A school for contravidas

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    Gladys Reyes
    Gladys Reyes

    BARBIE Forteza is back doing a romantic comedy in “Wait Lang… Is This Love?,” the featured story in “Wagas” now showing before “Eat Bulaga” which pairs her with sweetheart Jak Roberto. It started airing last week and the feedback is great and the ratings are so encouraging that GMA management quickly decided to extend its run for two months instead of just the usual one month. Is there any advantage of her and BFJak Roberto working together now?

    “Oo naman,” says Barbie. “Kasi may nag-aalaga sa akin sa taping, ‘di ba? At this point, wala na kaming ilangan at all, kasi very comfortable na kami sa isa’t isa.”

    “Ang maganda rito sa ‘Wait Lang,’ unlike ‘Kara Mia,’ our last show na drama-fantasy, rom-com ito at hindi kami nalalayo sa characters namin, kaya mas masarap siyang laruin,” adds Jak.

    Someone asked if they don’t get tired of being with each other all the time. “Hindi naman kasi meron din naman kaming alone time for ourselves. We know kung kailan ang time namin to be together at kung kailan ‘yung we’re on our own, lalo na ako kasi most of the time, ako ang nasa harap ng camera interacting with my two aunts in the story, Tina Paner and Yayo Aguila, and with my best friend, Ayra Mariano as Bane,” says Barbie.

    “Sabi ng iba, baka maumay kayo sa isa’t isa, pero hindi namin napi-feel ‘yun,” says Jak.

    “Habang tumatagal, mas nai-inspire namin ang isa’t isa. Aside from this, magkasama rin kami sa ‘Sunday Pinasaya’.”

    What do they find to be each other’s most endearing qualities?

    “Definitely, ‘yung respeto niya sa parents ko,” says Barbie. “Doon mo makikita na he has good manners kasi nagpasintabi muna siya sa magulang ko. And now, they really get along fine. Hindi na nga ako laging sinasamahan ng parents ko sa tapings kasi nandun naman siya at malaki ang tiwala nila sa kanya. Alam din nilang hindi kami mahilig lumabas o gumimik. Ang libangan lang namin, manood ng sine. Like right after this press con, manonood kami ng ‘Joker’ sa Trinoma. Mga ganun lang. At si Jak, he’s not the type na nagpakitang-gilas nung nanliligaw siya, putting his best foot forward. Now, after two years,

    I can say na he’s getting better and better at natural talaga sa kanya ang pagiging gentleman.”

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    Kate Valdez was last seen playing the contravida, Natalie, in “Onanay.” While waiting for her next TV assignment, she now gets to do her very first movie, “Black Lipstick.” In the story, she also plays a villain role to Kyline Alcantara, but no matter how busy she is with showbiz work, she has not neglected her college studies and still attends her classes in Miriam College.

    At the “Black Lipstick” press con, she was asked about the rumors that some stars allegedly avoid working with her.

    “I really don’t know kunsaan nanggagaling ang mga tsismis na ‘yan,” she says. “May ilang fans na nagsabing akala nila, suplada kasi ako lagi akong nagtataray noon sa ‘Onanay,’ but

    I assured them I was just playing a contravida role at hindi ako ganoon sa totoong buhay.”

    One story says she is quite demanding on the set. “Narinig ko ngang sabi, feeling mayaman daw ako, but it’s not true. I don’t even have a car. We’re just renting, so bakit naman ako magyayaman-yamanan?”

    It’s also reported that she was taken out of “Studio 7” because of her attitude problem.

    “Wala na po ako roon kasi my contract has ended. I can feel naman na love ako ng ‘Studio 7’ family ko, so I really don’t know where such stories are coming from. To be honest, I feel sad kasi it affects my friendship sa mga kasama ko roon. Wala naman akong nakakaaway na sinuman sa ‘Studio 7.’ But I have faith in the Lord at ang mahalaga, I can feel that He loves me. I lessened my load sa showbiz kasi ngja nag-focused muna ako sa studies ko.”

