Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz team up for “A Very Special Love”

Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz team up for "A Very Special Love"

Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz star in A Very Special Love, a Star Cinema movie that will open in theaters nationwide on July 30, 2008.


A Very Special Love is about two young people with totally different backgrounds but they discover that love truly knows no barriers.

Sarah plays Laida, the breadwinner of her family. John Lloyd is Miggy of the Montenegro clan, the owner of several businesses including a publishing firm that he manages.

Laida is hired as an editorial assistant of one of the magazines named Bachelor, which Miggy publishes. The boss decides to make Laida his own personal assistant and even forces to pretend to be his girlfriend (more…)

Published in: on June 26, 2008 at 6:15 pm  Comments (6)  

raining in “big” scenes

i used to find it such a big coincidence that most big scenes are rain scenes. but after living in taipei, i guess nothing is really impossible! weather in Taiwan is so unpredictable that it can be so hot in one minute, and raining in another! So Taiwanese dramas showing such, i have only one thing to say….it is not a coincidence, totally believable!

Published in: on June 22, 2008 at 6:23 am  Leave a Comment  

Love at first watch: The magic of “Dear Heart” revisited


The magic of “Dear Heart” revisited

It was the film that started it all for Sharon Cuneta and Gabby Concepcion. “Direk Danny [Zialcita] wanted my character in the movie to be close to my real self para daw hindi ako mahirapan,” confided Sharon to entertainment columnist-host Ricky Lo when asked about her first film Dear Heart in 1981. As for her leading man, Sharon bluntly confessed that, at first, “Anybody but Gabby Concepcion. I found out na mabait naman pala siya when we started shooting.”

Love at first watch: The magic of “Dear Heart” revisited

Bong Godinez (philippine entertainment portal)

After Sharon was given a recording contract at the age of 12, singer-composer Rey Valera remembers feeling perplexed when he was commissioned to write a song for the young singer. A straight-ahead love song, according to Valera, didn’t seem fit for someone so young.


But Rey wouldn’t allow himself either to write anything like a nursery tune. He toiled for a few days. And then, while riding a jeepney he suddenly came up with a song he’d call “Mr. DJ.”  Valera instinctively knew that he unearthed a gold mine. “Mr. DJ” did become a major hit and the young Sharon Cuneta became a singing sensation.


Sharon charmed her way into the OPM charts and into the hearts of Filipino listeners. Two years after her breakthrough as a recording artist, she was being eyed by some producers to star in a movie.


ANYBODY BUT GABBY. The theme of Sharon’s first film, at only 15, was a no brainer—young love with the usual Romeo-and-Juliet elements, minus Shakespeare’s tragic touch.


Contrary to popular notion, Sharon’s first movie was not produced by Viva Films but by a production outfit known as Sining Silangan. Director Danny Zialcita was tapped to direct the film; part of his job was also to convince the Cuneta household to allow Sharon to jump into acting.


“I was a singer when this movie was offered to me,” said Sharon in an interview with QTV 11’s Ang Pinaka…


Almers De Luna, a proud member of the group Sharon’s Angels, revealed that the Cunetas asked for a P220,000-talent fee, which at the time was a staggering amount for a newcomer. To the disbelief of Sharon’s parents, Sining Silangan agreed to pay the sum without reservation.


“Direk Danny said to my mom, and I will never forget this until the day I die, if the mayor [Sharon’s dad, Pablo Cuneta] and you do not allow Sharon to do this I will never make this movie. I will shelve this forever,” Sharon fondly recalled. “So it was really me.”


Sharon was the only choice for the heroine but the leading man was a  different story. She did not like Gabby.


when love begins starring aga muhlach and anne curtis: read synopsis and watch full trailer here

you can watch the full trailer here:


Benedicto “Ben” Caballero (Aga Muhlach) is an environmentalist who founded the Mother Earth Movement, an NGO committed to educating Filipinos about the protection of nature. Michelle “Mitch” Valmonte (Anne Curtis) is a marketing assistant who works for his father’s company. She decides to take a vacation with fellow rich friends in Boracay. When Michelle accidentally steps on a sea urchin, she meets Ben, who suggests that someone should pee on her foot to relieve her of the pain.The two instantly hit it off despite their apparent differences. Ben is a vegetarian while Michelle is a carnivore. Ben doesn’t have any vice while Michelle loves to intoxicate herself with alcohol. But their passionate personalities bring them together that they learned to love and accept each other.

