FPJ SHOWS OF BILLIARD PROWESS IN 'PAKNERS'Manila, May 15, 2003 -- RP Movie King Fernando Poe, Jr. teams up with Efren "Bata" Reyes, King of Billiards, in the soon-to-be released "Pakners." "In these trying times," said Ronnie, FPJ's pet name, "what can be more welcome than a movie which has action, comedy, romance and music? Plus, of course, world-class billiard game." Ronnie said it took him two years to convince Bata to do the movie. "Kasi, he is always out of the country competing. I decided to wait for him to do this movie. I'm myself a billiard addict," Ronnie revealed. Bata is a promdi in the movie. He bumps into Ronnie, who is a jeepney driver, in the city. They end up as "pakners" in the billiard hall. Ronnie displays his expertise as a pool player when he teams up with Bata in the exciting finale of the movie, the San Miguel Beer 9-Ball National Doubles Challenge against the American team of McGrandy and Jackson. In and out of the billiard hall, Ronnie and Bata make wonderful partners, so to speak. They are a sight to behold as they woo their respective leading ladies, January Isaac for Ronnie and Candy Pangilinan for Bata. They are both in their elements when they fight with their fists, do antics and even make beautiful music together as they sing with the other members of the cast in one scene in the movie. "I've dreamt of doing a movie of this genre," stated Bata. "Alam ko kasing karamihan sa mga sumusubaybay sa akin ay mga kabataan. Sana, panoorin nila ang pelikulang ito." Introduced before as Sandra Gomez, January would rather be known starting with "Pakners" by her real name, January Isaac. A martial arts enthusiasts in real life, she plays a tough lady cop, initially giving Ronnie a hard time but, needless, to say, eventually yielding to his charm. Candy is the screwball who makes the shy Bata come out of his shell. A production of Ronnie's own FPJ Productions, "Pakners" is directed by Tony Reyes from a story which Ronnie himself wrote, together with Manny Buising and Ely Matawaran. As one of the writers of "Pakners," Ronnie uses his pen name, Ronwaldo Reyes.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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