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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Shake, Rattle & Roll X

Regal Entertainment’s “Shake, Rattle & Roll X” (10) is the tenth installment of the original festival horror trilogy that started in 1984.

The title of the three episodes are: “Nieves: The Encanto Slayer,” “Emergency,” and “Class Picture.”

Eugene Domingo topbills “Nieves: The Encanto Slayer.” It also stars James Blanco, Marco Alcaraz, and Jennica Garcia.

The episode “Emergency” features JC de Vera, Wendell Ramos, Roxanne Guinoo, and Mylene Dizon. This particular episode was shot in all the hospitals in Luzon.

“Class Picture” on the other hand, stars Kapamilya Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson.

The movie reportedly will have a recurring theme of the number 10, such as ten friends, tenth floor, etc. It is directed by Mike Tuviera (”Nieves: The Encanto Slayer” and “Emergency”) and Topel Lee (Class Picture).


Wenn Deramas: Busiest director in town

Mataas ang energy level ng direktor na si Wenn Deramas nang bisitahin siya ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa first shooting day ng bago niyang pelikula na Pasukob under OctoArts Films. This is the frist time na gumawa siya ng project sa produksiyon na pag-aari ni Orly Ilacad. Reunion movie rin ito nina Ai-Ai delas Alas at Rufa Mae Quinto pagkatapos ng Booba (2001).

"Okay na okay ang first shooting day namin. Magaan ang shooting namin at walang hassle. Higit sa lahat, all-out ang support ni Boss Orly sa project," masayang pahayag ni Direk Wenn.

Simula pa lang daw ito ng maraming pelikula na pagsasamahan nila sa OctoArts, ayon na rin kay Boss Orly. May playdate na ang Pasukob on November 28. Pagkatapos nito, may isa pang nakapila agad na project si Direk Wenn sa OctoArts Films.

"Eto ‘yung movie nina Juday [Judy Ann Santos] at Ryan [Agoncillo] na pang-filmfest sana ng Octo. Actually, na-approve ang script namin sa [MMFF] committee, kaya lang may ruling sila na isang movie lang dapat bawat bidang artista. E, may Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo na sila sa Star Cinema, so, ‘yung sa amin baka next year na," kuwento ni Direk Wenn, na ang tinutukoy ay ang project na Mister Housewife.

Tinatapos na rin ni Direk Wenn ang isa pa niyang pelikula under Viva Films, ang Four In One starring Rufa Mae, Pokwang, Candy Pangilinan, at Eugene Domingo. Natapos na niyang i-shoot ang mga eksena sa Hong Kong ng apat na artista niiya bilang mga domestic helpers.

After this movie, hinahanda na ni Direk Wenn ang launching movie ng "lucky charm" niya na si Eugene bilang matandang dalaga na may titulong Demetria.

By November, balik Star Cinema si Direk Wenn. Masaya niyang ibinalita na okay na ulit sila ng Star Cinema. Ipinatawag siya ng managing director ng film arm ng ABS-CBN na si Ms. Malou Santos. Hindi itinanggi ni Direk Wenn na nagtampo siya sa Star Cinema pagkatapos ng Ang Cute Ng Ina Mo.

"Nagtampo talaga ako noon," pag-amin niya. "Pero ngayon naayos na. Hindi man nadagdagan ‘yung bonus ko, idinagdag naman nila sa talent fee ko. Kung magkano ‘yung talent fee ko outside Star Cinema, ganun na rin ang rate ko sa kanila."

Gagawin na ni Direk Wenn ang long-overdue na sequel sa monster hit na Ang Tanging Ina nila ni Ai-Ai na pinamagatang Ang Tanging Ina Ninyong Lahat. Ayaw munang i-reveal ni Direk Wenn kung bakit ganito ang titulo ng sequel nila. Magsisimula raw sila ng shooting ni Ai-Ai sa Star Cinema right after ng Pasukob.