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    Vic Del Rosario of Viva Entertainment will be given a Special Life Achievement Award by the QCinema International Film Festival that starts on October 13. He succeeded in establishing Viva Entertainment as one of the biggest, most enduring pillars in the entertainment industry for more than fifty years now.

    QCinema is presenting the section, Viva Classics, as a tribute to the outstanding contributions of “Boss Vic,” as he is fondly called, to the local film industry. Three of the previous decades’ well-loved hits will be shown during the festival. First is the musical-drama “Bituing Walang Ningning” starring Sharon Cuneta, Cherie Gil and Christopher de Leon, as directed by the late Emmanuel H. Borlaza. Then, there the sexy drama, “Scorpio Nights 2” with Albert Martinez and Joyce Jimenez, directed by Erik Matti.

    The last is “Working Girls,” a star-studded comedy-drama about the experiences of various women, led by Gina Pareño, Hilda Koronel, Chanda Romero, Rio Locsin, Carmi Martin and many more, directed by the late Ishmael Bernal. For more, visit qcinema.ph.

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    Gladys Reyes is thankful to GMA-7 as she is never without a regular show for a long time, such that she sometimes appear in two or three shows a year, like “Little Nanay,” “Poor Senorita,” “Inday Will Always Love You,” “TODA One I Love” and now, the latest is “Madrasta.” Aside from this, she’s a frequent guest in shows like “Dear Uge,” “Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko,” “Tadhana” and even “Imbestigador” and “Wish Ko Lang.” In other words, she’s really “mabentang-mabenta.”

    “Nagpapasalamat talaga ako sa GMA for all their support,” she says. “I can feel na love nila talaga ako kaya naman I give my best in every show I do for them. Katulad dito sa ‘Madrasta,’ mabait ang role ko rito as the mother of Juancho Trivino. Pareho kaming doktor ng anak ko rito. Ang contravida rito is si Almira Muhlach, siya ‘yung greedy mother ni Thea Tolentino, first wife ni Juancho, who’ll both do everything for their own selfish goals.”
    No doubt she now ranks as one of our best screen villains, along with the contravidas of the ‘60s like Bella Flores, Carol Varga and Zeny Zabala. Her wish now is to be given the chance to do a project with other renowed contravidas, like Celia Rodriguez, Cherie Gil, Jean Garcia, Eula Valdez, Dimples Romana and even younger ones like Kyline Alcantara and Thea Tolentino.

    “Dream project ko talaga ‘yun,” she says. “Contravidas from different generations working together in a fun movie na hindi serious kundi may pagka-comedy na magtatarayan sila-sila, magsasampalan, magsasabunutan. ‘Di ba riot ‘yun? Maloloka ang viewers sa pagtatarayan namin sa bawat isa. Sana, matuloy.”

    She also dreams of having her own school for contravidas.

    “I want to share ‘yung 35 years of experience ko playing villain roles. Ang wide experience ko sa pagko-contravida, gusto kong i-share ngayon sa aspiring contravidas. Dapat, alam mo rin na kung hindi ka pambida, mag-contravida ka na lang dahil madalas na mas tumatagal ang careers ng mga nagko-contra kaysa roon sa puro lead roles lang ang ginagawa.”

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    Patricia Javier made a lot of heads turn while she was sashaying on the ramp as the celebrity model of topnotch designer Don Cristobal. This was at the “Fashion for Passion” event, with Veronica Ho as chairperson, of the Rotary Club of Cubao held at the Novotel Ballroom on Saturday night. The show is for the benefit of the Philippine Cancer Society, Dugong Alay Dugtong Buhay Inc. for bloodletting, and Love Yourself Foundation that fosters HIV and Aids awareness.

    Patricia is easily the most gorgeous among the models, with her wearing her crown and sash as the country’s representative to the coming Noble Queen of the Universe Pageant to be held at the Manila Hotel on December 1. Don Cristobal’s elegant red gown with its very high slit also becomes her, fitting her perfectly that she looks like a stunning apparition and epitome of fabulous Filipina beauty on stage.