Wednesday, April 3, 2013

FAVORITE PHILIPPINE MOVIES PART 1


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2013



CALL CENTER GIRL











Call Center Girl is a 2013 Filipino family comedy drama film directed by Don Cuaresma, starring PokwangEnchong Dee, and Jessy Mendiola. The film is produced by Skylight Films and Star Cinema. It premiered on November 27, 2013 as part of Star Cinema's 20th Anniversary presentation.

Theresa (Pokwang) is an overseas worker, slaving away in a cruise ship for the survival of her family. She returns just to be widowed and to find out that her youngest daughter (Jessy Mendiola) abhors her. Just to repair her relationship with her wayward daughter, she works with her in a call center, spending her nights selling useless fitness products to depressed Americans just to earn enough money to pay for her daughter’s whims.
Note:  The story does not show the reality of Call Center world.  It is mostly about the characters' situation over their misunderstood mother-daughter relationship. If you want to stretch your facial tissues, then go and watch this movie. 
concept:  comedy, family

Cast

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

Special Participation


POKWANG. The curiously charismatic comedienne has turned the hapless mother into a circus act. Screen grab from the trailerPOKWANG. The curiously charismatic comedienne has turned the hapless mother into a circus act. Screen grab from the trailer


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SHE'S THE ONE 








She's The One is a 2013 Filipino romantic film directed by Mae Cruz and stars Bea AlonzoDingdong Dantes and Enrique Gil. It is produced by Star Cinema for its 20th Anniversary presentation.

"She's The One" starring Bea Alonzo, Dingdong Dantes and Enrique Gil, looks very interesting in this movie teaser that has just been released by Star Cinema. The plot of the movie takes from the classic best friend story line, with Bea (as Cat) and Dingdong (as Wacky) portraying best of friends, who only realize how they truly feel for each other when someone else comes along. The new guy who takes interest in the character of Bea is none other than hot hunk Enrique Gil! 

Most notably funny in this teaser is the mention of "tonsil hockey". In one scene where Wacky, Cat and their friends were gathered, the best friends' past was brought up, recalling that they did "tonsil hockey" 6 years ago, but none of them would admit who kissed who first. (FYI: Tonsil hockey is synonymous with french kiss which is defined as a kiss in which one or both participants' tongues touch the partner's lips or tongue, usually entering their mouth.) 

Cast


concept:  romance, light comedy, light drama












In search for Girl In The Rain





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ON THE JOB

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Cannes Film Trailer



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Corrupt lawmakers. Diligent NBI agents. Enigmatic sunglass-clad lady. Making a killing at a pork house.

Eerily reminiscent of current headlines, OTJ unveils a corruption scandal so deep and wide it creeps up onto the country's highest level of government. But, your definition of a government may soon change with this film. A shadowy figure arrogantly boasts 'We are the ones running the government. We are the government.'

There are lots of things to admire with OTJ (aka On The Job). Among the top reasons is the excellent acting of the ensemble led by Joel Torre, who plays a fatherly, grizzled mentor to a would-be-assassin. It is heartbreaking to see him cooped up once more in the tinted vehicle. Just when freedom is at hand for Tatang Mario (Torre), the shadowy figures tighten their noose on his neck. They truly have a hold on nearly every one. Those who escaped their clutches and managed to return back to the straight path are soon dispatched with impunity.

Then, there's the bravura opening act set during the Feast of Saint John the Baptist. The assassination scene plunges us into the world of inmates who are released for days to work as hired killers. Years ago, a Cinema One Originals film Layang Bilanggo barely scratched the prisoners-as-assassins concept. OTJ, with a screenplay by Erik Matti and Michiko Yamamoto, presents a meatier take on the hired killing business. Just like the intern Daniel (Gerald Anderson), we get an immersion into the whole, icky pit of political killings. 


In the end, there will be two types of people crawling away from the pit. One set gets gobbled up by all the muck. Their mindset is corruption will stay and might as well dip their dirty fingers on the pot.

The other group is determined to eradicate corruption. These are the peoplewho are willing to sacrifice their marriage and even their lives for change. Stepping out from the shadows, they stand proud on the streets anddefiantly raise dirty fingers up in the air. They are not afraid to mess things up.

OTJ is one, big dirty finger pointed towards all corrupt politicians. It is alsoan entertaining film with amazing action set-pieces.


