MATTEO Guidicelli had a solo presscon as endorser of Sun Life Asset Management Company Inc. His sweetheart, Sarah Geronimo, is endorsing another insurance company. Don’t they argue which one is better? “Hindi kasi mas maganda ang insurance firm ko,” he says. “I’m endorsing their prosperity card and it’s a chance for every Filipino to invest for only P5,000 in their Philippine Equity Fund, then you can add every month and you’ll have your own financial adviser on how to invest your money well. It’s the first of its kind in the market and an easy way to start building one’s brighter future.”
But who’s the better endorser: He or Sarah? “I’ll be honest, siyempre, siya,” he laughs. “Mas marami siyang endorsements kasi she’s a great endorser. She’s number one.”
Why did Sun Life get Matteo? “We want to reach out to the millennials and Matteo is someone they look up to because he leads a very lifestyle, very successful in his career and in his investments, in other words, a good role model,” says Sun Life exec Rina Pama.
Matteo says he was surprised when he learned that his Sun Life co-endorsers are Piolo Pascual, Judy Ann Santos and Charo Santos-Concio. “I feel very honored and humbled to be in such distinguished company and I will really do my best to represent Sun Life.”
Didn’t he have second thoughts doing a villain role in “Dolce Amore”? “When they presented it to me, originally, I’m not meant to be a contravida. But as the story went on, my character became bad. Okay na rin kasi it’s a different twist that showed a different side of me. Ibang experience naman. I did that show as a tribute to my Italian grandfather who wants to see me playing an Italian role, pero pinatay na naman nila ako, eh. Bida naman ako sa ‘Single/Single’ in Cinema One which had two seasons and I also host a sports show, ‘Wheels’.”
He’s celebrating his 10th year in showbiz with a concert at Waterfront Cebu titled “Matteo, Made in Cebu”. “I came from Cebu so that’s where I want to hold my 10th anniversary concert, with Louie Ocampo as musical director and Rowell Santiago as overall director. This year has been good to me because I also opened my first restaurant in Cebu, Trattoria di Gianni, which is managed by my sister and it’s doing really well. I also opened my own production company, Big Bang. We do videos and events.”
Looks like he’s ready to settle down? “Yes, but there are more dreams to fulfill. Maybe in a few more years. Siyempre, I think I’ve found the one.”
The press people swooned when he said that as they know he’s referring to Sarah. “Pero siyempre, pag-iipunan ko muna. We have to prepare for the future.”
But is it true his performance in the recent Ironman triathlon was not that good because Sarah wasn’t there and is traveling in Europe with her parents? “No, it’s because I only had two weeks of training. Pero sisihin din natin si Sarah ng konti. Joke lang!”
He seems to be a positive influence to Sarah who went into mountain climbing, pole dancing and the culinary arts because of him. “Yes, we climbed mountain and we’re gonna climb more mountains, literally and figuratively. I did encourage her to open her eyes, to enjoy her life and not just work. At 28, she deserves it. All of us do. We have to enjoy life, live it to the fullest. It’s important to have a life outside of showbiz.”
MOTHER LILY'S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PRESS
MOTHER Lily Monteverde hosted a big bash for her 77th birthday at Regal Valencia last Friday night.
Among the guests were Sens. Grace Poe, Loren Legarda and Dick Gordon, Directors Joel Lamangan, Joey Reyes, Mac Alejandre and Chito Roño, Susan Roces, Ai Ai de las Alas (who helped host the program), Boots Anson Roa (who got a gift of P1 million from Mother Lily for the Mowelfund which she heads), Malou Choa Fagar, Eddie Gutierrez and Annabelle Rama, Director Carlo Caparas and Donna Villa, Tirso Cruz III with wife Lyn and daughter Djanin, Ali Sotto, Robina Gokongwei, Albert Martinez, Derrick Monasterio, Billy Crawford, Janella Salvador (who sang Mother Lily’s favorite song, “Que Sera Sera”), Kiray Celis, Brandon Vera, ABS-CBN execs Carlo Katigbak and Linggit Tan, Kean Cipriano and wife Chynna Ortaleza, and many more.
In her speech, Mother Lily said she dedicates her party to the entertainment press: “It’s as much in honor of the press as it is for me and my family. My love affair with the showbiz press will make an interesting material for a movie. Sometimes, we’re like Romeo & Juliet. Other times naman, parang Mission Impossible kasi hindi laging smooth ang pinagdaraanan ni Mother Lily as a producer to keep up with the times. But my friends from the press always stand by me and Regal through thick and thin, come hell or high water. Mother Lily will never forget all the help you have given me and Regal. Kung wala kayo, wala rin si Mother Lily at ang Regal. That’s why I dedicate the party to you. It’s about time you’re given due credit for your important role in the industry kaya mabuhay kayo, ang Regal at si Mother Lily!”
No wonder the press really loves Mother Lily as she’s one producer who really gives importance to us writers. She gave P100,000 each to SPEED (Society of Philippine Entertainment Editors), ENPRESS (Entertainment Press group that gives out the Golden Screen Awards) and PMPC (group that gives Star Awards.) May you have many more birthdays to come, Mother Lily, and may your coming movie projects all be a big success at the box office. Regal’s next release is “My Rebound Girl” with Alex Gonzaga and Joseph Marco, followed by “The Escort” with Lovi Poe, Derek Ramsay and Christopher de Leon, “Never Been Kissed, Never Been Touched” with Angeline Quinto and Jake Cuenca. Currently filming in New Zealand is “Once in a Lifetime” with Piolo Pascual and Yen Santos.
MOVIE REVIEW: LANDO AT BUGOY
‘LANDO at Bugoy’ is said to be based on the true story of a teacher named Silvino Bajao that happened in the island of Camiguin, where the film was shot on location. The eponymous characters are played by Allen Dizon and newcomer Gold Azeron. After playing a coffin maker in “Magkakabaung”, Allen now plays a tombstone maker in this film.
He’s a single dad in both films, but he had a daughter before and now, as Lando, he has a son. His teenage son, Bugoy, is going astray. Instead of going to school, he prefers playing hooky with his out-of-school friends, smoking and drinking at such a very young age. The movie is a presented in an amateurish manner. A more adept TV drama director can surely make this an even more involving episode in “Maalaala Mo Kaya”.
Bugoy is so rude and hostile to his father, showing no respect at all. It’s utterly unacceptable. How he turned out to be like this and why he is behaving like such an impossibly delinquent brat is not adequately explained, except for a brief mention that he has seen his father cheating on his late mom.
To convince his son that education is very important, Lando, who failed to finish high school because he dropped out to work to help his parents right away, volunteers to join Bugoy in his classes. This could have been an opportunity for father and son to have more interaction while in school. But instead, Lando is shown being more friendly to their other classmates, buying them snacks all the time and even helping them cheat during exams.
The material is really wafer thin and writer-director Vic Acedillo tries to liven it up by suggesting tentative romantic interests for both father and son, which didn’t really lead to anywhere. In the end, also without much of a convincing reason, Bugoy suddenly relents, makes a complete turn around and becomes good to his father. Both Allen and Gold seem to be competent, convincing actors, but they’re not given enough scenes that will prove this, which is quite sad since, in the hands of a more astute scriptwriter, this material could have had more satisfying dramatic possibilities.