THE promo of Viva’s new movie, “Camp Sawi” which opens on August 24, just got a very big boost when Jake Ejercito reacted to why his name is being dragged during the film’s presscon when its stars were asked about their ex-BF’s who broke their heart and how they have moved on. Jake wrote in his social media account:
“I've no idea why I'm being mentioned in interviews to promote something I'm not even part of and when my closest connection to the film is someone I haven't been in proper contact with for a long time.
“Can't you promote your film by only entertaining questions about the film or perhaps your career?
“As much as I've tried my best to ignore it, I can't stay silent when I am conveniently and effortlessly being maligned out of nowhere.
“Stay positive and real, everyone. And for those who aren't, try it. Life is too awesome. '#CampMoveOn.'”
Andi answered back: “Mayroon akong apat na maganda, sexy at magagaling na kasama sa ‘Camp Sawi’. Hindi ka namin kailangan para lang panoorin ang pelikula namin. At out of limang sawi, ikaw lang ang ex na nag-feeling na ginagamit ka namin para lang ma-promote ang pelikula. Is it just me or hindi nakakalaking hindi mo matanggap na nakasakit ka rin ng ibang tao? Sorry naman kung kahit hiwalay na tayo, bawal ko pa rin i-share ’yung personal kong pinagdaanan para makapag-move on. Bago mo isiping ginagamit ka sa promo ng movie, sana isipin mo munang sumasagot lang kami base sa tanong ng press at kung ano ang nararamdaman namin.”
To this, Jake’s short reply: “Stay positive and stay real. And smile through the BS.”
Maybe, the exes of the other stars should also react and complain for being used in the film’s promo: Jason Abalos for Bela Padilla, Kean Cipriano for Arci Munoz and Sef Cadayona for Yassi Pressman. Para naman makatulong din sila to drum up interest for the movie. What do you think?
AGA RETURNS TO ABS-CBN
AGA Muhlach celebrated his 47th birthday on August 12 and he's all set to make a showbiz comeback soon. It'll be recalled that Aga left ABS-CBN in 2010 after doing the sitcom "M3, Malay Mo Ma-Develop" with Ai Ai de las Alas, which didn't rate very well.
He moved to TV5 and hosted major shows such as "Pinoy Explorer", a magazine show that took him all over the world, and "Let's Ask Pilipinas", a game show. His contract expired in 2014 and he's not been seen in any other channel since then. But now, he'll be back on ABS-CBN as one of the judges in a new talent show, "Pinoy Boy Band Superstar", just like Sharon Cuneta who also moved to TV5 then returned to ABS as judge or mentor in reality shows like "Your Face Sounds Familiar" and "The Voice Kids".
Aga's co-judges in the show will be Sandara Park (who's also making a comeback on ABS), Yeng Constantino and Vice Ganda. Aga is now doing his best to lose his excess weight before the show starts airing next month. He will be officially signing his contract with ABS anytime this week.
MOVIE REVIEW: HOW TO BE YOURS
WE finally got to see “How to Be Yours” on its last few days. We had to give priority to the Cinemalaya entries so we didn’t get to see it right away. This is the sixth film of Director Dan Villegas and he certainly has not disappointed us since he started in “Mayohan”, which gave Lovi Poe a Cinemalaya best actress award in 2010. It’s not as winning and endearing as “Walang Forever” or “Always Be My Maybe”, as it offers little in the way of ingratiating twists and surprises, but it’s still very engaging viewing.
The story is the usual formula of boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl, then they reconcile for the usual and obligatory happy ending. The only conflict here is one character has to choose which is more important: love or career? Bea is Anj, an aspiring chef, and Gerald Anderson is Niño, a chandelier salesman. Both currently unattached, they meet one Chinese New Year in Chinatown and there is instant attraction.
One thing leads to another, they start living in, but Bea gets an offer to fulfill her dream to be a top chef by studying for two years in Paris. Gerald doesn’t want her to go, but she chooses to go. They have a tearful parting. But right after that, we see them meeting again, and we are made to understand that several years have already passed.
They chance upon each inside a store and, once again, there’s apparent intense attraction between them. The magic is still there. So they hook up and get together again, because it’s unthinkable that such big stars will be splitting up for good (which was what happened in Gerald’s movie with former ka-love Kim Chiu, in “Till My Heartaches End” in 2010 and it flopped). The end.
In the hands of a less astute filmmaker, this now very familiar formula that goes from the usual point A to point B could have been such a big bore, especially for viewers who are used to plot-driven romances where there are big dramatic turns of events. It’s predictable but writer-director Dan Villegas certainly knows how to embroider his simplistic plot with humorous and touching scenes that resonate with valid observations about contemporary relationships.
Take note that Bea here is no longer the traditional Maria Clara in local films who’s never been touched, never been kissed. The first night of their meeting, she invites Gerald to her room with her clad only in her T-shirt and panties, but they just talk, not engage in sex. She’s the one who initiates here. And she’s the one who moves into Gerald’s condo so they can start living in.
The storytelling is leisurely paced, but never cumbersome because most of the scenes are well-written, well-directed and well-acted. The film takes its sweet time to show the nuances on how the love story between the two leads builds up. There are scenes showing them just talking to each other, using po and opo that seem so cute on screen, sharing sweet romantic moments with one another.
There are also montage scenes (like the ones showing them repeatedly on the bed with one leaving for work and the other still sleeping) that show their slow drifting away from each other because of their conflicting skeds. Villegas treats everything with a light, easygoing touch, but without ever sacrificing character integrity, making it a simple story masterfully told.
Then there’s the undeniable, palpable chemistry between Bea and Gerald, two good looking mestizo actors (one has a British dad and the other, an American one) who certainly look good together. They’re both likeable and we really enjoy watching them on the big screen. The movie surely banks a lot on their individual and collective charm, aided and abetted by imaginative scenes Villegas cooks up and engineers for them, like the ethereal love scene when they finally undress and have sex and they do it amidst the glow and glimmer of chandeliers that surround them.
The film succeeds as a wonderful portrait of young people in love trying to balance romance and career, getting hurt, then getting healed. In the end, it shows that it rightfully understands that even ambitions and aspirations cannot completely untie the connection that a loving couple may have had experienced intimately before.