THEA Tolentino was the female winner in GMA’s talent search, “Protege”, but after playing the lead role in “Pyra, Babaeng Apoy”, she now plays mostly villain roles after she hit it big as contravida to Barbie Forteza in “The Half Sisters”. She was also a villain to Janine Gutierrez in “Once Again” and she’s now villain again to Joyce Ching in “Hahamakin ang Lahat”. How so?
“Actually, enjoy ako magkontrabida,” says Thea, whose current very short haircut really becomes her. “Mas stressful kaya magbida, gaya noong ‘Pyra’ na ako ang nagdadala ng show, malaking pressure 'yun for me at lagi akong tensiyonada. E, ngayon, dito sa ‘Hahamakin ang Lahat’, mas nakatutok sila kina Joyce at Kristoffer Martin as the leads. Basta ako, ang role ko lang is to make their lives miserable. Sabi nila, mas bagay raw sa’kin magkontra, so di sige, pinangangatawanan ko na kasi mas masarap magmaldita, e. Dream kong pagmalditahan lahat ng nagbibida sa GMA. Ha ha ha!”
So she doesn’t want to be a “bida” again? “Okay lang naman, pero wala silang maipareha sa akin. When they ask me kung sino ang gusto kong leading man, wala rin akong maisagot kasi lahat ng gusto ko, nakapareha na sa iba. Pero pwede na rin si Dingdong Dantes o si Dennis Trillo kung ire-request nila ko. Choosy pa ba ako? Joke!”
Is she ready to go daring? “Okay lang. 20 years old na ako. Sa ‘Once Again’, nakipag-kissing scene na ako kay Aljur Abrenica. Dito sa ‘Hahamakin ang Lahat’, abangan nyo kasi si Kris Martin naman ang ise-seduce ko.”
So is she Mikoy Morales now an item? “Ay, hindi po, good friends pa rin lang po kami. Hindi pa ako ready for a serious commitment.”
TOP SONGWRITERS SING THEIR SONGS IN CONCERT
OGIE Alcasid left for Japan last Thursday night with wifey Regine V and their son so they can take Nate to Disneyland and Disneysea. Before they left, he first attended the presscon of his concert for Viva’s Songwriters Series, “Kanta Ko, Panahon N’yo”, with Rey Valera and Louie Ocampo to be held at Kia Theatre on Friday, December 2. This is the first time the three of them are all sharing the same concert stage and it’s in celebration of 50 years of Original Pilipino Music that coincides with the golden anniversary of Vicor Music established by Boss Vic del Rosario who later put up Viva Entertainment in 1981.
Louie O started as a teenage organ prodigy in the late 70s and is now one of the most sought-after musical directors in the industry. Rey Valera has been in the music business for 40 years as a hit songwriter and is also a best selling recording artist. Both Louie and Rey has four kids. Louie has three girls and the youngest is a boy. Patricia is 24 and Roberta is 23, now both working in Sydney, Australia. Isabel is 19 and Quito is 14 and they still live with Louie. Rey’s eldest is a boy then come three girls. All of them now have families of their own and have given Rey 5 grandchildren.
Which of their songs are the most popular and the top money earner? Rey: “Most popular is ‘Kung Kailangan Mo Ako’ and the biggest earner is ‘Pangako Sa’Yo’. It was used as the title song of ABS-CBN in a soap for two years at dahil sa kita roon, naipagawa ko ang bahay ko. Tapos, ginamit sa movie ni Sharon Cuneta, then ginamit uli sa soap at nakabili ako ng bagong lote.”
Louie: “Most popular is ‘Tell Me’ and biggest earner is ‘Ewan’.”
Ogie: “Most popular is ‘Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang’ and top earner is ‘Kailangan Kita’ sung by my wife.”
They’ll open their concert with the three of them doing a production number of their hit songs, then they will sing each other’s songs. Rey will sing “Tell Me”, Louie will sing Rey’s “Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo” and Ogie will sing “Pangako Sa’Yo”. Each of them will then go solo with their respective guest. Rey’s guest is Vina Morales. Louie has Martin Nievera and Ogie, who else but his wife Regine.
Directed by GB Sampedro with Louie as MD, tickets range from P1,800 to P4,000 and you can get them at Ticketnet 911-5555, Viva Live at 687-7236, sponsored by PBO, Viva TV, TMC and Dok Manok as food sponsor.
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘THE ESCORT’ ‘THE Escort’ is a glossy, well crafted,
very commercial sex drama that offers sizzling hot love scenes between the equally daring Derek Ramsay and Lovi Poe, who both liberally show a lot of skin. Derek also has a similarly hot sex scene in the swimming pool with Jean Garcia as the cougar politician’s wife who’s so madly in love with him. Lovi has kissing scenes with Christopher de Leon, who’s actually the one who devirginizes her.
The scene with Boyet de Leon slowly undressing Lovi, removing her panties and her provocative red gown, will surely be talked about. Lovi as Alice is a caring sister to her orphaned siblings. Both Derek and Boyet are terribly attracted to her. Derek offers her to work as an escort girl in his escort agency but she nixes the idea, so he gets her as a receptionist instead.
Boyet offers her to name her price just to spend the night with him, but she chooses to keep her virtue, so he invites her on a dinner date only and pays her P10,000. The price for their next dinner date increases to P50,000 but she still won’t give up her virginity, until Jean Garcia’s husband, Rommel Padilla, orders his henchmen to beat up Derek and his life is put in danger.
The film takes a soapy turn at this point. Lovi asks Boyet for help and, in exchange, he offers her an indecent proposal. She finally agrees to go to bed with him. Derek recovers because of Lovi’s help but when he’s fully healed, he can no longer find Lovi. Will they still be reunited? Well, that’s for you to find out when you watch the movie.
Derek, Lovi, Boyet and Jean all give very fine performances, with Dimples Romana stealing some scenes as comic relief, with a number of funny moments as an escort girl who is duped by her Korean lover. Production values are well above average, especially the cinematography, the editing and the musical score that all helped contribute to make the movie quite worth watching.