But love isn’t always too good to be true. Ben’s involvement in his NGO pushes him to come face to face with Michelle’s father. In the end, Michelle has to make the ultimate decision of choosing between the two men she loves the most.

and here’s a write-up (credit philippine entertainment portal)

Direk Joey Reyes talks about the chemistry between Aga and Anne in

Direk Joey Reyes (in photo) describes When Love Begins as a movie about people who are afraid of commitment. This Star Cinema and Viva Films co-production starring Aga Muhlach and Anne Curtis will premiere on April 30, 2008.

Direk Joey Reyes talks about the chemistry between Aga and Anne in “When Love Begins”

Jocelyn Dimaculangan

Aga Muhlach and Anne Curtis were in Boracay from March 25 to April 2 to shoot Star Cinema and Viva Films’s  co-production When Love Begins. Despite the 14-year age gap between the two stars, the director of the movie believes that they were able to effectively portray lovers who are both afraid of being in a relationship.


Direk Joey Reyes told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during his solo presscon earlier today, April 9, that the chemistry of the 38-year-old matinee idol and the 23-year-old actress was “fine.” But he admitted that he was initially worried how the two would appear together.


“I was worried because people might say, ‘My God, he’s been around for so long and she’s so young.’ But it doesn’t matter. He’s so good-looking and she’s so sexy,” said the director.


In When Love Begins, Aga plays a lawyer-turned-environmentalist named Ben Caballero while Anne is a marketing executive named Michelle “Mitch” Valmonte. According to Direk Joey, Mitch is “a very rich girl who’s dancing from one relationship to another. And she does not believe in commitments, either.”


Christopher de Leon plays a special role in this movie as Anne’s father. He works in a real-estate company that plans to convert land in Boracay into commercial areas. This puts his work in conflict with the character of Aga who aims to maintain ecological balance in Boracay.


This is the 18th movie of Direk Joey with Aga but his first time to work with Anne Curtis. “I’ve done so many movies with Aga Muhlach before and again, this is a pleasant experience. He’s a personal friend, so again, I’m looking forward to working with him again and again.”


Direk Joey and Aga’s last project together was the movie Kung Ako Na Lang Sana (2003) with Sharon Cuneta.


As for his working relationship with Anne, he said, “This is the first time I’ve worked with her and this is a delight. I’m happy that I have been entrusted and given the privilege of working with them. Anne is so uncomplicated, walang arte, walang kiyeme, napakabait at pleasant na bata. And I want to work with her again, very very soon! After the many months of working with them, I’m very happy,” revealed Direk Joey.


According to Star Cinema’s promo specialist Jun Mayuga, they started shooting the film last year but shootings were cancelled when Aga Muhlach’s mother, Mrs. Anita Aquino, passed away last November 18 due to lung cancer.


Scenes of the movie were shot in Station 1, Station 2, and Puka Beach on the other side of the Boracay island. When Love Begins will open in theaters nationwide starting April 30, 2008.

Published in: on April 9, 2008 at 2:15 pm  Comments (4)  

when love begins starring aga muhlach and anne curtis: one hello (BY RANDY CRAWFORD) soundtrack lyrics

sing along with this video:

If you’re not afraid
Of what love brings
Then endings are beginnings
Of beautiful things
It’s a chance you take
A chance you’re in
If someone’s gonna find you
First you’ve gotta let them in…

Published in: on April 9, 2008 at 2:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

my big love versus (and you are the one vs. you got me)


one of the love teams that clicks with me is the love team of sam milby and toni gonzaga (aside from richard gutierrez and angel locsin). toni is just so damn funny! she had seem to struck gold when she moved to abs-cbn (hence, star cinema).


