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Self-acceptance and other life lessons in ‘Gluta’

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The stellar cast of upcoming movie “Gluta” from Viva Entertainment met the media in the very first face-to-face press conference during the pandemic. It features Ella Cruz, Marco Gallo, Rose Van Ginkel, and Juliana Parizcova Segovia who all expressed excitement seeing media members in the flesh.

Ella said she is stoked about this project not only because it is her first time to be directed by Darryl Yap, but also because of the valuable lessons this movie offers about the true color of happiness. With her massive online following and her many talents, the actress will surely make a mark in her newest role.

“Gluta” tells the story of Angel, an indigenous Aeta, who’s always dreamed of being a beauty titlist despite the discouragement and ridicule she’s been getting because of her dark skin. Angel keeps telling herself she is beautiful, and that one day, she will prove to her doubters that she can win in a beauty contest.

As a pageant is about to be held in her university, Angel finds herself included as a contestant because of the malicious intent of her schoolmates. Angel’s crush, Bambino, also starts to show interest in her, but he is just being used by mean girl Lovely.

“We must learn to accept ourselves, including our imperfections. We also ought to love ourselves and assert what we think is right,” said Ella who enjoyed filming the movie and learned a lot of life lessons from Direk Darryl.

Ella admitted that she sort of “looked down” on her director because he has many bashers on social media, but her impression of him changed while filming.

“He is a very cool director. We had a fun shoot. Would you believe we were able to finish in five days because Direk Darryl works fast and he knows his craft. He tells his stories in his unique way and his film has a good message.”


Showbiz newbie Juliana Parizcova Segovia, who gets his biggest break in “Gluta,” became emotional when he recalled being a victim of bullying because of his looks.

He didn’t reckon he’d be given an interesting role by Direk Darryl in the film, and he’s hoping to get more breaks so he can share his talent.

Juliana said he related to his role as uncle of Angel (Ella Cruz). He even showed an old picture of him in his cellphone where he looks like his character.

“I need to accept who I am, including my flaws. I became more confident with myself when I did so. I needed to love myself so that the people around me will accept and love me in return. While we may not be beautiful in the eyes of others, we deserve to be happy,” said Juliana in Filipino.

“Gluta” will be streamed on Vivamax starting July 2. You can download the app and subscribe via Google Play Store and App Store or get your Vivamax vouchers on Shopee and Lazada. Watch all you can on Vivamax for P149/month and P399 for three months for bigger savings.


“Tawag ng Tanghalan” season 4 grand finalist Makki Lucino gives a new meaning to the emotional ballad “She Used to Be Mine” as she released her rendition of the song under Star Music, which is out now on digital music streaming services.

“We want it to serve as a reminder to everyone not to be afraid of change, to always celebrate life, and to embrace one’s journey,” said Makki, who initially performed the song while competing in “Tawag ng Tanghalan.”

“Kinanta ko siya sa ‘Tawag Ng Tanghalan’ bago makapasok ng top 6, ‘yung feedback ay na-touch ‘yung mga tao, naiyak sila. ‘Yun po ‘yung maganda, na I was able to touch other’s hearts,” she added.

Dubbed as the “Queer of Soul,” Makki aims to represent the LGBTQ+ community and inspire Filipinos through her heartfelt performances and music releases – starting with “She Used to Be Mine.”

Written and composed by American singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles for the musical “Waitress,” the track reflects the disconnection one feels between her past and present self, and who she might have become if her circumstances had been different.

After her journey on “Tawag ng Tanghalan,” Makki has also ventured into livestreaming on Kumu via “Queer of Soul” on the SeenZone channel (@seenzonechannel) and guestings on FYE Channel  

and MYX.


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