Mamayang gabi ay matatapos ang isa sa dalawang teleserye ni Direk Wenn sa ABS-CBN, ang Walang Kapalit nina Piolo Pascual at Claudine Barretto. Pero hindi pa man nagtatapos ang Walang Kapalit ay naplantsa na ang usapan sa panibagong programa na gagawin niya for ABS-CBN.

"It's another fantaserye at isang remake ulit. Mas bongga sa Kokey. Gagawin namin ni Ai-Ai ang Volta: The Series sa ABS-CBN," kuwento ni Direk Wenn.

On September 15 ay magse-celebrate ng kanyang birthday si Direk Wenn. Wish niya ay kumita ang lahat pelikula niya sa mga sinehan.


Himala Won In Cnn!!!


Winners in the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the region's highest
accolade in film in 2008, were announced tonight at a special
ceremony on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. More than 700 film
industry luminaries from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the
United States attended the ceremony.

Thirty two (32) films representing 17 countries were finalists in the
Awards, with winners coming from Kazakhstan, Israel, Republic of
Korea, Australia, Turkey, Islamic Republic of Iran, People's Republic
of China and India received Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

The Awards were determined by an International Jury headed by Academy
Award nominated Australian Director Bruce Beresford.

The Best Feature Film award was won by TULPAN (Kazakhstan/Russian
Federation/ Switzerland/Poland/Germany). The Award was accepted by
Producer, Karl Baumgartner. Karl Baumgartner shares the Award with
fellow Producers Valerie Fischer, Gulnara Sarsenova, Sergey Selyanov,
Henryk Romanowski, Sergey Melkumov, Bulat Galimgereyev, Elena
Yatsura, Thanassis Karathanos and Raimond Goebel.

Best Animated Feature Film was won by VALS IM BASHIR (WALTZ WITH
BASHIR, Israel/France/Germany). Producer Yael Nahlieliaccepted the
Award. Yael Nahlielishares the Award with fellowproducers Ari Folman,
Serge Lalou, Gerhard Meixner and Roman Paul.

Best Documentary Feature Film wasGGEUTNAJI ANHMEUN JEON JAENG (63
YEARS ON, Republic of Korea). The Award was accepted by
Producer/Director Kim Dong-won, who shares the Award with Producer
Lee SeungGu.

Best Children's Feature Film was THE BLACK BALLOON (Australia). The
Award was accepted by Producer Tristram Miall and Director/Writer/Co-
Producer Elissa Down. They share the Award with Co-Producers Sally
Ayre-Smith, Jimmy The Exploder and Mark Turnbull.

Achievement in Directing was awarded to Turkish director Nuri Bilge
Ceylan for UC MAYMUN (THREE MONKEYS, Turkey/France/Italy).

The Best Screenplay Award was presented to Suha Arraf for ETZ HALIMON
(LEMON TREE, Israel/France/Germany). She shares the Award with
Writer Eran Riklis, who also directed the film.

The Achievement in Cinematography was awarded to Korean Lee Mogae for
Republic of Korea).

Israeli actress Hiam Abbass received the Best Performance by an
Actress Award for her performance in ETZ HALIMON (LEMON TREE,

Iranian actor Reza Naji was on the Gold Coast to accept his award for
Best Performance by an Actor for his performance in Majid Majidi's

Four additional major Awards were announced for outstanding

Yash Chopra, founder of Yashraj Films and a legend of the Indian film
industry, has been awarded the FIAPF Award for outstanding
achievement in film in the Asia-Pacific region. The Award is
determined by FIAPF - International Federation of Film Producers
Associations, and was announced by Andrés Vincente Gomez, President
of FIAPF, who travelled from Madrid to be at the ceremony.

The UNESCO Award for outstanding contribution to the promotion and
preservation of cultural diversity through film was decided by the
International Jury and awarded to the Iranian documentary feature
film TINAR (Islamic Republic of Iran), produced and directed by Mahdi
Moniri. The Jury noted that the film was a rich evocation of rural
life in the mountainous regions of Iran.

