Iya Mina’s star shines brightest in MAMU and a Mother too…

Iya Mina star  shines brightest  in MAMU and a Mother too…

“A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.”-  Honore de Balzac

Definitely a movie with a heart.Iya Mina gave it her all.She took us to the streets as she portrayed the Role of Mamu- A Mama San to many, life for her takes a different turn when her sister dies leaving behind Bona that she has to care of.Her lover, portrayed by Aaron Villaflor didn’t like the idea of having Bona around as she partakes in Mamu’s life .Bona, at first find it hard living with Mamu as she felt she wasn’t welcomed .Bona meets Franco ( Jovani Manansala ) who flirts with her and eventually becomes her boyfriend much to the dismay of the cutie Kiko ( Marcus Paterson) who is so “torpe” to confide to Bona.

The story line is simple yet it is able to take us to a different understanding of how ordinary things came to be.How can a transgender take all of this and be a mother ?How can society be more accepting of such set up? The film was able to create a premise that it can be done and that love supersedes everything.I loved the fact that Iya Mina didn’t have to alter her voice to fit the role- that gave the film authenticity that it rightfully deserves. EJJallorina as Bona was casted so perfectly as the character he portrayed was able to match Mina’s acting  prowess.


The entire cast was so wonderful to watch.It is not so much of heavy drama as smart humor definitely is put into play for the film to thrive.Funny, dramatic and beautifully told I am at awe of this masterpiece by Rod Singh.  Cheers to MAMU and a Mother too! Cinema One Originals would run up until the 21st of October.Let’s go out and support local!



Photo credits: Erickson dela Cruz


The Revilla Brothers’ star in action-Thriller TRES for Imus Productions

The Revilla Brothers’ star in action-Thriller TRES for Imus Productions


             They say three is a crowd but never for the Revilla Brothers: Jolo, Bryan and Luigi Revilla who stars in the movie TRES produced by Imus Productionms showcased their talents in jam-packed action sequences .Set in a trilogy, the first one features Bryan Revilla in VIRGO.True to being a Revilla, Bryan had the spunk and angst that the role asked for. He stars alongside the beautiful Karla Humphries and Joey Marquez among others.He was orphaned as a boy because his parents got involved in an incident that haunted him for ever. He made sure that he’ll come back for those who murdered his family hence becoming a Police officer who hunted down drug lords and their protectors.Will he succeed in this quest or will it get the best of him?

Opening the second part of the trilogy is newcomer Luigi Revilla (Bryan and Jolo’s half brother) who starred as Louie who got involved into drugs because of Shelly (Assunta de Rossi)-a big time drug mule who works with Sandino Martin and Patrick Sugui. With them is cutie Marcus Patterson, a student but doesn’t want to be involved in such dealings.Things encounter a different turn when Sandino got jealous of Louie’s (Revilla) closeness to Shelly. During a night at a bar, Louie crosses paths with Myrtle Saroza , a waitress , sweet and innocent.This leads Shelly to be jealous and puts Louie out of their gang.Will Louie still get out of this mess, or will it be just a little too late for him?This second part is entitled AMATS.I applaud Luigi for a newcomer as he gave justice to the role.

The last part of the Trilogy is entitled 72 Hours starring Jolo Revilla, a dignified Police officer who is on the look out for drug addicts .He got partnered with Rhian Ramos under the PDEA department but sudden twists took a turn when he blackmails Jolo to get her sister back as her sister is hailed hostaged by Dominic Roque’s character, Congressman Fernan.Who gets to survive the last 72 hours? Your guess is as good as mine.

Overall, I find  the film overwhelming with action sequences and there is no denying that that the Revilla is in them.The intensity in their eyes is very evident in every frame.The action shots were done with precision and the coherence to them is exquisite.The advocacy to fight drugs is just as important because let’s admit the fact that many lives are shattered and lost because of it .The message of the film is timely and relevant.

I am glad that it also explored different sides of the Antagonist/ protagonist formula, connivance,concealment and black mail.TRES is showing in major cinemas nationwide, Please come out and support local!


Photo credits: Jolo Revilla 

Inspiring and Entertaining, Guadalupe the Musical debuts at the Meralco Theater

Inspiring and Entertaining, Guadalupe the Musical at the Meralco Theater

Guadalupe the Musical  directed by Baby Barredo revolves around the story of The Lady of Guadalupe and the miracles that she has been identified with. With music by Ejay Yatco , choreography  by Julie and Rose Borromeo, this musical started their first show at Meralco Theater up until the 14th of October 2018.

With a stellar ensemble such as Shiela Valderrama Martinez, Cocoy Laurel , Arman FerrerNoel Rayos, Lorenz MartinezKuya Manzano and Chaye Mogg to name a few, this musical is such a feast to the eyes.

As per the Mexican Consul to the Philippines, no play about the lady of Guadalupe has been existent until now that it actually gets shown and is done as a production here in Manila under the tutelage of Baby Barredo.

With Celia Diaz -Laurel leading the costumes and set design department by Mio Infante , this play is set to awe audiences with Laurel’s artistic style and gift for the arts. Not to be outdone, excellent lyrics and melody provided by Ejay Yatco, the audience is in for a big treat. So what are you all waiting for?

Don’t miss out on seeing this master piece. Let us support Philippine theater and our local artists’ love for making sure that we get the best  that Theater has to offer.