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With Angel Locsin

Nice meeting and Mingling with Ms. Angel Locsin during the lunch and presscon of their hit movie "Unofficially Yours." She is really beautiful inside and out.

With Piolo Pascual

Meeting the Ultimate Heartthrob and Most Bankable Leading Man Piolo Pascual during the pictorial and photoshoot of "Dahil sa Pag-Ibig."

With Coco Martin

The Indie Prince turns to a Mainstream Primetime Actor during the presscon of the Philippine's Phenomenal Hit TV Series, "Walang Hanggan."

With Gov. Vilma Santos

The Star for All Season Ms. Vilma Santos-Recto is truly kind and approachable in person. This is during the media con of her first horror flick, "The Healing."

With Chantavit Dhanasevi (Ter)

Great meeting this Thai Heartthrob Actor-Model Ter during the red carpet premiere of their Thai Movie "ATM." He is also the lead actor of "Hello Stranger."

With John Lloyd Cruz

Having a lunch with Lloydie during the presscon of their blockbuster movie "Unofficially Yours."

With Dennis Trillo

Great meeting the Kapuso hunk actor Dennis Trillo during the 2012 Yahoo OMG Awards Night. Many says, "Para raw kaming kambal!"

With Cristine Reyes

Nice Meeting the sexy Cristine Reyes during the pictorial of "Dahil Sa Pag-Ibig."

With Derek Ramsey

Meeting the Universal Leading Man Derek Ramsey for the second time around during his contract signing in TV5. We first met during the presscon of "Corazon: Ang Unang Aswang."

With Julia Montes

From Clara of "Mara Clara" to Katerina of "Walang Hanggan," Great to Know that Julia and I have the same Birthday!

With Enrique Gil

For the fourth time around, I met Enrique Gil. This time during the "Amorosa: The Revenge" Blog Con.

With Rafael Rosell

Hunk actor Rafael Rosell sings and dances the Bruno Mars' "The Lazy Song" during the "Dahil Sa Pag-Ibig" Soundtrack Launch. Nice meeting him!

With Kim Chiu and Enchong Dee

My first time to meet Kim Chiu and Enchong Dee during my first celebrity exposure in "ASAP".

With Jericho Rosales

Jericho Rosales is so cool, nice, and energetic! Nice meeting Echo on the pictorial and photoshoot of "Dahil Sa Pag-Ibig."

With Elmo Magallona and Julie Anne San Jose

For the third time, I've met the Kapuso hottest love team JuliElmo during the red carpet premiere of their first movie "Just ONe Summer."

With Iya Villania, Ian Batherson, and Aljur Abrenica

Chilling and having fun with the newest BlueWater Day SPA endorsers Iya Villania, Ian Batherson, and Aljur Abrenica. Great time with them!

With Cesar Montano

Many say that we look like "father and son." According to them, I got a resemblance with Buboy. Nice meeting and sharing hosting moments with Kuya Buboy.

With Erich Gonzales

A "Suddenly It's Magic" Moment with Erich Gonzales!

With Borgy Manotoc

Hunk model Borgy Manotoc surprises us in the presscon of the 2012 Yahoo OMG Awards.

With Dingdong Dantes

Sharing my "Protege: The Battle for the Big Artista Break" moment with the host Dingdong Dantes during its first Gala Night.

With Gretchen Barretto

An afternoon talk and interview with "Princess and I" Ashi Behati, Gretchen Barretto during our set visit.

With Gerald Anderson

Finally meeting the Action-Drama Prince Gerald Anderson during "24/7 in Love" premiere, our second meeting right after the Star Awards for TV.

With Shamcey Supsup

A great party with the 2011 Ms. Universe First Runner-Up Ms. Shamcey Supsup during the presscon ofthe 2012 Yahoo OMG Awards.

With Eula Valdez

Glad to meet the legendary Ms. Amor Powers of "Pangako Sa'yo," Ms. Eula Valdez during the presscon of "Mundo Man ay Magunaw" Finale. It's Rocky meets Eula moment!

With Alden Richards

Spending a great afternoon lunch with the youngstar heartthrob Alden Richards of GMA Telebabad's "One True Love."

With Paulo Avelino

Great Meeting Again for the 4TH Time the Famous Nathan, Paulo Avelino. This time, he is Lance in "Kahit Konting Pagtingin."

With JM De Guzman

Glad meeting "Angelito Batang Ama," JM DE Guzman! It's a moment called "Si Batang Ama at Si Batang Bato."

Monday, March 24, 2014

Dawn Jimenez Expresses Birthday Greetings and Message to Rocky (Video)



Sexy actress and cover girl Dawn Jimenez shared her birthday message and greetings to yours truly!

