Monday, July 30, 2012

Rosa Rosal 2012 Gawad Plaridel

Gawad Plaridel - The University of the Philippines (UP) College of Mass Communica-tion (CMC) is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2012 UP Gawad Plaridel in the person of Florence Danon Gayda, better known as Rosa Rosal. Rosal was chosen for her outstanding contributions to the broadcasting industry, particularly in the field of television. An accomplished film and television actress whose career spans six decades. Rosal is best known for her tireless work with the Philippine Red Cross serving as a volunteer-member for its blood program in the 1950s and later elected to its Board of Governors in 1965. She has been in the board up to the present. Her committed philanthropic work led to her receiving the 1999 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service. The UP CMC is honoring Rosal with the 2012 Gawad Plaridel for her contribution to the Philippine television industry, particularly in affecting media for public service. Rosal utilized her popularity and successfully employed television to benefit the less fortunate without fanfare and sensationalism. Her public service program has set the standard for genuine public service in the television industry. Ms. Rosal's unquestionable integrity, unceasing and genuine volunteerism, and tireless humanitarian work and advocacy epitomize the value that other public persons have forgotten or taken for granted.

The Gawad Plaridel award comes with a trophy specially designed by National Artist, Dean Napoleon Abueva, which will be awarded to Ms. Rosal by UP president Alfredo Pascual and UP Diliman chancellor Caesar Saloma in ceremonies on July 31 at 2 p.m. at the UP Film Institute Film Center's Cine Adarna. Ms. Rosal will deliver a lecture on using television for public service and humanitarian work during the ceremonies. Established by the UP CMC, the annual UP Gawad Plaridel recognizes Filipino media practitioners who have excelled in any of the media (print, radio, film, and television) and have performed with the highest level of professional integrity in the interest of public service. Its roster of honorees include Eugenia Duran-Apostol (2004), Vilma Santos (2005), Fidela "Tiya Dely" Magpayo (2006), Cecilia "Cheche" Lazaro (2007), Pachico Seares (2008), Kidlat Tahimik (2009) and Eloisa "Lola Sela" Canlas (2011). - Tribune, June 22 2012 (READ MORE)

"...In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Rosal said she is truly grateful to be given the award because all she really wanted was to be of help to other people. “Noon ang gusto ko lang makakuha ng maraming dugo at pera para sa Red Cross. Iyan ang aking pangarap sa buhay. I hope the government would have a steady income for the blood donors,” she said. “Hindi ko na kailangan ng title. Ang importante sa akin, anong maitutulong natin sa bayan kagaya ng blood donation,” she added. Rosal also said she is hoping her legacy will live on even when she passes away. “The Lord can take me home anytime... sana kahit mamatay na ako, may mga magpapatuloy nitong legacy na iniwanan ko. I have no regrets in my life. I have so much blessings. Sana may mga kabataan na artista na susunod sa yapak ko,” she said. During the awarding ceremony held in UP, Rosal received her trophy, which was designed by National Artist Napoleon V. Abueva. It was awarded to her by UP president Alfredo E. Pascual and UP Diliman chancellor Caesar A. Saloma. Last year, the award was given to Eloisa C. Canlas (a.k.a. Lola Sela) for her outstanding contributions in the field of radio..." - ABS-CBN News, Jul 31 2012 (READ MORE)

Red Cross - "...She now wears braces to hold her body (I’m afraid that she’s getting frailer and frailer) and her knees got all worn out from soliciting contributions for the Red Cross. Do you think she is charging any government agency to reimburse her for her medical bills? That is after giving all her life to charity — and after being there in the middle of a calamity (typhoons, earthquakes, name it) or even those EDSA revolutions. That was the only headache she gave her late mother, who had always feared for Rosa Rosal’s safety during these emergency cases and crises. Her mother and then, later, daughter Toni Rose Gayda, would always want her to just stay put at home when there was danger outside, but she would find a way to escape and her loved ones would just see her on TV riding an amphibian tank - like that time during the great flood that hit Central Luzon in 1972..." - Butch Francisco (READ MORE)

The Roles - "...Two memorable scenes in Filipino movies. Rosa Rosal, as the proverbial prostitute with a golden heart in Bert Avellana's "Anak Dalita," being confronted by a jealous Tony Santos. Avellana's camera seamlessly tracking Tony Santos as he demands where Rosal had been and the near-frozen close-up of that pair of grief-stricken, haunting eyes of arguably the finest dramatic actress that has ever graced the local screen. In sharp contrast is the practically static camera work of Behn Cervantes as Rosal stands behind Roberto Arevalo, her hands on his shoulders as they both contemplate the inexorable unfolding of the doomed sugar plantation workers' uprising in "Sakada." Those heart-wrenching eyes again, seeing in the morrow a repetition in the son of the tragedy that has befallen the father..." - Sol Jose Vanzi (READ MORE)

Remarkable Legacy "...Rosa Rosal She may have made it to the top on a stack of villainess roles making life miserable for the leading lady but she made so many films for LVN Pictures and became extremely popular that no less than a fan magazine declared her the year’s top movie queen so early in her career. And today, Rosa Rosal will be the one member of entertainment who will leave a most remarkable legacy, not only as a performer, but as a humanitarian as well (after all, she is a Ramon Magsaysay awardee and recently voted Reader’s Digest’s Most Trusted). There is no greater way to be remembered than the option she took and this was to do charity work..." - Butch Francisco (READ MORE)

Five Days Bride - "...I was married for five days only,” she says bravely, with none of the sadness, much less bitterness, she has every right to still feel. “He looked like Clark Gable, this American-Polish man who was a very good pilot. His name was Walter Gayda. We met in Hong Kong. I had long black hair and a 22-inch waistline. After three months of courtship, we got married. I was 28, he was 15 years older.” If the name of the church was a portent of things to come, then the union was doomed from the start. They wed at the church of Our Lady of Sorrows. No invites were sent out, only phone calls were made. But Rosa Rosal was already a big star then and her celebrity ensured that the church was packed to the brim. She remembers a statue falling because of the crowd that had gathered. “It was a bad omen,” she says, shaking her head. When Walter Gayda saw the crowd, he turned to his very new bride and told her, “I will take you to Hawaii.” They honeymooned at the Bayview Hotel and flew out after one day. As the plane hovered over the landing strip in Hawaii they looked out their plane window, wondering why there were photographers waiting. For whom, the newlyweds wondered. As it turned out, the press people were looking out for her. This displeased Walter Gayda all over again, although his new bride had yet to find out just how much. As we talk, Tita Rose gives more random details of her very brief marriage. “The straw that broke the camel’s back was a TV guesting while we were there. I remember going back to the hotel after appearing on the show and he was very, very cold. I could not understand where that coldness was coming from. The next day, I woke up early. I looked for Walter because we were going to have breakfast together, or so I thought. His friend went up to me and said, “Rose, pack your bags. Don’t call him anymore, he has left you..." - Lucy Gomez (READ MORE)

On Vilma Santos - "...Si Vilma ang isa sa madalas magpadala ng tulong kapag may mga pangangailangan o project kami sa Red Cross at Damayan. Iilan lang ang katulad niya na kusang tumutulong na hindi na kailangan pang ipaalam sa publiko..." - Global Vilmanians (READ MORE)

  • Aside from sharing the name "Rosa," Gawad Plaridel Awardees, Rosa Rosal (2012) and Vilma Santos (2005) are Kapangpangans.
  • Both Rosa Rosal and Vilma Santos co-starred with the late Tony Santos Sr and earned critical success. Rosal for Biyaya ng Lupa and Santos for Sister Stella L.
  • In 2010, a survey proclaimed Rosa Rosal as the most trusted woman in the Philippines, not too far behind is Vilma Santos at number 17.
  • Even with her long years of public services, Vilma Santos admitted she's still not as deserving as Dolphy and Rosa Rosal for the National Artist honors and suggested this honor be given to the two ahead of her.
  • Public servants, Rosa Rosal and Vilma Santos received a doctorate Degrees of Humanities honoris causa, Rosal from Far Eastern University (2005) and Santos from the University of Northeastern Philippines (2009) and the Lipa City Public College (2005).
  • Rosa Rosal is the mother of TV host Toni Rose Gayda while Vilma Santos is the mother of TV host Luis Manzano.
  • In 1993 Rosa Rosal appeared in TV drama series, Maala-ala Mo Kaya, entitled "Baby Picture." Thirteen years after, Vilma Santos appeared in the same drama series. The episode was titled, "Regalo."
  • In 1947, Rosa Rosal was cast opposite Leopoldo Salcedo in Kamagong (1947), her first film. In 1977, Vilma Santos was cast together with Leopoldo Salcedo in Burlesk Queen, her milestone career transformation.
  • Rosa Rosal recieved the FAMAS Best Actress in 1955 for Sonny Boy, while Vilma Santos received her first FAMAS Best Actress in 1972 for Dama de Noche.
  • In 1976, Rosa Rosal did Behn Cervantes's Sakada, a socio-political film which was banned by the martial law government of President Ferdinand Marcos (It was shown finally in 2005). In 1984, Vilma Santos did Mike de Leon's Sister Stella L, a socio-political film shot post-martial law and the ending era of the Marcos administration. Both Sakada and Sister Stella L are about labour unrest.
  • Rosa Rosal did "Balintataw," a drama series on ABC-5 (now TV5) in the 1960's and "Iyan ang Misis Ko," a family-oriented sitcom with Ronald Remy in 1970's. Also in the 70's, Vilma Santos did "Dulambuhay ni Rosa Vilma" on ABS-CBN 2 and a several musical variety shows. Both artists, received Ading Fernando Lifetime Achievement Award for television body of work, Rosal in 2008 and Santos in 1998.

