Can Eugene Domingo and Wenn Deramas bring back the luster of the Diamond Star?

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We are family: (From left) Billy Crawford, Maricel Soriano, director Wenn Deramas Eugene Domingo and Andi Eigenmann says despite the movie’s premise, they’ve become very close while shooting the movie

Maricel Soriano’s supposed comeback year may not have started the way her loyal fans would have wanted, but the Diamond Star is looking to end 2013 on a positive note with two big movies helmed by blockbuster director Wenn Deramas.

The first one is Momzillas, wherein she shares top billing with versatile comedienne Eugene Domingo and the next is the Metro Manila Film Festival entry Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy, with Vice Ganda.

Maricel and ‘Uge’ first worked together in Bahay Kubo: A Pinoy Mano Po back in 2007 and the two shared their excitement about their reunion project.

Eugene says her respect and admiration grew even more because of Maricel’s professionalism; “Sa totoo lang, mas hinangaan ko siya ngayon, because we cannot deny the fact that she went through ups and downs,” she told media at a press conference held Tuesday, September 3, at the Dolphy Theater of ABS-CBN.


“Napakaaga kung dumating si Maricel sa set. Nauuna pa siya sa tent at inaabutan pa niya ang pagtatayo nito! Feeling tuloy namin parte siya ng mga contractors ng tent,” Eugene said jokingly.

“I really admire her but mas lalo pa akong naging tagahanga niya ngayon. Kasi nakita ko ang tibay ng isang totoong artista na katulad ni Maricel Soriano. Kumbaga yung paghanga ko sa kanya ay hindi natapos. Dahil alam naman nating magaling siya sa drama, magaling siya sa comedy . . . lahat-lahat na.”

“But if you really get to know her, isa lang ang gusto niyang gawin sa buhay niya—ang mapaligaya ang lahat ng manonood.”

As for Maricel, she said her only complaint was that the shooting of the movie ended too soon. “Ito yung pelikulang ginawa ko na, ewan ko kung bakit looking forward ako palagi na dumating sa set nang maaga dahil masaya. Alam mo yung masaya ka talaga.”

“Sobra kaming masaya sa set. Noong nagsu-shoot kami sa beach, naka-13 sequences talaga kami na parang hindi namin naramdaman, kasi nga tawa kami nang tawa. ‘Tapos, nagtataka sila bakit parang ang dali-dali raw namin natapos yung eksena na parang hindi kami nag-shooting.

“Alam naman nating lahat na pag sinabi mong trabaho, tinatrabaho natin ito. Pero masaya naming natatapos yung ginagawa namin, kaya hindi kami nagmumukhang pagod, and nag-enjoy kami talaga, she added.”

Maricel then credited Uge for her professionalism and dedication which helped her reach her current stature in the industry.

“Rough Diamond” star
If Maricel was given the title Diamond Star, Eugene was asked how she felt about being referred to as the “Rough Diamond Star.”

“Gusto ko yung Rough Diamond Star, kasi yung Rough Diamond, pipinuhin mo pa,” she answered with a smile. “

Known for also being the Original Comedy Queen, Maricel said she had no qualms passing on the title to Eugene. “Naman . . . Oo naman! Alam mo marami naman talagang mahuhusay ngayon. “At marami rin silang nakikitaan ko ng potensiyal. Maraming magaling pero marami rin bang dedicated at totoong nagmamahal sa trabaho?”

From Oh My Mamma Mia to Momzillas
Originally titled Oh My Mamma Mia, Direk Wenn said he believes the title change was more fitting for the movie. “Kase di ba may pelikula na at stage play na kapareho ang title and mas bagay ang Momzillas kase parang si Godzilla sila Maricel at Uge dito kung mag-away.”

Explaining the plot of the story, Deramas said Maricel and Eugene play the respective mothers of Billy Crawford and Andi Eigenmann, whose characters are planning to get married. “Magkaaway sila dito dahil naging girlfriend dati si Maricel ng naging husband ni Uge, so may rivalry sila.”

“So ayaw namin pareho na magkatuluyan ‘yung dalawa. Pag nagkikita kami, nagsasabunutan kami, meron kaming gano’n,” Maricel added.

Completing the cast of Momzillas are Candy Pangilinan, Joey Paras, Atak, Mel Martinez, Eagle Riggs, Paul Jake Castillo, Christian Vasquez, Luz Valdez and Divina Valencia.

With a box office director in Deramas, an award winning actress in Domingo, and a talented supporting cast, it’s up to the fans of the Diamond Star to show their support and help one of the industry’s most talented actress regain her stature in the industry.

Co-produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films, “Momzillas” is part of the year-long celebration of Star Cinema’s 20th anniversary in the movie industry, and will be shown on cinemas nationwide on

For latest updates about “Momzillas” and other 20th anniversary offerings of Star Cinema, visit StarCinema.com.ph, Facebook.com/StarCinema and Twitter.com/StarCinema.

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