In the video, Dawn also revealed that her birthday was also this March. Therefore, we both share the same horoscope which is Pisces.

Here is Dawn's birthday video for me:   



Dawn just recently graced the cover of the male magazine UNO for their 91st issue. She was also the leading lady of Gerald Anderson in the action flick "OTJ" and of Albie Casino in the Indie Film "Animal."

In terms of a TV series, Dawn is part of the newest Kapamilya Gold sexy series "Moon of Desire" joining Ellen Adarna, Meg Imperial,  and JC De Vera.

Thanks much for this Dawn and Happy Birthday too! (RCB)     

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Rocco Nacino Shares his Birthday Message and Greetings to Rocky (Video)



Kapuso hunk actor Rocco Naccino expressed his birthday greetings and message to yours truly! 

Well, as part of my 2014 birthday celebration, here is Rocco's birthday video for me. Let's all watch this:



I already worked and mingled with Rocco many times now from the different events and celebrity happenings.

Rocco's last TV series in the Kapuso network was the Primetime teleserye "Sa Akin Pa Rin ang Bukas" opposite Lovi Poe.

Thanks much for this Rocco! 'Till my next birthday celebration! (RCB)

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Mario Dumaual Shares Birthday Greetings and Message to Rocky (Video)



TV Patrol's showbiz reporter Mr. Mario Dumaual is part of my 2014 birthday celebration! Yes, he shared his birthday greetings and message to yours truly.

Well, here is Tito Mario's birthday message to me:



Me and Tito Mario always bumped into each other in different events and celebrity happenings. We already had our video interviews together as well as our cool selfies and wacky shots.

Thanks much for this Tito Mario! See you again soon! (RCB)

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Angel Jacob Shares Birthday Greetings and Message to Rocky (Video)



Host-actress-model Ms. Angel Jacob shared her greetings and inspirational message to my 2014 birthday! It seems that Ms. Angel believed in Fengsui and Chinese horoscope as she wished me good luck in this challenging year.

Here is Ms. Angel's birthday message to yours truly:



Angel was best-known as the mother of Cristine Reyes in the hit ABS-CBN Primetime TV Series "Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Kristine."  She was also an endorser of a popular beauty soap. Aside from that, she already played both protagonists and antagonists roles on TV.

This year, Angel is part of the newest fantaserye "Mira Bella" which stars Julia Barretto and Enrique Gil.

Thanks much for this Ms. Angel! 'Till my next year's celebration! (RCB)  

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Sam Milby's Birthday Greetings and Message to Rocky (Video)



My 2014 Birthday has been concluded! But still, the celebration is not yet over! Just like last year, it was a star-studded as different prominent celebrities and personalities greeted yours truly and expressed their birthday messages. This year, who do you think among the brightest stars joined my celebration?!

Well, let's start with the Kapamilya hunk actor and rockcoustic heartthrob Mr. Sam Milby!

Here is Sam's birthday message to yours truly:



Sam is currently one of the two leading men of Anne Curtis in the ABS-CBN's TV series adaptation of Mars Ravelo's "Dyesebel." In the said series, he is playing the character of Liro, the merman.

Thanks much for this Sam! 'Till my next year's celebration! (RCB)

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

March 2014: "A Month-Long Celebration"


March is my month! This is the month when yours truly was born! And aside from my birthday, this month also is the birth month of this blog, Bits of Rocks!

Last year, the whole month of March featured my birthday and this blog's birthday celebrations. You had witnessed different names from the celebrity world expressed their greetings for me and for my blog! Now this March 2014, expect for a much bigger celebration! 

This March, Bits of Rocks is turning 6 years. And also this month, I am also turning _ _ years old. :)

Where and when the celebrations are?! Well, watch out this month in my succeeding posts!

Aside from my birthday and my blog's birthday to be featured this month in this blog, expect also for more surprising topics! Feel excited? Definitely!  Let the celebration begins! (RCB)

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Love Story Four Times!

I've just posted in my official Instagram account (@rockenroll_04) a new bitstrips comic cartoon featuring yours truly. It's inline with the current celebration, the Valentines day.

Here is the said photo:


In the said cartoon, there are four hearts who were lifting me up. The first one, the higher one is the biggest while the fourth is the smallest. Now my question goes, what does these four hearts represent?! Any guest?!

OK, I will reveal! Yes, the four hearts represent my four love interests in my current love story! The biggest of the four is of course the lead cast, my main ka-love team! The three then were just the supporting characters! They will keep my love life with the lead cast intact and stronger! It's just saying I'm the main actor with four ka-love team! Hahaha!