PART 1: to love again…a detailed summary (sharon cuneta and miguel rodriguez)


SHARON CUNETA…rafaela “raffy” laperal / candida

MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ…bullet / joseph crisologo / alberto alcantara

DANTE RIVERO…don enrico laperal (raffy’s father)

LIZA LORENA…clarita laperal (raffy’s mother)

CHARLIE DAVAO…don ramon (clarita’s old and ardent suitor)

ODETTE KHAN…valerie (raffy’s aunt, enrico’s cousin)

SUSAN VALDEZ…dona lupita alcantara (bullet’s mom)

TONY CARREON…don alfonso alcantara (bullet’s dad)

TOMMY ABUEL…rodolfo (lumberyard doctor)

SUZANNE GONZALES…mina (lumberyard doctor’s wife)

RAMON D’ SALMA…leo de gracias (lumberyard owner)

RODOLFO “BOY” GARCIA… (lumberyard worker)

raffy is forced into a marriage with a man she doesn’t know to save his dad’s name. she came from an old rich family from the south. her dad enrico have had some bad business luck and needed Php 7,000,000. he tried borrowing from a friend but he only had Php 1,000,000 to spare, to which enrico said that it’s all or nothing because one million wouldn’t make much difference. before committing suicide, he has dinner with his wife. 

they have two choices, for her mom clarita to marry don ramon, an old suitor of her mom even before she got married, or for raffy to marry alberto alcantara, son of lupita and don alfonso. clarita thinks it’ll be better for raffy to marry instead of her because her husband has just passed away after all. they have a discussion and although both choices were unacceptable to raffy, she relents.

lupita wants raffy so badly as a daughter-in-law.  she thinks of it as an investment.  the alcantaras is a noveau rich family. clarita mentions that the alta sociedad (high society) still think that their blood is dirty, and marrying into the laperal family would boost their social status. 


lupita goes to see bullet and tell him he has to attend a wedding, and that it is his. at first he thought she was joking. he realized he wasn’t. they have dinner. his dad don alfonso asks him if he’s agreed. and bullet answers yes and no. yes if he gets to like her and no if he doesn’t. lupita answers it will be love at first sight. and then bullet asks his dad that isn’t it healthy to object once in a while, to which his father replied that his secret to a successful marriage is following bullet’s mom.   


on the day that raffy is set to meet the alcantaras, she runs off and flies to manila, remembering what her dad told her to marry for love. she goes to her aunt’s place, who i don’t know if she’s a fashion designer, or somebody who’s just into garments, and tells her she ran away from home and told her not to tell her mother. she asks her for help to find work. 



raffy enters a restaurant and is greeted by friends. one friend jokes that “hindi ba ikakasal ka na?” (aren’t you getting married), to which he replied, muntik na “almost”. there they talk about going about hunting, and one friend mentions that bullet is going to be their financier. raffy excuses herself from her party and goes to make a telephone call to accept a job in a lumberyard. there bullet sees her for the first time. she goes into the comfort room afterwards and was tailed by bullet. he waits until this photographer kept nagging how good he looked and that he could become a moviestar. at this time, raffy leaves the bathroom without bullet noticing. 



funny, the lumberyardmen were on strike, not because of a wage-hike request, or because there was no food (as the place is remote and could only be reached via a chartered plane from manila), but because there was no wine to drink. it really is sort of a comical relief! anyway, their boss leo de gracias flies in to settle the case and sees raffy. leo, the d.o.m., invites her for a drink and raffy can not but accept. the doc’s wife knows all to well leo, as she was the only one who escaped from him. she tells her that leo has this story that it’s the death anniversary of his wife, and so on… she escapes the advances of leo by putting on a pill (sleeping i think). in the morning, boy garcia helps her by telling leo that his wife is looking for him.  



while on the road with two other lumberyardmen, they hear gunshots and raffy runs off to see what’s going on. there were a group of men shooting at two young men. raffy sneezes and these hoodlums hear. an open fire ensues. raffy is a sharp shooter by the way, having taught by his dad.  she sees bullet bleeding and they bring him to their yard.  


they can’t fly him off the place because it’s already late and too dark, the pilot might get into an accident.  


but he needs blood, and raffy donates it to him. while the blood is being transfused, she remembers a fortuneteller telling her she will meet a man, and this man will need her blood. whatever she does, wherever she goes, in whatever circumstance, she will meet him. and if all fall into place, they will be happy. on the other hand, she also sees death.


raffy goes out of her way to go to the log garage and asks the drunk doctor how bullet is.  

RAFFY:  doc, kumusta na ho siya?

DOC:  saan ka ba pumusta buhay o patay? 

RAFFY:  hindi ho ako pumusta eh.

DOC:  bata ka, balat mayaman, maganda. bata siya, balat mayaman, guwapo. sayang naman kung mamatay siya.

