BELA Padilla’s first try at film story writing and producing, “Camp Sawi”, is a big hit, so she’s confident that her second movie, “Luck at First Sight”, will similarly be as successful. This pairs her for the first time with Jericho Ro-sales and it’s scheduled to open in theaters nationwide on May 3.
“Dream come true for me ang movie na ito kasi noon ko pa pangarap na makatrabaho si Jericho,” she says. “Hanga ako sa husay niya bilang actor, lalo na nang mapanood ko siya in ‘Walang Forever’, na iniyakan ko talaga dahil sa galing niya sa dramatic scenes. It was directed by Dan Villegas, na siya ring director namin ngayon in ‘Luck at First Sight’.”
Bela plays Diane, who’s desperately in need of money for her sick dad, Dennis Padilla, who’s confined in the hospital. She meets Jericho as Joma by chance. He’s a gambler who needs money to pay his many debts. By a stroke of luck, they discover that when they bet in a game while holding each other’s hands, they would win big cash prizes. Will they eventually be lucky not only in game but also in love? That’s for you to find out when you watch the feelgood rom-com “Luck at First Sight”.
How was it working with Jericho? “Nang mabuo namin ang concept, we can’t think of anyone else who can give justice to Joma except for Echo. May pagka-exaggerated 'yung character niya rito. Kung iba siguro ang gagawa, mago-over react. But with him, tamang-tama lang ang timpla. And considering na he’s Asian Drama King na, he’s very humble. He doesn’t ask for special treatment. Walang ka-ere-ere and very generous. Sa last shooting day namin, he gave me a gift of an old 1950’s typewriter. Hinanap niya talaga, kasi nabanggit ko sa kanyang gusto kong magkaroon ng vintage typewriter.”
Bela has broken up with BF Neil Arce of Arce Dairy but they still co-wrote the concept of “Luck at First Sight” and are also co-producing it under their N2 Productions. Some folks say the breakup is just a gimmick, but Bela swears they’re not together anymore. “We’ve maintained naman our friendship. Business associates pa rin kami. As far as I know, he’s already dating someone else.”
The rumor mill says Neil’s new girlfriend is Angel Locsin, with whom he was seen canoodling in Hong Kong last Holy Week. “I don’t know about that. Nandito naman si Neil sa presscon so ask him na lang directly about it.”
Some reporters tried to interview Neil regarding this issue, but he successfully managed to dodge their questions and eventually got to escape away from them.
SHARON EXCITED ABOUT FIRST INDIE FILM
DIEHARD Sharonians will be pleased to know that even if her reunion movie with ex-hubby Gabby Concepcion will not push through this year, she will still have a comeback flick, the Cinemalaya entry “Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha”. This will be directed by indie filmmaker Mes de Guzman, who is best known for the acclaimed 2005 film “Ang Daan Patungong Ka-limugtong” about two poor kids living in the mountains who have to cross mountains and rivers just to get to school.
De Guzman’s work has been uneven since then and some of his films failed to impress us, like “Diablo”, “Sitio” and “Dyamper”. He failed when he worked with Nora Aunor in “Kuwento ni Mabuti”, so here’s hoping he’d be more fortunate in his movie with Sharon Cuneta. After all, Sharon herself is so upbeat working with him.
She even wrote in her FB account about her feelings on working with De Guzman: “I am beyond thrilled and feel truly blessed. I’m just so honored. Direk Mes and I are so excited na! We talked earlier tonight. So happy. Walang kokontra -- TULOY NA TULOY NA ang "ANG PAMILYANG HINDI LUMULUHA!"
Ate Shawie’s last movie was “Mano Po 6: A Mother’s Love” for Regal Entertainment that gave her the 35th Metro Manila Filmfest best actress award. A casting call was held for “Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha” last Tuesday to determine who will be her co-stars in the mo-vie, which is about a mother who wants to be reunited with her estranged family, which is also the gist of the story of “Mano Po 6”. The difference is that “Pamil-yang Hindi Lumuluha” is meant to be a black comedy, a sub-genre that is difficult to do successfully on the big screen. Ate Shawie will play Cora, and she will have a husband named Roman and two kids in their 20s, Brian and Mia.