Florence Danon Gayda (born October 16, 1931), better known as Rosa Rosal, is a FAMAS award-winning Filipino film actress dubbed as the "original femme fatale of Philippine cinema".[1][2] She is also known for her work with the Philippine National Red Cross. For her humanitarian activities, she received the 1999 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service,[3] an award widely considered as Asia's Nobel Prize.[4][5][6] She is the mother of TV host Toni Rose Gayda. - Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Superstar at 18 Vilma Blooms

“Ay naku, musmos pa ‘yan talagang mahilig na sa drama!” And Mrs. Milagros Santos (or Mommy Santos, as she is fondly called by diehard fans), mother of Superstar Vilma, proceeds to relate how her darling daughter religiously followed her favorite soap-operas on the radio in her off-school hours, imitating the airlane actresses later on when the family gathered at the sala. “Umiiyak pa ‘yan,” Mommy Santos goes on, “and she really cried real tears.” Of course, Vi’s histrionic potentials didn’t escape the attention of her teachers in school. Everytime there was an affair on the campus, she would be there on stage, either delivering a declamation, singing a song or making like a little Rosa Mia in a drama skit. One day in 1962, eight-year old Vi tagged along with her uncle Amaury Agra (a cameraman) to the Sampaguita Studios to watch her favorite actresses and actors act before the cameras. Doc Perez saw her and was so fascinated by Vi’s lovable ways that, there and then, he let her play one of the two waifs in the tearjerker, Anak, Ang Iyong Ina!, a Lolita Rodriguez-Luis Gonzales starrer, afilming at that time. “Doc didn’t even give me a screen test,” Vi cuts in.

Days later, during a shooting lull, Vi wandered around the huge studio and found herself in the office of Doc Perez where some 800 tots were being tested for the title role of the next Sampaguita film. By accident, Vi got into the contest and walked away with the coveted role hands down. “Doc asked me to cry, umiyak naman ako,” Vi recalls, “he asked me to laugh, tumawa naman ako ng husto, ganyan. He asked me to do many other things. He must have been impressed dahil he assigned the role of Trudis Liit kaagad to me.” That was how Vilma Santos broke into the big screen. “My real name is actually Rosa Vilma Santos. Pero sabi ni Doc, there were several Rosa’s in the movies already, may Rosa Mia, may Rosa Rosal, may Rosa Aguirre, so he decided to drop Rosa from my name.” For four years, from 1962 to 66, there was hardly any tearjerker without Vilma Santos in the cast. A born actress, she was very precocious and had a notably alacrity for giving in to what her roles demanded. She absorbed difficult and emotion-filled dialogues with ease and acted her parts very naturally. As a child actress, she chalked up more than a dozen movies and had ably pitted acting talents with such drama stalwarts as Eddie Rodriguez, Marlene Dauden, Lolita Rodriguez and Luis Gonzales. “I have two favorite pictures as a child actress, “ she says. “ang isa ‘yong Trudis Liit nga and the other is Ging where I portrayed the role of a child actress. When I saw the first movie sa sine, I cried because I pitied myself in the movie, kawawa kasi ako doon, e. It was s sob story you know, at kahit siguro ikaw maiiyak ka rin.

In Ging, nahirapan ako ng katakut-takot because it was heavy drama. Pero it gave me a very good chance to really act dahil it had a little of everything, a little drama, a little musical, a little comedy, a little of marami pang iba.” She had to stop appearing in the movies after finishing grade school. “I wanted to concentrate on my studies, that’s why I enrolled at the St. Mary’s Academy. I wanted to take up Fine Arts after graduation. I loved to paint noon, you know, pero ngayon, hindi na masyado.” But once an actress, so the saying goes, always an actress. Vi was in her third year high school when she felt an irresistable itch to work again before the cameras. At first, her parents (Mr. and Mrs. Amado Constantino Santos) were reluctant but a compromise was reached: no shooting during her class schedules. By this time, Vilma was growing up to be a lady. This was mid-1969. The advent of 1970 brought new prospects for Vi and her young colleagues. Susan Roces and Amalia Fuentes had got hitched and there was some sort of a “search for another queen” in local filmdom. Because she had a strong public appeal and very endearing ways with her legions of followers (Vilmanians!) Vi was easily considered a possible successor to the throne left vacant by Susan and Amalia.

But she had a rival in the person of Nora Aunor. “There’s realy no personal rivalry between us,” she assures. “Friends kami, e.” It was when she got paired with Edgar Mortiz (Vi’s boyfriend on and off the camera) that Vi’s star shone doubly brighter in the movie firmament. The team up also did good to Edgar. First paired in Sampaguita’s Young Love (where they appeared with Nora Aunor and Tirso Cruz III), Vi and Edgar have now finished more than two dozen films, all of them veritable box-office hits. The two are under contract with Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions but they have an option to make pictures with other outfits with the proper consent of TIIP bosses. “I like Bobot (that’s how Edgar is called by Vi and their fans) naman because mabait siya at gentleman,” Vi smiles. The crowning glory of their careers came early this year when they won as Mr and Miss Philippine Movies in a nationwide popularity contest conducted by a vernacular magazine. Their coronation grabbed the headlines when some fans of defeated stars staged a rampage, prompting Mommy Santos to announce on the microphone that “it was not our side that started the commotion. ” Aside from being good neighbors in a subdivision in Quezon City, Vi and Edgar are ‘always together’ anywhere they go. In addition to their movie work, they have also two regular shows on television, The Sensations (which was made into a movie) and Edgar Loves Vilma, both on Channel 2.

They also did several recordings together, all of them a sellout. Vi waxed her first (solo) single when she was 16 and the title of the song was Sixteen. But Vi has a drawing power all her own. No matter who her leading man is, her movies invariably attract moviegoers. Ikaw Lamang, where she had Paolo Romero for her love interest, was acclaimed topgrosser in the Quezon City Film Festival last September. One of her latest pictures, Teen-age Senorita with Manny de Leon, grossed no less than P40,000 on its first day showing in two theaters. (The movie was made by Zodiac Films, an outfit owned by Manny’s family.) Vi celebrated her 18th birthday last November 3 in a style befitting a superstar. There was a whole-day celebration; fans from as far north as Ilocos and as far south as Cebu came to greet her. The unforgettable day was capped with a formal ball at The Plaza where Vi had no less than Manda Elizalde, the senatorial candidate she and Bobot had campaigned for in the last elections, as a special guest. And like a faithful boyfriend, Edgar stayed close to Vilma throughout the affair. Two weeks later, the two left to make two movies in Hawaii and USA. At 18, you may ask, what else does Vilma Santos crave for? “Not much”, she says. “I just hope that good things will continue to happen to me, that my fans will remain loyal and true.” Despite success, Vi has remained level-headed; she has admirably kept her sweet and charming disposition. Even when confronted with malicious gossip about her, she just remains calm: “I don’t mind rumors very much. As a movie star, I am susceptible to gossips, but I choose to ignore them.” And because she is truly aware that stardom is temporary, Vilma Santos doesn’t mind working hard now, accepting the many offers that come her way as long as they don’t endanger her health -and her image. “My philosophy is simple,” she says, “Make hay while the sun shines.” Mommy Santos could only nod in agreement. Written by Ricardo F. Lo, The Sunday Times Magazine, Dec. 5, 1971

