November 23, 2017, 6:10 am
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Joey Reyes charmed by Maxine Medina, denies feud with Chito Roño

The original “Spirit of the Glass,” shown in 2004, and its latest incarnation, “Spirit of the Glass: Haunting,” share the same inspiration, according to its writer-director, Jose Javier Reyes.

The germ – a true ghost story – happened years ago in Malate. A group of college friends decided to tinker with the Ouija board. They wanted to conjure a ghost. And they were successful.

“Naglaro kami ng spirit of the glass sa Malate, at may pumasok [na spirit] pero hindi namin alam paano isara,” Reyes related, “Sinundan ‘yung isa naming kasamang babae. Hanggang sa bahay minumulto siya. Dahil nangako siya. Pag ang multo, ‘pag ang spirit humingi ng tulong sa ‘yo at umoo ka, hindi ka titigilan because they’re desperate.”

The haunting did stop, he added. 

“Natapos rin after some time, but God, was she terrified,” he remembered.

In “Spirit of the Glass 2,” Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2016 Maxine Medina, Ashley Ortega and Cristine Reyes are the girls who, with Benjamin Alves, Enrico Cuenca and Daniel Matsunaga, unwittingly let loose three spirits who want to seek justice for a wrong committed to them 50 years ago.

Reyes was happy with his young cast. He grew especially fond of Medina, who makes her big-screen debut in “Spirit of the Glass 2.”

Medina is right to make the shift to acting, he said.

“Kasi bago siya. Matalino siya. I was telling Boss Orly I wanna work with her again, in a lighter romance,” he explained.

The director also confessed to being charmed by her.

“Prangkahan tayo ha. Nagkaka identity crisis ako sa kanya, nagiging lalake. Problemado ako! Ang ganda ganda niya at ang bait bait niya,” he revealed. 

He admitted he watched her during the Miss Universe pageant in January. “I was one of the ones who were defending her sa mga nagba-bash online na, ‘Kayo nga ang rumampa na naka bathing suit, kayo nga ang sumagot sa mga tao, kaya nyo?’

“At nung nakilala ko, ang lumanay magsalita, ang bait bait  …,” he said, head shaking. 

“Sixty-three years old na ako, hindi ko kaya to. Second time [pa lang ako magkagusto sa babae]. College pa ‘yun,” he further revealed.

“Dahil kasi ang bait niya, at ang ganda ng kalooban niya. Tsaka, pare,” he added, voice deepening, “‘Pag morena, chinita ...” 

The director also clarified speculations he was throwing shade on social media at fellow director Chito Roño, whose movie, “The Ghost Bride,” also a horror film, goes head to head with “Spirit of the Glass 2.”

“Sabihin na lang natin na may personal akong pinagdaanan.

“Sabihin na lang natin na in a way, tama ako, and in a way mali ako. In a way, tama akong masaktan, in a way, mali rin akong masaktan, dahil wala akong karapatang masaktan dahil director ako at hindi ko desisyon ang mga bagay na desisyon ng mas nakakataas sa akin,” he explained.

“It’s a lesson learned. Nag-iba pananaw ko sa napakaraming bagay pero ganun naman talaga. 

“I’m not in a fighting mood and I’m definitely not against Chito Roño because he’s a friend. He’s a friend,” he reiterated. “I’m just hoping both movies make the most out of the opportunity and that’s not a showbiz answer kasi kaibigan ko si Chito.”
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