‘Ma’Rosa’ team celebrates triumph at Cannes



“IT was magical! The feeling was surreal,” Brillante Mendoza described what he felt when he mounted the stage at the Cannes Film Festival with his Ma’Rosa lead actress Jaclyn Jose and the latter’s daughter Andi Eigenmann to receive and acknowledge the festival’s Best Actress award.

Mendoza was calling straight from his hotel in France hours after the closing night. “It was a strange feeling! Memories from my ‘Kinatay’ Palm D’Or triumph came back rushing in my head. Let’s drink! Let’s celebrate! I told the delegation,” he said.

William Pascual, the filmmaker who first directed Jaclyn in Chikas (her very first movie together with other newcomers Tanya Gomez, Rachel Anne Wolfe, Lovely Rivero and Karla Kalua (mother of latter-day sexy stars), says of Jaclyn’s triumph: “She deserves it. In fact it’s a long overdue international award. When I handled her in ‘Chikas’, I knew she was meant for greater things!”

Jaclyn’s long-time manager, Ed Instrella commented: “My feeling? Masaya siyempre! With Brillante at the helm and Jaclyn’s acing gift, I predicted things won’t go wrong!”

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A relevant, local film fest has just been born! Aptly called ToFarm (short for “The Outstanding Farmers”), it aims to raise awareness about agriculture and farmers, their life, their issues, their concerns, their plight, their welfare, etc.

Six films have been chosen as finalists to compete in the fest. These are: Free Range by Dennis Marasigan with Paolo O’Hara, Jackie Rice, Mads Nicolas, Michael de Mesa, Jojit Lorenzo, Leo Rialp and Ana Feleo as actors; Kakampi by Victor Acedillo, Jr. with Neil Ryan Sese, Gloria Sevilla, Felix Roco, Suzette Ranillo, Kate Brios and Perry Dizon as actors; Pana-Panahon by Zig Dulay with Garry Cabalic, Anna Luna, Joan dela Cruz, Manel Sevidal, Natasha Cabrera, Norman King, Gigi Locsin, Joel Saracho Upeng Fernandez, Kenken Nuyad and JC Santos as actors;

Pauwi Na by Paolo Villaluna with Bembol Roco, Cherry Pie Picache, Meryll Soriano, Chai Fonacier, Jess Mendoza, Jack the Dog, Boots Anson Roa, Gio Alvarez and Tessie Tomas as actors; Pilapil by Jojo Nadela with David Remo, Pancho Magno, Diva Montelaba, Bonbon Lentejas and Rez Cortez as actors; and Pitong Kabang Palay by Maricel Cariada with Arnold Reyes, Sue Prado, Mickol Laurente, Alfonso Ynigo Delen and Precious Miel Espinosa as actors.

The film fest is a brainchild of veteran filmmaker Maryo J. delos Reyes.

Awards night is on July 19, to be held in a top hotel.

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Straight from West End to PETA. That’s Tanya Manalang who will play Aileen in Rak of Aegis in the fifth run of the monster hit musical on June 17 to August 28 with Alisah Bonaobra and Kim Molina. Dear Aicelle Santos will still reprise the lead role some other nights when her voice is not spent from being Eat Bulaga’s “Traffic Diva.”

Tanya did Kim with US-based Eva Noblezada in the last edition of the Cameron MacKintosh production in London’s West End Theater. Rachelle Ann Go was Gigi and Jon Jon Briones The Engineer.

Other new faces in the RAK return are Vince Lim (Kenny), Carla Laforteza, Shiela Valderrama and Tricia Jimenez (MJ) and Jon Santos (Fernan).

Maribel Legarda still directs from Liza Magtoto’s script.

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Just in. A text message from filmmaker Arman Reyes with forwarded message from Jackie Aquino, his colleage at MTRCB.: “Please pray for Director Brother Emmanuel “Maneng” Borlaza who is down to 98 lbs. He only takes in 3 spoons of food. He does not want any visitors and told his nephew Roy that he is ready to go!”


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