Lovi on the plus side of maintaining a long-distance relationship in a pandemic


    ‘But with the distance, mas lalo naming nami-miss ang isa’t isa and he makes an extra effort to make me feel special kahit we’re so far away from each other. – Lovi Poe’

    LOVI Poe’s new teleserye, “Owe My Love,” will be GMA-7’s special post-Valentine offering as it starts airing on GMA Telebabad on February 15.

    An endearing romantic comedy that is a play on words on the usual expression “Oh My Love,” the series aims not only to entertain viewers but also to impart some important learnings about financial literacy and knowing how to handle money wisely. Lovi is named Pacencia “Sensen” Guipit (the Tagalog word “gipit” means someone who is in financial dire straits) and her leading man Benjamin Alves plays a celebrity doctor named Doc Miguel “Migs” Alcancia (“alkansya” is the vernacular word for piggy bank).

    Supporting them are Ai Ai de las Alas as Lovi’s boss named Vida Morales, Winwyn Marquez,


    Nova Villa, Jackielou Blanco, Leo Martinez, Ryan Eigenmann, Ruby Rodriguez, Pekto, Brod Pete and Patani. They’re all guaranteed to keep the viewers in stitches with their rib-tickling antics, perfect for relaxing evening viewing.

    Lovi says she’s so happy to be given the chance to do a comedy after a string of dramas. The show will also serve as her special natal day presentation as she’s celebrating her birthday on February 11.

    “This is much lighter than the first teleserye that Benjamin and I did, ‘Beautiful Stranger,’ five years ago na sobrang heavy drama at nabaliw pa ko’t naging taong grasa,” she adds. “Ben and I have also done two movies, the horror movie ‘Guniguni’ sa Regal and the Cinemalaya film ‘Sana Dati,’ kaya we already feel so comfortable with each other.”

    Lovi is happily in love with her US-based beau, Montgomery Blencowe. She spent the holidays in the US with him and his family who’s visiting from the United Kingdom, but she returned to Manila quickly after the yuletide season as she had to resume the taping of “Owe My Love.” “Being in a long-distance relationship can be tough, lalo ngayong it’s so hard to travel because of the pandemic. But with the distance, mas lalo naming nami-miss ang isa’t isa and he makes an extra effort to make me feel special kahit we’re so far away from each other.”

    Alden Richards is so happy that one of his shows stalled by the virus, “Centerstage,” is now coming back on the air on February 7, Sunday. “Centerstage” is a singing competition for children hosted by Alden with Betong Sumaya and it now features a high tech virtual set where the kiddie contestants do not have to go to the studio anymore and expose themselves to the dreaded corona virus.

    “Their performances will be shot right inside the comfort of their own homes,” says Alden “There will also be no live audience to make sure no one gets infected by the virus. When the show’s telecast was suddenly stopped by the virus last year, andaming netizens ang nagtatanong kung kailan ibabalik ang show kasi nabitin daw sila. Ang gagaling kasi ng kid contestants namin sa show. Now, itutuloy na ang ‘Centerstage’ kaya hindi na sila mabibitin.”

    So he will now be seen twice on Sundays. At lunch time, he and all the talented Kapuso performers will entertain the viewers on lunch time in “All Out Sundays,” and in the evening, he will be seen hosting “Centerstage.”

    Alden is so happy as “All Out Sundays” continues to be the number one lunchtime show on weekends. They were threatened by the “sanib-pwera” move of “ASAP,” with ABS-CBN and TV5 joining forces against them, but the ratings showed that “All Out Sundays” continued to emerge as the one victorious in the surveys.

    For the big screen, it’s been confirmed that Alden is set to do a film with Bea Alonzo after they were paired in a TV commercial. The project is set to be an adaptation of the hit Korean romance, “A Moment to Remember,” which is in turn based on a classic Japanese movie, “Pure Soul.”

    The Japanese original film was made 20 years ago and it’s about a young woman afflicted with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. The project is spearheaded by Viva Films, now that Bea is no longer with Star Magic but independently managed by Shirley Kwan. In all probability, they’ll start it shooting after the pandemic.

    Miles Ocampo is a Kapamilya actress but IdeaFirst Company borrowed her and she now gets to play the pivotal role of Isabel in TV5 and Cignal’s hit primetime teleserye, “Paano ang Pangako?”

    “As Isabel, I play the daughter of Gilleth Sandico, who works for the family of Tita Bing Loyzaga,” says Miles. “Pag-aagawan ako rito nina Elijah Canlas as Noel and Kyle Velino as Drake.”

    She’s lucky because in “Gameboys,” now shown on Netflix, Elijah and Kyle are rivals over Kokoy de Santos. “Yes, ngayon, babae na ang pinag-aagawan nila,” she laughs. “I’m really thankful sa projects na bigay sa akin ng IdeaFirst Company. I’m happy na pinag-aagawan nila ako and happy to work with them both kasi ang gagaling nila and pati ang iba pa naming kasama sa series.”

    In real life, she has never had a boyfriend since birth, and yet now, two guys are fighting over her.

    “Yes,” she agrees. “Sabi siguro ni Lord, hindi mo pa nararanasan ‘yang love sa totoong buhay, pero heto sa teleserye, mae-experience mo ‘yan. So kahit sa teleserye man lang, maranasan ko ito. But although wala pa akong experience sa love, my friends, they often ask me for my advice about love and naa-appreciate naman nila ang mga sinasabi ko sa kanila.”

    It’s good Star Magic allowed her to work with TV5?

    “Yes, nagsabi naman po ako. Ang tagal ko na ring wala regular soap. My last was ‘Sana Dalawa ang Puso,’ which was three years ago pa. So I’m glad this offer for ‘Paano ang Pangako’ came. At least, may bagong teleserye ako.”

    Jasmine Curtis Smith appears as one of the leads in “Midnight in a Perfect World,” an entry in the last QCinema International Film Festival that is now shown streaming on Upstream.ph. It’s supposed to be a horror movie but with political undertones. What prompted Jasmine to accept the project?

    “When I read the script, it’s something I haven’t done before,” she says. “Horror movie siya na kakaiba. Weird ang mga eksena. We’re running most of the time and it’s always a black out. Very scary kasi something is chasing us, we don’t kung ano or sino, at napakadilim. I said gusto ko siyang gawin and I‘d like to try working with the director, Dodo Dayao. Later on, I learned it has references to past happenings in our country, like martial law, and also current ones, like the war on drugs.”

    What’s her role in the movie?

    “I play Mimi. Doon sa four major characters that we play nina Glaiza de Castro, Anthony Falcon and Dino Pastrana, I’m the one who’s very sensible, a levelheaded person and a very caring friend.”

    How is it working with Glaiza de Castro for the first time?

    “We had fun working together. We shot a horror movie, but while we’re doing it, masaya kami sa shoot kasi everyone has a good sense of humor on the set. Kami ni Glaiza, we got to talk about a lot of things, like what we buy online, kung ano ang mga laman ng carts namin. We jived well and we all became good friends on the set, along with Anthony Falcon and Dino Pastrana. We formed a good bonding as professionals in the industry.”