On the Job is a 2013 Filipino action thriller film directed by Erik Matti, and stars Piolo PascualGerald Anderson, and Joel Torre. The film is a co-production of Star Cinemaand Reality Entertainment as part of Star Cinema's 20th year anniversay presentation.

Synopsis

The film is about the passions and ambitions of four men trying to survive, and make a living for themselves and their respective families. It depicts parallel worlds between two inmates who are hired as contract killers, and law agents investigating the crimes. As the two groups are caught in the jobs of corrupt government officials, the two groups are lead into a inevitable collision against each other having their loved ones as collateral damage.

Casts


Distribution and Release

The film was screened and had a world premiere in the Directors' Fortnight at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. The Directors' Fortnight is a noncompetitive, independently programmed section of the film festival.
The film will be distributed by Star Cinema locally starting on August 28, 2013. It will also be released in North America in the fall of 2013 and will be distributed by Well Go USA Entertainment. The deal was brokered by Pfardrescher of Well Go USA Entertainment, and Nate Bolotin and Aram Tertzakian of XYZ Films (producer for the American adaptation). "'On The Job' reiterates that it is an exciting time for Filipino cinema," said Doris Pfardrescher. "We are thrilled we were able to acquire the movie before its premiere in Cannes and can’t wait to bring it to audiences in North America. Aside from North America, it will also be released in France by Wild Side Films, and in Australia by Madman Entertainment.
The deals with French and North American distribution companies secured 350 thousand US dollars or 12 million pesos. Also included in the deal with the North American distribution company, Well Go USA Entertainment, is that the company will be responsible forDVD/Blu-Ray and video on demand distributions.

"On The Job" will be screened in 12 theaters in the USA in the Fall. 

Accolades


Awards

Aside from the Cannes Film Festival, the film was also screened at the 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in Bucheon,South Korea.  At the said film festival, Joel Torre received the the Best Actor award, and the film receiving the Jury Prize.



Recognitions

The film was one of twenty one selected feature films screened in the Directors' Fortnight at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France from May 16 until 26, 2013.  Though it did not win the Caméra d'Or prize, the film was well-received by the viewers and was given a two-minute standing ovation.
The film was also reported to be part of the second installment of the The ABCs of Death, an award winning American horror film anthology produced by Ant Timpson and Tim League.

Future

The film is reported to have a US adaptation and will be directed by Baltasar Kormákur, the person who also directed Contraband and 2 Guns.  The remake will be produced by Kormákur's Blueeyes Productions. XYZ Films, the production and sales company that represents the international rights to the film, will also co-produce and will release the remake film worldwide.
Matti is also planning to make a sequel to the film.



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 Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo” will surely not disappoint hundred of thousands of movie-goers who anticipate the kilig moments and wants to see more of their undeniable chemistry.


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The said movie also stars Mylene Dizon, Kean Cipriano, Freddie Webb, EJ Jallorina and Ramon Bautista, whose best-selling book with same title was used for this film adaptation.
After the trailer of It Takes A Man And A Woman, this movie drives me crazy to the highest level. Xian looks hot and his role suits him well, but it was Kim who made the trailer of their movie interesting and captivating. She’s hilarious, crazy but adoring with those knock-out punchlines – thanks to Ramon Bautista’s book. Based from the trailer, this performance will be the most memorable act/role she portrayed in her movie career.
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It is  directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal under Star Cinema and will  hit  cinema theaters this July 31, 2013!

My Take:

What I love about this movie is not how it tells you why your crush or someone you admire do not notice you nor feel the same way like you do towards him/her.  Of course, this question will always cite the truth, and for me it is because: 

1)  Your crush does not feel anything towards you. 

2)  Your crush may have someone else in mind and in heart. 
3)  Your crush only sees you as a friend, a sister or a brother. 
4)  You are not his/her type. 
5)  Your crush may just be full of himself or herself that is why he/she never notices you. 
6)  Your crush is focus on his ambitions / goals first.
7)  Does your crush ever know you???


I love this movie because Kim Chiu was so natural in her comedic acting--- hahaha! And because of the chemistry of Xian Lim and Kim Chiu; they never failed to make us jitter and smile and grin so much since their first tandem in My Binondo Girl. Whether they are in a real relationship together or not, nothing can compare to how they romantically act on screen as the perfect partners in love and friendship. It is just PERFECT! There is something about Xian Lim that everybody would always want to see especially when he acts and be paired opposite Kim Chiu. 