Ranking them in my heart, definitely here is my list (with the biggest heart on top using 'codenames'):

1. 'My Real Love'
2. 'The Replacement'
3. 'The Lookalike'
4. 'The Props'

Yes, these four characters now comprised the Season 2 of my current lovelife! As they say, it's the Season 2 of the Season 3! Get it?! Just read between the lines! Hehehe... (RCB)  

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Throwback: The Editorial Board Featured in Manila Bulletin!

Wayback in college, our official student publication which is The Philippine Artisan wherein I was the Managing was featured in the Manila Bulletin broadsheet.

This was the said broadsheet:


That was in August 2004, almost ten years now. Our school, Technological University of the Philippines was the featured campus that time!

Throwback - Bringing back the good old years in the present time! (RCB)

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

My Cute White Twin Kittens

Meet our 'barakos' Buboy and Nunuy, our cute white kittens:


Actually they were triplets but the girl one named Nini was given to my frjend.

They were now nine month old. They were the first batch of babies given birth by our pet mother cat. They love fried chicken! (RCB)

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A Wedding Message



My college 'sidekick' (as we termed our friendship since ako 'ung bida at siya ung girl sidekick ko) just got married last January 25, 2014 at the beautiful vintage church of Nuestra Senora De Gracia in Guadalupe, Makati City. Their wedding was one of the coolest, happiest, and most creative wedding I have attended.  My friend Marfe and her now hubby Richmond complemented one another. They were really perfect match during that very special day.

 It seems napahaba masyado ung wedding message ko to my friend in Facebook. Parang pang-blog post na. Therefore as many requested, here na, ipo-post ko na dito sa aking personal blog site so that my avid readers can even read and know some of our moments together with my kwelang sidekick. Here's my wedding message:
 
 Dear Marfe,

First of all, Congratulations for your very beautiful wedding! Yes, 'ung wedding mo ang pinakamasaya at pinaka-comedy na na-attendan ko! Very creative ha! With matching sunglasses pa! San ka pa?! It reflects you and Richmond C. Mallari's personality! Yeah, bagay na bagay talaga kayong dalawa, parehong kwela, parehong kalog, parehong makulit, both comedians, perfect match as they say! Hmmm...hope makahanap din ako ng perfect match ko in due time!

Your wedding also served as our reunion with college classmates and Artisan friends. Ang galing mo ha, napagsama mo uli si Amor Powers at Madam Claudia! Or should I say si Marian Rivera at Angel Locsin! Pero sayang wala si Anne Curtis! Hehehe  Breaking record ka talaga Rhodora X! Another best moments!

Sa wedding mo Marfe Antoniette B. Bermudo, ang daming nag-flashback na-moments! I remember 'ung nililibing nyo pa dati ni Daynee Alpay Saguinsin 'ung mga crushes nyo sa IRTC building. At ang pinaka-best episode natin dalawa 'nung college na masarap balikan, 'ung dalawa tayong umiiyak noon sa Artisan office! Remember one morning after namin bumalik from Tagaytay, iniyakan kita kase nag-away kami ni "Aviona." At the same time, umiiyak ka din kase wala pa kayong project sa Antenna! Haha, winner ang crying moment natin na 'un mare!

And one more thing, I love your initial ni bayaw Richmond ha, "RM" - "Richmond and Marfe" or should I say "Rocky and M." (di ko na buuin ha...hehehe)?! Gaya-gaya lang ang peg! Ako ang kinilig dun ah...Haha!  Kahit kailan talaga related ang mga lovelife natin!

Again congratulations and best wishes to both of you! Oi, ako ang ninong sa first baby niyo ha!

Nga pala may gusto akong makilala nung wedding day niyo, 'ung binulong ko kay bayaw Richmond at sa'yo! Hehehe.. #flirtmode.

Puro kasalan ako this weekend. Last Saturday 'ung kasal niyo, after that, we watched "Bride for Rent" on Sunday! Hayz, gusto ko na tuloy ikasal! ;(

O siya, pang-blog post na ito! Stay cool and happy new couple! Keep the vow of forever.

P.S.
Mas maganda pa rin si Angel Locsin kay Jennylyn Mercado pala. Hihihi...

Nagmamahal,
Kuya Rocky

Since green is her favorite color and green is the motif of her wedding, I tainted the writings in green! Yan ha, malakas ka talaga sa'kin...!

After this wedding, ready na naman sa new event. Oops, hindi pa 'yan binyag ng anak nyo ha...siyempre KASAL ko muna! Hahaha!  And of course, all of you are invited! After that, baptismal  na ng ating mga babies...!

Once more, congrats RM (Richmond and Marfe)! Our friendship reigns until the end... (RCB)

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Movie Review: 'Bride for Rent' Combines Romance, 'Kilig,' and Family Values!



"Isn't it Exciting?" ... Yes it's exciting!
"Isn't it Amazing?" ... Yes it's amazing!
"Isn't  it Surprising?" ... Yes it's surprising!