The Jury Grand Prize is presented at the discretion of the Jury. In
2008, the International Jury has decided to present two Jury Grand
Prizes – to HONGSE KANGBAIYIN (THE RED AWN, People's Republic of
China); Directed by Cai Shangjun; and to THE PRISONER (India),
Produced and Directed by Pryas Gupta and starring Best Actor nominee
Rajat Kapoor.

Bruce Beresford, President of the 2008 APSA International Jury, said
that: "I was very impressed by the quality and originality of the
films – all of them – and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of
being around so many extraordinarily talented filmmakers."

Asia Pacific Screen Awards Chairman Des Power thanked Bruce Beresford
and his Jury colleagues, renowned Indian Director and Actress Aparna
Sen, US Producer Richard Luke Rothschild (whose production credits
include Tender Mercies and The Truman Show),Chinese Director and
Professor of the Beijing Film Academy Zheng Dongtian, and Hanna Lee,
Producer of the 2007 APSA Best Feature Film, the internationally-
acclaimed Miryang (Secret Sunshine), from the Republic of Korea.

Chairman of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards said: "The Asia-Pacific
region is the emerging giant of cinema. The quality and depth of
story-telling amazed not only our jury this year but is certain to
attract more audience at the global level. There is a growing
fascination and respect for films from this diverse region. It is a
tribute to the filmmakers that they now have a globally recognised
award and the broadcast reach of CNN International to promote their

The CNN APSA Viewers Choice Award for Best Asia-Pacific Film of all
Time, voted for by thousands of film fans around the world, at, went to HIMALA, Ishmael Bernal's 1982
work from The Philippines.

This is another Glory for the one and only Superstar of the
Philippines Ms Nora Aunor. Congratulations to Ishmael Bernal and
Superstar Nora Aunor.

Bravo Noranian's...


Luis Manzano finally gets to experience working with mom Vilma Santos in a movie

Sa past interviews kay Luis Manzano, naging vocal ang TV host-actor na hindi siya handa sa kissing scene kung saka-sakaling tanggapin niya ang pelikulang pagsasamahan nila ni John Lloyd Cruz at ng inang si Governor Vilma Santos. Pero tinanggap na nga ni Luis ang proyekto at magsisimula na silang mag-shooting.

Ang nababalitang kissing scene ba nila ni John Lloyd ang isa sa rason kung bakit natagalan siyang umoo para gawin ang proyketong ito?

"Yung intial confirmation kasi na ibinigay sa akin, puro word of mouth lang," sabi ni Luis sa PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal). "Hindi sa wala akong tiwala, definitely hindi. Pero siyempre, bilang artist, iba yung may nababasa ka na, yung mas naiintindihan mo yung atake na gusto nila, yung nakikita at magagawa mo para sa role na yun.

"After nung ipakita na akin yung script, when we sat down, nung unang-unang talk namin, everything was luminaw sa akin. Kung sino at ano ang character ko, kung ano ang mga gusto nilang makita sa akin, mula kay Lloydie, sa Mommy ko... Dun ako napa-oo sa project na ito.

"Regarding that kissing scene," patuloy niya, "we're not getting any younger. Kung anuman ang kailangan namin para sa kung anuman ang karakter namin para mabuo yung istorya, yun ang gagawin namin. Matatalino naman ang mga Filipino, maiintindihan nila kung ano ang nangyayari sa isang istorya."

Luis also expressed his excitement dahil ito ang kauna-unahang pagkakataon na makakatrabaho niya sa isang proyekto ang ina.

"I'm very, very hapy dahil safe to say, ako yung naging final link para mabuo talaga yung project," sabi ni Luis. "Kumbaga, hinintay talaga ako ng Star Cinema to say yes. That's one factor na kailangan talaga naming ayusin ni Lloydie, yung sked and, of course, definitely we'll find our ways, Star Cinema will find the way.