WATCH THIS MOVIE! WATCH THIS MOVIE! WATCH THIS MOVIE!!!




MOVIE PREMIERE











Full Trailer of Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo





My Take:

How I wish Kim Chiu will also be partnered with Jiro Wang, Taiwanese Handsome actor in a TV drama or movie and that Star Cinema will produce and create the story for the two leads.  Since Kim Chiu speaks Fookien and Mandarin, and English -- Jiro and Kim will be able to communicate well and make the story more interesting. Of course, there will be Filipino language / conversations in the story. 


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FOUR SISTERS AND A WEDDING






   





FOUR SISTERS AND A WEDDING: THIS YEAR'S CRY-LAUGH MOVIE

By Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio

Published: July 14, 2013

Four Sisters and A Wedding” is Star Cinema’s kick off film for its 20th year in the Philippine Movie Industry. That means it has already been two decades of experiencing not only blockbusters, but also Grade A projects from a company that continues to make films of both entertainment and quality.


This movie alone is a testament to how Star Cinema is just so good in marrying both creative spectacle and technical excellence. No wonder, moviegoers were tweeting left and right about how the movie has made them laugh and cry and could not stop raving about it. 

It was actually a mix of all the right things, if you ask me. Elements so ingeniously woven together, helped in painting the picture of the typical Pinoy family going through the motions of this day and age.


The Reality of Global Homes

The beginning of the film alone establishes the tone and setting: One lives in Spain, and the other in España, Manila; one in The Big Apple, and the other in New York, Cubao. While many films focus on the OFWs' predicament, this one zooms out and lays bare the challenges of keeping a home full of “transnationals.” Indeed, so many things are lost in translation and tension builds when living in different time zones begin to threaten the safety and refuge that was once found in the family.

Although trailers show a rather light and funny movie, it can’t help but turn serious when incorporating the reality of globalization and its implications to the traditional Pinoy family. Surely, this plot strikes a chord in our hearts; whose houses and lives are supported by these modern-day heroes, yet sadly risking the possibility of tearing the very home apart.


A Fine Generation of Actors

An all-star cast with names like Bea Alonzo, Toni Gonzaga, Angel Locsin and Shaina Magdayao billed for the lead parts alone, the movie is surely expected to make money. However, what really surprised many of us is not so much the star power as do the promise and competence demonstrated by this generation actors. All of them were excellent in a way I have not seen since the time and caliber of Vilma Santos, Nora Aunor, and Judy Ann Santos. Whether delivering punch lines or conveying a range of emotions through their eyes, impeccable timing and prowess come to mind. I must say that Star Cinema harnessed well and good for its 20th anniversary movie.


The Pinoy Iyak-Tawa Sentiment and Sensibility

Perhaps symptomatic of a third world condition, we Pinoys like to make and watch films that make us laugh one moment, and cry in the next. (The last time I simultaneously bawled and laughed like this was when I saw the Bollywood film “3 Idiots.”) Or maybe we simply produce that which reminds us most about who we are. That is, a people with a penchant for wits and puns, as humor is too precious to lose and too helpful at times of struggling against the giants of our lives.

As a true blue Pinoy I say, watch it. For resilience resounds in the whole film, not only as a hard-pressed people, but truly as Pinoys who unfailingly bounce back in the hope of relationships, forgiveness, family ties, and unconditional love.

BEA ALONZO: "I have learned that you have no right to judge another person because you don't know the battles that the person has to go through to be the person he/she is today... and blood is thicker than water; you would always choose family above anyone."

SHAINA MAGDAYAO: "You may have differences, but at the end of the day, family always matters. No matter how they hate each other, they will always serve as your safety net, your best support system, who will go through your worst and your best times. People in your life will come and go but family will always be there to stay."

TONI GONZAGA: "I've learned that no matter what happens, you will always have your family and how important it is to forgive, accept, love and respect each other. God chose them to be a part of your life to mold you and help you become the best person you want to be. We may not always agree with one another or even like each other at times but at the end of the day we still choose to be together because that's how we are created as a family."

CONEY REYES: "Playing favorites among our children can have adverse effects. It can create discord and disunity in the family. It is difficult to give every child the same attention, especially in a big family. That's why we need to pray and ask God for His grace, wisdom, and discernment in raising and dealing with our children. Each child is different, unique, special."