Kim Chiu and Xian Lim created another record, this time in the blockbuster hit! Their movie "Bride for Rent" is undeniably one of the greatest movies Star Cinema had produced. And yes, this rom-com film is another candidate to be the next highest grossing Pinoy movie of all time!

I got curious why this movie received many positive feedback from the viewers and from the netizens. So, I decided to watch the film and found the reasons why.

At first, I thought that this movie is another ordinary romance-comedy flick that only aims to spread 'kilig' to the audience. But definitely, it's not! One of the noticeably good features of this movie is that, it is full of family values and moral lessons!

First, it emphasized the importance of marriage. In our current generation, we are exposed to the different movies and TV series tackling 'kabit,'  mistress, or third party. But this film broke the trends! It gave inspiration to married couples and inspired the future grooms and brides to the importance of marriage vows. I love the part how the film inserted interviews of real-life couples sharing inspirational stories about their weddings! 

Second, it paid attention to the importance of family in our lives. Kim and Xian who were playing Rocky and Rocco in the film came from two different families with two different statues. Rocky was the breadwinner of their family. She didn't afraid to take different challenges just to help her family. On the other way around, Rocco is raised as a rich kid. But even though he's full of wealth, he's unhappy because of his issue with his father (played by Tirso Cruz III). But in the end, Rocco resolved the conflict with his father and open a happy relationship with him.

The love team KimXi once more didn't failed us to give different 'kilig' moments. Kim and Xian compromise one another. They were truly a perfect match in the movie. Watching them together in this film seems like watching an Asianovela. The complete ingredients everyone is looking for in our favorite Koreanovela were all there in the tandem of Kim Chiu and Xian Lim! 

Here is the full trailer of "Bride for Rent:"

 

My favorite part in this movie is the scene where Rocky fantasized that Rocco is kissing her. While Rocky is instructing Rocco to do more household chores in the kitchen, Rocco came wet and hot looking at her (while the movie's theme song "Chinito" was playing as the background music) then kissed her! "Sobrang nakakakilig ang eksenang iyon!"

In terms of acting, I can say that Kim is "lalong gumagaling!" She is perfect and a very good actress in playing 'kwela' roles. "Magaan panuorin, hindi masyadong madrama!" But of course she can play heavy drama as well as proven by her previous movies and TV series. On the other hand, Xian is too hot to handle in this movie. He can effectively portray his spoiled-brad character in the story. I love how he dressed up in this film!

What captivates my heart in this movie?! Well, its theme song! The song "Chinito" popularized by Ms, Yeng Constantino which is the movie's OST is also my theme song of my current love life! "Kaya relate much ako dito" adding the fact that Kim's character as Rocky is also my real name! "Saan ka pa!"

Here is the cool music video of "Chinito" with romantic clips from the movie:



Some of the memorable lines from this movie which registered in my mind are the following:

"The Person You Love Most is the Person Who Hurts You Most"
 - Lala (Pilita Corales)

"You Are a Good Person if You Can Say Sorry..."
- Rocky (Kim Chiu)    

After watching this movie, it feels like "gusto ko na ring mag-asawa!" I love the story, I love the plot, I love the values, I love the characters, I love the theme song...ang galing ng Star Cinema! Kudos! 

Ms. Mae Czarina Cruz, the director of the movies like "24/7 in Love" and "She's the One" is also the lady behind this film! Congrat direk for another successful movie! Looking forward for your new masterpiece as well as KimXi's third movie together! Two thumbs up guys! (RCB)

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Happy Chinese New Year 2014!

The year of the Wooden Horse has just been started. We are now officially starting 2014 as the Chinese New Year commenced. Since I'm Chinito with a 1/4 Chinese blood, I'm with our fellow Chinese and Chinoys celebrating the new year of the Lunar Calendar.

Well inline with the celebration, here are some of my comics moments created through bitstrips emphasizing the Chinese New Year! Let also our comic versions serve as our greetings to all of you. Here we are:





Let me also share with you a little bit trivia about Chinese New Year. Do you know that the greeting "Kung Hei Fat Choi" didn't mean "Happy New Year?!" Yes instead, it means "Congratulations, Sana Yumaman Ka!" Wow, that sounds more amazing and exciting! :)

So let's enjoy the new year and let me greet you, "Kung Hei Fat Choi!" (RCB)

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

February 2014: "Love and Life Collide"



The second month of the year begins! And the beginning of this month is also the beginning of the Lunar Calendar where we celebrated the Chinese New Year.

We all know that February is the month of the hearts. But what if you're a brokenhearted?! On the other hand, the said month is also the start of the year of the Wooden Horse, the Chinese Horoscope many of us keep on believing with. But what if this year is not a lucky year for you?!

