[PHOTO -'I Do Bidoo, Bidoo: A Movie Musical celebrating the hit songs of the APO Hiking Society - Jim Paredes, Boboy Garrovillo and Danny Javier

MANILA, AUGUST 30, 2012 (BULLETIN) By JOJO P. PANALIGAN - The movie-oke “I Do Bidoo, Bidoo: Heto nAPO Sila” seems poised to live up to the hype surrounding its release by not only getting an “A” rating from the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB) a few days ago, but by garnering favorable reviews from movie critics.

Note that any film with such a rating is entitled to a 100 percent rebate on its amusement tax aside from being put by the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) on the list of films they consider in the Best Foreign Language Film category that are sent to the Academy Awards.

[PHOTO COURTESY OF INTERAKSYON.COM-TV5 chair Manny V. Pangilinan looks very pleased in the company of Gary Valenciano, Ogie Alcasid, Chris Martinez, and Tippy Dos Santos. (Joseph Agcaoili/InterAksyon.com)]

One of the print ads for the film shows some of local movie critics’ assessment of the film. They herald “I Do Bidoo Bidoo” as “an endearing musical comedy” that’s “highly entertaining, uplifting, affecting and contagious.” Another raved that the music of the APO Hiking Society that’s featured in the film “rocks.” Still another went as far as to say that it’s the “Best Picture Of The Year.”

According to a release, the movie shines in that it is able to make the well-loved hits of the legendary group as integral to the storytelling as the spoken lines. In "I Do Bidoo," APO songs such as "Mahirap Magmahal Ng Syota Ng Iba," "Blue Jeans," "Awit Ng Barkada," "Panalangin," "Nakapagtataka," among others, are so in context that it reaches a point when viewers willingly step into the world it offers.

It took director and scriptwriter Chris Martinez months to decide on which APO song goes in the film resulting to well thought out assignments. Every character in the film has a special song that not only amplifies a scene but defines the personality of those involved.

The story of “I Do Bidoo" is about two young sweethearts from different backgrounds whose impending marriage throw their respective family off-kilter and, in the process, put their love for each other to the test. The cast is composed of Gary Valenciano and Zsa Zsa Padilla (as the wealthy Fuentebellas); Ogie Alcasid and Eugene Domingo (as the not-so-wealthy Polotans); Jaime Fabregas; Sweet Plantado; Frenchie Dy; Neil Coleta; Kiray Celis; and Gerald Pesigan.

Other APO songs featured in "I Do Bidoo, Bidoo: Heto nAPO Sila" are "Pumapatak Na Naman Ang Ulan," "Syotang Pa-Class," "Salawikain," "Batang Bata," "Kaibigan," "Huwag Masanay Sa Pagmamahal," "Ewan," "Paano," "Di Na Natuto," "Pag-ibig" "Do Bidoo" and "Kabilugan Ng Buwan."

[VIDEO:Published on Aug 20, 2012 by IDOBIDOOBIDOO: Heto na, heto na, heto naaa!!! The official DO BIDOO music video, performed by Ogie Alcasid, featuring clips from the movie I DO BIDOO BIDOO (showing in Philippine cinemas on August 29).

"I Do Bidoo, Bidoo: Heto nAPO Sila" opens in theaters today, Aug. 29.

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