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It Must Be... Love is a 2013 Filipino coming-of-age romantic comedy film directed by Dado Lumibao, starring Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. The film was shot in many locations in Cebu and Laguna in the Philippines also in BerlinGermany. The film was produced by Star Cinema and is released nationwide on March 13, 2013.
This marks as the first solo film of the the tandem of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla in a leading role following their roles in the ensemble films, 24/7 in Love and Sisterakas in 2012. The film was shown in theaters for only two weeks though it managed gross over ₱60 million which is in line with Star Cinema's previous film A Moment In Time.

STORY LINE
"Must Be Love" follows the love story of Patricia, better known as "Patchot" played by (Kathryn Bernardo) and her childhood best friend Ivan (Daniel Padilla). But what will Patchot do if she starts falling in love with her best friend?. And what if Ivan only sees her as a 'best friend'? This problem will develop when another girl enters Ivan's life. Unfortunately for Patchot, it's her cousin Angel. Will Ivan fall in love with "Patch" or will they remain as best friends forever?

Box office 

The film grossed P 60 million in only two weeks of showing. The films gross is in line with Star Cinema's previous romance film A Moment In Time, though the latter was shown in theaters for four weeks.

Sequel 

For some reason, Director Dado Lumibao and Rory B. Quintos from Dubai are going to direct a sequel to the movie called "Romance in the Air", which will be filmed on location in Singapore.


concept:  romance, comedy, light drama, teen love

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This is not the Premiere Day


It Takes a Man and a Woman is a Filipino romantic comedy film and the third and final installment in A Very Special Love franchise. Cathy Garcia-Molina return as the director of the film and Carmi Raymundo as the head scriptwriter of the movie. Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz also reprise their roles as Laida Magtalas and Miggy Montenegro respectively.

The film was produced by Star Cinema and VIVA Films and released on March 30, 2013 (PST) which is a Black Saturday.

Box Office Performance

The film broke many box-office records in the history of Cinema of the Philippines. One of which is the highest opening-day gross of all time in Philippine Box Office. According to Roxy Liquigan and Mico del Rosario of Star Cinema, the film registered a whopping P32.6 Million for its opening day.[6][7][8] On the 4th day of showing, the film reportedly earned more than the P114 Million, and expected to reach 400MIILION mark on the entire run, the first in Philippine Movie history, only Sarah Geronimo and JLC can do.

Critical Response

It Takes a Man and a Woman was well received upon its release, with different movie critics of entertainment sites, consumer magazines and newspapers giving it generally excellent reviews.

Philbert Dy of Click the City stated: "This third movie seems to waver between the two tones as it explores the idea of betrayal and forgiveness, putting the characters through another courtship while placing them under the shadow of an unforgiveable act. It’s a tough balance that the film doesn’t quite accomplish. Still, the depth of these characters continues to surprise, even as it all reverts to spectacle."

Jeman Villanueva of the Orange Magazine TV wrote "”It Takes A Man and A Woman” is not just a feel-good movie. It’s a reality for everyone who fell in love, had their heart broken, and the pain of moving on."

Staffs from the Sunstar reviewed its characters, specifically Laida and Miggy. They wrote "Sarah is convincing as the new, improved Laida. She has discarded the giggly, girlish image for a smart, assertive woman. John Lloyd doesn’t need to reinvent his character. All he has to do is turn on the charm machine full blast."

Bibsy M. Carballo of Philippine Star said "It Takes A Man & A Woman answered the challenge of offering a more mature perspective, according to direk Cathy, transforming a girl and a boy into a man and a woman with the capability of love and forgiveness, beyond just the “kilig” factor."

Rod Magaru praised the screenplay stating "I am a huge fan of Laida and Miggy, and even the birth of this third installment, I am nervous of how the writer will execute the future of the tandem. Been asking myself to write a version of my own the way I want it. But Carmi Raymundo is genius in predicting what should be, what might be and what audience will like."

MJ de Leon of Lifestyle Hub commended the cinematogrphy stating "Overall, the movie is a must-see. Direk Cathy Garcia-Molina aced it again. If “It Takes a Man and a Woman” overtakes “Sisterakas” in the all-time local box office gross, the better. At least then, our pop history books can reveal that the most watched Filipino movie may not be exactly Oscar-worthy but it is a premium when it comes to entertainment value".