Thursday, July 26, 2012


Basic Information: Director: Romy Suzara; Story & screenplay: Mereille Salas; Cast: Vilma Santos, Edgar Mortiz, Jay Ilagan, Nick Romano, Beth Manlongat; Original Music: Restie Umali; Cinematography: Ben Lobo; Release Date:12 November 1972 (Philippines); Production Co: Roma Films; Film poster: Video48

Plot Description: No Available Data

Film Achievement: FAMAS: Best Supporting Actor - Nick Romano; Best Child Actress Nomination - Beth Manlongat

Film Reviews: "...By late 1969, movie producers had been tapping a Vilma Santos-Edgar Mortiz love team. Edgar was a Tawag ng Tanghalan winner. They started to be together in the movies, My Darling Eddie (1969) and The Jukebox King (1969)...In 1970, the love team of Vilma Santos and Edgar "Bobot" Mortiz was officially launched in the movie Young Love, together with the another popular love team during that time, Nora Aunor and Tirso Cruz III. The Vi and Bot love team went on to do 14 more movies in 1970—The Young Idols, Songs and Lovers, Sweethearts, Sixteen, Love Letters, Love is for the Two of Us, Mga Batang Bangketa, My Pledge of Love, Renee Rose, Baby Vi, Because You Are Mine, Edgar Loves Vilma, From the Bottom of My Heart, and I Love You Honey. All did well at the box-office..." - Rommel R. Llanes (READ MORE)

"...Noong Dekada ’70, ang mga young stars ay kailangang marunong kumanta dahil yun ang uso kaya naman nagtayo ng sariling recording company ang nasirang manager ni Vi na si William Leary dahil ayaw niyang pahuhuli sa uso ang kanyang alaga. Ilan sa mga naging recording artists ng WILEARS RECORDS bukod kay Vi ay sina Edgar Mortiz, Ed Finlan, Sahlee Quizon, Hilda Koronel at Esperanza Fabon. According to Vi, kapag nagrerecord siya ng kanta ay nakatalikod siya sa dingding ng recording company at si Bobot ang umaalalay sa kanya. Ang SIXTEEN, na sinulat ni Danny Subido ang unang recording na ginawa ni Vi at ito ay flipsided by It’s So Wonderful To Be In Love. Ang SIXTEEN ay agad naging gold record at dahil dito ay gumawa ng pelikula ang Tagalog Ilang Ilang Productions, ang home studio ni Vi at ito ay ginawa nilang pamagat katambal si Edgar Mortiz. Hindi nyo naitatanong, muntik nang manalo si Vi bilang most promising singer sa AWIT AWARDS noong early ’70s..." - Alfons. Valencia (READ MORE)

"...The loveteam of Edgar Mortiz and Vilma Santos endured a stiff competition from teeny bopper love team of Nora Aunor and Tirso Cruz III and came up with equal success with string of hit films during the musical era of the 70s. Together they did forgettable but commercial hits and also some hints of the years to come to Vilma Santos’ long career. The most notable one: Dama De Noche. Total Number of films with Vilma Santos – 25 (Young Love, Teenage Jamboree, Songs and Lovers, Renee Rose, My Pledge of Love, Mga Batang Bangketa, Love Is for the Two of Us, I Love You Honey, From the Bottom of My Heart, Baby Vi, Love Letters, The Wonderful World of Music, The Sensations, The Young Idols, Sweethearts, Sixteen, Leron-Leron Sinta, Edgar Love Vilma, Don’t Ever Say Goodbye, Dama de Noche, Anak ng Aswang, Because You Are Mine, Kampanerang Kuba, Kasalanan Kaya, Karugtong ang Kahapon..." - RV (READ MORE)

"...Si Edgar Mortiz ang unang nakapareha ni Vilma Santos as a teen star. Nakilala sila as the "Subok na Matibay, Subok na Matatag" loveteam called Vi and Bot at naging magka-steady sila sa tunay na buhay. Marami silang ginawang pelikula as teen stars in the early 70s..." - Showbiz Portal (READ MORE)

"...Romy Suzara comes back with Tinik. The film, which stars Raymond Bagatsing and Hayden Kho, tells the story of a middle-aged couturier who faces the many problems of being gay, and in the midst of all his struggles, tries to hold on to his own dignity. Romy rose to fame in the early ’70s with movies like Tatlong Mukha ni Rosa Vilma and Cariñosa, both starring Vilma Santos..." - The Philippine Star), 06 September 2013 (READ MORE)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Healing (2012)

"...Gagawin ko po lahat kahit ano, gumaling lang po ako..." - The Healing

Basic Information: Direction: Chito Roño; Cast: Vilma Santos, Kim Chiu, Pokwang, Mark Gil, Martin del Rosario, Allan Paule, Cris Villanueva, Daria Ramirez, Ces Quesada, Ynez Veneracion, Simon Ibarra, Abi Bautista, Joel Torre, Chinggay Alonso, Mon Confiado, Carmi Martin; Production Co.: Star Cinema; Release Date: July 25 2012

Plot Description: The Healing is an upcoming 2012 Filipino horror suspense film directed by Chito S. Roño, starring Vilma Santos and Kim Chiu. The film will be release nationwide in July 25, 2012. - Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Film Achievement: 9th USTv Students' Choice Awards - Best Local Full-Length Film - "The Healing" (Star Cinema / ABS-CBN Film Productions); PMPC Star Awards 2012: 11 Nominations - Movie of the Year - Star Cinema; Movie Director of the Year - Chito Roño; Movie Actress of the Year - Vilma Santos; Movie Supporting Actress of the Year - Kim Chiu; Child Performer of the Year - Abby Bautista; Movie Screenwriter of the Year - Roy Iglesias; Movie Cinematographer of the Year - Charlie Peralta; Movie Production Designer of the Year - Erick Torralba, Richard Somes, Fritz Silorio; Movie Musical Scorer of the Year - Jerrold Tarog; Movie Editor of the Year - Jerrold Tarog; Movie Sound Engineer of the Year - Mike Idioma; Film Academy of the Philippines - Luna Awards Best Picture Nomination - Star Cinema; Best Direction Nomination - Chito S. Rono; Best Actress Nomination - Vilma Santos; Best Cinematography Nomination - Charlie S. Peralta

Netizens’ Choice Awards - Favorite Movie of the Year (Star Cinema); Favorite Movie Actress of the Year - Kim Chiu; Vilma Santos' 50th Anniversary Movie; The Cinema Evaluation Board of the Philippines gave this film a "Graded A" and MTRCB rated this film Rated-13 (censored version) and Rated-18 (director's cut);  Ranked 3rd on the Highest-grossing Local movies of 2012, earning 2.06M US$ (85.96M PH); Star Cinema is very happy with the box-office result of Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos’ (photo) latest movie, The Healing, which has grossed more than P130M so far (and counting!).

'The Healing' on track to hit P100M - "...After its initial week in 140 theaters nationwide, the Vilma Santos-starrer has already earned P80 million at the box office, according to ABS-CBN’s film production arm Star Cinema. The movie, which celebrates the Star for All Seasons’ 50 years in show business, managed to turn in a stellar financial performance despite heavy rains and being rated R-13 and R-18 (strictly for 13 years old and 18 years old, and above) by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB). The Chito Rono-directed thriller also achieved the feat despite competition from the successful one-week run of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, as well as the much-awaited Hollywood film "The Dark Knight Rises." In comparison, the Batman movie earned P98,865,593 during its first week in Philippine theaters, according to data from website Box Office Mojo...With only P20 million shy of reaching the P100 million mark, “The Healing” is poised to rank among Star Cinema’s “Unofficially Yours” and “Kimmy Dora: The Temple of Kiyeme” as the only local films to breach the achievement so far this year...." - ABS-CBN News (READ MORE)

