Last Wednesday, Maki and I met up in Trinoma Cinema to catch the first screening of ‘The Bride and The Lover’. It is the only Filipino Film on the line-up of films launched that day. It is the newest movie from Regal Films starring Lovi Poe, Paulo Avelino and Jennylyn Mercado.
The Three Victims of Love
Prior to entering the cinema, I have instilled certain ‘expectations’. Joel Lamangan is one of the most-respected directors in Philippine Cinema and he concentrated in political-themed films on the past few years. It is a breather to finally see him do semi-funny film again. I was looking forward to the dialogues since it is penned by Rody Vera, who is responsible for the screenplay of Cinemalaya favorites NINO and REquieme.
Now let’s proceed to my expectations on the cast members: Paulo Avelino recently won awards for his portrayal as Nathan in ‘Walang Hanggan’ and in the indie film ‘Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa’. Lovi Poe is quite controversial these days because of her supposed ‘network transfer’. Is she staying with GMA-7 or is she moving to TV5? Or is she signing up with ABS-CBN? She also garnered nominations for her portrayal in Thy Womb and Legacy. This movie also serves as Jennylyn Mercado’s comeback project with Regal Films. She starred in a number of teeny-bopper films and the fans are eager to see if she can handle such role.
I received an invitation from Regal Films’ PR Head to join them on the last shooting day of ‘The Bride and the Lover’, an upcoming sexy-comedy film under the direction of Joel Lamangan and screenplay by Rody Vera. It stars the in-demand Kapamilya leading man Paulo Avelino and Kapuso leading ladies Jennylyn Mercado and Lovi Poe.
The Boys of ‘The Bride and the Lover’: Alex Castro, Joem Bascon, Hayden Kho and Paulo Avelino. (Photo grabbed from Alex Castro’s IG)
I met up with Mr. Jun Lalin and the rest of the media writers at the lobby area of Imperial Palace Suites. The location of the last shooting day is in Fernwood Gardens. I remember this one incident wherein we got lost when we had to attend a wedding reception there many years ago.
I remember clearly the night Jennylyn Mercado was proclaimed as the first ultimate female survivor of Starstruck, the reality-based artista search of GMA-7. I wanted her to win because for me, she is the most talented among her batch mates.
I remember buying her debut album called “Living The Dream” on May 15, 2004 – her birthday. I went to Nepo Mall Dagupan just to get my own copy that day and its the last copy available! There’s an extra small purple Bambini Cologne enclosed with the CD. My favorite track in the album is “If I’m Not In Love With You”, which is a duet with Janno Gibbs.
Fast forward to 2009 – Jennylyn is now 22 years old and is a mom to a very cute baby boy. She has a number of box-office movies mostly with her loveteam and ex-boyfriend Mark Herras, an afternoon drama show called Paano Ba Ang Mangarap? and three albums under GMA Records. Indeed, Jennylyn Mercado is STILL one of GMA-7’s prized possession.
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