Cast

concept:  romance, comedy, light drama


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2012



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The Mistress is a 2012 Filipino romantic melodrama film directed by Olivia Lamasan, starring Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz.

The film was also well acclaimed by people and received mostly positive reviews from the critics, and sets a box-office record in the Philippine Cinema. It currently holds the third highest grossing Filipino film of all time. The film was also screened internationally in selected countries.

This film also celebrates the 10th year anniversary of John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo's partnership as a love team. Alonzo and Cruz also had their newest TV Show entitled A Beautiful Affair that aired (October 29, 2012 - January 18, 2013) in ABS-CBN, is also part of their 10th year anniversary as love team and also the success of The Mistress.


PLOT

A young woman is torn between the affections of her two lovers. One is a young bachelor who brings passion into her life. The other is a married man who has kept her as his mistress for years.

Architect JD (John Lloyd Cruz) has a chip on his shoulder about his businessman father Rico (Ronaldo Valdez) never really accepting him as his son. Seamstress Sari (Bea Alonzo) struggles to take care of her family. The two meet by chance, and JD aggressively pursues Sari’s affections. Though the two are clearly a good match, there is a problem standing in the way of their bliss: Sari is the mistress of JD’s father. Against his better judgment, JD continues to court Sari even after finding out this difficult fact. He hides his true identity as Rico’s son, and fights to win Sari’s heart.

Cast

Main Cast

Supporting Cast


INTERNATIONAL SCREENING
Here are some selected international screening dates and venues of The Mistress:
  • DateCountryNotes/Venue
    September 14GuamMicronesia Mall Theaters only
    September 14
    October 22
    New ZealandAuditorium Theater and SkyCity Convention centre only
    September 15EuropeNice, France
    September 21–27USASelected Cities and Theaters only
    September 27UAESelected Theaters only
    QatarCine Center
    BahrainSeef Cineplex
    September 28CanadaSelected Cities and Theaters only
     
     

PRODUCED BY :  Star Cinema (sister company of ABS-CBN TV Network)


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SUDDENLY IT'S MAGIC




Thai Superstar, Mario Maurer and The Philippines' Sweetheart, Erich Gonzales









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                   2011





No Other Woman is a 2011 Filipino romantic drama film starring Anne Curtis, Derek Ramsay, and Cristine Reyes.

The film is notable for breaking box office records in the Philippines. It once held the title of the second highest grossing Filipino film of all time having grossed P278 million. The film was also screened in select cities internationally.

Though regarded as one of the memorable romance-drama movies for Filipinos and the second highest grossing Filipino film of all time, the film received mixed reviews from local film critics. Critics criticized the weak ending of the story line which is strong especially at the middle part but praised the film for memorable one-liners and the values in the movie.


SYNOPSIS

Furniture supplier Ram (Derek Ramsay) is happily married to Charmaine (Cristine Reyes). One day, Ram lands a big client, a new luxury resort. But he needs the help of Kara (Anne Curtis), the daughter of the owner of the resort, to finalize the deal. Kara's help, however, comes with a price, because she fancies Ram to be her lover. Not before long, Kara successfully seduces Ram, even though she knows about his marriage. When Charmaine learns of the affair, she finds ways to fight for her husband's waning attention.

Cast and characters
INTERNATIONAL RELEASES

No Other Woman was released nationwide on September 28, 2011. It was also screened in select cities around the world, including Chicago, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.
The movie was given an R-13 rating by the Movies and Television Classification Board of the Philippines.

PRODUCED BY :  Star Cinema (sister company of ABS-CBN TV Network)  & Viva Films

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The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin (English: Private Benjamin) is a 2011 Filipino action comedy film starring Vice Ganda, Derek Ramsay and Eddie Garcia. It once held the title of the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time.


PLOT

Benjamin "Benjie" Santos VIII (Vice Ganda) comes from a long line of warriors and soldiers. His grandfather, Benjamin Santos VI (Eddie Garcia), expects him to be in the army and to be like his ancestors who fought every battle in the country. He lives with his parents and two sisters named Jesamine (Angelie Urquico) and Anjamin (Abby Bautista). His father, Benjamin VII, gave up being a military soldier to be what he wants to be, a scientist and an inventor. As a result, Benjie's grandfather did not agree with his decision, so they were forced to leave his grandfather's house and to never come back. They now live in an antique house, where they started a new life. His father, as expected, followed what makes him happy. He invented gadgets and unique deadly weapons. Some examples are the Fart-gun, or the Utot-gun in Tagalog, a fan that shoots bullets, and a tiara that can kill thousands of people. They went to Benjie's grandfather's 75th birthday, where his grandfather finds out he is actually gay. They were asked to leave and to never show their faces again for they are a disgrace to the Santos family.

