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Winwyn happy to be with Raymond again

Raymond Bagatsing
Raymond Bagatsing

RAYMOND Bagatsing is currently nominated in the coming Star Awards (for the year 2019) as best actor for his title role performance in the biopic, “Quezon’s Game”, which already won him acting honors in an international filmfest in Houston, Texas. He now gets to play another demanding role as an enigmatic doctor in a mental hospital in “Nelia”, produced by A&Q Productions.

“I quickly accepted role when it’s offered to me as it’s very intriguing,” he says. “As Dr. Ray, the viewer would think I’m a good and devoted doctor, but it will be revealed later na may surprise twist pala sa character niya and he’s not as normal as he may seem.”

Is it the first time for him to work with Winwyn Marquez who plays the title role of Nelia? “No, we did a soap on GMA-7, ‘One True Love’, but she’s still very young then. Now, she’s a bit more mature, beauty queen na, so mas experienced na at bagay sa role ng Nelia.”

How will they shoot the movie at this time that the cases of Covid are surging anew? It’s the film’s director, Lester Dimaranan, who answered the question: “We’ll make sure that we follow all the health protocols required during the shoot. May nakaantabay ring health workers on the set to supervise sa location which is a new hospital in Nueva Ecija that does not operate yet. We want to secure the whole place to insure the safety of everyone.”

Now that people are being urged to just stay home to prevent the spread of the virus, is Raymond ready to just stay put and not go out?

“Oh yes,” he replies. “I’m used to just staying at home, kasi even when I was still based in Australia, sanay akong mag-isa. I only go out when may meetings ako for work and kung may events that I have to attend. Kung wala, I just watch movies at home with my dogs and cats. I now pray that everyone will stay safe and meet the challenges of this pandemic.”

Winwyn welcomes the chance of working with Raymond again. “He’s amazing as he’s always totally focused on his character. Pagdating pa lang niya sa set, he’s already his character and I want to be like that, specially for my role as Nelia who has multiple personalities. We have many scenes together and I really hope that I will learn how to internalize the way he does from him.”

The producer, Atty. Melanie Quino, who also wrote the script, says Winwyn fits the role of “Nelia” perfectly. “We want an actress na maganda at morena. Ang hirap pumili, kasi kokonti lang sila. But when I saw sa GMA ang shows na ginawa ni Winwyn, we chose her kasi magaling siya at makakaya niyang gampanan ang role.”

Her company maybe new but they have lofty and noble intentions. “We want to contribute quality films to the industry and give the audience something new and different during the pandemic, something that will not just entertain them but also stimulate their mind. We assure you ‘Nelia’ is going to be different from other local movies that you’ve seen before.”

Well, as they say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, so we can only wish them good luck for them to achieve their intentions in their maiden film venture.

Direk Perci says Adriana quickly owns Danita’s former character

ERCI Intalan used to be the top production executive of TV5, but when it closed down its entertainment arm, he formed IdeaFirst Company with his partner Jun Lana and they have since produced their own hit films like “Die Beautiful” and “Panti Sisters”, as well as award-winning films like “Anino sa Likod ng Buwan” and “Kael, 15”.

They also went into TV production and did the online hit “Gameboys” and the TV5 primetime soap, “Paano ang Pasko” which was extended and became “Paano ang Pangako”, now shown week nights at 7:15 PM after TV5’s newscast, “Frontline Pilipinas”.

“When we did ‘Paano’, it was originally intended only as a special telecast for the Christmas season,” Perci says. “Pero naging ‘Paano ang Pangako’ at ilang beses na kaming nakagawa ng big scenes na pang-season finale. Nawiwindang ang scriptwriters namin kasi we thought patapos na, then na-extend nga nang na-extend hanggang sa heto, umabot na ng Semana Santa. We’re so thankful to all its loyal viewers for their support. Nagkakaroon na nga kami ng separation anxiety ng cast and crew kasi naka-four cycles din kami ng lock in taping sa set namin sa San Pablo. We all became close and they’re happy na maraming pumupuri sa performances nila.”
Perci is one of the show’s directors and he is proud that they have a good run, but “Paano ang Pangako” will now finally have its conclusion with a special telecast on Black Saturday, April 3.

“We will have a marathon of 6 episodes, to be shown from 2 PM to 8 PM or six hours straight. We cannot go beyond Holy Week kasi yung new TV5 show, ‘Nino, Nina’ with Maja Salvador, will replace us and start its telecast on April 5. Okay naman ‘yung marathon on Black Saturday kasi nga long weekend and, ang mga tao, nasa bahay lang kasi hindi naman sila makakalabas because of the pandemic.”

The villain in “Paano ang Pangako”, Andi, was originally played by Danita Paner, who begged off to do lock in taping for the show’s final weeks so she was hurriedly replaced by Adrianna So. How did the transition go? Do they have to cook up a scene that will show the character’s physical transformation?

“No need,” Perci says. “Ang dami ng ibang shows here and abroad na nagpalit ng artista while the show is going on, like when Regine Velasquez got pregnant and she was replaced midstream by Iza Calzado in ‘I Heart You, Pare’, so okay na sa viewers ‘yan. What’s nice is may similarity sina Adrianna and Danita, pareho silang chinita at ang styling ng buhok nila, pareho rin.”

Did they ask Adrianna to somehow approximate Danita’s acting on camera? “No, we didn’t even ask Adrianna to duplicate Danita. Iba rin ang naging atake niya. Maganda, kasi nagkaroon ng transformation ‘yung character ni Andi after maaresto siya ng mga pulis sa last season. Makikita ngayon ng viewers kunsaan nanggaling ‘yung behavior niya. Sobrang bigat ng dinadala niya and this will be explained sa kanyang back story. Ang galing ni Adrianna kasi ang laki ng eksena, one hour kinunan pero nagawa niya nang maayos. Kaya abangan nyo ang exciting ending ng ‘Paano ang Pangako’ sa Black Saturday dahil malaking pasabog talaga.”