"Ako, especially on my part, for 27 years, nakilala ko ang Vilma Santos bilang mommy ko. Nakikita ko siyang nagta-taebo sa sala, nagbibigay ng baon bago ako pumasok, pinapagalitan ako pag may ginawa akong kalokohan. And for the first time in my life, makikilala at makakasama ko siya bilang Vilma Santos na aktres."

Aminado rin si Luis na nandun ang pressure sa kanya dahil bukod sa kilalang mahusay na aktres ang ina, wala ring kuwestiyon sa kakayahan naman ni John Lloyd bilang aktor.

"I've mentioned in countless interviews, I've get to work with John Lloyd... Nakakasama ko siya sa ASAP, sa hosting, sa mga production numbers. Pero I still believe the Lloydie as an acting genius. Nandun yung pressure, but it's a pressure na wine-welcome ko sa buhay ko ‘cause I will grow as an artist. I'm very, very happy na tuloy na ito," pahayag ni Luis.

Just like John Loyd, isa sa preparation na gagawin ni Luis para magampanan ang sensitibong role bilang gay ay ang pag-aaral sa kilos at pananalita ng mga gays na nakakasalamuha niya.

"Well, being in the industry, all we have to is observe. That is the basic step na puwede kong gawin dahil sa industriyang ito, karamihan sa mga nakakasalamuha natin, yung mga nakapaikot sa atin, are homosexuals. Magkakaiba lang ng levels. ‘Ika nga, it's up to Direk Olive [Lamasan], to us, na hanapin yung tamang timpla, kung gaano kami ka-gay base sa characters namin," sabi ni Luis bilang pangwakas.


John Lloyd Cruz finally fulfills his dream to star in a movie with Vilma Santos

Tuloy na tuloy na ang pagsasama sa pelikula ng Box-Office King na si John Lloyd Cruz at ng Star For All Seasons na si Vilma Santos sa isang pelikula. Ito ay sa pamamagitan ng A Mother's Story (working title) ng Star Cinema na ididirek ni Olivia Lamasan.

Inamin ni Vilma na ang schedule niya at posisyon bilang governor ng Batangas ang rason kung bakit hindi nasimulan agad ang pelikula nila ni John Lloyd. Sa parte naman ni John Lloyd, sinabi niyang willing siyang maghintay basta makasama niya lang sa isang proyekto ang Star For All Seasons.

Ano ang pakiramdam ni John Lloyd na matutuloy na ang pelikula nila ni Vilma?

"Gaya nga ng sinasabi ko for the past months, sked wise is very difficult. With the sked of Governor Vilma Santos, medy may gap in between. Pero okey na ngayon. Siyempre, nandun yung constant na kaba, nerbiyos, and of course, may halong excitement. Palapit na ng palapit sa actual na paggawa. Above all, I'm very hapy na kasama ako dito, na yung pangalan ko, na-associate sa project na ito.

"Pangarap ko na makatrabaho si Ate Vi. Hindi ko napanod lahat ng movies niya, pinaka-last na napanood kong buo ay yung Dekada '70. Wala, napanganga lang ako. I was really honored. To be sitting next to her is more than a dream come true, kasi ito na yun, totoo nang nangyayari. Napalitan na yung kaba ng ayokong magkamali at kung nagkamali man ako, sana maintindihan, sana yakapin ka pa rin at tulungan ka to become a better artist," saad ni John Lloyd sa PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal).

Sa pelikulang ito ay gagampanan ni John Lloyd ang lover ni Luis Manzano, na anak ni Vilma sa pelikula at maging sa totoong buhay. Sa mga ganitong tema ng pelikula, marami ang nag-e-expect na magkakaroon ng intimate scenes between John Lloyd and Luis.

Hindi ba nagdalawang-isip si John Lloyd na tanggapin ang kanyang role, kung saan malaki ang posiblidad na may kissing scene nga sila ni Luis?

"Ako, I've been vocal about that, walang problema sa ganun," sabi ni John Lloyd. "Basta ang lagi ko lang sinasabi dati pa, kung magkakaroon man ako ng ganung eksena, yung kaeksena ko lang, he has to be a real man, and wala namang problemang ganun kay Luis.