This February, love and life will collide. Though not in a right mood to discuss good things because of uncertainty, I'll still share with you good things about my events, happenings, and personal matters. More movie review, more celebrity encounters, interesting photos and videos will still be up for grabs!

Love, health, wealth, happiness, and prosperity...looking forward for these things in this most challenging year for me! (RCB)

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

An Interview with Mike Templo!



I finally met in person one of my favorite news anchors Atty. Mike Templo. Mike is actually a former anchor of ABS-CBN's ANC.  Then he transferred to TV5 and anchored their weeknights' news program "Pilipinas Aksyon" where he became more popular. Now, he is the newest Kapuso broadcaster hosting the newest GMA News TV's "Boarding Pass!'

"Boarding Pass" is actually a news and public affairs TV program which aims to help the OFW abroad. It will feature different life stories of the Filipinos abroad at the same time aid in resolving the overseas issues.

I got a privilege to have a one-on-one interview with Atty. Mike. In the said interview, we discuss his new program as well as the OFW issues that it will address. Here is my interview video:



Atty. Mike also revealed that he became an OFW for a number of years. While being an OFW, he himself experienced the actual lives of Filipinos abroad.

"Boarding Pass" just premiered on January 25, 2014 in GMA News TV. On the said pilot episode, he was joined by the novelty singer 'Dapalong.' (RCB)

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Marion Aunor Narrates the Story of Feeling Inlove and Brokenhearted in Her Songs!

  
Love really makes every person inspire to be creative. Whenever we fall inlove, we are inspire to sing, to write a song, or even compose a poetic article to narrate the feeling we were experiencing. Or the other hand, if we are brokenhearted, we are getting emotional keeping us to write or release the feeling of bitterness in many other ways. Well in my case, I experienced those two things pertaining to love!

In case of Ms. Marion Aunor, the "Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs" third-place winner, she can write her own song both when inlove and when brokenhearted! I've asked her if what is easier for her to write a song, when inlove or when brokenhearted. Her answer was both! That's why in her self-titled album, two songs there pertained to the opposite feelings of love. Her carrier single called "If You Ever Changed Your Mind" which paved way for her to win in the competition is all about heartaches for the brokenhearted persons. On the other hand, her song "Take a Chance" tells the story of falling inlove! She gave samples by singing these songs during her bloggers conference in ABS-CBN's ELJCC building.   



Yes, Marion sings very well! "Ang lamig at ang ganda ng boses." Her voice is really perfect in any occasion. And good to know that she's already the newest addition to the Star Magic family! "I'm happy that I get to work with artists from Star Magic. I'm looking forward to be doing concerts with them too,"  the singer expressed.

When I asked Marion if who is her favorite international artist whom she wants to do a collaborative song with, she said Jason Mraz.

Here is a video clip of my interview with Marion during the blogcon:



And here is Marion giving us a sample of her song "Take a Chance:"



By the way, Marion Aunor is the niece of the superstar Ms. Nora Aunor. Wow, a blood of talented artist is really flowing on her!

With her looks and talents, definitely Marion is a big thing in showbiz! Aside from singing, no doubt to see her soon in movies, TV series, or even in different product endorsements!

Congrats Marion and more power! Two thumbs up to your talents! (RCB)

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

What's Next for My 2014?!


2013 has been concluded. It was indeed a 'bitter-sweet' year for yours truly. A combination of good and bad things collided but still the good ones prevailed! Now this 2014, what should I expect?!

Chinese horoscope predicted that the year 2014 was not a good year for me. Bad lucks should be expected. Hmmm...is this the reason why on the first week of January I was crying?! Yup, "simula pa lang ng taon todo iyak na ako...!" Hope that it wouldn't prolong!

Every start of the year, I always share with you  my top list of goals or resolution or to dos for the year. Last 2013, I gave you my "Go 13 for 2013."  Majority materialized but some failed! This year, I'll make a difference!

For this year, I wouldn't make a list of top things to do. Come what may! "Ayoko munang pangunahan kung ano ang nakatadhana!" But definitely, I'm expecting for good things to come on my way. Let's enjoy then  2014 (though I'm unhappy right now writing this post). Chinese new year is yet to come, the year of the Wooden Horse is yet to conquer! (RCB)
 
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Monday, January 13, 2014

Why Kim Chiu and Xian Lim's Tandem (KimXi) is the Hottest in Philippine Showbiz?!



The loveteam of Kim Chiu and Xian Lim popularly known as KimXi is undeniably the hottest loveteam today in Philippine showbiz! Their tandem in TV series or in movies were really top-rating and blockbusters! Even in the text votes or online poll surveys, KimXi is always the winner! Well, what do you think is the reason why their loveteam is very successful and emerge as the hottest?!

