Ian likes playing flawed character

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    IAN VENERACION
    IAN VENERACION

    IAN Veneracion is one of our most sought-after young action stars in the ‘90s. His career dimmed when action flicks lost their attraction to local viewers, but he was able to revive it through the soaps he did with ABS-CBN, like “Pangako Sa’yo” and “A Love to Last.” He also did several movies, like “Achy Breaky Hearts” and “Unbreakable.”

    Last week, he showed up in three consecutive presscons at ABS-CBN. Thursday, he was in “Make it With You,” Friday in “My Single Lady,” and Saturday in the movie “Block Z” where he plays the dad of Julia Barretto. It’s in “My Single Lady” where he plays his biggest role as the dad of Jodi Sta. Maria’s love child. He says he didn’t have any second thoughts doing “My Single Lady.”

    “Even after the past projects we did, Jodi and I have maintained our friendship,” says Ian.

    “When she told me na siya ang producer nitong ‘My Single Lady,’ automatic na yes agad ako kasi, as a friend, I want to be there to support her. And when I read the script, kakaiba siya. I like my role as Chester. Iba ang dynamics ng characters, lahat sila flawed, mga totoong tao, so okay talaga. And in fairness to Jodi, kahit friends kami, hindi naman niya ako binarat sa talent fee ko rito. Ha ha ha!”

    Jodi says it’s nice to work with Ian in a romantic comedy like “My Single Lady.” “Dito ko kasi na-realize na hindi lang pala sa drama magaling si Ian kundi also in comedy. Magaling din ang comic timing niya. We really had fun doing ‘My SIngle Lady’.”

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    Zanjoe Marudo plays Jodi’s other leading man in “My Single Lady. He is BG, an electrician who becomes the new guy in the life of Chona (Jodi). In the story, Ian Veneracion wants to come back to Jodi’s life after learning they had a son, Red (Ynigo Delen), but Jodi becomes conflicted because of Zanjoe, who says he really enjoyed his role.

    “Marami na akong nagawa light roles, comedy ang treatment, but kakaiba itong ‘My Single Lady,’ kasi nga, as Ian said, hindi kami basta good or bad dito kundi flawed lahat ng characters namin, parang sa totoong buhay na may kanya-kanyang strengths and weaknesses ang bawat tao. I’ve worked with Jodi before sa horror movie na ‘Maria Leonora Teresa,’ but it’s our first time to work on TV na romantic comedy naman, so I really welcomed the chance of doing ‘My Single Lady’ with her.”

    So which one does Jodi choose in the end, Ian or Zanjoe? “Naku, that you have to find out for yourself when ‘My Single Lady’ starts streaming on iWant starting January 22,” says Jodi.

    In real life, Zanjoe is now playing beautiful music with surfer Josie Prendergast.

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    Martin Del Rosario was congratulated by his co-stars in GMA-7’s primetime drama, “The Gift,” for winning the best leading male performance award in the recent 24th Asian TV Awards. He won this for his effective portrayal of a drag queen in the TV series “Born Beautiful” on Cignal TV. It’s a vindication for Martin as he was not even nominated in local award giving bodies but he won in an international acting derby intended for all of Asia.

    “It’s truly an honor to receive this prestigious award from the Asian TV Awards,” he says. “I want to thank the people behind Asian TV Awards for this recognition, also Cignal Entertainment for producing the series and our directors, Perci Intalan and Jun Lana. Buti pala nagpunta ako sa awards night and I was able to receive the trophy personally. I didn’t really expect to win kasi it’s an international award at brilliant actors ang co-nominees ko.

    First time ko rin to be nominated here and I said, okay na sa’kin yung nomination. Kaya ang sarap ng feeling. I’ve won awards before, but iba ito kasi andaming magagaling na other Asian actors who were nominated. but ako ang napili nila. To think na second choice lang ako sa role na ito.”

    Their fans are requesting GMA-7 to extend the airing of “The Gift,” as it is now on its last few weeks, to be replaced by “Descendants of the Sun.” But we heard GMA can no longer grant their request as Alden will soon start a new show. He will host “Centerstage,” a singing competition for children which he is excited to do as he really wants to support talented kids.

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    Kyline Alcantara is happy to be a regular in GMA-7’s newest weekend noontime show, “All Out Sundays,” as it gives her the chance to sing and dance in fabulous musical numbers. Some folks are quick to observe that she is reunited with Miguel Tanfelix, who was linked to her when they were doing “Kambal Karibal,” with Miguel’s ka-love team, Bianca Umali, in turn being linked to Ruru Madrid.

    “Wala namang problema kung ipareha ako kay Miguel sa dance numbers namin in ‘All Out Sunday’ kasi never namang naging kami,” she says. “Never siyang nanligaw sa akin. At saka, marami kaming magkakasamang sumasayaw sa show, like Mavy Legaspi, Joaquin Domagoso, Shayne Sava and Lexi Gonzales.”

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    Most local film aficionados feel sad the very first movie to be shown for 2020 right after the MMFF is a big flop, the first flop of the new decade. Shown with very little promotions, this is “Mia” and it really has not much of a chance at the box office since the lead stars are paired from out of nowhere: Edgar Allan Guzman and Coleen Garcia.

    They have made no previous works together, so their first pairing in a big movie is something you can consider as experimental, an experiment that sadly failed dismally.

    Which is too bad, since the movie is quite well made and fairly well directed by Veronica Velasco, whose previous film, “Nuuk,” also bombed at the tills.

    Coleen plays Mia, an alcoholic doctor nursing a broken heart. She works in a remote village in Palawan where she meets a nice forester, Edgar Allan as Jay. You know they’ll eventually fall for each other, but the film is not just a romance as Velasco manages to inject some valid environmental issues in the proceedings, like how exploitative mining can ruin our natural resources and the effects of alcoholism, addiction and even amnesia brought about by intoxication.

    Both Edgar Allan and Coleen give fairly commendable performances even if they have very little chemistry. The storytelling is quite fluid and the technical aspects are also above average, particularly the fine cinematography. It deserves to be seen by a wider audience but sadly, most local moviegoers didn’t find the casting attractive at all.