Kris Aquino: A big surprise coming up soon
Kris on ‘epic snub’: It is good to be the underdog
FUNFARE - Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) - November 15, 2016 - 12:00am

Curtain-raisers:

• Now it can be told: It was me, as a new board member of the body behind the Walk of Fame (pet project of the late German “Kuya Germs” Moreno), who nominated Lolit Solis (photo) as one of the honorees at the event set for Dec. 1 at Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City. I felt sad that Lolit politely declined (“To avoid controversy,” she said) and nominated Ethel Ramos (Dean of Movie Reporters) who also politely declined. Anyway, like other Kapuso talents, Lolit has already been “immortalized” on the (Side)Walk of Fame around the GMA Studios. “Tama na ‘yon,” said the co-host of the sorely-missed Startalk (hu-hu-hu!!!).

• The whole industry is looking forward with bated breath to the announcement on Friday, Nov. 18, of the Magic 8 official entries to this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). More than 30 films have been submitted for consideration and have already been previewed by the MMFF Screening Committee. For sure, producers of eight lucky entries will jump with joy while the rest will shed quiet tears (or, knock on wood, raise a howl of protest).

• Could it be true that the ex-actress-girlfriend of a popular action-drama actor is expecting their second child (the first is an aspiring actor)? This piece of (good) news must come as a surprise to those close to the un-couple who know that the actor has been linked to a few women after he broke up with his legal wife. Remember the case of Paolo Paraiso and Mylene Dizon who had their second child after their separation? That’s what happens between the action-drama actor and his ex-girlfriend who comes to visit every now and then from abroad where she lives. 

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Four days after Pres. DU30 was prevented by, according to Malacañang, an attack of “migraine” from showing up at the launch of TV5’s Go Negosyo last Friday in Davao City, the presidential turf, show host Kris Aquino has learned to shrug off what she described as an “epic snub.”

Perhaps it was a humbling experience for the still-reigning Queen of All Media who revealed that she went on a crash diet for what would have been a “historic” encounter between the former First Sister and the country’s first loose-tongued president who must have been really tired after arriving the night from a visit to Malaysia (with side trip to Bangkok to pay his respects for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej).

“It is good to be the underdog,” Kris texted Funfare yesterday, probably hoping (as she wished on that TV5 show that she managed to host with her usual unique style) that someday, somehow, “President Duterte, please give me a chance. I hope one day, mamahalin mo rin ako.”

Did the “epic snub” so affected Kris that, as she hinted on her Instagram the other day, she might again go on an extended vacation abroad with her sons? “I will give them time to miss me,” she posted.

Happily, Kris will remain at home. She is set to spring a big surprise on everybody with a “big announcement” (a big “comeback,” sort of) about her maiden venture with Tony “Mr. T” Tuviera who is co-managing her with her soul mate Boy Abunda (he takes care of Kris’ endorsements).

Okay, we will let Kris make us “miss” her until that “epic” event that, promise, will “stun” us.

Until then, Dear Kris!

A must-watch old-fashioned romance movie

Vin Abrenica plays dual roles in Gil M. Portes’ Moon Over Baler, with Sophie Albert (left) and Elizabeth Oropesa (right)

I hope (against hope?) that T-Rex’s Moon Over Baler, directed by Gil M. Portes after the recent critically-successful Hermano Puli (starring Aljur Abrenica) will make it to the 2016 MMFF’s Magic 8.

Gil invited a few friends to a preview of the movie last week. Personally, I found Moon Over Baler so beautiful and so moving because of its old-fashioned romance story about young lovers (played by Vin Abrenica and his girlfriend Sophie Albert) whose wedding doesn’t push through since the man never comes back (presumed to have been killed). Years later, a young Japanese journalist (also played by Vin) visits Baler (setting of the movie) and he reminds the frustrated war bride (now played by Elizabeth Oropeza) of her lost lover.

“Elizabeth’s character never married,” related Gil. “The character is based on the life of my aunt who died a spinster at 92 only three years ago.”

The ever dependable Elizabeth gives what could be one of her most memorable performances — if not the most memorable. If and when Moon Over Baler (made more nostalgic by the musical scoring and the breathtaking Baler scenery) makes it to the MMFF, I bet Elizabeth would run away with the Best Actress plum.

The role was first offered to Celeste Legaspi, then to Gloria Diaz and then to Coney Reyes who were busy with other commitments. With her award-worthy performance, Elizabeth turned out to be the best choice, after all.

  (E-mail reactions at entphilstar@yahoo.com. You may also send your questions to askrickylo@gmail.com. For more updates, photos and videos visit www.philstar.com/funfare or follow me on www.twitter/therealrickylo.)

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