During the Bloggers Conference of their upcoming romance-comedy film "Bride for Rent,"  I've asked Kim and Xian about the 'secret' of their loveteam success! According to them, the best key is their fans and supporters!

Yes, because of the undying supports of their fans, KimXi emerged on top! They were one of the reasons why their loveteam is always trending in the social media, why they always won on different polls, why their different TV series were successful and top-rating, and why their films were blockbusters! 

Because of their fans, KimXi will not exist! Therefore Kim and Xian were very thankful to them! They appreciate the sacrifices and hardships the fans underwent just to show support to their idols. Here is the video of Kim and Xian during the blogcon where they expressed their thanks and appreciations to their fans:



Aside from their fans, for me, I think the other reason why the Kim-Xian tandem sells like a hot cake is their chemistry and Asian looks! Since Kim and Xian are both Chinese or should I say both chinito  and chinita, they look good and perfect together! Putting them together in one TV show or movie seems like watching your favorite Koreanovela or Asianovela! And yes, they were also a perfect recipe to a romance-comedy genre of movie or TV series! That's the reason why "My Binondo Girl," "Ina Kapatid Anak,"  and "Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo?" were very much successful!

Under the direction of Ms. Mae Czarina Cruz, "Bride for Rent" is set to hit the theaters this Wednesday, January 15, 2014.

What other things do you know made KimXi a very successful loveteam in this present generation?! (RCB) 

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Movie Review: 'Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy' Proves Vice Ganda's Versatility!


And the fourth 39TH Metro Manila Film  Festival (MMFF) 2013 movie that we watched is no other than the Star Cinema and Vice Ganda's starrer, the comedy film "Boy Girl Bakla Tomboy!"  

Well, the reasons why I decided to watch the said movie is first, to see how Vice Ganda portray the four different characters with four genders; second, to see why it was defeated by "My Little Bossings," and third, to compare this movie against his last year's top-grossing "Sisterakas!"    

What I love most about this movie is the talent of Vice Ganda to portray four different roles with four different genders! In the movie, Vice's characters were quadruplet! He was able to give life to the girl named Girlie, to the boy Peter, to the gay Mark, and to the tomboy Panying! Even though the four characters were played by only one actor, we can easily distinguish one from another! "Hindi mo masasabing si Vice lang mag-isa ang gumaganap ng isang role!" For me, of the four characters, I love the girl and the tomboy! Yes, "ang galing-galing gumanap ni Vice na girl at tomboy!" "Sa bakla normal lang  kase niya 'un, 'ung boy medyo pilit pa at di ako convinced." But the girl and the tomboy characters, perfect! Vice played them very well!     

Yes I admit, I love to watch a movie or TV series with dual or triple roles! That's why I love the teleserye of Claudine Barretto before which was "Saan Ka Man Naroroon" (1999) where she played the triplet Rosario, Rosenda, and Rosemarie; the TV series of Lorna Tolentino before which was "Kaytagal Kang Hinintay" (2002) where she played the twin Lorea and Lorinda; and the Coco Martin's hit action-drama serye "Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin" (2011) where he portrayed the twins Javier and Alexander! "Tamo kabisado ko pa! Hahaha!" And yes, if I was given a chance to play a character in a movie or in a TV series, I want the dual role, the twin where one is bida  and the other is kontrabida like what Coco Martin played in his teleserye!
            
The movie is also full of fun! You will laugh in every scene of Vice Ganda! Very natural the way he cracked jokes! It seems like you're watching "It's Showtime" and "Gandang Gabi Vice!" The movie has a touch of live comedy!

Here is the full trailer of the movie:



 I also love the theme song of the movie! It's "Whoops Kirri" which is revived by Vice Ganda himself! "Ang kulit lang!"

Here is the music video of their movie's theme song. The music video will truly give us a four-times of laughter!



I also observed that Vice's four characters were inspired by four different celebrities. The girl depicts Ruffa Gutierrez,  the boy is the K-Pop G-Dragon,  the gay definitely is no other than himself, and the tomboy is either Charice or Aiza Seguerra! Agree?!  

The story also have a simple plot just like "My Little Bossings." "No kidnappan, no barilan," unlike the traditional Pinoy comedy films we used to grew up with! 
  
It is also family-centered. In a way, we can get moral values in the story - the essence of close family ties! Whatever happens, your family will always be your family! "Kayo-kayo din ang magtutulungan sa huli"  Acceptance ruled!

