IT WAS a love match that took a wrong turn before heading for happily ever after. That is how the romance between director Mae Cruz-Alviar and her husband, Benjie, developed.
They were classmates in their younger years. When they got a little older, Benjie fell in love with another woman and migrated to America with his family while Mae remained in the Philippines and made a name as a director.
Years after, they met again. His wife had died and he was a widower. The same old feeling between them developed anew. And this time, they finally made their relationship legal.
For a while, they lived in the US, the reason why Mae was out of the local showbiz scene for almost three years.
“For two years, my husband and I tried having a baby,” revealed the director at the press con of “Unbreakable,” “Unfortunately, we failed, so with my husband’s permission, I decided to resume my showbiz career. And, fortunately, Star Cinema immediately made me an offer to direct ‘Unbreakable’.”
“Unbreakable” is a good vehicle to display the talents of Angelica Panganiban and Bea Alonzo, noted Direk Mae, who has worked with the two actresses before.
They have both grown personally and professionally, observed Mae, who directed Angelica and Bea in the series, “Maging Sino Ka Man” (2006), thirteen years ago.
Aside from Bea and Angelica, “Unbreakable” has Richard Gutierrez, Ian Veneracion, Rosanna Roces and Miss Gloria Diaz in the cast. Playing support are Via Antonio, PJ Edrinal, Issa Litton, plus Joao Constancia and Anthony Jennings, who are both being introduced in the movie.
Vanessa Valdez, writer of “Unbreakable,” describes the movie as very relatable. It’s about two friends, Deena (Angelica) and Mariel (Bea), who have been best friends since college.
“’Yung tipong walang sikreto sa isa’t isa – until they marry into the same family,” said Vanessa.
“I’m glad I was given this assignment for my comeback,” said Direk Mae, “It’s a pre-Christmas presentation and I hope everyone who get to watch ‘Unbreakable’ will like it.”
For her next assignment, we heard that the director will handle the tandem of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.
Are Gerald Anderson and Julia Barretto a couple now?
They were spotted wearing identical rosary bracelets.
We heard Julia will soon introduce Gerald to her family.
“By then, they might finally confess how their relationship really started,” said a kibitzer.
It will be recalled that it was after the showing of Gerald and Julia’s movie, “Between Maybes,” that the rumor linking the two started.
At that time, Gerald was still said to be in a relationship with Bea Alonzo. And there was, of course, Joshua Garcia, who was rumored to be Julia’s special someone.
But romance changes. Bea is now currently linked with Dominic Roque.
Joshua, on the other hand, was quoted as saying, “Off limits muna sa akin ang pag-ibig.”
In several scenes in “Adan,” beauty queen and an ex-“Pinoy Big Brother” (PBB) housemate shared steamy scenes with fellow actress Rhen Escaño.
These daring scenes shocked quite a number of her friends in Nueva Ecija, as she was quite old-fashioned in her younger years.
“When the script was presented to me and I was told that Rhen had already accepted the movie, parang na-challenge ako,” explained Cindy. “So, sabi ko, I will do it, too.”
In real life, Cindy, 22, said she doubts if she will have a lesbian relationship.
“Gusto ko pa ring magkaanak sa tamang panahon – sa tamang edad,” she said.
Snooky Serna and Dina Bonnevie, former Regal contract stars, are working together in a new series, GMA 7’s “Anak ni Waray vs Anak ni Biday.”
The two actresses share the same talent manager, Leo Dominguez. Aside from that, they have a number things in common, like being married to former fellow actors and now having ex-politicians as their partners.
Snooky was married to Ricardo Cepeda, with whom she has two daughters.
For four years now, she has been in a relationship with a former vice governor of Bulacan.
Dina, once married to comedian Vic Sotto, with whom she has two kids, is now married to former Ilocos Sur Vice Governor Victor Deogracias Sevillano.
Lotlot de Leon is a proud mom.
Her eldest daughter, Janine Gutierrez, just received a best actress awardee for her performance in the movie, “Babae at Baril,” in the last Q Cinema International Film Festival.
Lotlot said she feels she had a hand in her daughter’s victory. “Kasi, she asked my advice before accepting the role in the movie, which is that of a woman who is forced to commit murder because of the continued harassment she gets from her tormentors.
“She was afraid na baka ‘di niya makaya,” she said. “So, sabi ko sa kanya, kaya nga tanggapin niya at nang malaman niya kung makakaya niya.”
For the role, Janine, a graduate of International Studies from the Ateneo de Manila University, had to be deglamorized.
“Which I think is okay lang,” she said. “At ganundin ang sabi ni Rayver (Cruz, her boyfriend).”