When a civil war in the Philippines breaks out, Benjie is forced to enlist in place of his ailing father, who was said to have high blood pressure and diabetes. After a long time training, their group was to be dissolved for being not good in training. The group trained in the night, resulting in a very good training in the morning. A group of squadron of enemies of the group, incensed with constantly losing to Benjie's group during training, sought to reveal Benjie's sexuality, by making Benjie drunk and filmed a sex video of him.

The following morning, the Highest-General called Benjie for the video, and made him leave the army. When Benjamin was going to leave, his friends joined him, and saying, "Hindi kami masaya kung wala ka!" ("We are not happy without you!"). They leave the army, and on a forest adventure, they hear some trucks and cars moving. They wake up, and follow the cars, resulting in them discovering the location of the enemy base by accident.

They go back to the army, and tell the Highest-General about what they saw, but he wouldn't believe them, saying the real enemy base was in Tanay, based on the army's gathered information and instead decided to attack the Tanay base. While the army searches for enemy forces in the Tanay base, they are ambushed by hundreds of terrorists. Meanwhile, Benjie's group returns to the enemy's real base, where they saw the terrorist's trucks with the captured forces, including Benjie's grandfather and Brandon Estolas (Derek Ramsay)—the group's former commander in the army, who is also Benjie's love-interest. They then make plans to rescue their allies by dressing up as girls to trick the enemy guards into letting them inside their base. Once inside, the group kills many people with the tiara, fan, and Fart-gun Benjie's father invented.
As they enter the base, the group split up in different ways. When one of the terrorists spots what he thought was Benjie hiding in a metal barrel, he then tells Abe Sayyep (named after the Abu Sayyaf), the squadron commander, about what he saw. Abu Sayyaf pulls out the wig Benjie put in the barrel, only to find out it was some sort of trickery. As soon as Benjie finds his grandfather, Brandon, and the other generals, he unties them. Benjie's grandfather thanks him and asks for forgiveness for treating him so badly. Benjie is reunited with the group, where Abu Sayyaf appears and shoots at Benjie's grandfather. Benjie jumps in front of his grandfather in order to save him.

He sees himself in heaven, and sees his great-grandfathers, who tell him that he did very well and it is not yet the time for him to die. He is soon revived, and the group returns home, where they celebrate their victory with a party.


CAST AND CHARACTERS

Main cast


Supporting cast
  • Carlos Agassi as Paul Marigma
  • Bodie Cruz as George Carang
  • Tutti Caringal as Ringo Daway
  • Malou de Guzman as Lillibeth Santos
  • Dennis Padilla as Bentot Santos
  • Angelie Urquico as Jesamine Santos
  • Abby Bautista as Anjemin Santos
  • Tess Antonio as Lisa Santos
  • Jasper Visaya as Benten Santos
  • Rubi Rubi as Captain Tenille
  • Andrew Wolff as Abe Sayyep
  • Emilio Garcia as Billy Aladin

Special Participation

Rating

It was graded "B" by the Cinema Evaluation Board of the Philippines.

Box Office

The film opened with PHP 23.6 million ticket sales during its first day and continued to break Philippine box-office records after grossing PHP 109 million on its fourth day of screening. After its seventh day on air, it reached the PHP 200 million mark. It broke the records set also by the previous Star Cinema-Viva Films produced film, No Other Woman. Based on a report from the Box Office Mojo, Praybeyt Benjamin became the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time having a total gross PHP 331,631,283.

Sequel

The sequel was introduced during a mid-credits scene.
According to ABS-CBN News, Praybeyt Benjamin II is already in works and would likely air in 2013. Vice Ganda is confirmed to be back for the sequel.

PRODUCED BY:  STAR CINEMA ( sister company of ABS-CBN TV NETWORK)  and VIVA FILMS

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   2008






A Very Special Love is a 2008 Filipino comedy romance film produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films, starring John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo. This movie was directed by Cathy Garcia Molina and had received an “A” rating from the Cinema Evaluation Board.