100-million mark - Heavy rains may have flooded Luzon but that didn’t hinder to the success of Chito Rono’s most recent masterpiece “The Healing“. While expected to reach the 100-million mark, The Healing as of it’s 3rd week has grossed P85.96 million in ticket sales. The Healing actually started with an awesome 7-day gross at P80 million as reported by Star Cinema and P74.39 according to Box Office Mojo Philippines. That’s only a 6-million difference, but let’s say we consider P80 million as the first week gross of The Healing. After riding that week of wave of success, The Healing began to see a decrease in the box office earnings which may be caused by the storm that entered the country about two weeks ago (while the film was on it’s second week). And with Star Cinema’s The Reunion coming into theaters this week! I’m not sure if The Healing can still make it to the 100-million mark. Two other factors are Disney’s Brave (with 55-Million 2 weeks gross) and Philippines’ most awaited Hollywood movie event “The Bourne Legacy” which raked P110-million on its first week. Additionally, MTRCB’s two film rating cuts for The Healing (R13) and The Healing R18 might have affected their earnings. Like seriously! The malls where I went to watch The Healing are so damn strict that they looked for any identification/certification that I’m 18. Going back, the movie was given a grade “A” by the Cinema Evaluation Board and was well-received by moviegoers and even the country’s top critics. “The Healing” is starring Vilma Santos, Kim Chiu, Janice de Belen, Mark Gil, Martin del Rosario, Jhong Hilario, Allan Paule, Cris Villanueva, Daria Ramirez, Ces Quesada, Ynez Veneracion, Simon Ibarra, Abby Bautista, Joel Torre, Chinggoy Alonso, Mon Confiado, Carmi Martin and Pokwang. The Healing is still on its 4th week! - Mark Glenn Cabrera (READ MORE)

'This one’s really made for Ate Vi' - "...Horror is one of those genres na hindi talaga siya kumukupas. Once it’s done well, everybody loves to watch horror movies. Kahit na ako. masaya siya eh. Lalo na pag may matatakutin kang kaibigan, ang sarap (laughs). It’s an experience na like no other. It’s like comedy where tawa kayo ng tawa. Kasi kapag iiyak ka, medyo nahihiya ka pa. pero this one’s really made for Ate Vi. Talagang role tailor made for her. Matagal na niyang hiningi ito,” he shares during The Healing’s bloggers conference held last July 23 at the ABS-CBN compound. Direk Chito says he and Vilma had talked about making a movie together as early as three years ago. After doing movies like Bata, bata Pano Ka Ginawa? and Dekada 70, The Healing is their reunion movie after almost ten years. He adds the multi-awarded actress has already proven her worth after 50 years in showbiz. “This is our fourth movie. I’ve always said na nakita ko na ang galing ng isang Vilma Santos sa ilang dekada, sa ang daming great movies na nagawa. Parang she’s one of those people na kailangan pa ba niya i-prove ulit? Yung parang I know she now always demands for something na medyo mas substantial. Huwag naman yung mediocre. Sabi ko the concept of the movie is bagay na sa stature niya. We’ve seen her do a lot of great scenes in most of her movies. The famous monologue scenes, the famous long takes. Ate Vi yan pag sinabi mong three pages na monologue, automatic na yan sa showbiz. Bihira na lang sa industriya yung kaya gawin yan. I’m very happy na pumayag si Ate Vi na ensemble ang pelikula..." - Push, 25 Jul 2009 (READ MORE)

Film Review: "...Director Chito S. Roño is a veteran in doing horror movies. In 2004, he helmed the box-office hit Feng Shui, an answer to the Asian horror movie phenomenon. The Healing, on the other hand, can be considered an answer to Hollywood's torture-and-gore horror movie phenomenon. It may be the first local horror film to do so, and thus it is refreshing to watch. There is no shortage of shocking gore in The Healing. There are lots and lots of blood; horror movie fans will not be disappointed. The movie is also made more fun by moments of fan service, that recalls several niches of pop culture that seem to be taboo in Philippine mainstream cinema. There's a small child wielding a ninja weapon killing groups of monks, before jumping to her death. There's a beheading using a giant knife. There are many more.  The story also offers something new, away from familiar themes like haunted houses and vengeful ex-girlfriends. It exploits the Filipino tradition of faith healing, and the consequences of tapping this alternative form of therapy. What's most admirable is the fact that The Healing's actors went to great lengths to provide credence to the story. Vilma Santos, for instance, gets stabbed multiple times that you'd wonder how she can take these intense physical scenes at her age. Kim Chiu should also be praised for her handling of her character, Cookie. Her early scenes when she needs to act sick are believable and downright affecting. In summary, The Healing is suited for Pinoy horror fans. It is fun as it is shocking, and non-squeamish viewers should have no problem having a good time..." - Mark Angelo Ching, PEP, July 30, 2012 (READ MORE)

"...Santos’ spine-tingler is far from original, but as it tweaks the narrative conceit that has made “Final Destination” a box-office-busting film franchise, the movie finds innovative ways to establish an atmosphere of impending doom that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats: You feel that something gruesome is about to transpire, you just don’t know how it will play out—or when! The Star for All Seasons decided to make the film because she wanted to add something “new” to her formidable oeuvre—and, with “The Healing,” Santos accomplishes exactly that. The role doesn’t require her to do much except run in circles or look worried or scared. But, she displays flashes of dramatic brilliance when she is hounded by guilt, a motivation that presents her with forks in the road that just might lead to the resolution of the horrifying story’s main conflict. More than anything, it’s a treat to see the durable actress on the big screen again. The horror-thriller genre she dabbles in effectively introduces her to a younger (and wider) viewing demographic that derives pleasure from getting scared out of its wits...." - Rito P. Asilo, Philippine Daily Inquirer, July 28, 2012 (READ MORE)

"...The reason I like Chito Rono’s horror movies, and the reason I see most of them in the theatre, is because suspense-horror is a completely original genre, completely divorced from the hang-ups and expectations of movies that involve real people doing somewhat credible things. I remember when Chito Rono did a suspense project DAHAS, topbilled by Maricel Soriano and Richard Gomez. It was one of a kind. Very engaging just like the Healing. Kim Chiu, among other characters has lesser exposure here but a huge revelation. She epitomizes the typical Asian character on every horror films we watched. Her make-up was perfect and she looks so fresh on the movie. Pokwang, Janice and Martin Del Rosario did a great job as support role. Their characters are very important and happy to see Janice De Belen again on the big screen. Pokwang gave a little taste of comic on her dialogues, which gave everyone to catch their breath in preparation to next scene. Martin Del Rosario is a real charmer. Again the focus of the film is the story, its suspense package and for Vilma Santos, which they succeeded. I suggest everyone should watch the uncut version, brave the director’s cut as there seems to be obvious reason why some of the scenes are not included on R13. DISLIKE: There’s one thing I don’t like, they are trying to blur some of Vilma Santos physical feature. That looks very obvious on the big screen. But you will love the color coding (that’s for you to find out). Star Cinema gave another reason for everyone to go back to movie houses and appreciate local films. It’s another excellent film of 2012...The Movie is in honor of Vilma’s 50th anniversary, Star Cinema gathered an all-star highly acclaimed powerhouse cast composed of Kim, Janice de Belen, Mark Gil, Martin del Rosario, Allan Paule, Cris Villanueva, Daria Ramirez, Ces Quesada, Ynez Veneracion, Simon Ibarra, Abi Bautista, Joel Torre, Chinggoy Alonso, Mon Confiado, Carmi Martin and Pokwang. I am giving THE HEALING 10 out of 10..." - Rod Magaru (READ MORE)

"...Vilma is subjected to a lot of stressful scenes in the movie as she fights for dear life. We have to suspend our disbelief a bit in the scenes where she gets violently mauled, stabbed, hit by a chair, repeatedly hurled down into the floor, but it did elicit a lot of deafening screams from the theatre crowd. Some of her fans feel she should have just done another drama but we can understand her desire to flex her wings and do a vehicle of this sort. When we saw the movie, a lot of viewers were young people who enjoy watching scary films like this. With this, Ate Vi has successfully reached out to a new demographic, with the help of a young star like Kim Chiu, who in all fairness, also does well in her dual roles. For us, it’s a very wise decision indeed. And Chito Roño shows here to younger horror directors like Topel Lee, Richard Somes and Jerrold Tarog (Tarog did a fine job of scoring and editing the movie) that he remains to be the master of the genre who can be even playful with the orchestrated color scheme of the costumes worn by his characters in the movie..." - Mario Bautista, Malaya, Aug 6 2012 (READ MORE)

"...Roño elevated gore in this horror. From a decapitation scene in the middle of the street to a massacre inside a temple, the director inspired the MTRCB to give the film dual versions: The director’s cut rated R-18 and a trimmed R-13 that allows the fans of Kim Chiu into the cinemas. While the spooks work (including a stroke of brilliance of a popped, moving left eye when the victim becomes possessed), acting was also solid in "The Healing." Vilma, who owns most of the frames, is convincing whether consoling her friends, guilt-ridden, confused, terrified. She’s even perfect as the ex-wife who, despite the fact that she was the one left behind for a new family, remained careful and concerned when dealing with her son and the daughter of her ex-husband because she always consider how her ex and his new wife would feel. Supporting performances are as engaging. Kim Chiu, whose Cookie is also healed but scheduled to die if Seth fails to stop the terrifying chain, traded convincing scenes with the actress/politician. Robert Arevalo and Allan Paule (Greta’s husband) offered moments of laughter and chances to exhale from the jolts and gore. Joel Torre and Jhong Hilario stole bits of the thunder in their moments leading to the climax..." - Kaye Villagomez, Manila Bulletin, Aug 07 2012 (READ MORE)