The negative side of the film, first, some of the casts seemed like 'wall flowers,' useless, no gravity, sayang! Just like the characters of Cristine Reyes, JC De Vera,  and Ejay Falcon. Though we all know that they were already big stars, they look like supporting casts, or better say, "nagmukhang 'in special participation' lang sila sa movie! Lack of significant roles in the movie. What more, the love team of Bobby Andrews  and Angelu De Leon, "nagmukhang pang-display!" They may play better roles in the movie if given a chance! "Sayang ang hit love team 'nung 90's  na hinintay ng mga tao"  for a reunion movie! The worst is, "bakla pa ata 'ung role ni Bobby sa movie di pa na-emphasize ng maayos!" Maybe it's better to see that Bobby and Mark, the gay character of Vice were close friends. "Un bang bestfriend sila, magka-amiga"  since thy both gay! Or should be better if Bobby is the sidekick of the gay Vice to add more impact!

And the second thing is, "parang may kulang sa movie. Na parang may hinahanap ka pa." Not that fully satisfied although I love the happy ending in the finale! "Tsaka bakit ganun, tinanggal 'ung nunal ni Girlie sa middle part?!" "Sayang di tuloy naging makatotohanan! 'Un pa naman nagdala sa girl version ni Vice!" Too much of practical jokes in that part loosen the story!   

Well if they ironed out those negative sides of the film, maybe "Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy" is No. 1 in the top-grossing race defeating Vic Sottos's "My Little Bossings!" And it will definitely surpass the success of Vice's last year's film "Sisterakas!" What do you think?!

But overall, this movie is 100% fun. It you wan to relax, laugh, and feel stress free, definitely you should watch the movie! The credit is still for Vice for effectively giving us four different characters! Two thumbs up Vice Ganda! "Ang galing mo!" (RCB)

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Movie Review: 'My Little Bossings' is More on Drama than Comedy!


"My Little Bossings," one of the comedy movie entries to the 39TH Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2013 which stars Vic Sotto, Kris Aquino, Aiza Sequerra, Ryzza Mae Dizon,  and Baby James 'Bimby' Yap  is this year's No. 1 MMFF box-office film breaking the last year's dominant "Sisterakas" of Vice Ganda, Kris Aquino, and  Ai Ai Delas Alas.

I've watched the film to find out why it conquers the box-office gross though I got bored watching the trailers of the movie shown on TV and on the internet. 

The first thing I found out in this movie, it's more on drama than comedy! Say, it is made of 90% drama and 10% comedy. There's a lot of drama scenes of Vic and Aiza on the movie. Even the scenes of Kris and Bimby were mostly drama and teary! The two kids Ryzza and Bimby as well as Vic and his movie sidekicks  Jose Manalo and Paolo Ballesteros handled the comedy part tickling the audience! But still, drama prevailed in the totally of the movie!   

The movie is truly a family-oriented! It's perfect not only for the kids but to the whole family as well! It teaches us the importance of the family - your mother, father, and children. It shows how the parents can give everything, can sacrifice even their happiness just for their kids. This part is clearly depicted in the story of Vic and Aiza who is playing the father and daughter with a conflict; of Aiza and Ryzza who is also a mother and daughter in the film with a dark past; and of Kris and Bimby  who were not only mother and son in real life but also in the movie who will solve a threat in their lives. 

The story's plot is simple. The focus is really the two kids. Just like Vic said, "walang kidnapan, walang barilan" like we always see in the traditional Pinoy comedy films. It just deals with simple conflict.  

Check out the full trailer of the film below:



Well if there's missing in the movie, "kung saan ako nakukulangan," it's definitely in the comedy aspect. Maybe we can categorize this film as a drama rather than a comedy. Or should I say, a drama with a touch of comedy!

The story flow is also indeed smooth. The later part of the movie explains why Vic and Aiza's relationship is rough, why Aiza took care of Ryza, and why Vic cannot hardly accept the dead of his wife!

But the negative aspect of this movie, this is the movie with lots of endorsements! "Para akong nanunood ng isang sine ng TV commercials!" Almost every scene there is a brand promoted! A brand of soap, detergent, pasta, pancit canton, medicine, bakery, tuna, tocino, celphone, and everything in the movie were composed of endorsements! "Buti sana kung ipapakita lang saglit ung pangalan ng brand,"  but they even have dialogues and certain stars acting on it!  

Kris Aquino also took a very small part in the movie. Her character seems like a supporting role note that her name and Vic's were emphasized in the billing! Hmm...maybe that's the reason why her picture was not included in the movie poster?!

In terms of acting, I give the credits to Ms. Jacklyn Jose! She can do both villain and comediane character! She reminded me of her character as Dona Charito in GMA-7's teleserye "Mundo Mo'y Akin!" On the other hand, I also commend the acting skills of Aiza in the movie. She's good in drama and "kaya niyang magpa-iyak ng audience!"

