Start the year with laughter

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Cristine Reyes

Cristine Reyes

Viva opens 2016 with ‘Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin’
Viva Films greets the New Year with a bang as it rolls out the much-awaited movie version of bestselling author Bob Ong’s Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin on January 13.

Dubbed “the epic trilogy to end all trilogies,” the film brings to the screen comedy, action, romance, horror and drama through an all star cast in Maricel Soriano, Herbert Bautista, Cristine Reyes, Benjie Paras, Candy Pangilinan, Paolo Ballesteros, Jayson Gainza, Antoinette Taus, and teen sweetheart Shy Carlos.

Candy Pangilinan

Candy Pangilinan

The trilogy is a rib-tickling spoof of commercial filmmaking in the Philippines, under the able direction of three of today’s well-respected filmmakers, Mark Meiley, Andoy Ranay, and Chris Martinez.

Meily is at the helm of the episode one, “Bala sa Bala, Kamao sa Kamao, Satsat sa Satsat,” featuring Benjie and Candy in lead roles.


It tells the story of a guy who is one of the only two survivors in a massacre, which occurs after his church wedding. Along the way, he meets and falls in love with a famous actress, who unwittingly leads him to the drug lord who masterminded the massacre.

Maricel Soriano and Herbert Bautista

Maricel Soriano and Herbert Bautista

In the second episode, meanwhile, Ranay “Shake, Shaker and Shakest,” marks the very first team up of Diamond Star Maricel Soriano and QC Mayor Herbert Bautista on the big screen.

“Shake” follows a middle class family that is stranded in a haunted house and experiences all sorts of horrific adventures and misadventures during their stay. Ultimately, the family must race against time to find a cursed object, which they unknowingly brought with them at the start of their journey.

Benjie Paras

Benjie Paras

Finally, Martinez handles episode three, Christine’s “Asawa ni Marie,” which is a soap opera-comedy about the love quadrangle among poor farm girl Marie, the pair of brothers who own the farm, and the girlfriend of one of the brothers who makes life miserable for Marie.

“Moviegoers need not go far to experience action, romance, comedy, horror and drama in just one seating,” guarantees Viva’s big boss Vic del Rosario who promises a full year of movies for 2016.

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