a tediously slow-moving manner. Scenes are unnecessarily over extended and the lines of dialogue are repetitive and just go on and on. In this day and age when the attention span of viewers is so short, it’s just not at all exciting to watch. If we were
watching this on DVD, we would have used the flash forward button to quicken the pacing.
The widowed and crippled judge has a caregiver in his adopted daughter, Mercy (Lotlot de Leon), who finds it hard to relate with with him as he’s such a grumpy old man. His wife, Corazon (Marita Zobel), just died and he then reads the diaries his wife left behind. Their love story that starts in school before the Second World War is then shown in flashbacks, ala-”The Notebook”.
The young Justino is played by Benjamin Alves and the young Corazon, by Janine Gutierrez, who looks every inch a stunning movie star on screen. The period romance between them is almost like another movie. Corazon, the daughter of an American military man and a Filipina, is a young woman ahead of her time. She’s even the one who proposes marriage to Justino. But World War II erupts and Justino has to serve as a soldier so they get separated.
There is an attempt to spend on the film’s period production design. They use appropriate old houses and buildings, a vintage car and costumes appropriate for the era. But they make such a glaring mistake in putting the photos of supposedly popular movie stars of the era (before the war) on the wall of Corazon’s room: Gloria Romero, Luis Gonzales and Eddie Arenas.
Whoever put them there did not make the correct research because Gloria, Luis and Eddie all gained fame in the 50s, long after the war has ended. They should have used instead the pictures of Rogelio de la Rosa and Carmen Rosales who were the more popular pre-war stars. Another mistake we can’t understand is why they still show pictures of a younger Tommy and a younger Marita in Justino’s room. They should have used the photos of Benjamin and Janine to make things consistent. With such careless attention to details, we felt the movie does not really merit our time, not even if Tommy is going through a full range of histrionic acting in interpreting the role of Justino.