And of course, the stars related to Bossing Vic Sotto were also seen in the movie. Some of them were his rumored girlfriend Pauleen Luna; his real-life son Oyo Boy Sotto;  his nephew, the son of Tito Sotto; and his besfriend Joey De Leon!  We will be surprised if we see Wally Bayola in the movie! Hahaha!  

Overall, the movie is indeed good. Perfect for the kids, perfect for the whole family! The family values depicted in the movie prevailed! (RCB)

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Moview Review: 'Pagpag Siyam na Buhay' is an Extreme Horror Flick with a Twist!


I've just completed watching 4 of the mainstream movie entries in the 39TH Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2013. These include, "Boy Golden: The Arturo Porcuna Story," "Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay," "My Little Bossings,"  and "Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy." And of course, I even watched one of the new wave movie entries, the action film "Saka Saka." And yes, I will share with you my movie reviews for each of these movies. I already completed the review for "Boy Golden." 

Of the said five movies that I have watched for the year, "Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay" is the No. 1 on my list! Aside from the fact that I'm a lover and a big fan of horror movies, there are certain things in the movie which made it as my No. 1 favorite!

First of all, the story is not predictable! There is a twist and mystery in the story that made the audience hook! "Yun bang, aabangan mo ang bawat eksena at hihintayin mo ang susunod na mangyayari!" Although you know that each of them will die, there is still a question in your mind if how the tragedy could be stopped!  

Second, this movie really gives you an extreme horror experience! Yes, "sobrang nakakagulat at nakaka-kaba ang mga eksena" specially when they involved the Filipino tradition of "patay" and "lamay."  "Takot pa naman ako sa mga patay at sa mga lamay"  so this movie gave me an nth level of frightening experience! "Umpisa pa lang nakakatakot na"  when the movie started during the wake of the dead Enchong Dee who committed suicide. His girlfriend Empress violated some of the beliefs by wearing red in the wake and not practicing "Pagpag" therefore the ghost of Enchong followed and terrorized her!   

Third, I love the twist and the way how they relate the Filipino beliefs and superstitions to the horror story. It was clearly depicted in the movie, "kung ano 'ung nilabag na pamahiin, dun namamatay 'ung lumabag." For instance the character of Miles Ocampo who look at her face on her mirror during the lamay, she died also on the mirror - "nabubog at natusok ng malaki niyang salamin sa kwarto" at the same time, a big chandelier felt on her! Also the character of CJ Navato who stole food, the sandwich on the lamay, he died via 'sandwiched' by two vehicles! Another one,  the character of Michelle Vito who cried on the coffin of the dead, she died by means of water! It is similar to the character of Dom Roque who wiped the tears of Michelle in the coffin therefore he died also in the shower room by means of water and glass! 

Check out the full trailer of "Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay" below and see those things that I've mentioned:



Aside from that, the main characters of the story showed a great acting skills! Paulo Avelino's acting here as a ghost killer is superb! He is my bet for the Best Supporting Actor award. And yes, he didn't failed the expectations of audience here in the movie by giving his best in terms of acting! He reminded me of his character as Nathan in "Walang Hanggan!"  

Of course, Shaina Magdayao who is playing the wife of Paulo is also great in acting in the movie. She revealed a 'bida-kontrabida' character in the story! 

Kathryn Bernardo, the lead actress in the movie who is portraying Leni also didn't left behind! "Di rin nagpatalo sa aktingan ang Teen Queen of Philippine showbiz!"  She can do both drama and horror at the same time! You can really feel her swing of emotions in the movie!

And of course, I love the lead child star Clarence Delgado in the movie! He is playing Macmac, the cute abandoned child and the unknown son of Paulo and Shaina. His ka-cutan and his power to see the next tragedy even though he can't speak captured the hearts of the viewers! 

The movie's target audience were teenagers, youngsters, and young at heart that's why the story revolves around the group of teenagers! But of course, they were able to combine the needs and expectations of the older viewers.

And two of the downfalls, the negative sides of this movie was first, they continue the tradition of serial killings with a pattern which reminded us of "Feng Shui," "Sukob,"  and "The Healing."  And second, I can't accept the part of the movie wherein they bring a new life to the dead people. "Nabuhay 'ung patay at bumalik na parang normal na tao lang!"  This is when the characters of Macmac and Paulo, the former dead were given new life and retain as normal people! And what is the connection of the characters of Enchong and Empress who appeared in the first part of the movie to the story of Kathryn, Daniel, Paulo, and Shaina?! It wasn't revealed in the end! These were just some of the improvements of this film but overall, this movie is one of the best!  

Once more, congratulations Star Cinema, Paulo Avelino, Kathryn Bernardo, Clarence Delgado, Matet De Leon,  and to all the people behind this film for giving us another remarkable horror movie like this! Two thumbs up "Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay!" It's my No. 1 MMFF movie for 2013! (RCB)

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