Fear and fascination of rain in Nadine Lustre’s ‘Ulan’
STAR CIRCUIT - Ricky Calderon (The Freeman) - February 20, 2019 - 12:00am

Nadine Lustre takes on the demanding role of Maya, the young woman alternately fascinated and fearful of rainfall in the latest film offering from Viva Films titled “Ulan.”


Written and directed by Irene Villamor, who earlier achieved critical and commercial success with “Sid and Aya: Not A Love Story” and “Meet Me in St. Gallen,” “Ulan” marks Nadine’s first acting venture without her usual screen partner James Reid.

Nadine is a popular singer, (“No Erase,” “Me And You,” “Bahala Na,” “Hanap-hanap”) and actress (“Diary ng Panget,” “Never Not Love You,” “On The Wings of Love”) who has also ventured into directing music videos, (“The Life,” “Summer”). She puts her successful box-office reputation on the line and essays her most demanding role to date in “Ulan.”

Maya grew up believing that the rain, in its various forms, has a massive effect on her life. She remains fearful that rainstorms can result to tragedy and yet is eagerly expectant of the romantic emotions that can come with a sweet kiss under the raindrops. How fate brings these about is the story told in “Ulan.”

The film, in theaters March 13, also stars Carlo Aquino, Marco Gumabao, AJ Muhlach, Joseph Elizalde, Ella Illano and Perla Bautista.


Symply G Makreting staff considers “Inagaw Na Bituin” star Kyline Alcantara as a lucky charm. Symply G Hair & Skin Care is the latest endorsement of the young actress dubbed as La Nueva Kontrabida and the marketing people admit their sales improved since the Bicolana star became their brand endorser.

“She’s indeed our lucky charm,” said Marketing Manager Marlon Fajardo. “We did the right thing in getting her as product ambassadress.


“With the help of her sunflowers (fans of Kyline), our sales did very well in the market. Our products are found in major supermarkets nationwide.  We are also sold in Mercury Drug outlets.”

“We are happy and contented with Kyline. That’s why we are supporting all of her mall shows and events. Symply G is there to assists her always,” Fajardo added.

As proof of Kyline’s, last February 1, Symply G received six awards at the 39th People’s Choice Dangal ng Bayan Awards. It got these following recognitions: Consumer’s Choice, Seal of Excellence, Gold Seal of Quality, Best Brand, People’s Choice: Corporate/Product and Consumer’s Quality.

While the product is getting well known in the market, Kyline is also being recognized for her work as a singer and as an actress by various award-giving bodies.

The 16-year-old Kapuso actress was recently named Promising Female Concert Performer of the Year at the 50th Box-Office Entertainment Awards of the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation (GMMSF).

The production staff of “Inagaw Na Bituin” is likewise very happy. The show has been rating well on its timeslot since it started airing last Feb. 11.

Aside from her afternoon soap, Kyline is also in the programs “Sunday PinaSaya” and “Studio 7” which is aired Sunday noontime and primetime, respectively, on the Sunday slot of the GMA Network.


Get ready for over-the-top singing, lots of rocking and a grand sing-along time as Viva Live brings the famed soloists of the biggest bands in Philippine pop music history in “Playlist: The Best of OPM” on March 1 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum at Araneta Center in Quezon City.

All set for their first gig together are the voices of the hit machines that formed the Pinoy’s romantic soundtrack during the 80s and 90s eras. These are: Joey G. (“Forevermore,” “So Many Questions”), Jinky Vidal of Freestyle (“Before I Let You Go” and “So Slow”), Jay Durias of South Border (“Rainbow,” “Kahit Kailan”), Ice Seguerra (“Pagdating Ng Panahon,” “Para Lang Sa ‘yo”), Juris Fernandez (“A Love To Last A Lifetime,” “I’ll Be There For You”) and Meds Marfil of True Faith (“Perfect,” “Huwag Na Lang Kaya,” “Muntik Nang Maabot Ang Langit”). Joining them in this very special concert is rising star Janine Teñoso of the big hit “Di Na Muli.”

Tickets to “Playlist: The Best of OPM” are now available at TicketNet 911-5555 and at www.ticketnet.com.ph.  Ticket prices are VIP P3000; Patron B P2450; Box Premium P1800; Box Regular P1250; Upper Box P525; and General Admission P2700.  Call Viva Live 687-7236 for inquiries.

Presented by SCRATCH IT!, the official media partners of “Playlist: The Best of OPM” are PBO, VIVA TV, TMC, The Philippine Star, Wish 107.5, Mellow 94.7 and Pinas FM.

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