MARICEL SORIANO BACK ON SILVER SCREEN / MARICEL NOW MILD-MANNERED

[PHOTO - Maricel Soriano: '40 years na ako sa industriya. Ano pa ba naman ang isi-sikreto ko?']

MANILA, DECEMBER 12, 2011 (BULLETIN) By JOJO P. PANALIGAN - Maricel Soriano is one of few actresses in local cinema who no longer needs to do projects regularly unless she loses the public’s interest. As Diamond Star for years now, she enjoys the privilege of choosing work that truly challenges her mettle and befits her status, even if it means waiting for months, even years, for one to come along.

With this, Regal Multimedia’s “Yesterday Today Tomorrow” is automatically elevated from being just another entry in the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) into a much-awaited event. This year’s lone family drama in the festival shows Soriano at her best with scintillating lines that will surely be on everyone’s lips by the time the new year rolls in (e.g. “I pay for sex with my husband’s money!” “While you spot me on the bench, I fantasize that you’re naked!”).

At the grand press conference for the film held early this week, Maricel revealed that she felt sure “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” was meant to be her comeback vehicle. Note that she was last seen on the big screen in a full role in Regal Films’ 2007 offering, “Bahay Kubo,” which won for her an award.

“Nung nagmeet kami ni Jun [Lana, the director] para pagusapan yung pelikula---ito ay pagkatapos kong mabasa yung script---dun ko naramdaman na magkatono kami. Dun pa lang ay tumaba na ang puso ko at naisip ko na itong pelikulang ito ay para talaga sa akin,” she said.

Lana concurred that he only saw the possibility of the movie coming into reality after Soriano signed on.

“Even before Maricel joined the film, we were ready to shoot na. But we wanted Maricel to be part of it so inantay talaga namin siya bago pa namin binuo yung cast,” Lana said.

“With Maricel in, dun ko na napanood yung pelikula, kung paano ang tatakbuhin ng pelikula.”

The actress is all praises for Lana whom she had worked with in the past. Soriano said that Lana is better than ever as director and that her experience in shooting “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” was without headache.

“At napakaganda ng kinalabasan ng pelikula. I feel blessed na nagkasama ulit kami sa isang magandang proyekto,” she said.

Soriano also heaped praises on the young actors in the cast. She described them as hardworking, pleasant and “authentic” as actors. “I’m so proud of them,” she quipped.

As regards her leading man, Gabby Concepcion, whom she had worked with many times in the past, Maricel admitted that their chemistry and rapport extend beyond the silver screen.

“Napakaganda ng bonding naman. Andami naming napaguusapan, at yung usap namin, may depth na hindi kagaya dati na panay fancy talk lang. Now we talk about life, mga anak namin at even ang mga pelikula namin before at iba pang mga nakatutuwang bagay,” she said.

Asked if there’s anything in her “yesterday” that she regrets “today,” Soriano said:

“Dapat wala kasi eto yung binigay sa atin ng Dyos na dapat daanan natin. At kung ano yung binigay sa atin…dapat meron tayong matutunan dun.”

Does she have secrets she wants to share?

“40 years na ako sa industriya. Ano pa ba naman ang i-hi-hide ko o isi-sikreto?”

According to a release, the earthquake scene in the film involving thousands of extras and bit players is not to be missed. Ditto with Jericho Rosales and Lovi Poe’s scene on the street where their child dies in his arms. Then there’s also that electrifying scene between Soriano and newbie Eula Caballero in which “expensive things were thrown to waste.”

The other cast members of “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” are Dennis Trillo, Solenn Heussaff, Paulo Avelino, Agot Isidro and Ronaldo Valdez.

“Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” opens Dec. 25.

MARICEL CHANGES IMAGE, TURNS MILD-MANNERED

MANILA, Philippines — Local media noticed a good change in Maricel Soriano recently. The star of Regal Entertainment’s entry to the forthcoming 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival, “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” surprised everyone with her newfound soft-spokenness.

This wasn’t the Maricel Soriano of old, but we find it a good change in her. We suspect that her new manager has something to do with it.

Anyway, in the big-budgeted movie directed by Jun Lana, Maricel plays a wealthy mother to Eula Caballero’s character. Maricel is also reunited with Gabby Concepcion in the movie, which also stars Jericho Rosales, Dennis Trillo, Lovi Poe, Carla Abellana, Solenn Heussaff, Paulo Avelino, Agot Isidro and Ronaldo Valdez.

The movie takes pride in big scenes, such as an earthquake scene which is vital to the plot.

Maricel said she learned a lot from her young co-stars. “I had a lot of pleasant experiences with them. Magagaling sila lahat, I felt so blessed working with them. They’re all very good. Parang nanalo na ako sa lahat ng suporta na binigay nila sa akin...”

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Solenn as Ginebra Calendar Girl

Incidentally, Solenn who co-stars in “Yesterday…” was launched recently as Ginebra’s 2012 Calendar Girl. Ginebra San Miguel formally introduced Solenn to the media during GSMI’s recent media launch.

The tall and alluring “Survivor” finalist, actress-host was the hands-down choice for the sought after calendar project. Said Ginebra Marketing VP Nelson S. Elises: “Despite her stature and popularity, Solenn is still able to relate to people from all walks of life.”

The calendar, shot by awarded celebrity photog Mark Nicdao, shows Solenn in five eye-catching poses.

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Young singer gives back

Young singer Kris John Paul Gonzales is excited over his concert for a cause, “Christmas Showers of Grace” on Dec. 11 at the Star Theater.

The 10-year-old singer said he loves to perform for the less fortunate, especially street children.

The concert, topbilled by renowned Filipino-American operatic tenor Sal Malaki and also featuring soprano Tricia Amper-Jimenez, will benefit different groups like the Living the Gospel Community for the ongoing construction of a family formation in Nazareth, Mantalongon, Cebu, the Lilion Boys Home and the Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer. Presenting the show is the Spring Rain Global Consultancy, Inc. headed by Glenda Antonio.

Sal was clearly impressed by the child prodigy: “I know the boy has talent, and he has a very good foundation, I’m happy that his father, Noel Gonzales, has his full support.”

Kris, who prefers singing Italian songs, further impressed Sal with his chosen genre.

Kris has performed during a victory party tendered by Gov. Chavit Singson for boxing champ Manny Pacquiao, a fundraising concert at the St. James the Great Parish Church in Alabang, among others.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, Dec. 11, go to former Sen. Aquilino Pimentel and granddaughter Hannah, Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez, Mrs. Lovely Romulo, our “inaanak” Kristoffer Ian de Leon, Francisco R. Sibal, Brenda del Rio, Alice Cabahug, Mark Manalang, Vicky Salvador, Ellen A. Velasco, Emil Anton Coronel, Nelson Navarro, Baby Nebrida, Dik Trofeo, Col. Reynaldo Cabauatan, Halina Perez, Lulay dela Cruz, Hazel Tuazon-Soriano, Lina P. Ramos, Lily Salazar, Alberto Ting, Atty. Estrellita Aguirre, Cecile Marcaida, Puna de Borja, Yong An Chiu, and Karen Martinez… Belated b-day greetings to MB’s Lily Peralta-delos Reyes (Dec. 9)


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