"...Vilma Santos is an icon and it is cool that she is accessible to a new generation of movie-goers. Ate Vi, this time without the benefit of long monologues or cinematic crying, proves her virtuosity as an actor in a horror movie, a genre she’s not really known for. But the good governor is indisputable as the leading lady within a great ensemble cast, including Joel Torre, Alan Paule, Janice de Belen, Cris Villanueva, Kim Chiu, and Pokwang among others. Look closely and you’ll find her photographed lovingly (by cinematographer Charlie Peralta) in almost soft-focus -is that what they call a two stocking shot? -running around in her platform mules and designer handbags. She’s awesome at looking surprised and seemed suitably spooked when a black crow flies in her face. (I will not mention any plot spoilers because the story is way too convoluted to summarize here, but I will say that yes, there is an ugly black bird in this movie)..." - Ria Limjap,, Aug 03 2012 (READ MORE)

To Rono's credit, each "death scene" would top the last one as far as gore and blood are concerned. The cast did well, too. Vilma Santos is Vilma Santos. She will always be bigger than her roles. This is not to say that she did not perform well; she did. But, watching her, you see Vilma more than Seth - too strong to ignore. Kim Chiu appeared in very few scenes despite her second billing. As with her performances on TV, she would have done better if she injected more energy into her role. I did not know Martin del Rosario before this movie, but he delivered very well in his crucial role as Jed. I'm not really sure why Ynez Veneracion had to show her right boob in a scene - maybe for old times' sake. Several camera angles used by Mr. Rono were very well-planned and executed, maximizing the tension onscreen. Like other productions (movies and theater plays) I watch nowadays, there was color coordination in the outfits/costumes of the characters onscreen. In "The Healing," though, I did not quite get why a certain color was chosen to be the "theme" of a scene. It was too obvious, that when a scene's color scheme continued into an unrelated scene, it became distracting. Many common scare tactics and music were employed in the film. Thankfully, there was no Sadako-like creature in this one (if you still don't know who Sadako is, Google "The Ring" Japanese version — or search on YouTube). Overall, "The Healing" is okay. It is similar to other horror films in the way the friends of the lead female character are dying around her and it is up to her to break the curse. If it was Kris Aquino who played Seth instead of Vilma Santos, the movie would just be "Feng Shui" all over again..." - Fred Hawson, Rappler, Aug 12 2012 (READ MORE)

"...The movie has a cohesive plot. The editing is brisk. The story telling is to the point. The jolts, the surprises, the building tension as the plot thickens makes you squirm from your seat. You can't take your eyes off the screen so as not to miss the details, the foreshadowing, the conflict resolution. From the impressive opening credits, to the alternate theme colors of blue, red, yellow & white, you know the movie is special. The ensemble acting reminds you of such sleuth movies as Murder on the Orient Express & Death on the Nile, where Rono is able to flesh out the best from each actor or actress, no matter how small the role is, whether in a group or singly . I particularly like Janice De Belen, Pokwang, Robert Arevalo (in a groovy role that Sildenafil users could relate to), Kim Chiu, Joel Torre & Martin Del Rosario. Vilma Santos is in almost every frame. It is a most restrained performance, akin to her Urian winning Amanda Bartolome character in Dekada 70 where she has mastered "doing less is more." As the key figure or the cause of the sad fate of her friends, Vilma is able to effectively use her eyes to show fear, guilt, sadness, even remorse. Her best scenes are when she tells her son Martin to not leave Kim from his sight, while calling from a cell phone, her confrontation scene with Kim in a car while Martin is driving the van & her hair raising, thrilling confrontation scene with Kim, the evil twin..." - Mar Garces (READ MORE)

"...The Healing spends a great deal of time needlessly attempting to make sense of the plentiful contrivances it filled its plot with. Simplicity is not one of Roño's priorities. The film indulges in so many points that require tiring explanations and expositions, some of which seem too farfetched to be believed or to be appreciated. While the genre relies heavily on the supernatural and the unexplainable, Roño's story seems too all over the place, forcing everything to cohere seamlessly like a completed jigsaw puzzle. Unfortunately, the film's insistence on forcing the details mostly backfires, creating a story that meanders a little bit too much. The key to good horror is not necessarily what is overtly shown and depicted but the quality and the extent of what is left to the imagination. Roño invests a lot in The Healing's visual design. Practical effects are abandoned for computer-generated effects, allowing grislier and more deranged sequences to exist with absolute ease. Instead of heightening the tension, the computer-generated effects only deflates it, inviting humor with how closer it resembles cartoons than macabre realism instead of fear. The acting is also unnecessarily pronounced and hysterical, despite the characters' unnatural reaction to impending amorality and death. There is just too little left for the audience. The film is just frustratingly cluttered, serving details and elements, motivations and reactions, all of which do not necessarily fit the material they are forced to support. The Healing is commendable only for the fact that it attempted to stray from the inanities of uninspired horror cinema that has occupied Philippine cinema for far too long. It bears ideas and an execution of such ideas that evince an ambition and effort to break away from tired conventions. Sadly, everything ends up in forgettable confusion..." - Oggs Cruz (READ MORE)

"...The film is, by turn, violent and the sexy episode given clinical treatment. The breast of Ynez Veneracion (as Greta) is fondled matter-of-factly to show that the cancerous lumps are no longer there. The series of death – suicide and murder, keep the moviegoers on the edge, screaming here and there and up to the very end when the ‘sanib’ victim Kim Chiu (as Cookie) opens her eyes. Rono has a perfect acting ensemble to make this film credible and engaging. Even with the limited exposure and dialogue that she had, Daria Ramirez was great acting personified in The Healing. Pokwang (as Alma) was another revelation. Here, Rono doesn’t allow her to take another crack at her comic talents and emerges a natural performer. Everyone has defining moments in this film from Kim Chiu (as Cookie), Janice de Belen (as Cita), Robert Arevalo (as Odong), Martin del Rosario (as Jed), Mark Gil (as Val), Carmi Martin, Cris Villanueva (as Ding), Allan Paule (as Ruben), Ces Quesada (as Chona), Chinggoy Alonzo and Simon Ibarra (as Rex), among others. Joel Torre -as the healer's brother- turns in another winning performance. This is my first horror film with Vilma Santos in it and I must say that she acquitted herself very well. Her subtle acting in The Healing was reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn in Wait Until Dark. I think she should do more horror film with Rono. Like it or not, The Healing is my Horror Film of the Year..." - Pablo A. Tariman (READ MORE)

"...The movie queen has also reached out to new media. In the weeks leading to the movie’s showing, and during its entire run, the blogosphere is abuzz with news and features on its star. Bloggers, who are slowly eclipsing the legit press in prestige, a powerful bloc who are not paid purveyors of gossip and publicity stunts, are one in their admiration and praise for the screen icon. One thing that “The Healing” has achieved is it gained for Vilma Santos a new following. Not only has Vilma encroached on the horror-suspense niche, but with the film’s R-13 rating, she has also reintroduced herself to the younger segments of the population. Vilma’s insistence on challenging herself by doing different projects paid off, she has just made herself current, still, and very much a big, dominant fixture in popular culture, notwithstanding the new crop of stars that have come up and populated the scene. One palpable proof is her movie has set a trend in Philippine cinema: a slew of horror-suspense flicks followed suit after its huge success in the box-office. Philippine horror-suspense is usually associated with Kris Aquino, but Vilma has given the genre a new meaning and dimension..." - RRI Espinoza (READ MORE)

"...The cast delivers a believable performance in The Healing. For a horror film, it sure has some good humor on it. The humor usually comes from Seth's (Vilma Santos) father Mang Odong (Robert Arevalo). But never forget that this is a horror film, you when you least expect it the film delivers this sucker punch jump scare. The Healing has a good number of jump scares which you can either love or hate. I personally prefer the more psychological and creeping form of scare when it comes to horror films. Don't get me wrong, The Healing has these creepy elements as well. The scares in the Healing are okay which have been generally enhanced by CG-effects...Star Cinema's The Healing is a good horror film which has some pretty suspenseful and creepy moments...The Healing is worth the time, money, and effort. The film is more of a suspense than a horror in the latter part of the film which is not bad which doesn't diminish how the story progressed. Pinoy Movie Blogger gives The Healing (2012) an 8 out of 10 (4/10) film review rating..." - Chris A., Pinoy Movie Blogger (READ MORE)

