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Ella scared by own movie

Ella Cruz
Ella Cruz

ELLA Cruz won as Cinemalaya best supporting actress for her role as the ill-fated teenager in “Edward”. She’s now nominated again in the coming Star Awards and we hope she’d win as she’s really good in that movie.

Ella now also stars in Viva’s horror film, “Biernes Santo”, to be shown on Viva Max starting March 26, the start of Holy Week. What are her childhood memories of Good Friday?

“Bata pa ako, we do Stations of the Cross kung Holy Week,” she says. “It serves din as a family reunion with my cousins and other relatives sa Bulacan, kasi lahat kami, walang work, so nagkakasama-sama kami para mag-bonding.”

How is it shooting a horror flick like “Biernes Santo”? “Naku, matatakutin ako. e. I don’t really watch horror films. Sa shoot namin nito, nakakatakot ‘yung house where we shot ito, mukhang haunted house talaga. So nagkukulong lang ako sa kuwarto ko sa third floor with my P.A. and I come out lang kapag take na ng eksena ko.”

She got scared when “Biyernes Santo” co-star Gardo Verzosa said they heard someone playing the piano in the house where they shot the film. Someone investigated and saw that the piano player was headless.

“Ngeeee!” Ella cringes. “Buti na lang, hindi ko narinig ‘yung tunog ng piano. May rocking chair nga doon sa room namin, e parang iba ang vibes niya sa buhay ko, ang feeling ko magro-rock siyang mag-isa, kaya pinaalis ko.”

She honestly believes “Biernes Santo” will give viewers a very good scare. “Itong movie namin, trailer pa lang natatakot na ako, lalo roon sa scene with Mama Mary na puro dugo. Tuwing makikita ko, nagugulat pa rin ako. Yung bahay where we shot the movie kasi, puno ng life-sized na mga santo and paintings na nakakatakot.”

Her role as an espiritista proved to be a very challenging one. “Kasi, ako ‘yung kalaban ng evil spirits, ng mga demonyo, para hindi nila makuha si Via Ortega na anak ni Kuya Gardo. Panay ang dasal ko na sana naman, in real life, wala akong makitang evil spirits. Thank God, through my prayers, naprotektahan ako, kasi ayokong may maramdaman akong anything bad. So I don’t know kung I can watch the whole movie kasi I’m sure matatakot lang ako.”

Watch “Biernes Santo” on VIVAMAX online at web.vivamax.net or download the app on Google Play Store. Watch all you can on VIVAMAX for only P149/month, and get your VIVAMAX vouchers on Shopee and Lazada.

Cignal, TV5 collab with big production companies

CIGNAL TV and TV5 are changing the face of the local entertainment world with their collaborations with various big production companies and talent management agencies. Since last year, Cignal TV has joined forces with a remarkable group of entertainment bigwigs: VIVA Entertainment, IdeaFirst Company, Cornerstone Entertainment, Brightlight Productions, Archangel Media, Regal Entertainment.

Recently, Cignal signed a content-deal arrangement with ABS-CBN Corp to offer viewers the best Kapamilya programs for their viewing pleasure. Cignal and TV5 president & CEO Robert P. Galang expressed high hopes for more profitable partnerships with other showbiz companies.

“These collaborations between Cignal and different creative and production companies and their talents will surely benefit our viewers,” he says. “We are humbled and honored to be able to provide work opportunities for our brothers and sisters in the entertainment industry especially in this time of pandemic.”

TV5’s primetime lineup is now bolstered by ABS-CBN’s hit series FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, along with Ang Sa Iyo ay Akin, Walang Hanggang Paalam, and Pinoy Big Brother Connect that air from Monday to Friday, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM.

Brightlight Productions, another recent addition to TV5’s roster, offers viewers entertaining shows such as Rated Korina, the hit sitcom Oh My Dad!, and the daily show Lunch Out Loud, which has garnered the Best Variety Show title in this year’s GEMS Awards.

Viva, in turn, produces exciting shows like Born to Be A Star, Puto, Republika Origins, Ninja Kids, 1000 Heartbeats: Pintig Pinoy, The Wall Philippines, and Encounter. Their shows that have made an impact on Pinoy viewers are Masked Singer Pilipinas, Ghost Adventures, Bella Bandida, Kagat ng Dilim, and Onstage. Then there are the hit drama series produced by IdeaFirst Company, Paano Ang Pasko? and its sequel, Paano Ang Pangako?, created by Palanca Hall of Famer Jun Robles Lana and directed by Enrico Quizon, Ricky Davao, and Perci Intalan.

Another creative group that has joined Cignal TV/TV5 is Cornerstone Entertainment, whose programs I Got You, Stay-In Love, and Sunday Noontime Live! shows were aired on TV5. Just recently, one of its talents, Gretchen Ho, joined the network to star in her own show Woman In Action, and to join news programs Frontline Pilipinas and The Big Story.

Meanwhile, Archangel Media continues to entertain the viewers with its game shows Bawal na Game Show, hosted by Paolo Ballesteros and Wally Bayola; and Fill in the Bank, with Jose Manalo and Pokwang. Regal Entertainment which had been in collaboration with TV5 for more than a decade is offering its critically acclaimed films through One Screen Channel aired on Cignal TV starting March, 2021. They also have their own new youth-oriented show, “Gen Z”.

Cignal TV and TV5’s efforts to open their doors to the top companies in the industry are a big step towards redefining how content for TV is consumed by the network’s viewers. It also shows that the network is a venue for creativity and a variety of top quality content.