MARIAN Rivera wants to give credit to the directors and writers of “Sunday PinaSaya” which is celebrating its first anniversary. “Bibilib ka sa creative team ng show na siyang nagko-conceptualize ng mga ipinalalabas namin tuwing Sunday kasi, ako mismo, binabasa ko pa lang ang script na ibinibigay nila, natatawa na ako,” she says.
“Yan ang sekreto kung bakit naging successful at laging number one ang show namin for the past year. Pero siyempre, I also want to give credit to all my co-stars dahil isang malaking pamilya kami talaga na mahal ang isa’t isa. Nandun ang suportahan sa rehearsals pa lang. Maganda ang naging bonding naming lahat and viewers can see that every Sunday at noontime.
Sabi nga ng Tatay naming si Mr. T (Tony Tuviera), dapat makita ng audience yung pagmamahalan at suportahan namin sa isa’t isa.”
It’s good she can work on Sundays and leave her Baby Zia at home. “Kapag Sunday, ang daddy niya ang nag-aalaga sa kanya. Kapag may taping naman si Dong sa bago niyang show (“Alyas Robin Hood”), I take over. E, ngayong tapos na ang morning show ko, mas marami na akong oras para sa kanya at nagbo-bonding kami laging mag-ina.”
Some folks say Zia now looks more like her. “Sabi nga nila. At mas nagiging kikay na rin, parang ako. Mahilig sumayaw-sayaw. Very bubbly rin. Mana sa akin. Marunong nang mag-make faces. Ang daldal! She can now say Mama and Papa.”
We thought she wants another baby soon. “Hindi muna. Next year na. Gusto namin ni Dong, two years ang gap nila. I want to breastfeed Zia hanggang mag-one year old na siya.”
DENNIS WILLING TO WORK WITH JENNYLYN
DENNIS Trillo is both sad and happy that his hit soap on GMA primetime, “Juan Happy Love Story”, is ending this week. “Sad kasi nage-enjoy kaming lahat sa cast while we are taping this, mas nakilala ko si Heart Evangelista nang mas mabuti dahil dito, e,” he says. “Masaya siyang katrabaho dahil kahit pagod na, naka-smile pa rin. Maraming scenes kami rito, lalo 'yung naughty scenes pero nakakatawa, ngayon ko lang nagawa kasi laging heavy drama ang ginagawa ko. Sa sobrang saya namin sa taping, ni hindi namin namalayang naka-16 weeks na pala kami.
Parang ang bilis natapos. But happy kami kasi talagang sinundan kami ng viewers every night. Mataas ang ratings, nagte-trending every night at nagko-comment ang viewers sa social media habang nanonood sila. Marami kasing situations tungkol sa mag-asawa na nakaka-relate sila. 'Yung character ko rito, si Juan, kahit may kasalanan siya, inaamin niya and he tries to correct 'yung mga kamalian niya. Happy rin ako kasi magiging mas less hectic na ang schedule ko. Sa ngayon kasi, nagte-taping ako rito at nagsu-shooting din ng movie namin ni Anne Curtis na ‘Bakit Lahat ng Guwapo, May Boyfriend?’ So now, I have more time to rest naman.”
There’s talk that since Alden Richards cannot be paired with Jennylyn Mercado in “My Love from the Star”, he’s now being considered for the lead role in this Koreanovela adaptation. Would he like to work with his inamorata for this show?
“I don’t know. Wala namang sinasabi sa’kin, e. What I learned is nagpapa-audition raw sila ng bagong makakapareha ni Jen. Pero kung io-offer ba sa’kin, why not? Di subukan natin.”
Be sure not to miss the final episodes of “Juan Happy Love Story” because there will be some surprises. For one thing, the orphaned child Katkat, adopted by Dennis as Juan and Heart as Happy, will grow up and write a book about the love story of her adoptive parents. We were there when they were taping the book launching scene and guess who will play the grown up Katkat: Carla Abellana. Congratulations to Director L.A. Madridejos for the success of this show.
MOVIE REVIEW: I AMERICA
THERE’S something inherently moving in the story of “I America” about an Amerasian girl looking for her American father. You can commend it for its intention to show the plight of half-breeds growing up in dysfunctional families and experiencing discrimination from other people. We heard it will have a wider theatrical release with Viva Entertainment as distributor.
This kind of material was tackled before in Manny Palo’s “David F”, also an entry in Cinemalaya some years ago, with a black boy looking for his African American dad. And just like it, “I America” is sadly not that well-realized on the big screen.
Bela Padilla plays Erica, a TV commercial model from Olongapo who succeeds in making a connection with her long lost biological dad, John Berry (Rob Rownd). John seems genuinely interested in meeting her to take her to America. But when Erica gets her birth certificate, she realizes that her real dad might be someone else, not John.
Too bad that the movie lacks appropriate focus, with the director losing the right grip on his material. This lack of control makes the movie go to various unnecessary off tangent excursions involving minor characters, like Erica’s adopted siblings, with their own subplots and issues that do not really interest us viewers even with its boisterous bouts of screaming and hair pulling.
There’s an attempt to inject lots of humor, like Erica speaking in broken English, to make the proceedings on screen more bearable, but the film becomes a talky exercise and quite tedious viewing after a while. You’d really wish writer-director Ivan Payawal (“The Comeback”, his equally chaotic Cinema One entry last year with Kaye Abad) got a co-writer to help make the script more disciplined and precise.
Bela Padilla gives an earnest performance as Erica, the Fil-Am girl who dreams of having a new life in America (she’s actually Filipino-British in real life.) She’s particularly convincing in that important confrontation scene with her mother, Elizabeth Oropesa, a former prostitute who now runs her own night club. Her mom makes a joke and she answers back with anger and sarcasm.
As we all know, Beth O is a formidable actress and she manages to sizzle in the role of the calloused mom who seems to have no love at all for her daughter, which is probably why the Cinemalaya best supporting actress was given to her (in a tie with Lollie Mara for another movie.) But their fairly fine performances are not good enough to redeem the movie from the director’s indulgences.