"...Whilst the script is somewhat threadbare the vistas, cinematography and overall presentation feels on par with that of its contemporaries. It’s just a shame that the screenplay fails to capitalize more on its own interesting premise. Whilst some light is shed upon the peculiar push-pull of Healers and the country’s strong catholic heritage; more time seems to of been placed upon moving the characters to the next set piece, complimented by some overly expository dialogue and a few to many ham-fisted deliveries. Having said that though, The Healing marks the mid-point of an exciting time for the Filipino horror industry. With titles such as Feng-Shui, Ouija and The Road seeing some overseas success, one hopes that a marriage of script, production and budget isn’t to far away. For now though The Healing represents a curio for the discerning viewer, or perhaps instead, a seed from which greater films will eventually flourish..." - John H. Marshall, Japan Cinema (READ MORE)

"...Created in the same campy mold as Chito Roño’s other horror “Feng Shui”, the film gambled on giving Vilma Santos a project that was expected to earn money and provide cheap thrills. I am not sure about the box office returns but it did provide some scares when I saw it. Plot is about a neighborhood who is embroiled in a karma-like situation. The neighbors are having a second lease on life with their own set of illnesses after a life insurance agent’s dad was attended to by a faith healer named Elsa (who happens to be the name of Nora Aunor’s character in the masterpiece “Himala”). It may be low in coming up with a compact and weighty story to connect with but at least it gave its main chunk of meat a good production value and execution. The one involving a Chinese temple is my favorite. I also have to note that Jerrold Tarog did a wonderful job in the editing department. The ending, for instance, did not linger much on the drama and the realizations. Star Cinema also released two versions of the film. One is R18 which contains more gore and the other, to reach to a wider audience (read: more money), R13. Friends who might appreciate it: Vilmanians, no less..." - Manuel Pangaruy Jr., Tagailog Specials Presents, 28 October 2012 (READ MORE)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Kim Chiu in The Healing - July 25 2012

Gerald Anderson - "...Abala muna si Kim sa shooting ng horror film na The Healing, kung saan gumaganap siya bilang anak ng Star for All Seasons na si Vilma Santos. First time ni Kim na gumawa ng isang horror film kaya aminado siyang nahirapan. "Medyo mahirap lang kasi horror 'tapos may mga effects-effects, kaya ayun, nakakapanibago,"sabi ni Kim nang makausap ng (Philippine Entertainment Portal) kahapon, March 11, pagkatapos ng ASAP 2012. Aminado si Kim na noong una ay medyo nahihiya siya sa mga eksena nila ni Ate Vi, pero ngayon ay wala na raw siyang ilang na nararamdaman dito. "Mabait naman kasi talaga siya, e," pagtukoy niya sa Batangas governor. "'Pag na-meet mo siya, close na kayo agad. Parang ganoon. Ganoon ang personality niya." Si Chito Roño ang director ng The Healing. Kamusta namang katrabaho si Direk Chito? "Maayos naman siyang magdirek. Nakakatakot, pero at least, matututo ka," sabi ni Kim...Kasi siyempre, two years na rin ang nakalipas. "Kaya ayun, kailangan na rin ng inspirasyon." Ang ibig sabihin ni Kim dito ay dalawang taon na ang nakalipas mula nang mabalitang naghiwalay sila ni Gerald Anderson. Posible ba na si Xian na ang susunod niyang maging boyfriend? "Ay, ayoko namang sabihin kasi nakakahiya. Basta!..." - Rommel Placente (READ MORE)

Fuller and Gorgeous - "...Everyone gushes that pretty as she was, the new fuller Kim Chiu is now even more gorgeous. It all started with her role in the 2011 ABS-CBN television series My Binondo Girl where she likened her role to Disney’s Mulan. She had to appear stronger, fiercer. She was determined to gain weight and so she went to the gym. It was in the same show that the public warmed up on her team-up with Xian Lim, also a Star Magic talent. I invited myself to one of the photo shoots featuring the famous love team and they filled me in on how they keep fit. My daughter reminded me to tell Kim and Xian that I am one of the avid fans of their team-up. Endearing as they were on television, I walked out of the shoot liking them a lot more. Star Magic, now celebrating its 20th year in managing talents, has done a remarkable job not only in developing talents but also in nurturing great character. Kim was everything she was on TV - sweet, kind, friendly, charming, real, and funny. Her personal trainer Boyet Trinidad describes Kim as a model client. “She is very committed. She hits the gym thrice a week despite being extremely busy. She follows the exercise regimen without any complaint. She has gained pounds already, improved her cardio, strength, and has developed muscle endurance. She can now run 3k on the treadmill..." - Mylene Mendoza-Dayrit (READ MORE)

The Ultimate 'It' Girl - "...Kim looked exhausted from taping, but still agreed to do the photo shoot on a Sunday when she should have been resting. She arrived on time and smiled at everyone on the set, even to some fans. Kim showed energy posing for the camera, changing outfits, and sitting down for an interview...She considers having legions of fans, most of which are young girls, as a great blessing. Being famous, she is often allowed to cut into the front of the line or avail of a discount when she shops in stores. But in spite all these, Kim doesn’t see herself as a superstar. “I’m an actress,” as she prefers to be called...Kim confessed that when she has nothing else to do, she would splurge on shopping. She also revealed that when she chooses items, she doesn’t look at the price tag. Kim doesn’t have a stylist, so she relies on her own taste to come up with a look from head to toe. “I mix and match my own clothes. I like colorful dresses that are unique.” She admitted she feels uneasy if she doesn’t have lipstick in her purse. “Kahit maiwan na ang powder o ang concealer, basta huwag lang ang lipstick.”...Kim is constantly on her cellphone and the Internet to keep in touch with family and friends. “I ask them (older brothers) what they are having for dinner and what are they doing. For my friends, I invite them to join me at tapings to keep me company..." - Napoleon Quintos (READ MORE)

The Role - "...While filming the movie, there were moments wherein she felt intimidated by Vilma’s stature as an actress, which made it a bit difficult for her to deliver certain scenes. But Kim was grateful to Vilma because the latter encouraged her to stay focused in her role. “Sabi niya gawin mo dapat mong gawin sa isang eksena. Huwag mong sasayangin. Paulit-ulit niyang sinasabi na sayang yung eksena.” Vilma was equally very taken with Kim ever since they did a sample of a confrontation scene for Vilma: A Woman For All Seasons (a five-part TV special in 2009). In the meantime, Kim is gearing up for her newest soap Ina, Kapatid, Anak which also top-bills Maja Salvador, Xian Lim, and Enchong Dee. Aside from her easy camaraderie with fellow young stars, she is also excited to play Cherry Pie Picache’s daughter in the story. “It’s different dynamic. First time namin magkatrabaho ni Ms. Pie na mag-ina kami. Madaming beses na kaming nagkasama sa teleserye pero hindi siya yung kakampi ko. Yun ang isa sa mga dapat abangan ng viewers dito..." - Rachelle Siazon (READ MORE)

Kim Chiu (born Kimberly Sue Yap Chiu on April 19, 1990 in Tacloban/Chinese name: Zhang Jinzhu, Chinese characters, is a Filipino-Chinese actress. She lived in Cebu City before she went to Manila for Pinoy Big Brother. Chiu was the first winner of Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition and is currently part of ABS-CBN's Star Magic contract artists. She is also a recording artist, having launched her only album entitled 'Gwa Ai Di.'...Chiu is slated to do a horror film with Vilma Santos titled, The Healing and a reunion movie project with perrenial leading man, Anderson tentatively titled, For The Sake Of Love. Chiu will also be starring in a new upcoming drama entitled, Ina, Kapatid, Anak with Xian Lim, Maja Salvador and Enchong Dee and set to do a romantic-comedy movie with Xian Lim. - Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Kim Chiu and Vilma Santos
The Healing (2012) - "...Stories about the Filipino tradition of going to faith healers for guidance and treatment of ailments have not yet been tackled in-depth in movies. And in our film, the viewers will not just be horrified, they'll somehow be challenged to think as to how faith healing has already been part of our culture..." - ABS-CBN News (READ MORE)

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Janice de Belen in The Healing - July 25 2012

