PLUS: JaDine in Greece; Coco Martin’s brother debuts in Cinemalaya entry
Now ready for his much awaited return to the Kapamilya network, Aga Muhlach is finally back in ABS-CBN after a three-year stint in another network.
Aga was last seen in the sitcom That’s My Doc before moving to TV5. The multi-awarded actor admitted he was looking forward to getting back to doing more quality projects with his return to his original home network.
Aga will be one of the judges along with Vice Ganda, Yeng Constantino and Sandara Park in the new ABS-CBN reality show, Pinoy Boyband Superstar.
Aga recently had a meeting with the people behind the upcoming new talent show and was accompanied by his manager Ethel Ramos. He was quick to accept the offer to be part of the show although there were apprehensions because of his weight gain. So his only request was that he be given enough time to lose weight.
And guess what? The Voice Kids mentor Lea Salonga was instrumental in convincing Aga to take on the job.
“Lea called Aga and convinced him to accept the offer,” says our source. Aga and Lea have been friends for more than two decades now.
Being one of the ultimate matinee idols during the ’80s, Aga has continually proven to be a consistent box-office actor and his career has spanned more than three decades in showbiz already. With more than 60 movies under his belt, we can certainly expect Aga to focus on working hard on his road to a leaner physique. Lately, the talented actor has been sharing photos of him and wife Charlene jogging together and working out hard.
If plans push through, the 46-year-old actor’s contract signing which marks his return to ABS-CBN will happen this week.
In their new teleserye Till I Met You, James Reid and Nadine Lustre play business partners in a wedding and events company. This time, part of the series takes place in Greece where fans can expect scenic and romantic locations that the European country is known for.
Director Antonette Jadaone and the production team flew ahead of the cast in order to do an ocular inspection of the locations for the show. Antonette was also joined by Dreamscape Business Unit Heads Julie Anne Benitez and Kylie Manalo Balagtas, writer Shugo Praico and executive producers Arnel Nacario and Marissa Kalaw.
During the trip, Jadine was joined by Till I Met You fellow cast members Carmina Villarroel, Angel Aquino, Zoren Legaspi and JC Santos where they wasted no time in shooting the important scenes.
“They arrived in the morning, had a few hours rest then started shooting scenes immediately. The first scenes were shot inside the Athens airport. Then on the second day they shot in the most popular spots in Athens,” shares a Dreamscape insider.
After Athens, the group is set to fly to the Greek city of Santorini to shoot more scenes. Santorini was also the location of the 2008 Star Cinema film For the First Time starring KC Concepcion and Richard Gutierrez.
The only cast member of the show that was not able to join the cast was Pokwang due to a scheduling conflict. The talented comedienne had to do a show in two cities in the US which was set at the same time as the Till I Met You shoot in Greece. But Pokwang had already shot initial scenes for the show with Jadine in Subic prior to leaving for abroad. The cast of TIMY is expected to return to Manila on August 23.
Gauging from the pre promotions staged by Dreamscape, it looks like Till I Met You is going to be a major TV event for 2016. It was also revealed that TIMY will premiere on August 29 in ABS-CBN primetime block.
It definitely looks like good acting runs in the family. Currently making a name for himself in the industry is Ronwaldo Martin, the younger brother of television king Coco Martin. And just like his older brother, Ronwaldo is starting out by making a mark in the indie movie scene. The younger Martin admits he has always looked up to his Kuya Coco not just in terms of acting but also as a responsible member of their family.
As he makes his Cinemalaya debut this year with the film entry Pamilya Ordinaryo, Ronwaldo plays the role of a teenage parent who lives on the streets and resorts to stealing for the survival of his young family. During the gala premiere of the film, Coco Martin showed support by attending the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival gala night and could not hide his excitement how proud he was of Ronwaldo’s performance and how he thinks his younger brother has the potential to surpass him when it comes to acting. The Ang Probinsyano actor also admitted to looking forward to working with his brother in the future.
For his independent film work, Ronwaldo has already received nominations for Best Actor in the 2015 MMFF New Wave category, Best Performer in Young Critics Circle, Best New Actor in the International Filmmaker Film Festival London, and Rising Male Star Award at the 2016 Worldfest Houston International Film Festival.