The film was released on the 30th day of July 2008 and ran for eight weeks on cinemas in the Philippines. It was also released in the United States on August 15 of the same year. This movie is the very first movie of Sarah Geronimo under Star Cinema in a lead female character after Sarah: The Teen Princess 13 years ago.

A sequel entitled You Changed My Life was released on February 25, 2009 and a second sequel entitled It Takes a Man and a Woman which will be released on March 30, 2013.

PLOT

Laida Magtalas is a modern-day Belle. "Miggy" is the youngest member of the Montenegro clan — a well established family in the business world. She applies as an Editorial Assistant at Miggy's newly launched men’s magazine, "Bachelor". Laida revels working in such close proximity with the man of her dreams.
The film opens with Laida starting out her day for a job interview with Flippage, owned and manage by her crush Miguel "Miggy" Montenegro. Unbeknownst to her, on the day of her interview, Miggy was having a heated meeting with his creative team on the issue of the Bachelor, Flippage’s men's magazine. Miggy’s mean demeanor and undermining of both his friend and editors cause a walkout of half of the team. In the middle of the chaos Laida was hired on the spot after she presented Miggy with coffee left by an attendant who also walked out after being screamed at.

By some stroke of luck, Laida lands the job. Laida remains blinded to the fact that the Miggy of her dreams is very different from the real one. In reality, he is an unapologetic, hothead who always thinks he's in the right and obsesses about nothing making his magazine number one. Everyone is scared of him with the exception of the love-stuck Laida, who adamantly defends him. Imperceptively, she caters to his every whim, even sending her in his absence on a date with his girlfriend, breaking her heart a little. Her colleagues question her unrelenting devotion to such a monster and when Laida continues to proves her loyalty to Miggy, gossip regarding her feelings for the boss starts to circulate.

However the moment was short lived, as the next day after Laida made a suggestion in regards to an article content that Miggy should put for the magazine, Miggy publicly humiliates her and her knowledge of sex and questioned her virtue (virginity) in front of the staff by making her say the word “Sex”. Miggy was later embarrassed himself after he realized that it was Laida who made the last minute call and effort to find a printing press to do a rush job on their magazines overhaul. After being chastised by the despotic Miggy, Laida’s finally opens her eyes and sees him for the tyrant he truly is.

The confrontation with Laida was a rude awakening for Miggy as well and he realizes why people are so put-off by him. Miggy then tries with much difficulty on his part of apologizing in his own way to Laida. First by ordering pizza for the team and serving a slice himself to her, which Laida ignores. Laida, now disenchanted with Miggy was called in by her work. However upon arriving in Miggy’s apartment, she found him high with fever with very little food or necessities in his apartment, with no househelp or family to care for him. Laida took care of Miggy, missing her own mother's birthday. Miggy woke up during a break in fever and saw the exhausted Laida next to him patting his back as a mother would to a sick child. This prompted Miggy to realize his feelings to Laida igniting a change in him and wishing Laida to be more closer to him as well as being more friendly with the rest of his team. The productivity and atmosphere of the company thus also changed in a positive note. Miggy also became comfortable enough to tell Laida the truth behind his past, that he was an illegitimate child of his father later adopted to the main family after his mother's death. Thus his strong desire to prove himself to his father and older brother. For the first time in his life, Miggy garners the gumption to apologize and this new-found humility opens up a whole new world of “firsts” for Miggy. With Laida's help, Miggy slowly learns to be more of a team player and the true value of loyalty.

Cast and characters

Main cast

Reception

As of August 11, 2008, “A Very Special Love” earned P134 million.

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PRODUCED BY: Star Cinema (sister company of ABS-CBN TV Network) and Viva Films




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GIRL:  I am hoping that you will still come back to me. I am hoping that you will still choose me... please love me again...
GUY:  I love Trisha.
GIRL: I know. 
GUY:  She loved me at my worst, you had me at my best. But you took it for granted. 
GIRL: Popoy, is that how you looked at it?  I just made a choice. 
GUY:  And you chose to break my heart.







POPOY:  Don't you remember our three month rule?  I still have 2 weeks! I've already done everything, what else do you want me to do?  I HAVE LOVED YOU SO MUCH BUT I'M IN SO MUCH PAIN!


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