Judy Ann Santos makes her Cinemalaya comeback via the movie Kusina, directed by David Corpuz and Cenon Palomales, who also wrote the script. Kusina won the grand prize at the Palanca Awards in 2006.
The story was first offered to Juday 10 years ago but so much had happened since then in her happy personal life that she was only able to commit to the project this 2016. She also asked for some time to prepare facing the camera anew following the birth of baby daughter Luna with hubby Ryan Agoncillo.
Kusina is officially part of the 12th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, which opens to the public today. The movie is worth the wait as Juday delivers a knockout performance worthy of best actress award.
Of course, Juday says she doesn’t want to think about winning another trophy since she considers being a part of Cinemalaya finalist already a blessing for her. Moreover, she feels being pitted against Nora Aunor (who plays the lead in Tuos) even more of an honor.
Presented in quite an unconventional way of story telling, Juday is excellent as Juanita, especially in a scene where she breaks down, writhing and howling on the floor.
Also cast in the movie are Luis Alandy and Joem Bascon who play the men in Juanita’s life, and Gloria Sevilla, who plays her grandmother.
Kusina will have its gala premiere at the CCP Main Theater on August 9 at 6 p.m.
Fresh from his successful US tour, Jed Madela is set to perform for the much-awaited second installment of his concert series The Iconic Concert Series: Jed Madela Sings Celine at the Music Museum on August 19.
Directed by by Malvin Caldito, the concert is a spin-off from Jed’s album “Iconic” under Star Records. The former WCOPA (World Championship of Performing Arts) champion took on the music of Mariah Carey for the series’ first installment in May.
Now that he will sing the songs of Celine Dion, Jed admits “The hardest part in putting up this show was making sure it doesn’t come across as forced and staged. Also, on my part, I have to come up with newer ways to interpret her iconic songs because people already have expectations. My version should be at par with the original or better.”
He is excited to perform “The Prayer” and “My Heart My Will Go On,” the theme song from the movie Titanic.
As always, Jed can’t do a concert without doing his usual birit numbers.
“If I don’t the audience will feel shortchanged. It’s like if Regine Velasquez doesn’t do her signature songs, the concert won’t be complete for her audience.”
Meanwhile, asked how he his bashers and how is he taking malicious innuendoes that he has taken a liking to young singer Darren Espanto, Jed replies, “I feel sad because they pick on Darren who is just a kid. There are times when bashers go overboard but I try not to mind them. Whatever you say, they will only choose to believe what they want to believe.
“I feel sorry for Darren but he has also chosen not to mind the intrigues. On my end, I just really believe in his talent and I want to help him in his career. He has a bright future as a singer.”