Since the infamous slapping incident that involved showbiz A-listers surfaced in the media, Thursday was the first time the showbiz press had the chance to talk to ABS-CBN talent Shaina Magdayao about it.
Of course, one of the A-listers in the said incident is her ex-boyfriend John Lloyd Cruz, who unfortunately, was at the receiving end of the entire brouhaha. Shaina and JL had a controversial breakup, even if they both shunned interviews following statements, and as expected, the grown-up little sister of Vina Morales took the wiser route and replied with a neutral comment.
“All I can say is that maliit lang naman ang mundo ng showbiz, and pag-nakakarinig tayo ng mga pangyayaring ganyan, nakakalungkot,” was all she chose to say.
Prodded next about her rumored romance with ABS-CBN leading man Piolo Pascual, Shaina turned a bit giggly before she seriously replied, “Hindi mo ma-de-deny ang isang Piolo Pascual, pero sa ngayon wala pa at dahan dahan muna.”
What she was more generous to talk about is her upcoming entry to the 39th Metro Manila Film Festival, Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay, which is a co-production of Star Cinema and Regal Films, Inc. The only horror flick in this year’s lineup, the movie is also part of Star Cinema’s continuing roster of offerings for its 20th anniversary.
Pagpag is inspired by the ancient Filipino tradition that is anchored on the superstitious belief that one should not go directly home after visiting a wake at the risk of bringing home evil spirits.
The film’s subtitle, “Siyam Na Buhay,” represents nine prevalent Filipino superstitious beliefs that are associated with deaths and funerals and are observed and practiced to this very day. It is said and widely believed that once broken, sinister deaths representing each of the nine beliefs shall await anyone who violates and disrespects these ancient practices.
“Lumaki talaga ako sa mapamahiing pamilya,” shared Shaina. “Pag dumalaw kami sa patay, talagang mag-pa-pagpag kami, kahit sa gasoline station lang.”
While she practices a good number of Filipino superstitions, she was surprised that there were still many she was unaware of during the filming of Pagpag.
“Na-educate talaga ako sa mga lumang practices natin pagdating sa pamahiin,” she alleged. “The movie doesn’t just tackle yung pagpag after visiting a wake, pero pati yung mga paniniwala na bawal matuluan ng luha yung kabaong, o bawal tumingin sa salamin at marami pang iba.”
Other such superstitions, according to Shaina include how it is forbidden to: bring home food from a wake; go to a funeral with a wound; wipe tears from the dead’s casket; spend money intended for the dead; and accompany visitors to the door as they leave.
“These were all tackled in the movie, and nakakatakot talaga yung mga mangyayari sa cast na hindi sinunod yung mga pamahiing ito,” she guaranteed.
Directed by Frasco Santos Mortiz and written by Joel Mercado, Shaina is part of a star-studded cast led by teen stars Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo, Paolo Avelino, and Clarence Delgado, with the support of Matet De Leon, Dominic Roque, Miles Ocampo, CJ Navato, Michelle Vito, Janus Del Prado, and Marvin Yap.
According to Mortiz, besides the spine-chilling scenes, the whole family is sure to enjoy the movie as they can also look forward to a touch of humor and romance from Daniel and Kathryn, who are arguably considered as the reigning teen royalty of primetime television, as well as from the characters portrayed by Paulo and Shaina who are paired for the very first time on the silver screen.
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