Rebuilding Relationship - "...There was never really an issue” between the two of them, Janice maintained, even when Charlene married Aga in 2001. “Siguro nagkakaron lang ng issue whenever it's being talked about that way kahit wala naman talaga. “Seriously, it was okay. Ako kasi, ‘pag tapos na, ‘di ba, move on na… ‘Pag may kinasal, wala nang drama. Kasi ‘yun na, ‘pag naghiwalay kayo, naghiwalay na kayo. So dapat maisip mo na ‘yon na, ito na ‘yung mga posibleng mangyari. It’s really fine,” she said. The returning Kapamilya actress also encourages Luigi, who now has a family of his own, to “rebuild” his relationship both with Aga and Charlene. “I have no problems with that. I tell Luigi, ‘Go to your dad, go to your Tita Charlene. Always be there, because [it’s making up for] lost time. We’ve been together for a long time, I think it’s time you start rebuilding your relationship with your dad and with your Tita Charlene and with your brother (Andres) and sister (Atasha),’” she said...Aga and I have no problem. Whatever differences we may have had in the past, tapos na ‘yon. I guess we’re mature na rin. Diyos ko, matanda na kami eh. May mga apo na nga kaming dalawa, ‘di ba?” she said..." - Rowena Joy A. Sanchez (READ MORE)

Innate Sensitivity and Warmth - "...Interestingly enough, at this early stage, the most exceptional performance in “Budoy” is turned in, not by Anderson, but by Janice de Belen as his surrogate mother. The new drama series benefits greatly from having De Belen play her pivotal role, because the actress has the vast experience and innate sensitivity and warmth to make her scenes with Budoy moving and memorable. It’s instructive to note that De Belen played a TV waif for years (on “Flordeluna”), so she knows how those handkerchief teleseryes operate. But the quality and affective worth of her portrayal go beyond TV smarts-they’re more the result of her acute “emotional understanding” of her character’s own loneliness, thus her ability to feel for and with the “reject” she’s chosen to mother..." - Nestor U. Torre (READ MORE)

Floredeluna - "...Dahil sa TV soap opera na "Flordluna," ang longest running at most popular TV soap opera sa buong Pilipinas sa kasalukuyan, nakilala si Janice ng masa. Hindi lamang siya nakilala kundi higit sa lahat, siya ay hinangaan at minahal. Si Janice bilng "Flordeluna" ay simbolo ng kabutihan sa makasalanang daigidig. Siya ay sagisag ng pag-asa hindi lamang sa mga kababaihan kundi higit sa lahat ay sa mga kabataan. Sa gitna ng cass materialism at kalupitan ng mga tao sa kanyang kapuwa, na siyang tema ng ibang mga soap operang paatuloy na nilalason ang isip ng masa at ng mga kabataaan, si "Flordeluna" ay isang mood. Isang pedestal na kumakatawan sa lahat ng bagay na mabuti at maganda. Ang sweet at immaculate image ni "Flordeluna" (bagama't mayroon ding sumpong at kapintasan) na buong katapatang binibigyan ng buhay ni Janice sa loob ng halos tatlong taon ngayon ay isang hiyas. Isang brilyante sa lipunang pinapamayagpagan ng mga huwad. Ang kanyang pagiging matiisin at makatao ay siyang ikinikintal ng mga educators sa mga estudyante sa elementary at high school level. Ang kanyang mga positive values na winawasak ng ibang soap operas sa ngalang ng sensayonalismo at realismo (raw) upang sila'y panoorin ay kailangan-kailangan sa ating kasalukuang henerasyon. Si "Flordeluna" ay catalyst ng kabitihan, ng anumang bagay na mabuti at maganda. Ganyan si Janice..." - Fundador Soriano, Artista Magazine, September 17, 1981 (READ MORE)

Farmhouse - "...Hindi ba tatlong buwan pa lamang ang nakalilipas mula nang buong kadramahan niyang ipinahayag sa madla na she is quitting showbiz for good? Marami siyang pinahanga sa deklarasyon niyang iyon: na sawa na siya sa mga intriga, gusto naman niyang magbalik sa dati niyang buhay na normal, gusto niyang tumawa't sumimangot kung kailan niya gustong tumawa't sumimangot at hindi 'yung lagi siyang nakangiti...sikat na sikat siya, she's at the peak of her career, tapos, buong tatag ng loob na tatalikuran niya ang showbiz...Siguro ay pinili niyang maging isang mabuting anak at sundin ang payo na kanyang mga magulang (lalo na ng kanyang ama) na ipagpatuloy na lamang ang kanyang pag-aaral...Pero lahat ng mga iyan ay tubig na lamang na dumaan sa ilalim ng tulay sa ngayon. Paano'y biglang kumambiyo si Janice at nagbago ng kanyang pasiya. Tiyak na lahat ng mga humahanga sa kanya ay mata-turn off. At kahit itatwa pa niya, lalabas at lalabas na nanggi-gimmick lamang pala siya, na niloloko lamang niya tayo. Such a kid, mautak na pala sa ganitong klase ng panlilinlang! But ultimately, she might find out that the rug she pulled off was not from under our feet but hers. Ngayong nagdeklara na siyang babalik sa showbiz through a TV show in such a short time..."I want a farmhouse. This will cost so much so I'll have to work hard to have money to buy it with. I will have a swimming pool in front, a stable of hourse in the back..." - Mario E. Bautista, Movie Flash Magazine, October 6, 1983 (READ MORE)

Her Karma - "...Janice started as a child newscaster in “Newswatch Junior Edition” and hit it big as a child star in “Flor de Luna”. At 18, she had son Luigi with Aga Muhlach. She later married John Estrada and they have four kids. It was not an easy ride for Janice as a mom. She admitted in “SIR” that Luigi got into drugs, sent into rehab and she was not in favor when he became a dad and got married at 22, but having his own family no doubt straightened out Luigi. We cannot blame him if he went astray as he comes from a dysfunctional family. He saw his mom having her own family and also his dad with his own family, and no matter what you say, he must’ve felt like an outsider hovering somewhere in between. Janice was honest enough to admit that her problems with Luigi must’ve been her karma for her own sins that made her parents cry when she got pregnant out of wedlock. “It was so hard for me as a parent na tanggaping hindi ko siya napalaki nang maayos. Kasi ‘pag single parent ka, ‘pag maayos ‘yung nangyayari sa anak mo, hindi mo naman nakukuha ‘yung credit nang solo eh. Pero ‘pag napariwara ‘yung anak mo, ikaw lang mag-isa ang may kasalanan niyan.” But somehow, it ended well for Luigi, who finished culinary arts and now has his own restaurant. He has given Janice two grandchildren so far...." - Mario Bautista (READ MORE)

Catherine Janice Yap de Belen or Janice de Belen is a Filipina actress, commercial model and television host who was a GMA Network contract artist. She returns back to ABS-CBN via Budoy. She is currently part of ABS-CBN contract actresses. She was born November 9, 1968 to Philip de Belen and the former Susan Yap. She has a younger sister Gelli who is also an actress. At the age of nine, she became a newscaster for the RPN 9's Newswatch Junior Edition. She got her biggest break from the same channel when she got the lead role in the soap opera Flordeluna. Two years later, she entered the movies via her launch movie Mga Basang Sisiw. Janice is also credited as co-writer of Joey Albert's smash hit It's Over Now. - Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Janice de Belen and Vilma Santos

"...Ang nasabing pelikula ay ang The Healing, tungkol sa paniniwala ng ilan sa atin sa faith healers. Kuwento ni Janice, “It’s with Vilma Santos. Ang role ko rito ay friend of Vilma. Makakasama rin namin dito sina Kim Chiu, Pokwang, Mark Gil and Chris Villanueva, directed by Chito Roño.” Na-miss kaya niya ang paggawa ng mga ganitong klaseng pelikula? Tugon nito, “May mga indie ako, pero ‘yung mainstream film parang ngayon lang uli ako gagawa ng mainstream film.” Hindi naman daw ito ang unang pagkakataong makakasama niya ang Star for All Seasons, pero excited daw siya dahil si Ate Vi ang pangarap ng karamihan na makatrabaho kahit isang beses man lang sa kanilang mga career. Masayang sagot ni Janice, “I worked with her before ‘di ba? Dati may show siya ‘yung VIP, pagka mga holidays, meron silang parang nagda-drama sila, I worked with her there. “Iba ‘tong movie na ‘to saka many years after, sobrang many years after I think mga 20 years ago na ‘yun, so to work with Vilma now na parang napaka-exciting, ‘di ba? Oo, masabi ko man lang na nakatrabaho ko si Vilma Santos, si Ate Guy (Nora Aunor) nakatrabaho ko na siya. Gusto ko man lang once in my career masabi ko ‘yun..." - Arnel Serato (READ MORE)

