POPS FERNANDEZ WHEN SHE SIZZLES
Quezon City, Nov. 3, 2000, Friday (BULLETIN by Ronald Constantino) - FROM REEL TO REAL - The titles of her starrers have a way of relating to Pops Fernandez's life, from reel to real. For example, last year when the break-up of her marriage to Martin Nievera was confirmed, she was shooting 'Linlang.' The entertainment press had a field day playing on the word ''Linlang'' (deceived), ''Nalinlang si Pops ni Martin.'' At that time Martin's extramarital affair with a socialite was being whispered about.
At about the same time, Pops was being romantically linked to Aga Muhlach, David Bunevacz, Troy Montero. But the romance turned out to be more imaginary than real.
Pops has another starrer coming up, “Gusto Ko Nang Lumigaya.” Well, wish granted. Her marriage to Martin was annulled.
What's the title of Pops' next movie? Why not “Ikalawang Gloria”– referring, of course, to a second crack at happiness?
“Oh, they'll always find a way to connect my life with my movies,” Pops laughed.
Is she ready to fall in love again? “Not so soon, not so soon.”
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SUNDAY SERMON – Here’s a sizzling piece on Pops.
Pops Fernandez is everywhere, literally and figuratively. Even a priest had something to say about her. During a recent Sunday-Mass sermon, the priest wondered why a decent actress like Pops agreed to go bold in “Gusto Ko Nang Lumigaya.” Of course the good priest hasn't seen the movie, but he based his judgment on the newspaper ad that came out that Sunday, showing Pops in rather romantic poses with Albert Martinez, Anton Bernardo, and Diether Ocampo. The priest waved the ad to the churchgoers, wondering if the breakup of her marriage to Martin Nievera had something to do with her shift from sweet to sexy.
Needless to say, the marital separation happened long before Pops turned into a serious actress – and that her marriage to Martin was recently annulled. But that is neither here nor there. What matters most to Ms. Pops Fernandez now is she's happy and fulfilled personally and professionally.
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BARE AND DARE – At the risk of being misunderstood and misjudged, Pops talks about her daring and baring scenes in “Gusto Ko Nang Lumigaya,” directed by her favorite Maryo J. de los Reyes and written by feminist Lualhati Bautista.
There’s a bedroom scene where her vicious husband, Albert, virtually rapes her, treating her like a whore. Pops cries out in desperation.
Pops takes a shower – in the nude. Albert enters and starts kissing her sa-vagely. She resists and Albert rapes her from the back.
Anton seduces a tipsy Pops in the locker room, where they make love in a standing position.
Shocking? Yes, indeed.
Pops pleads for understanding, “Watch the picture in its entirety and then judge.”
Last year, also under the direction of Maryo J, Pops topbilled “Linlang” with Richard Gomez and Joyce Jimenez. “Linlang” was sold as a sexy film, Pops going bold for the first time. It’s true she showed some skin and had a romp in the sand with Richard, but in the end it was Pops’ performance that was noticed, meriting her a best actress nomination. “Linlang” and “Gus-to Ko Nang Lumigaya” were produced by Viva.
With Diether, Pops’ romantic scenes were tender, tame.
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PATRICIA, BOJO, TOO – Patricia Javier plays Albert's mistress, the object of his lust and cruelty. They have a motel sex scene in bed and in the bathtub, showing Patricia in all her naked glory.
Matinee idol-turned-character actor Bojo Molina also has his share of bold scenes in “Gusto Ko Nang Lumigaya,” doing it with a macho dancer (Allyson VII) and his girlfriend (Jackie de Guzman). Yes, Bojo swings both ways.
But back to Pops, the liberated woman and actress. She repeats her plea to the priest and to her fans, friends, and relatives--the moviegoing public: Watch first “Gusto Ko Nang Lumigaya” and then, but only then, judge her.
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