October 19, 2019
Carmina Villarroel herself finds own entry scary
THERE was excitement in the air compounded with nerves as a roomful of producers, celebrities and media members waited for the last four films to officially compete at the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival announced on Wednesday at Club Filipino, San Juan.
Making it to the Final 4, based on finished script are “Mindanao,” starring Judy Ann Santos and Allen Dizon, from Centerstage Productions, directed by Brillante Mendoza under the category drama/animation; “3Pol Trobol Huli Ka Balbon,” starring Coco Martin, Ai Ai delas Alas and Jennylyn Mercado, from CCM Film Productions, directed by Rodel Nacianceno under the action genre; “Culion,” starring Iza Calzado, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Meryll Soriano, from iOptions Ventures Corporation, written by Ricky Lee and directed by Alvin Yapan under the historical category; and “Write About Love,” starring Miles Ocampo, Rocco Nacino, Joem Bascon and Yeng Constantino, from TBA Studios, directed by Crisanto B. Aquino under romance.
The four films earlier announced as official entries “Miracle in Cell #7” from Viva Communications, starring Aga Muhlach and Bela Padilla, which falls under the category family drama; “Mission Unstapabol: The Don Identity” from APT Entertainment and M-ZET Productions, starring Vic Sotto and Maine Mendoza, directed by Michael Tuviera, under the comedy genre; “Sundo,” from Ten 17 Productions, with Carmina Villarroel in the lead, directed by Carlo Ledesma under the horror category; and “The Mall, The Marrier,” from ABS-CBN Film Productions and Viva Films, starring Vice Ganda, Anne Curtis and Tony Labrusca, directed by Barry Gonzales under fantasy/comedy.
At the announcement mediacon, Carmina said this is her comeback film to the MMFF as she was still single when she did her last MMFF film. She said “Sundo” is very scary and she herself was affected by a scene while doing it.
Meanwhile, “Culion” producer Mrs. Gilie said she really wanted the film to be part of the MMFF.
“This is a story that needs to be told and when we started doing it, we really intended to have it as an entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival,” she said.
For his part, controversial line producer Shandii Bacolod said it is an honor to be competing alongside Cannes Best Director Brillante Mendoza.
He was saddened though, by the non-inclusion of the Nora Aunor film “Isa Pang Bahaghari.”
“I am still and forever will be a Noranian. Kahit na hindi napili ang movie niya, the fact remains that she is a great actress and her name is part of the MMFF history,” he added.
In a statement released to the media, Mr. Eduardo Rocha, CEO and Executive Producer of TBA Studio said of their entry, “Write About Love.”
“The film is TBA Studios’ way of honoring the unsung heroes of filmmaking — the scriptwriters. This film is about how these talented individuals often create characters which turn out to be their alter egos. We believe that the most talented scriptwriters are here in the country and that Filipinos deserve a shot at global recognition.”
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Beauty queen hopeful Szarmaine Fedelin is competing at the Miss Teen Universe 2019 Pageant to be held in Mexico from November 1 to 7. This is the inaugural competition of Miss Teen Universe and the 18-year-old Canada resident but born in Manila is excited in joining the event.
Szarmaine moved to Canada when she was four years old. Her first international pageant was in El Salvador where she represented Canada in the Miss Teen Petite International Pageant in April. She made it to the Top 5 and won Best in Social Media Awards (online voting).
Her second international pageant was in Peru held in August. This time she represented the Philippines to the Miss Teen Model International Pageant where she was in the Top 6.
Szarmaine said it was her mom who influenced her to join beauty pageants. Among her idols are Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and reigning Miss Universe Catriona Gray.
“I am preparing really well for the contest in Mexico that is why I watch what I eat,” said Szarmaine who only had a salad when she sat down for an interview with some members of the press.
“But I don’t want to pressure myself. I just want to enjoy my being part of the competition and just do my best. I am hopeful to give them a good fight.”
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