ARCI Muñoz, Jessy Mendiola and Coleen Garcia are together for the first time in a sexy action comedy movie that opens the new year 2017 for Star Cinema and Skylight Films, “Extra Service”, directed by Chris Martinez. Arci is paired with Ejay Falcon, Jessy with Enzo Pineda who’s from GMA7 and Coleen with Vin Abrenica, a transferee from TV5. They play convicted felons who meet in jail and recruited by Carmi Martin to be secret agents. They are named Au, Em, Gee and work undercover as masseuses at the Touch Mahal Spa of Tessie Tomas. So they’re spa workers by night and spies by day.
“I play Au, short for Aurora,” says Arci. “Nabilanggo ako for robbing a bank. I’m called the Kapitana kasi sobrang strong ng personality ko.”
“I’m Em for Emerald,” says Coleen. “I’m called Maldita. Ako 'yung hothead sa amin, laging nang-aaway, fierce. Lagi kong kinokontra si Au kaya lagi kaming nag-aaway.”
“I’m Gee na nabilanggo naman for hacking,” says Jessy. “Ako 'yung pinakamatalino sa’min, tech savvy, but bobo rin kasi I’m not streetsmart. I’m called Genia.”
Chris Martinez says the script is written by Alpha Habon and echoes “Charlie’s Angels” and “Mission Impossible,” but with a very Pinoy flavor. Carmi Martin as the girls’ boss speaks carabao, Visayan-accented English. “I’m glad to be part of this film kasi I started in showbiz as one of Dolphy’s Angels,” says Carmi. “Nakaka-relate ako sa kanila kasi sila ang modern version ng Dolphy’s Angels.”
So, how did the girls prepare for their roles? “As masseuses, may totoong masahista sa set to teach us what to do sa massage scenes,” says Arci.
“Mahirap 'yung roles namin kasi maraming action scenes,” adds Jessy. “So may standby rin na fight instructor to guide us in our stunts and fight scenes.”
“We guarantee the viewers they will have a good time watching ‘Extra Service’,” says Coleen. “It’s a combination of fun, adventure and yes, plenty of sexy scenes dahil kami ang Ultimate Sexy Squad dito. So don’t miss it when it opens in theaters on January 11 to welcome 2017.”
Is there no sapawan or scene stealing between them while shooting the movie? “None,” it’s Direk Chris who answers. “This is a team effort and everyone collaborated well. First time nilang mag-comedy like this at magaling silang lahat.”
WHY IAN HAD SECOND THOUGHTS ON PAIRING WITH BEA
IAN Veneracion got a lot of ribbing from his two leading ladies, Bea Alonzo and Iza Calzado, during the presscon of their new soap, “A Love to Last”, which will premiere on January 9 on ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida. They call him Kuya and, worse, Tatang, since he’s 41 years old.
“Ganyan sila, pinagtutulungan akong alaskahin,” says Ian. “Actually, I did have second thoughts nang sabihing makakapareha ko si Bea dahil I might be too old for her. Kami ni Iza, ilang beses na kaming nagkatrabaho and we are even paired in two new films together. Pero si Bea, talagang ngayon pa lang. Una kaming nag-meet, ang tawag sa’kin, Tito Ian. Sabi ko, ang lakas mang-asar nito. Buti nga, ngayon, na-upgrade, Kuya na lang. Noong una, akala ko, spoiled brat siyang pa-superstar ang dating kasi everyone treats her like a queen. Sabi ko, siguro, maarte ito, suplada. Pero sobrang mali pala ako kasi she turned out to be so down to earth. So I said, wrong 'yung impression ko kasi okay pala siya.”
How does he feel that in the second wind of his career, his leading ladies are getting younger and younger? “Very thankful, kasi lahat ito is totally unexpected. I thought father roles na lang ang gagampanan ko. Who would have thought puwede pa pala kong maging leading man ng younger actresses. It feels great, so I’m very grateful to ABS-CBN and to the Lord for this blessing and the new opportunities coming my way.”
What does he think is needed for a love to really last? “I think it’s one that is based on mutual respect. Kasi 'yung love mo para sa isang tao, kung minsan, sobra-sobra, kung minsan naman, not so much. Kapag sobrang nakukulitan ka, you sometimes even hate that person. But if the respect is constant, always there, then your love will survive. Respect is really the golden ingredient for a love to last.”
FORMER CONG. MARTIN ON WIFE REP. YEDDA: MAGANDA NA, MABAIT PA
FORMER Leyte Congressman Martin Romualdez is very happy that the bill he authored has been enacted into law: An act expanding the benefits and privileges of PWD or person with disabilities. “They now have the same rights and benefits as senior citizens, with as much as 32% discount, specially in buying medicines,” he says. “We now have a magna carta for PWDs and we’ll implement it with the help of the right government agencies.”
The third child of former Governor and Ambassador Benjamin Romualdez, Martin turned 53 on November 14 but he looks younger than his age. He remains to be the national president of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats and of the Philippine Constitution Association or PhilConsa. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government from Cornell University in New York and a Special Studies certificate in administration from Harvard. He also obtained a law degree from U.P.
He is married to former Bb. International Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt who’s of Norwegian ancestry and the one who replaced him in Congress. They have two sons and two daughters: Andrew, 16 years old; Martin Jr., 15; Minxie, 9 and the youngest is Maddie, who’s just a year old. He met his wife in Cebu before she became a beauty titlist.
“It was at the home of her grandfather, Democrito Mendoza, that I first met her. By the time she won, may M.U. na kami. When she went to Tokyo to compete at the Miss International pageant, she had a problem with her luggage. Overloaded daw. So I ended up going to Tokyo as her alalay, and also to give her support.”
What’s Yedda’s most endearing quality? “She’s a total package. Maganda na, mabait pa, a great wife to me and good mom to our kids. Very caring, kasi she’s a registered nurse. Very loving and nurturing. Beautiful inside and outside and yet she remains very humble.”