The local entertainment industry is still struggling due to a string continuous flop of movies in cinemas, but the Valentine’s Day movie of LizQuen changed the dismal atmosphere with their movie ‘Alone/Together.’
Let us first take a review of some movies who were out in cinemas from January to February 2019.
BOY TOKWA: LODI NG GAPO – directed by Tony Reyes, it stars Jose Manalo, with Joey Marquez, Buboy Villar, and Karel Marquez, among others. From VST Production Specialists, Inc. (with senate president Tito Sotto or Vicente Sotto III as executive producer).
It is based on a true story of Rodrigo Morelos’ (aka Boy Tokwa). It is also the story of his grandson who heads back to the Philippines in search of the truth about his grandfather.
SAKALING MAGING TAYO – directed by JP Habac, it stars Elisse Joson and McCoy De Leon, with Chai Fonacier, Paulo Angeles, and Milo Elmido Jr. The movie is a collaboration from Quantum Films and ABS-CBN Films’ Black Sheep outfit.
A story of two college freshmen, Pol (McCoy de Leon) and Laya (Elisse Joson). Pol is about to spend a care-free night in a music festival and accidentally meet Laya who is about to move back to Manila to escape from being brokenhearted, during their last day of school in Baguio City.
ELISE – directed by Joel Ferrer, it stars Janine Gutierrez and Enchong Dee, with Victor Anastacio, Laura Lehmann, and Miel Espinoza, from Regal Entertainment.
Another one inspired by a true story, this romantic film is about ex-lovers who meet again.
A sad truth about these movies is their lackluster quality that some of them spent so much for the production but the movies earned less. Even ‘Time & Again’ pulled-out from the cinemas.
But for LizQuen movie ‘Alone/Together’ was a hit. The only sold-out movie among all the other movies the has been screened. They are now on their second week and accordingly they already earned a 7-million gross income as of February 20.
On Tuesday, Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil went to Dubai to attend a sold-out screening of ‘Alone/Together’ at the Reel Cinema in The Dubai Mall.
Despite the continued flop of movies, except for ‘Alone Together,’ producers still have their hopes and continue to produce quality and inspiring movies.
Kapamilya star and Star Magic artist Enchong Dee admitted that he’s vocal about issues especially those that are timely and important.
This resulted to the hate messages especially from supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte, whom statements he often criticized. He has also been labeled as a “dilawan”, which is a term coined for those who are against the current administration.
Others have then said that he’s just fishing for attention.
But in the press conference of his upcoming movie with Janine Gutierrez, titled Elise, he said that he doesn’t take the comments too seriously.
“This is a democracy. May karapatan tayong sabihin kung ano ang gusto nating sabihin. Pilipino naman ako bago ako artista. Hindi naman porke’t artista kami, wala na kaming karapatang magpahayag ng aming damdamin.
“Hindi naman pakikisawsaw sa isyu iyong makialam ka dahil karapatan at tungkulin mo iyon bilang mamamayan lalo na kung may gusto kang ipaglaban.”
On the other hand, he admitted that he really looks up to his leading lady as she makes work easy.
“She’s a natural actress. Napakagaan niyang katrabaho at wala kaming ilangan. Iyong level ng comfort namin kumpara noong una kaming magsama sa Lila, kakaiba.”
The Valentine movie by Regal Entertainment will be in cinemas starting February 6.
Rumors have been going around that Kapamilya star Enchong Dee is seeking a government post in his hometown, Naga City.
In the press conference of his upcoming movie, Elise, on Wednesday, January 16, Dee clarified it once and for all. He said that the so-called political plan is just a joke inside their Star Magic family.
“I was in Sweden nung nagtatanong kung sino sa mga artista ng ABS ang tatakbo for this coming election. It was all just a joke within our Star Magic family, not knowing na after ko pala mag-joke, sinabi na ng Star Magic sa news natin na tatakbo ako.”
He said that people even tell him that the plan was such a waste as it didn’t really proceed.
“No, no, no. Every now and then, I would encounter people from ABS na sinasabi sa akin, sayang na hindi natuloy. I am sorry, it was a joke.”
Dee added that he envisioned his life to remain peaceful and just serve the public in his own way.
“No, gusto ko tahimik ang buhay ko. Pakiramdam ko mas marami akong matutulungan kung wala ako sa pulitika talaga, and at least sarili kong pera ang ginagamit ko.”