MARIAN Rivera and husband Dingdong Dantes were special guests at the dinner for Cambodian Prime
Minister Hun Sen and Myanmar head Aung San Suu Kyi held at Midori Hotel in Clark, Angeles City. The
dinner was hosted by former Pres. Gloria Arroyo as part of the current 31st ASEAN Summit.
Marian’s presence was personally requested by the Cambodian prime minister since Marian is
very popular in the land of Angkor Wat. When we went to Siem Reap the other year, cab drivers would
ask us when they find out we’re Pinoys: “Do you know Marian Rivera is popular here because of
‘Marimar’ and ‘Dyesebel’?”
Right now, we heard her last drama, “Carmela”, is being shown there.
“I was surprised when I got an invitation,” says Marian. “Hindi naman ako sanay kaya nahihiya
akong magpunta, pero ni-request daw ng Cambodian prime minister so nakakatuwa naman at isang
karangalan na makaharap sila. Parang pasasalamat na ring tinatangkilik sa Cambodia ang shows ng GMA7.
Nagkataon namang wala kaming taping, kaya kami naka-attend kasama ang daughter naming si Zia.”
We’re sure all the foreign dignitaries who attended the dinner affair were awed by Marian’s
beauty. We won’t be surprised if other ASEAN member nations would now also request that her shows be
telecast also in their respective countries. And we’re sure that after “Carmela”, since Marian now has
a regular following in Cambodia, they would next request that her show that is currently airing right
now, “Super Ma’am”, will also be shown their later.
EJAY LONGS TO SEE REAL DAD
EJAY Falcon plays Paolo Ballesteros’ leading man in the heartwarming comedy, “Barbi, D Wonder Beki,”
that opens in theaters on November 29. “Magkababata kami sa story,” says Ejay. “Hindi ko alam na
closet gay pala si Paolo as Billy at may lihim siyang pagnanasa sa akin, pero hindi naman niya
maipagtapat sa akin kasi natatakot siyang masira ang friendship namin.”
How is it working with Paolo in the movie? “‘Yung pinagdadaanan niya sa shooting, hindi biro
'yun, sobrang hirap. Kasi 'yung pagmi-make up pa lang sa kanya, ilang oras na ang inaabot. Saka ‘yung
eyelashes niya, sobrang haba, matagal ikabit. Ang dami niyang isinakripisyo para sa role niya rito.
Pero game siya sa lahat ng eksena. Pati fight scenes niya nang maging Wonder Beki na siya, siya mismo
ang gumawa at 'di nagpadobol.”
How does he feel when he sees Paolo being transformed into a woman? ““Para siyang Victoria’s
Secret model! Kahit naman siguro sino, basta ganyan kaganda ang hitsura niya, maa-attract. Sana nga,
naging babae na lang siya!”
To which Paolo, who’s said to be really attracted to Ejay, retorts: “Ayan tayo e!”
But we’re afraid that Paolo will only be broken hearted if he really has feelings for Ejay as
it’s common knowledge that he is already taken by former Starstruck discovery Jana Roxas. Ejay is the
son of a Pinay mom from Mindoro and a French dad who he has never met. Recently, he has started
conducting a search for his biological father.
“Kailangan ko siyang makita para malaman ko iyong kuwento sa kanila ng mother ko,” he says.
“Although lumaki akong may foster dad na nag-alaga sa’kin, there are moments na nararamdaman kong
hindi ako buo. I’ve asked the help of some people para tulungan ako at sana nga, makita ko pa rin
MOVIE REVIEW: MAYHEM
WE felt bad when we watched “Mayhem” as there were just a few of us inside the theater. Were it better
promoted, it could have attracted more people at the box office since it’s the kind of movie lots of
viewers would go for, so fast paced, so involving and you’ll feel it’s such a guilty pleasure as it’s
deliriously violent, but with style.
It’s directed by Joe Lynch, who has made some pretty violent films before like “Wrong Turn:
Dead End” and “Everly” (with Salma Hayek), but this is his bloodiest work so far. “Mayhem” is unique
in that it stars an Asian actor, with a mainly Caucasian cast supporting him. The lead role is played
by Steven Yeun, who was born in Seoul but grew up in Michigan, USA. He gained fame as Glenn Rhee in
the hit horror-drama series, “The Walking Dead”. When his character was killed in that show, a lot of
his loyal fans mourned for him.
In “Mayhem”, he plays Derek Cho, a lawyer-everyman who works by the rules hoping he’d get to
the top of the corporate ladder in the big consultancy company where he works by the dint of hard
work. But he gets the shock of his life when someone frames him up and he’s now being used as a
scapegoat for a malfeasance that he didn’t commit.
He’s being forced to resign but he refuses to take this sitting down and lose his job that
easily. He wants justice so he fights back and becomes so determined to take the matter to the top
bosses of the company who are at the top most floor of their building. At this point, SWAT teams
suddenly come along and seal their entire building. It turns out their building has been infected by a
mysterious virus that makes anyone who’s afflicted by it very aggressive and prone to violence. No one
is allowed to come out for 8 hours when the viral infection has subsided. This is definitely not just
another routine day in the office.
Derek uses this as an excuse to take desperate measures in his struggle to get to the top
floor, demolishing all the obstacles that prevent him along the way through the most violent means.
Derek is a lawyer and he knows that there has been a precedent where a person who committed a crime
while infected by the virus was not held criminally liable and got off the hook.
Chaos erupts and anarchy rules in the entire building. Derek finds an unlikely ally in an
outsider, Melanie (Samara Weaving), who picked the wrong day to fight for the foreclosure notice on
her home mortgage. She now wants revenge for the injustice done to her by one of Derek’s scheming
superiors. She now fights with a nail gun and a power saw.
We know the movie is a fantasy but it is also a satire on dog-eat-dog corporate culture where
people can be nasty to each other to achieve their own concept of success. What makes it work is that
we totally sympathize with Derek. Those who have toiled in a corporate job knows the feeling of being
bullied by others or being cheated by unscrupulous people who don’t mind stepping on your toes just to
get ahead in their shameless pursuit of corporate greed. It surely makes your blood boil but you hold
it in check and conceal it, even if you’re already consumed by rage, about to explode and want to kill
This is what happens to Derek (and also to Melanie), so when they become unstoppable partners
in crime and take things into their own hands, we side with them and we root for them. Every time they
get into a bloody confrontation with the scumbugs who screwed them, we cheer for them. Yeun may look
slight and lacking in height compared to the usual hunky action heroes we know, but he certainly makes
up for it with his spunk and sheer determination. The scenes where he gets beaten up, then fights back
with so much fury, are all staged in a believable and satisfying manner, cleverly spiced up with
Samara Weaving also makes her Melaine, with her demented smile, someone to be reckoned with.
She has a surprisingly charming chemistry with Steve Yuen and they both perform their badass tag team
with so much unbridled energy in the blood-soaked action scenes. The frenetically paced film has great
sound design and the score’s use of very loud music in many sequences are all quite justified. And
yes, it’s not only violence that they offer but also a steaming sex scene. No wonder it got an MTRCB
rating of R-18 and is not shown in SM Cinemas.