"Saka pag artista ka... Yung orientation ko, pag artista ka at sumagot ka sa isang pelikula, aasahan mo na aalagaan ka. Pero kung halimbawa in the process mayroon kang kailangang gawin at napag-usapan ninyo yun, at wala namang problema sa iyo, kailangan mong gawin yun dahil trabaho mo yun bilang artista," paliwanag ng aktor.

Humingi ba ng permiso si John Lloyd sa girlfriend niyang si Liz Uy tungkol sa pelikulang gagawin niya?

"Ako, hindi," sagot ng aktor. "Trabaho ko ito at wala pa naman kami sa punto na dapat magpaalam at humingi ng permiso kung may tatanggapin akong work. Kung trabaho mo ‘yan, trabaho mo ‘yan. Kung trabaho ko ito, trabaho ko ito. Pero alam niya na gagawin ko ang movie na ito. Kung iko-consult ko siya, oo. Pero yung in a sense na kailangan kong hingin ang permiso niya, hindi."

Anu-ano naman ang preparations na ginagawa niya para sa kanyang role?

"I believe ito na yung pinaka-complex na character na na-encounter ko. Gaya nga ng tinatanong niya kung anong preparations ang ginagawa ko, sisimulan ko dun sa pag-aaral na yun. Napakaimportante nun sa pagbuo ng puso ng karakter, at pag nangyari yun, susunod na ang lahat. Yun ang pinaniniwalaan ko," pagtatapos ni John Lloyd.


Star Cinema's A MOTHER'S STORY: Vilma Santos, John Lloyd Cruz & Luis Manzano

Vilma Santos doubly excited to start her comeback film because of son Luis

Natuloy na rin sa wakas ang story conference ng pinakaaabangang comeback film ni Governor Vilma Santos sa Star Cinema, ang A Mother's Story (working title). Ginanap ito noong November 18 sa opisina ng film arm ng ABS-CBN.

Makakasama ni Vilma sa A Mother's Story ang kanyang panganay na anak na si Luis Manzano at si John Lloyd Cruz. Ito ay ididirek ni Olivia Lamasan na matagal ding hindi gumawa ng pelikula; ang huli niya ay ang Milan noong 2004.

Pagkatapos ng story conference ay nagkaroon ng pagkakataon na makausap ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Vilma. Aminado ang actress-politician na ang schedule at posisyon niya bilang governor ng Batangas ang rason kung bakit hindi agad nasimulan ang comeback movie niyang ito sa Star Cinema. Ang huling pelikulang ginawa ni Vilma ang ay Mano Po 3 ng Regal Entertainment noong 2004.

"Yung pagpaplano ng pelikulang ito," umpisa ni Vilma, "si John Lloyd pa lang ang sure na makakasama ko. Dapat ito, the other year pa nasimulan na namin. But fortunately, I won as governor at that time. Humingi lang muna ako ng kaunting bakasyon kasi wala pa akong isang taon na gobernador. I guess, yun muna ang priority ko, at naintindihan naman ni John Lloyd yun.

"Sa ngayon, well implemented na yung mga proyketo ko sa Batangas at pinayagan na ako ng mga constituents ko. I'm so excited—very, very excited to do a movie, after almost I think magpa-five years na yata after akong makagawa ng pelikula. Buhay ko na ito, hinahanap ko pa rin ito. So you can't imagine yung excitement na gawin ko ito, plus the fact na yung anak ko pa ang gaganap na anak ko."

Aminado si Vilma na isa sa sobrang nagbigay ng excitement sa kanya ay puro first time niyang makakatrabaho ang mga taong makakasama niya sa nasabing pelikula—her son Luis, John Loyd, and Direk Olive.

"When I've learned na tatanggapin ni Lucky yung role, sabi ko sa sarili ko, ‘Ano pa ang hahanapin ko?' For a comeback movie after five years, I have a best actor and box-office king here. First time ko ring makakatrabaho si Direk Olive, then gagawin pa sa New York. I think we will give a very, very good movie by next year, so sana abangan nila."

