Advocacy filmmaker launches new talents

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RICKY CALDERON

RICKY CALDERON

BG Productions owned by Baby Go may not be as well known or popular like Regal Films, Viva or Star Cinema, but the four-year-old film outfit is determined to make a mark in the entertainment industry with advocacy films that have been winning awards in various film festivals abroad.

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BG Productions started making movies in 2013 with two indie projects – Lihis, which starred Jake Cuenca, Joem Bascon and Lovi Poe under the direction of Joel Lamangan, and Lauriana directed by Mel Chionglo featuring Allen Dizon and Bangs Garcia in the lead roles. Allen won a Best award for Lauriana from Gawad Pasado, and Bangs the Best Actress plum. The film also garnered a Grade A from the Cinema Evaluation Board. On the other hand, Lihis scored big a success at the box-office.

Those early triumphs were enough to boost the confidence of the lady producer to continue making movies.But of course, we all know that movie-making in our country is not really a lucrative business. Unless your production is backed by a major network (like ABS-CBN for Star Cinema), it is very hard to recoup money invested in a movie.

 Alexis Yasuda

Alexis Yasuda

In our past interviews with Go, she often said she is content if the movie she produces makes a little profit good enough to bankroll another project. Besides, she wants to help “little people” (the production staff) to be employed.

And to further show her willingness to be a major force as producer in the years to come, Go also decided to discover and sign up her own stable of stars who were presented in a gathering for the media last week.

The contract stars of BG Productions were selected after several auditions done by Go and her stable of directors like Joel Lamangan, Mel Chionglo, Buboy Tan, Louie Ignacio and Jason Paul Laxaman among others.

The 10 newbies are Cebuano hunk James Robert (who plays one of the leads in Balatkayo as the son of Aiko Melendez); Japanese hunk Alexis Yasuda who won an Aliw Award for Best Actor in a feature role and was given a scholarship for film and Theater at University of Notre Dame in Indiana, USA; Kristine Barretto who will be introduced in Balatkayo; Erika Yu who played a featured role in Child Haus and in Laut as the sister of Barbie Forteza; Wynona Calderon from Cavite who is a veteran of stage plays); half-Italian Yvonne Aresu who is an experienced model at the age of 15; Jay Verona from Davao who won first runner-up in Mr. Golden Universe held in Brazil; child actor Rafferty Manansala; and Francis Garde.

Go told these new stars that making it in showbiz does not rely solely on the one handling their careers but also rests also on their talent, attitude, discipline and luck. Faith in God and prayers can also help fulfill their dreams.

 James Robert

James Robert

“We will give them our best effort and we hope that success will come their way at the right time. BG Productions will be very happy if they become stars in the future,” said the lady producer.

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Photographs of ABS-CBN actress Lisa Soberano around malls and on buses in Metro have become a big hit.

What caught people’s attention, most especially Lisa’s fans, are the body-hugging outfits of the talented Kapamilya actress. It not only highlighted Lisa’s curvaceous figure but also show the beautiful young actress oozes with sex appeal. She also exudes a different kind of aura that makes her look even more dazzling whether in photos or in person.

Lisa’s new sexy image has definitely excited her fans. The colorful attire she wears for the ad campaign for Metrobank’s Yazz Card looks like a costume of a super hero so much so that many have said she would make a good choice for the role of Darna—the well-loved Pinoy komiks heroine.

According to Lisa, the Yazz Card is a new prepaid card that functions like a credit card.

“I just can’t wait to shop,” enthused the talented lead actress of Dolce Amore.

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