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EVERYBODY is happy with the movie Till I Met You on its second week in theaters. At the rate it�s going, this Robin Padilla-Regine Velasquez film is slated to surpass the P100 million mark in its entire run. Both Viva and GMA Films insist the gross...

Apr 18
 

Patok sa Vietnam!

Column: Take Billy
Author: Billy Balbastro

EVERYBODY is happy with the movie Till I Met You on its second week in theaters.

At the rate it�s going, this Robin Padilla-Regine Velasquez film is slated to surpass the P100 million mark in its entire run.

Both Viva and GMA Films insist the gross receipts in some 100 theaters nationwide far exceeded their initial expectations.

In fact, Viva bosses say that the receipts of this Mark Reyes film are bigger than the first Robin-Regine movie, six years ago.

Rated as GP by the MTRCB, Till I Met You which also stars Eddie Garcia got a B grade from the Cinema Evaluation Board. This means that it gets a rebate of 65 percent on theater taxes nationwide.

This keeps everyone on its toes.

GMA Films producer Annette Gozon-Abrogar reveals that they are now preparing anew project for Regine. Robin will soon have his TV series in due time.

Regine is marking her 20th anniversary in showbiz while Viva, its 25th year. The success of Till I Met You adds sparkle to both events.

As for Mark Reyes, after Moments of Love, Eternity and Till I Met You, he�s working on his next project to climax a highly fulfilling year.

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Look who�s back but Joyce Jimenez who some months back graduated from her business management course in Australia.

Her comeback vehicle this season is Magpakailanman�s episode tonight, Pag-ahon Mula sa Putikan. This is the Shine Mariquit Story as written by Dode Cruz.

Joyce is a Magpakailanman favorite. All her portrayals in this real life drama anthology hosted by Mel Tiangco were top raters, even the replays.

Here she plays the hapless yet complex character of Shine Mariquit: Raped by her employer�s husband at 13, a mother at 14, a drug dependent and a prostitute. She later became a Mamasan.

She decided to lead a reformed life for the sake of her son.

The role really challenges Joyce since she is Mariquit here from her teenage years to being a mother to a teenage son herself.

With Joyce, are Alicia Alonzo who plays her mom and Gian Carlos as her son Simeon. Michael de Mesa is the rapist while Carmi Martin, his wife.

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VIETNAM NOTES: Atty. Joji Alonso�s first film as a producer, Minsan Pa (2004) was the lone Philippine entry in the recent APEC Film Festival in Vietnam where other films from the APEC nation members were shown.

The movie which stars Jomari Yllana, Ara Mina, Christian Vasquez and Rio Locsin made it to the festivals earlier in Makuhari City, Japan and Hawaii.

Minsan Pa was well received by the spectators, as Philippine Ambassador to Vietnam Estrella Berenguel points out, because of the similarity of our cultures and ways of life.

The technical aspects of the movie won kudos, especially the underwater scenes of the fishes and corals in Cebu deep where filming was done by Direk Jeffrey Jeturian.

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DISCOVERY: Direk Neal Buboy Tan�s movie for Gov. Chavit Singson�s Northern Star Productions, Barang is now on its second day in downtown theaters, especially the SM mall outlets.

The movie which stars Juliana Palermo, Jay Manalo, Jaclyn Jose, Liza Lorena, Terence Baylon, Mike Tan and Cristine Reyes also features a prodigy, a young actor.

Christian Luis, 7-year-old, plays the young son of faith healer Jaclyn Jose who is Ramona in Barang. He is Tikboy who plays a pivotal role in this pre-Halloween fright movie.

Source: Abante