Ang istorya ng A Mother's Story ay tungkol sa relasyon ng isang ina (Vilma) sa kanyang anak na lalake (Luis) at sa gay lover ng kanyang anak na gagampanan naman ni John Lloyd.

"This is something new!" excited na sabi ni Vilma. "And yung character na gagampanan ko, sa tinagal-tagal ko na sa showbiz, hindi ko pa nagawa itong character ko sa movie na ito. This is not purely drama, this is a comedy-drama. But yung pagiging comedy niya is ibang klase, hindi kami slapsticks dito. Saka ito yung pelikula na mayroon talagang puso."

Inaasahan na sa isang pelikula na may gay theme ay magkaroon ng love scene o kissing scene. Ano ang magiging reaksiyon ni Vilma pag nalaman niyang merong mga ganitong eksena ang kanyang anak na si Luis kay John Lloyd?

"As I've said, professional ang gagawin naming attack dito. With the team na ganito, everything will be done in good taste and in a professional way," sagot ng multi-awarded actress.

May tips or techniques ba siyang ituturo sa mga makakasama niya sa A Mother's Story?

"Magagaling ang mga artistang ito," sabi ni Vilma. "Bayaan mong ilabas nila ang kanilang style. It doesn't mean na porke't nanalo na ako ng awards, parang ganun na ako kagaling, it's a nonstop learning process.

"In any movie that I do, iba nang iba ang attack mo dun. Hindi ibig sabihin na magaling ka sa nakaraan mong proyekto ay magaling ka na dito. Each one of us may kanya-kanya atake ng role. Bayaan mong i-deliver nila yun. Now, pag humingi sila ng tulong, that's the time na puwede akong magsabi. Hindi ko puwedeng pakialamanan ang style ng iba."


Monday, November 24, 2008

Metro Manila Film Festival 2008 Official Entries

8 movies are selected this year as official entries to the 34th Metro Manila Film Festival as announced by Julie Borje, chair of the Selection Committee.

1. Dayo
Cutting Edge Productions
Director: Robert Quilao

2. Baler
(Viva Films)

3. Desperadas 2
(Regal Films)

4. Shake, Rattle and Roll X
(Regal Films)

5. Magkaibigan
(Maverick Films)

6. One Night Only
(Canary Films)

7. Escaleras and Ungasis(20 years After)
OctoArts Films

8. Ang Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat
(Star Cinema)

Unlike last year, all movies this year will be screened simultaneously as one batch during the 10-day run. It was the first time in 34 years that an animation movie is one of the official entries of the filmfest. Cutting Edge Production’s "Dayo" is one of the selected films this year.

This year, official entries were chosen on the basis of the following criteria: Story, creativity, innovativeness, global appeal, commercial viability, Filipino cultural/historical value, and the production outfit's capacity to produce the film in time for the December filmfest.


Sunday, November 23, 2008

Angel Locsin and Piolo Pascual "Land Down Under"

After Milan, Dubai, London and Greece, Star Cinema is now bringing the Filipinos to Australia in the upcoming movie starring “Lobo” partners Piolo Pascual and Angel Locsin.

The shooting of the Angel-Piolo movie is about to begin tomorrow at Pasugong and Malaybalay, Bukidnon and will last for 28 days. After Bukidnon, the cast and crew will fly to Darwin, Australia to shoot the rest of the movie for the same number of days.

The director of the said movie is Rory Quintos.

Piolo and Angel have been training in horseback-riding under the guidance of couturier Vic Barba and Mikee Cojuangco in preparation for their roles as cowboy/cowgirl.

Land Down Under is scheduled to hit the theaters on Nov. 12, 2008 as the last movie in line with the studio’s 15-year anniversary.

Angel Locsin talks about "Land Down Under"
Locsin took a short break after her television hit series "Lobo". She has started lessons in horseback riding in preparation for her upcoming film under Star Cinema entitled “Land Down Under” with Piolo Pascual.

