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.



RS Francisco Soars High as MButterfly by: Mark Anthony Cabrera

RS Francisco Soars High as MButterfly  by: Mark Anthony Cabrera

Cunning, Provocative and Masterfully done- These phrases came to mind after I’ve witnessed the Preview of MButterfly last September 12, 2018 at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater.

Produced by Tony-winning producer Jhett Tolentino and directed by no less than Kanakan Balintagos, MButterfly finds its way back to Manila after its first staging at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater , UP Diliman.Reprising his role as Song Liling, RS Francisco recalls that it is one major role that definitely solidified his acting capabilities under now Professor Emeritus Tony Mabesa who directed it in the 90’s when RS was just 18 years of age alongside Behn Cervantes as Gallimard.

As RS recalls it, he said that he was at first reluctant to take on the role of Song Liling but with the help of his mentors finally decided to give the role a try.Later on, he didn’t realize that he would have the chance to do it again hence the 2018 re-staging of the play.Playing alongside RS is Frenchman Olivier Borten as Rene Gallimard, Pinky Amador as Helga, Norman McLeod as Toulon , Lee O Brien as Marc/Pinkerton , Mayen Estanero as

Ms. Shin , Maya Encila as Rene/Pin up girl and Rica Nepomuceno COpera Singer).The stage was superbly done and space was maximized.It is indeed a task done tastefully as the play requires it.

RS never lost the spark. Every movement of his hands, every nod, every wink was exquisite.

Indeed if there was one thing that stood out in his performance was the fact that he can engage the audience in the way he entices and lures them in his character as Song Liling- cunning, deceptive, gentle yet boldly strong.

Borten on his part did his role with intricacy- every action on point whilst ensuring that the flow of his acting is kept cohesive.I was pleasantly surprised with Lee O’ Brien as transitioning from the big screen on stage requires quite some adaptability. I am impressed by Maya Encila as Rene.This beautiful young lady definitely knows her angles and knows how to act boldly with finesse.

Overall, I love the fact that the main essence of MButterfly has been kept but putting quite a twist at the end kept me wanting more.They were able to bring about something new to the table and to me that was quite a bold move- timely and relevant so to speak.I loved the elaborate costumes and the excellent way how the props were brought together on stage with coherence ( thanks to the people wearing black costumes) who made each scene transition seamless.

Would I watch it again? I will for sure as it is able to present something that the Pinoy audience could truly be proud of .I am sure that when David Henry Hwang sees it, he will be at awe of
one of the best plays he’d ever written.The subject of espionage is interesting because it present a struggle- as to how a plan can be carried out without getting caught.And what better way to do it than mimicry- the act of blending in to make sure that you get to survive in tricking the enemy.

If you’re looking for something creatively done, something that would keep you wanting more, I suggest you head to the Maybank Performing arts Theater and watch MButterfly. The play runs from September 13, 2018 until the 30th of September.