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Just the 3 of Us

After her victorious moment during the 2015 MMFF for winning the Best Actress Award for the second consecutive year, Jennylyn Mercado once again makes a big noise in another remarkable romantic movie entitled “Just the 3 of Us”. Not only that, what makes this exciting film even more exciting is the fact that she will be working hand in hand for the first time with one of the Philippines’ finest and most well-loved dramatic actors of all time, John Lloyd Cruz, who recently just had earned international success in his movie with Piolo Pascual, “Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis”.

This is actually Jennylyn Mercado’s first time to do a movie with Star Cinema, which is obviously known as the film production of her home network’s toughest rival. It’s also her first time to work with Director Cathy Garcia-Molina who is also well-known for directing exceptional rom-com movies in the Philippines today. Jennylyn remains a Kapuso, though.

In this highly anticipated movie of the year, John Lloyd Cruz plays the character of Uno, a handsome and popular pilot, while Jennylyn Mercado takes the role of CJ, a bubbly lady who works in an airport. The story is very simple: CJ has a huge crush on Uno, who at first seems not interested on her. Unexpectedly, a night of being together became a turning-point in their lives. CJ claims she was impregnated by Uno and so he had no choice but to have her live with him until such time he proves the baby is not his.

Although the plot of “Just the 3 of Us” appears to be “ordinary” as seen on its teaser trailer on YouTube, this 2016 movie remains something that rom-com fans should be eager to see when it hits the big screens on April 27, 2016. Answers on questions like ‘does the baby really belong to Uno?’ and ‘regardless of the situation at the end, will Uno and CJ get into a lifetime romantic relationship?’ are just some of the exciting things to find out.

My Candidate

Here’s a very timely movie plot coming this election season from Quantum Films. After his successful Valentine movie with gorgeous actress Solenn Heusaff, recently hailed MMFF Best Actor, Derek Ramsay, will be portraying the role of a politician in “My Candidate” wherein he will be teaming up for the very first time with two of the most well-loved actresses of today, Iza Calzado and Shaina Magdayao. Surely this political-themed romantic comedy has a number of new and unique things that Filipino moviegoers should not dare to miss.

The story of “My Candidate” basically revolves around the quest of Congressman Sonny Suarez (Derek Ramsay) in obtaining a Senatorial position as a way to uphold his father’s legacy. However, one of his toughest rivals happens to be his ex-girlfriend, Vera Sanchez (Iza Calzado), who is a self-made congresswoman. What makes the story more complicated is the involvement of the wacky young lady, Billie (Shaina Magdayao), who was hired Sonny as communications coach to teach him how to appear more “charming, tactful, and charismatic”. As the story progresses, Sonny and Billie eventually find themselves getting into a romantic relationship, which is being hindered by the political activities they got into and also, by the differences between their respective lifestyles.

Directed by Quark Henares, this romantic comedy movie also stars Tirso Cruz III, as well as many other prominent stars in the Philippine cinema. This is something unusual for Filipino viewers, since politics and romance are rarely being mixed together in a talk. Anyway, one of the most intriguing questions about this movie is ‘will Sonny and Billie end up as a romantic couple or will Sonny and Vera get a second chance on their broken relationship?’. These and more are to find out on May 11, 2016, when “My Candidate” hits the silver screens nationwide.

Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis

Finally! The Philippine cinema has come up with something distinguishable, something remarkable, and something brilliantly produced after so many years. “Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis”, or ‘A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery’, is definitely something worth watching and spending money for since it entails a one-of-a-kind portrayal of what could most probably have been after the tragic death of Andres Bonifacio (Matt Daclan) that sadly, many Filipinos don’t even think about. It is basically about the desperate and upsetting 30-day search of Gregoria de Jesus (Hazel Orencio) to find the missing corpse of her husband, Andres Bonifacio, in the mountains. In fact, the movie’s plot appears to be a sequel of Jose Rizal’s famous novel, “El Filibusterismo”, since the characters Simoun (Piolo Pascual) and Isagani (John Lloyd Cruz) in the film are actually the same characters featured in the said novel.

Although “Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis” has not yet been shown in the Philippines, it has already joined and won the Silver Alfred Bauer award at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. The festival’s jury president, Meryl Streep, even quoted that the film has what it takes to “rearrange the molecules in her brain”. And it’s good news to the Filipino fans because the movie will be finally shown in selected cinemas in the country on March 26, 2016.

One thing that makes this fictional fantasy-drama movie highly notable is its total running time of 8 hours – something many Filipinos and many other stereotypical moviegoers are not used to. Other than John Lloyd Cruz and Piolo Pascual, “Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis” also stars some of the top-caliber dramatic actors in the Philippines today, including Sid Lucero, Alessandra de Rossi, Ronnie Lazaro, Susan Africa, Angel Aquino, Bernardo Bernardo, Cherrie Gil, and many more. Award-winning director, Lav Diaz has indeed successfully made this exceptional material come to life with the help of these prominent actors of the Philippine Cinema.