Maine opens up about working with Arjo

    Maine Mendoza
    Maine Mendoza

    MAINE Mendoza is happy to be reunited with Vic Sotto in the Metro-Manila Filmfest entry, “Mission Unstapabol: The Don Identity.” “I’ve worked with him before in ‘My Bebe Love’ and ‘Jack Em Popoy’ na tatay ko siya, also in ‘Daddy’s Gurl,’ pero dito sa ‘Mission Unstopabol,’ iba naman ang story. First time ko ring makasama sa movie sina Pokwang and Jake Cuenca na tagakabilang network,” says Maine.

    “Mission Unsopabol” is a heist-action-comedy directed by Mike Tuviera, reminiscent of such heist films as “Ocean’s 11” and “Ocean’s 8.” The mission of Vic and his gang is to steal the Pearl of the Orient, the biggest pearl in the world owned by Vic’s estranged brother, Benjie Fortun, played by Jose Manalo, who implicated him in a heinous crime that he didn’t commit. Vic now wants vindication and also wants to clear his name in the process. It’s really nice to see Vic in a different kind of role like this, which is far from the Enteng Kabisote comedies that were his perennial entries in several film festivals.

    “I enjoyed working with the whole gang,” says Maine. “Lagi kaming masaya sa set, kasama na rin si Wally Bayola who plays the assistant of Jose Manalo na ginagaya si Dimples Romana as Daniela with her red dress and luggage in tow. Hindi lang ito comedy as we did a lot of action scenes here as we plot out to steal the big pearl from a fortress-like building na puno ng security measures.”

    Maine is now more open about her relationship with Arjo Atayde. When asked if she’s willing to be paired with Arjo in a movie, she said she’s open about the possibility.

    “He’s writing now a story for the two of us,” she says. “Nagpo-produce na rin siya so baka he might also produce it for us.”

    How about her working again with her former ka-love team, Alden Richards?

    “Okay rin sa’kin but as of now, malayo pang mangyari ‘yan. Hintayin na lang natin ang tamang panahon at ang tamang material para sa amin. As of now, we both need to grow on our own.”

    What’s her Christmas wish for Alden?

    “Sana, lagi lang siyang masaya. He deserves to be happy.”

    Jeremiah Tiangco wins as champion in “The Clash Season 2” after a grueling 13-week journey. This was held at GMA last Sunday, with Jeremiah winning a house and lot, P1 million cash and managerial contract with GMA. We made the correct prediction when we wrote here that he’s our best bet. Our second bet, Thea Astley, wins as his runner up. They faced each other as the final two clashers after besting out the other three finalists: Nef Medina, Jennifer Maravilla and Antonette Tismo.

    While Jeremiah and Thea are standing side by side on stage while waiting for the final winner to be announced, we can’t help but notice that they have good chemistry together.

    It would be wise for GMA to pair them off as a love team. As of this writing, we learned that their fans have already formed a tandem for them on Twitter, called “JerThea,” and it’s now trending. That’s a good sign that viewers approve of them being together.

    GMA-7 wasn’t that successful in pushing the career of the first season winner, Golden Canedo. She has yet to really make a big name for herself and here already are the two standouts in Season 2 who can easily overtake her. For one thing, both Jeremiah and Thea have better PR.

    The other finalists were all impressive doing their own numbers: Jennifer Maravilla with “Para Sa’yo ang Laban Na’to,” Antonette Tismo with Whitney Houston’s “Run to You,” Nef Medina with “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now.” Thea did “Greatest Performance of My Life” and “Natural Woman,” but it’s really Jeremiah who brought the house down with his knockout versions of “I Believe I Can Fly,” “I Set Fire” and Fantasia Barrino’s “I Believe” which he made his own as a soul/gospel singer.

    We sincerely believe Jeremiah and his batch mates have the potential to hit it big in showbiz. It’s now all up to GMA as to how assiduously they’d push the respective careers of these very talented new discoveries.

    Allen Dizon does not mind if a big share of the publicity of “Mindanao” is focused more on his co-star Judy Ann Santos than on him.

    “Okay lang naman kasi she won best actress sa Cairo International Film Festival and I’m very happy for her,” he says. “Mas mahaba rin at sympathetic ang role niya as a mother taking care of our sick child habang nasa giyera ako. But I really enjoyed working with Juday as she’s a true professional. Magaling talaga at may rapport kami agad. In one scene, nung mamatay ang anak namin at una kaming nagkita, ready na akong umiyak kasi namatay na anak namin, then namatay pa ‘yung best friend kong sundalo sa giyera, si Ketchup Eusebio. But Direk Dante said, bawal umiyak. Hindi puedeng may luhang papatak.

    Tinginan lang kami ni Juday. Let your eyes daw do the talking. And Direk Dante is so happy kasi nakuha namin ang gusto niyang mangyari, nag-match ang acting namin kahit walang dialog.”

    Is it true that he’s not the first choice for the film but the actor chosen by Brillante Mendoza is not available to shoot for ten days straight as he’s doing a soap?

    “So I heard, but okay lang naman sa’kin kahit pang-sampung choice pa ako. I’m just happy to be this part of this great movie that got very positive comments sa Busan and Cairo Film Festivals. This is actually my third project with Direk Brillante Mendoza. First was the Netflix series, ‘Amo,’ then the movie ‘Alpha, The Right to Kill.’ I think this is one of the best and most important films I’ve ever done as it focuses on the life of our Muslim brothers and tackles the Mindanao problem.”

    Sylvia Sanchez signs up with Arnold Vegafria’s ALV Talent Circuit as co-manager for all her business transactions outside of television.

    “We warmly welcome Sylvia to our roster of talents,” says Arnold at their contract signing held at Annabel’s. “Sylvia’s acting talent is beyond reproach, as attested to by her several acting awards. She’s a brand on her own and that’s what we’re excited to explore as there’s so much room for creative and artistic collaborations. We’re planning to produce a drama movie about family intended for the Metro Manila Film Festival next year in 2020. Two possible endorsements are also in the offing but we cannot divulge the details yet. Also, I’m a good friend of Sylvia’s husband, Art Atayde, and I’m happy na idinagdag nila ako sa team nila to be Sylvia’s business manager who’ll handle her business ventures including personal appearances.”

    “Ako naman, I’m happy na may bagong mag-aalaga sa akin,” says Sylvia. “After my former manager passed, si Tita Angge, nahirapan talaga ako humanap ng bagong manager. But I’ve known Arnold for sometime and I know mabuti siyang tao so when my husband suggested him, I felt na mapagtitiwalaan ko siya at malaki ang maitutulong niya sa career ko.”