are three good reasons why Maria Isabel Lopez, or, merely Maribel sa mga close sa kanya, is grinning from ear-to-ear these days.
Foremost of course, is the big box-office success of her currently showing movie, Barcelona: A Love Untold, where she plays mom to Daniel Padilla.
Directed by Inang Olive Lamasan, the film is now showing in 300 theaters nationwide. Mag-open na rin ito sa ilang key cities abroad.
“What makes me even more proud of Barcelona: A Love Untold,” ani Maribel, “is the good reviews which critics and non-critics alike keep saying and writing about the movie.”
Produced by Star Cinema, also in the cast are Kathryn Bernardo, Joshua Garcia, Aiko Melendez and Joey Marquez, among others.
Kasama nga rin pala siya sa Ma’Rosa, the Philippines’ bet in this year’s Oscar Awards.
Matatandaang Maribel was with Direk Brillantes Mendoza and Jaclyn Jose’s group, who went to attend the Cannes International Filmfest and first-based had the chance na masaksihan ang pagtanggap ni Jaclyn, when the latter was proclaimed best actress for Ma’- Rosa.
In the event, talk ng ilang guests, mostly mga taga ibang bansa, ang suot na gown ni Maribel.
Maribel happily announced as well na new addition siya to the cast of the long-time running afternoon series, Doble Kara, which has Julia Montes playing a dual role.
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Nabaguhan pala sa kanyang role si Rita Avila bilang bungangera at palengkerang auntie ni Jericho Rosales sa Magpahanggang Wakas, which is set to air Monday on ABS-CBN.
FM Reyes, the director, and who happens to be Rita’s better-half in real-life, wants her na i-deliver ang kanyang dialogue low pitch. Which, ayon pa kay Rita, was not easy.
Kaya, ninerbiyos daw siya.
Salamat na lamang daw at tulad ng ginagawa ni Direk FM sa iba pang members ng cast, super tiyaga siya nitong inalalayan, until, wika nga, na-shape up niya ang kanyang sarili at maging at home siya sa kanyang role.
Magpahanggang Wakas makes Jericho’s first team-up with Arci Muñoz with whom he shares sobrang intense ang sexy scenes.
Asked during an interview with Boy Abunda in the latter’s midnight show, Tonight with Boy Abunda (TWBA), if ’di kaya nagselos ang asawa niyang si Kim Jones kay Arci, ang maliksing sagot ni Jericho: “She is my number one critic.”
“It’s her instruction that when I do love scenes, huwag ko siyang iisipin. Ang pairalin ko raw ay ang mabigyan ng justice ang role na ginagampanan ko.”
A little more than two years nang kasal sina Jericho at Kim.
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Tanong lang, Ian F.: Bakit adaptation yata of a Regal Films movie ang mga ipinu-produce na series sa kasalukuyan ng GMA-7?
Consider: Sinungaling Mong Puso, Oh, My Mama and Pinulot Ka Lang Sa Lupa.