AMid the fierce rivalry between the top two networks in the country, GMA Network’s Primetime Queen Marian Rivera received more than just a red carpet treatment from ABS-CBN’s movie outfit Star Cinema.
“Hindi ko maipaliwang ‘yong feeling,” Marian told entertainment reporters at the press conference of her upcoming movie Kung Fu Divas with comedienne Ai-Ai delas Alas at the ABS-CBN Dolphy Theater of the network’s compound.
“Bukod sa masayang experience, natutuwa ako na hindi porke’t nasa kabilang istasyon ka ay hindi ka maaaring makadayo sa kabilang istasyon. Parang nawawala, napuputol ang rivalry ng dalawa. Although alam naman natin na, siyempre, kailangan ng kumpitensiya. Pero dahil sa nangyayaring ito, ang saya!” she said smiling.
Ai-Ai even joked about the “special treatment” received by her co-star like having catering service during a meeting at the Star Cinema headquarters. “Naku kami dati sa Sisterakas wala kami nyan!” Sisterakas, which starred Ai-Ai, Vice Ganda and Kris Aquino in December 2012 turned out to be the highest grossing film in local cinema.
The actress said she was also very happy to be appearing in several of ABS-CBN’s biggest show as part of the promotions of the movie, which she also co-produces with Ai-Ai.
Besides attending the press conference, Marian will be a guest on Kris TV, Showbiz Inside Report, Bandila and The Buzz.
“Thankful ako na maranasan na ganito pala sila. Ang saya lang na naka-experience ako ng ganito and never mo mararamdaman na may discrimination sila bilang taga-kabila ako.”
The prized Kapuso star then clarified rumors about turning down an invitation from Gandang Gabi Vice. “Hindi ko siya tinanggihan. Hindi naman sa tinanggihan, pero ang dami na, respeto ko na din po sa GMA dahil pinyagan naman nila ako sa halos lahat ng programa.”
Marian said it wasn’t hard asking permission from GMA. Her manager, Tony Tuviera, just sent a formal letter and “hindi rin naman naging mahirap para sa kanila [GMA] umoo dahil alam nilang producer ako. They are supportive of me. I also believe it’s destiny,” she added.
Marian, who took Psychology in college, revealed she actually used to be part of the Kapamilya network. “Naalala ko nag-OJT nga pala ako rito noong college ako!” She was spotted and invited to audition several times but said she just wanted to finish her studies then.
While Marian was all praises for Star Cinema, her co-stars were equally just as impressed working with her.
Veteran comedian Roderick Paulate, who will be the main villain in the movie, said Marian was a natural comedian and said he sees his best friend Diamond Star Maricel Soriano in the younger actress. Her other co-stars also refuted her “mataray” image and said Marian had been a joy to work with.
Kung Fu Divas is Ai-Ai’s third project as a producer, and the first for Marian who said they contributed their talent fees to the overall film budget. Marian said she made an additional investment because “mas malaki naman yung talent fee ni Ate Ai.”
“Masayang masaya kami ni Marian na part kami ng 20th anniversary celebration ng Star Cinema. Happy din ako dahil naasama for the first time ang isa sa mga reyna ng GMA,” said Ai-Ai. “Sa totoo lang isa ito sa pinakamahirap na pelikulang ginawa ko, both acting wise and sa action scenes dahil kailangan namin talaga mag-training ng martial arts.”
Because of the grand special effects and the use of CGI, Ai-Ai said she hopes viewers will realize how talented Filipinos are when it comes to making movies. “Marami akong comedy films na nagawa pero ibang klase ang katatawanan dito, hindi mo mae-explain. Kailangan talga siyang panoorin,” she said.
Kung Fu Divas is a story about two bitter rivals in the “Hiyas ng Dalampasigan” beauty pageant namely Charlotte (Ai-Ai) and Samantha (Marian) who will be forced to become allies after an unexpected turn of events puts many lives in danger.
Joining the cast are Roderick Paulate, Edward Mendez, Bianca Manalo, Precious Lara Quigaman and Nova Villa.
Expect a comedy of epic kung fu proportions in this ultimate catfight movie directed by Onat Diaz.
Kung Fu Divas is part of Star Cinema’s yearlong anniversary celebration which opens in cinemas October 2.