"Super excited kami... challenge lahat maski yung behind the scenes. Kasi sa Bukidnon kayo mag-stay walang glamorous lifestlye doon. Pati sa Australia magte-tent lang kami or sleeping bags kasama namin yung mga insects ganoon," she said.

Locsin that she is ready to take all the risks while filming the movie.

"Actually excited ako dagdag kwento ko din yon pero huwag naman sana," she said.

Last Friday, August 29, Locsin and Pascual started to shoot the film at Pasugong and Malaybalay in Bukidnon.

They will be there for 28 days before they fly to Darwin, Australia to shoot the rest of the film and will be there for almost four weeks.

"Land Down Under" is another offering of Star Cinema for their 15th anniversary. The movie is directed by Rory Quintos and is set to hit the theaters on November 12, 2008.

Piolo Pascual talks about 'Land Down Under'
Popular actor Piolo Pascual shared his excitement for his upcoming movie project with actress Angel Locsin entitled “Land Down Under.”

“Iba iyong pressure, iba iyong ‘Lobo’. But for a movie it’s a different challenge definitely all together,” Pascual told

The actor said that aside from doing a first movie with Locsin, it’s also his first time to work with movie director Rory Quintos.

Pascual said that he and Locsin will be shooting in Bukidnon and in Darwin, Australia for their cowboy/cowgirl scenes.

“I’m looking forward to it, at first time ko po itong Bukidnon and we'll be filming in Australia as well. So it’s definitely a welcome challenge,” he said.

“I always look forward to the movies that I do, because iba lagi ang approach. And with ‘direk’ Rory you can be sure na it’s a nice movie na hindi pababayaan, after all her critically acclaimed movies."

Pascual shared that as preparations for his role in the movie, he and Locsin are now training for horseback-riding under Vic Barba and actress-equestrienne Mikee Cojuangco.

Pascual and Locsin do their trainings at Manila Polo Club.

They will also do some of the popular sports in Bukidonl.

“Marami, all the sports they do in Bukidnon iyong how they pin down iyong bull or how they race with the horses. It’s gonna be pretty physical,” Pascual said.

The actor admitted he had some misgivings in portraying the role of cowboy, since he has to act as if he is really experienced and trained to be one.

“With the trainings that we’ve had for more than a month so far po ay nagugustuhan ko naman iyong pagho-horsebackriding. I never thought that I was really gonna enjoy, masakit at first,” he said.

Pascual shared that for the first day of his horseback riding training he got blisters since he didn’t know how to ride. But as time went by he got the hang of it.

“It's something that I enjoyed doing and I feel good knowing na hindi siya mahirap na trabaho kasi na-e-enjoy ko siya,” he said.

To ensure the safety of Pascual and Locsin the ABS-CBN management got them insured while doing the movie.

Piolo Pascual is a member of ABS-CBN's Star Magic. He is preparing for his out of the country shows with other stars like John Lloyd Cruz.

He also has a coffee table book entitled "Piolo: Believing" that showcases his career highlights.

Piolo started his career in 1997 and had his first big movie break entitled "Lagarista" in 2000 where he received his first Gawad Urian nomination for Best Actor.

He also starred in ABS-CBN's series "Sa Piling Mo" last 2006 with actress Judy Ann Santos and last year's "Walang Kapalit" with Claudine Baretto.


Jericho Rosales and Anne Curtis star in the movie "Baler"

Jericho Rosales and Anne Curtis team up in the official entry of Viva Films to the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), Baler.

The period in Philippine history known as the Siege of Baler is the setting of this forbidden love story between an Indio soldier (Jericho) and a Filipina lass (Anne) who lived at the end of the 19th century.

The cast includes Baron Geisler, Bernard Palanca, Carlo Aquino, DJ Durano, Joel Torre, Mark Bautista, Michael de Mesa, and Ryan Eigenmann. It opens in theaters on December 25, 2008.

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