RAFFY:  thank you doc. 



as leo is going back to the lumberyard, with the encouragement from the lumberyard workers, she flies back to manila. she visits bullet in the infirmary, without knowing his name.

raffy works in her aunt’s garment factory. one day, bullet pops into her apartment door. the ensuing dialogue is so funny.


BULLET:  hi! 

RAFFY:  anong ginagawa mo dito. how’d you find me?

BULLET:  i’m a hunter.

RAFFY:  so you’re a hunter. ano ako ibon, baboy damo, usa?

BULLET:  no. flower, a beautiful flower.

RAFFY:  thank you but this flower has to sleep.

bullet tells her he owes her for the blood. and she owes him because he waited in the comfort room for three hours. she answers that she saw bullet wait for him and escaped through the window, (which is not true, because she didn’t even see him waiting for her. i think she was just getting rid of him.) funny but when bullet finally leaves she opens the door and sees if he’s still there, which he’s not anymore.


a chauffeur delivers bouquet of roses to raffy in her aunt boutique. she doesn’t know who sent him, but she goes with him anyway. upon reaching the mansion, she asks the chauffeur to finally tell her who sent him. he answers he can’t and she tells her he can give his keys and she can drive herself home. the driver pleads and tells her he has a family to feed. she alights and is greeted by maids. finally bullet appears. 


BULLET:  thank you for coming, you look gorgeous blood sister.….. 

RAFFY: why are you trying to impress me?

BULLET: am i?

RAFFY:  of course…so you’re filthy rich, so what?…(bullet tells her he gets the feeling she doesn’t like him.)


BULLET:  do you always accept an invitation from a total stranger?

RAFFY:  …syempre babae ako eh, i get curious?

BULLET:  but there’s a saying curiosity killed the cat.

RAFFY:  yes, but satisfaction brought it back.

BULLET:  papaano kung nagkataong hindi ako ang total stranger?

RAFFY: kaya ko naman alagaan ang sarili ko…(i have a gun)…

BULLET:  i don’t believe you

Published in: on February 17, 2008 at 6:25 am  Comments (9)  

PART 2: to love again…a detailed summary (sharon cuneta and miguel rodriguez)

bullet tells her he is so named because her mom was ambushed while she was pregnant with him, 50 bullets to the car. and she answers i believe you, bullets have a way of finding you. remember he was shot before! witty line. and then he proceeds by asking if she really had a gun in her purse.




Published in: on February 17, 2008 at 6:15 am  Comments (10)  

a love story…promotional info & other facts

(source:  imdb) 

WORKING TITLES:  a love affair, i don’t want you to go 

TAGLINE:  In the greatest love stories, there is a MAN, a WOMAN, and the WIFE who comes between them.

PLOT SUMMARY:  What if you met the woman you wanted to make your wife after you married someone else? Ian Montes (Aga Muhlach) is a picture of success. Despite being a son of a shipping tycoon, Ian refused to just ride in his father’s empire. He built his own real estate company and earned his first million at a very young age.

He never looked back since then. Driven by his ambition to become better, if not as good as his father, Ian managed to make it on his own. But behind all the glory is a man yearning for love and recognition. Wounded from the abandonment of their mother when he was 17 and desperate for his father’s approval, Ian longed for someone who can and will love him unconditionally. And he felt this twice when he met two women who would change his life forever – Joanna (Maricel Soriano) and Karyn (Angelica Panganiban).


Published in: on August 15, 2007 at 6:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

a love story…summary with commentary & spoilers (maricel soriano, aga muhlach, angelica panganiban)


MARICEL SORIANO…joanna villanueva (ob-gyne)

AGA MUHLACH…ian montes, 38 (works in his family’s real estate business)***

ANGELICA PANGANIBAN…karyn torres, 22 (flight stewardess)

DANTE RIVERO…(ian’s dad) 

T.J. TRINIDAD…jayson (ian’s younger brother)  

CHIN CHIN GUTIERREZ…concha (ian’s sister)

JOHN ARCILLA…steve (concha’s husband) 

 MARK GIL…(joanna’s ex-husband)


CAUTION:  the story is ordinary, but execution unique, best watched than read.


Published in: on August 15, 2007 at 5:25 pm  Comments (26)