The Healing (2012) - "...Stories about the Filipino tradition of going to faith healers for guidance and treatment of ailments have not yet been tackled in-depth in movies. And in our film, the viewers will not just be horrified, they'll somehow be challenged to think as to how faith healing has already been part of our culture..." - ABS-CBN News (READ MORE)

Payaso (1986) - "...The 1986 Metro Manila Film Festival may have been the worst in the 12-year history of the annual 10-day festival of local films, but it set a precedent; it did not give out the traditional first and second best picture awards...Romy Vitug won the best cinematography award for Celso Ad Castillo's Payaso and Chris Ad Castillo, the director's son, ran away with the best supporting actor award...The unprecendented move, according to another juror, Nick Deocampo, was arrived at after a heated discussion. An insider said it was spearheaded by Deocampo and another juror, Justino Dormiendo of the Manunuri. In a prepared statement read by Cojuangco during ceremonies, the board of juror annouced: "We, the members of the Board of Jurors of the 1986 Metro Manila Film Festival, would like to express our concern over the current state of the Philippine movie industry as reflected in the entires to this year's MMFF. It added that the entries "failed to reinforced and inculcate positive Filipino values by portraying negative stereotypes, imitating foreign films and perpetuating commercially-oriented movies..." - JC Nigado (READ MORE)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Pokwang in The Healing - July 25 2012

Reincarnation of Aruray - "...In 1998 while she was working in Abu Dhabi, Pokwang received the sad news that her son died of a congenital brain ailment. “Of course, I felt guilty na wala man lang ako sa tabi ng anak ko nang kailangang-kailangan niya ako,” admitted Pokwang, the wacky comedienne (suspected to be the “reincarnation” of Aruray) who in real life is a serious mother. She changed moods from sadly reflective to hilariously comedic. “Shin was made in the Philippines, pero assembled by a Japanese. I met his father here before I went to Japan. Magulo ang relasyon namin. Away kami nang away, nagbabatuhan kami ng kung anu-ano, nagsasakitan kami talaga, that’s why the baby inside me was badly affected. Kawawa naman siya. When the baby was born, kami ng ama niya nagbabatuhan kami ng crib.” Ria Mae was also sired by a Japanese whom Pokwang met in Japan where she worked as a dancer. “I never lived with my children’s fathers,” Pokwang said. “Nabuntis lang nila ako.” Still haunted by the death of Shin, Pokwang is over-protective of Ria. In the four-storey house that she has built in Antipolo City, Ria has her own room but she’d rather sleep with her mom — “Malambing siya because I’m always out of the house working and we seldom see each other.”..." - Ricardo F. Lo (READ MORE)

Komiks Character - "...The name Pokwang (given to her by a friend who got it from a Universal Komiks character) must have proven a lucky charm to the woman who was born to make people laugh. "According to my mother, I was so malikot inside her stomach that when I was born, nahulog ako sa sahig." Her victory as the Clown in a Million has radically changed the life of Pokwang and that of her family. They used to live in a humble hut several minutes walk (they couldn’t afford to ride the tricycle, you know) from the highway but near the Hinulugang Taktak. That has drastically undergone an overall improvement. Pokwang doesn’t have to walk the distance now nor ride the tricycle. She now goes around in an Adventure bought on installment basis. "That’s why I have a lot to be thankful for this Christmas," she said. "And I’ll start by giving orphans a merry Christmas..." - Ricardo F. Lo (READ MORE)

Hard Work - "...“It’s Pokwang’s time to shine. Nora Aunor made an OFW film, ‘The Flor Contemplacion Story,’ in 1995. Vilma Santos did ‘Anak’ in 2000. Eleven years later, Pokwang comes up with this. We want to update the stories of OFWs. A lot has happened including the 9/11 bombing that brought major changes.” In spite of favorable reactions from viewers abroad, Pokwang says she’s still nervous to know how the local audience would react to the film. “I kept thinking, people know me as a comedienne, so how would they respond to seeing me doing drama? It helps that I’ve done five episodes of ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya.’ I learned a lot from the experience,” she says. “Even though I gave this project my all, I’m still feeling the pressure.” Pokwang claims she is not expecting an acting award for her performance. “Our focus right now is to let the people know that a film like this exists. We want to open the eyes of OFW parents about the repercussions of leaving their kids alone at home. We also want to teach kids of OFWs to give importance to their parents’ hard work..." - Marinel R. Cruz (READ MORE)

Aruray ni Dolphy - "...Aruray pala ang binansag ni Mang Dolphy kay Pokwang. Ito ay ikinuwento ni Pokwang sa preskon ng The Healing kung saan si Governor Vilma Santos ang bida. Aru kung tawagin ni Mang Dolphy si Pokwang. Sino nga ba si Aruray? Siya po ang komedyante noong araw na matagal na ring namayapa. Kahawig nga ni Pokwang si Aruray pero siyempre mas maganda si Pokwang, in all fairness. Bumunghalit ng tawa si Governor Vi nang marinig ang kuwento ni Pokwang na binansagan siyang Aru ni Mang Dolphy. Hindi naman makapag-react si Kim Chiu dahil hindi niya kilala si Aruray. Hindi pa yata siya ipinanganak nang mamatay si Aruray..." - Joe Barrameda (READ MORE)

Pokwang Marietta Subong (born August 27, 1970), better known by the mononym Pokwang is a Filipina comedienne, actress, TV host, singer, impersonator and salon co-owner. She started in a reality show in ABS-CBN and subsequently appeared in dramas and sitcoms of the network. She also received the Best Comedy Actress award from the Philippine Movie Press Club for her portrayal in the sitcom Aalog-Alog and the Best Female Comedian award from People’s Choice Awards. She became a host of the variety show Wowowee,"Pilipinas Win na Win" and "Happy Yipee Yehey". She is also known for impersonating actress Annabelle Rama, Dionisia Pacquiao (Manny Pacquiao's mother), and Marlene Aguilar, the sister of singer Freddie Aguilar. Pokwang is a member of ABS CBN's Star Magic group of entertainers. She is currently residing in Antipolo. - Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Pokwang and Vilma Santos

"...Nakaka-amaze siyang ka-trabaho (Vilma Santos). Madami kang matututunan hindi lang bilang artista kung hindi bilang tao," Pokwang said. "Natutunan ko sa kanya 'yung talagang magandang pinaghihirapan mo ang lahat ng bagay. At kita naman sa na-achieve niya. Alam mo napakagaan niyang ka-trabaho, ang sarap sarap. Tapos ang hilig pang magpakain. Makuwento din siya,' yung mga masasayang nangyari sa buhay," she added. Asked if she feels intimidated working with Santos, Pokwang replied: "Noong una. Pero ipaparamdam niyang kumportable siya kapag ka-eksena mo siya..." - ABS-CBN (READ MORE)

The Healing (2012) - "...Stories about the Filipino tradition of going to faith healers for guidance and treatment of ailments have not yet been tackled in-depth in movies. And in our film, the viewers will not just be horrified, they'll somehow be challenged to think as to how faith healing has already been part of our culture..." - ABS-CBN News (READ MORE)

D’Lucky Ones (2006) - "...Then there’s the silly subplot where the two friends, while trying to search for Lucky Girl, somehow fall in with a handsome young man, and both of them are fighting each other for his attention. It’s clear that he has no romantic interest in either one, who are both old enough to be his mother, but he’s hanging around as a friend. The two mothers go to a bar and join in a dance contest to impress the young man. They make their two children look incredibly mature by comparison. There’s one intense scene between Lucky Girl and her mother where Lucky Girl learns that her South Korean father abused her mother, and all the inlaws hated her because she was Filipino rather than Korean. Many times they would not allow her stay in the house with her daughter, but she begged for food on the streets. Watching Vilma Santos movies was her escape from this reality. This may also make Lucky Girl rethink her preference for living in South Korea over The Philippines (she’d been planning to return to the only country she knew as home. Heck, she only knew how to speak Tagalog from her mother forcing her to watch Vilma Santos movies.) The ending is obvious. Send the Vilma Santos fans to a Vilma Santos reunion party and get Ate Vi (Older Sister Vi) to patch up the two friends. And then everybody gets to dance. Hey, it’s The Philippines..." - That Awesome TV (READ MORE)


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