WE don’t know how it happened but three local films, that all belong to the same category of sexy dramas, will be showing simultaneously on November 2: Regal’s “The Escort” starring Derek Ramsay, Lovi Poe, Christopher de Leon and Jean Garcia; BG Productions’ “Siphayo” with Nathalie Hart in a role that won her an international best actress award, supported by Joem Bascon and Luis Alandy; and Director Diane Ventura’s “Mulat” starring Loren Burgos, Ryan Eigenmann and Jake Cuenca in a role that also won him an international best actor award. So which one will you want to watch first?
Derek Ramsay is confident that people will watch “The Escort” first. “Both Lovi and I gave our all in this movie,” he says. “Pareho kami, this is our most daring film so far.”
Didn’t his real life GF Joanne Villablanca get jealous? “She’s very understanding and supportive kaya never siyang nagselos. Never kaming nagkaroon ng tampuhan when it comes to my work. I inform her naman beforehand that I’m doing daring scenes and she knows that when I do this, it’s not really me but the character I play. Pareho kami ni Lovi, there are no real emotions involved, we’re just enacting the roles assigned to us. E, si Lovi, palaban talaga rito. May scenes na we’re supposed to make love doggie style at may touches pa na parang ‘50 Shades of Grey’. She was willing to do it but, out of respect for her, I told her, it’s not you. We talked to our director, Enzo Williams, about it and in the end, siya ang nasunod, we ended up doing the kinky bed scene. Panoorin nyo na lang and tell me kung hindi talagang napaka-bold noong eksena. I’m sure masisiyahan lahat ng manonood nito.”
Derek is actually the title roler in the film as Xyrus, a male escort who becomes the lover of Jean Garcia, who’s married to Rommel Padilla, a politician. Jean puts up her own escort service and gets Derek as its manager. Derek meets Lovi and wants to get her as one of their escort girls but she rejects the idea. She ends up being a secretary instead and Derek falls in love with her, leading to some deadly complications.
CELEBRITY DENGUE VICTIMS SHARE STORIES
MARICEL Laxa and Christine Babao are both dengue victims. Maricel had it first when she was a teenager and later, when she’s already married to Anthony Pangilinan. Christine had it twice in high school and later, when she’s already on TV with husband Julius Babao. Paolo Abrera, who’s married to Suzi Entrata, had dengue only seven years ago. He thought he’s invulnerable as he’s so athletic, joining marathons and triathlons. But he, too, was no match to the dengue virus. Now, the three of them are so happy because a vaccine against dengue is now available, from Sanofi Pasteur, an industry leader in pharmaceuticals.
“I was once traveling in Africa when I got word that our daughter, the eldest of our five kids, contracted dengue,” says Maricel. “You can’t imagine the agony I went through while my child was sick and I was so far away. It’s good my husband was here then and stayed with her. As a responsible mom, let’s spread the good news that dengue can now be prevented through this vaccine to make each one of us a wall against dengue.”
“Being a mother of two, I want my whole family to be safe from a life-threatening disease like dengue,” says Christine. “The vaccine is a new tool in fighting dengue, aside from the usual vector control measures we’ve been doing. It’s no joke na ma-dengue kasi hinang-hina ka talaga, masakit mga buto mo, your nose and your gums will bleed. Last time ako na-dengue, three weeks ako sa hospital. Sabay kami ng sister ko. Kaya kami ni Julius, we’re really so happy na may vaccine na against dengue.”
“Having dengue is so terrible kasi walang gamot, you just have to let the disease run its course,” says Paolo “Among our kids, ‘yung bunso namin ang na-dengue and as a parent, it’s painful to see her suffering. So as a public affairs anchor, I’m so happy that a vaccine is now available and I recommend to fathers like me to have their whole family vaccinated today.”
Dr.Lulu Bravo, president of the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination, says it took 20 years to research and develop the dengue vaccine. “One out of 100 dengue patients usually die and we’re happy that the vaccine finally became available last April and it’s given for free to all grade 5 students,” she adds. “Puede ito to kids 9 years old pataas and to adults up to 45 years old. Ask your doctor about dengue vaccination today. Visit the Wall Against Dengue page on Facebook for more information and join the launch of the Wall Against Dengue campaign at the Glorietta Activity Center on November 4, Friday to inspire people to protect themselves from dengue.”
STAR MAGIC KIDS ENDORSE MOOSE COLLECTION
SIX Star Magic Kids are the new endorsers of Moose Gear and Moose Girl for their fabulous holiday collection for toddlers, pre-schoolers and grade school kids, now available in SM and other major department stores nationwide. The boys are Marco Masa, Raikko Mateo and Marc Santiago. The girls are Yesha Camille, Jana Agoncillo and Ashley Sarmiento. All of them are talented and good looking.
They were launched recently but Raikko (famous for “Honesto”) didn’t make it as he got rashes on his face and arms due to an allergy. They now join other Star Magic kids as Moose endorsers, like Andrea Brilliantes, Chacha Canete, Xyriel Managat, Yesha Camille, Zaijan Jaranilla, Bugoy Cariño, Harvey Bautista and Izzy Canillo.
Marco Masa, nine years old, played a supporting role in “Honesto” then was given the title role in “Nathaniel”. He also appeared as the son of Dominic Ochoa in “Super D”. The second of two boys, he’s in grade 3 at Pleasant School, Antipolo. He just did an episode of “Maalaala Mo Kaya” last Saturday with Zaijian and is now shooting the filmfest entry, “Tatlong Bibe”, with Lyca Garainod and Raikko Mateo, plus Eddie Garcia, Sharlene San Pedro and Rita Avila.
Marc Santiago is also nine years old and has appeared in episodes of “Maalaala Mo Kaya” and “Wansapanataym”. He was also the young Enrique Gil in “Dolce Amore”, the brother of Nash Aguas in “Bagito” and the son of Dimples Romana in “A Second Chance”. The youngest of three kids and the only boy, he is in grade 3 at Seibo College in Malabon and now a regular in “Goin’ Bulilit”.
Ashley Sarmiento gained fame playing the young Anne Curtis in “Dyesebel” and as a title roler in the soap “Flor de Liza”. At 9, Ashley is already in grade 4 at the Blessed Trinity School in Pilar Village, Las Piñas after she was accelerated from kindergarten to grade one. She currently plays the young Devon Seron in the forthcoming horror movie, “Pwera Usog”. When she grows up, she wants to be a famous singer like her favorite, Taylor Swift.
Watch out for the photos of these kid endorsers at the posters of Moose Gear and Moose Girl in department stores nationwide. All of them say they really use Moose as Moose clothes are all fashionable and give them a perfect fit.