Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Why People Must Watch Past Tense Even Though TV Patrol Would Not Report Anything About It?

It is hard to be a fan when it is quite blatant that your idols are not the network's favorite, but this is an understatement for the Kim Chiu and Xian Lim tandem, for they seem to be non-existent for their mother network, ABS-CBN. TV Patrol would report about the trending topics of the Kapamilya shows, how the mall tour went for JaDine and every move and breathe of KathNiel. TV Patrol never mentioned that Kim was nominated for Star Awards, neither did they say anything when she won. It was not reported when the movie, Past Tense, had its press con, blog con and premiere night. It did give a brief (napipilitang) advisory about the technical glitch, when the copies of the film did not reach the cinemas in Visayas and Mindanao.

The supposed big promo of the movie on ASAP coincided with Pacquiao's fight, so it was moved a week ahead. They were able to guest on The Buzz on the Sunday after Manny won, but they were interviewed by Boy Abunda and Toni Gonzaga, who were so bland all along, but got excited when they thought that they could already talk to Manny via live feed. It was written all over Toni's face - "You cannot take away the BOQ title from me, Kim." This may be the reason why she had to squeeze in a joke that pertained to Kim's former love team partner, when she knew that a lot of KimXi fans were watching. She was not like that to KathNiel. Would she dare bring out the name of Jasmine Curtis in an interview with Kathniel even in a form of a joke? I bet not.

Luckily, I am in Luzon, so I got to watch the film on its first day. First, this movie has brought back my admiration for Ms. Ai-Ai delas Alas as a comedienne. The scenes where she recognizes the people that the character of Kim knows, were bitin. Those were hilarious, especially with the senator. 

Kim Chiu, oh my gosh! Ang galing galing mo na! Isampal mo ang movie na ito sa lahat nang nagsasabing di ka marunong umarte. Belle was radiant, beautiful and funny - all thanks to Kim, and no other actress of her league could have given the same impact. On a personal note, whatever Kim is doing with her life now must really be good because she is at her most beautiful in this film. She is not payat (so please, stop the teasers of Praybeyt Benjamin with a punchline wherein Vice Ganda said that Kim does not eat, hence her figure), Kim is sexy and she looks healthier than Vice. Wala naman kasi sa laki ng katawan yun.

Xian Lim... You were the reason why I dragged my whole family into the cinema right after the kids had gotten home from school. We all love you here, warts and all. No matter how most of the local tabloid writers try to bring you down, we still regard you highly. So please, if you ought to change, just keep on improving, but never mind your haters. I came home missing the fat Babs. I bet that you can really relate to the character because he was so real. Bigay na bigay.

The film was simple and rushed, but it was turned extraordinary by the three main leads - Kim Chiu, Xian Lim and Ai-Ai delas Alas. On our way home, my 10-year-old niece would mimic Kim and Ai-Ai's way of talking, like she would say "Letz go home with an M," or "Nakakatawa yung movie with an E." I bet that she would use this kind of lingo to her friends for the weeks to come. My 4-year-old niece was serious when she thought out loud, "Nakakatawa yung Past Tense no, pero nakakakilig, pero nakakaiyak... Nakakaloka yung Past Tense!"

It would not have been the same if the film did not star the trio. Kim and Xian have both leveled up not only with their acting skills, but with their kissing scenes. You can feel their love for one another, not only with their kisses, but also with how they look at each other. It feels real. Kilig. Kaiyak. Kaloka. 

Watch the film with the whole family. Everybody will surely love it!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

AiAi Delas Alas, Kim Chiu and Xian Lim Top Bill Past Tense Showing on November 26

The trailer is hilarious! The trio of Ai-Ai, Kim and Xian is perfect. This is something that is going to be enjoyed by the whole family. For the meantime and as we all wait for November 26, let us all enjoy its full trailer.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Past Tense on Nov 26 - All Out Support for Xian Lim

His solid fans, including this blogger, may be missing him a lot on TV, so we might as well channel such emotion to support him in his upcoming flick, Past Tense. Xian Lim is going to be with perennial partner, Kim Chiu and Tanging Ina legend, Ai-Ai delas Alas.

Based on the poster, I am assuming that this is going to be an all out comedy. Past Tense is going to be shown on November 26. This is helmed by the same genius who created KimXi's mega-blockbuster hit, Bride for Rent, Direk Mae Cruz Alviar.

c/o Xian Lim's Instagram - @xianlimm

What do you think its story is about? Since Ai-Ai is seen mirroring Kim's mannerisms, my guess is that Kim plays the young Ai-Ai who had a best friend, the fat Xian, whom she may have hurt in the past (since there is a third party with the Kim-Xian angle, played by Daniel of PBB). 

The matured Ai-Ai isn't happy with her life, so she kinda looks back to how positive her former self was. So Xian, aside from looking fitter will also be seen as more matured than his age, since his character has to be of Ai-Ai's age in the present.

This is only my hunch. I am really excited to watch my current crush, Xian Lim and my "Past Tense" crush haha! Benjie Paras, who plays the role of the one responsible for rewinding time so that the characters on the film can relieve their past.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sleepy Primetime Lineup from ABS-CBN

For someone who used to watch a lot of local shows from ABS-CBN, I find myself spending more time now watching GMA7. Oh no, I don’t watch soap operas at the primetime slot, only the Ryzza Mae Show and Eat Bulaga in the afternoon. In the evening, we only tune in to TV Patrol and we either watch movies or anything else but watch TV.

My 4-year old niece used to enjoy Hawak Kamay because of Juan Karlos’ presence in the show. Lately, though, he had little to no exposure at all, so even the kid was no longer interested to peek at the boring show.

What is happening with ABS-CBN? After they have made a lot of known stars, only Piolo Pascual is the only legit popular actor in their primetime block now. He is popular, but the story of his drama series does not fit his stature and he was given a leading lady (Iza) who is better off doing support or even antagonist roles.

I have seen the teasers of their short Christmas seryes. They said that they are bringing those to us, the viewers, as their gifts or way of giving back during this time of the year. I am okay with the Eddie Garcia story or even the Paulo and KC tandem, but my golly, pairing Maja Salvador and Gerald Anderson for a show that is meant to be enjoyed by the whole family during the Christmas season? What were they thinking? Sorry, I don’t hate them as they are (I have moved on haha!), but they are not the faces that I want to see during the holidays. I would rather watch old or tagalized movies than to be tortured seeing them playing protagonists and goody-goody when their images in my mind as a chauvinist and playgirl, are still vivid and clear.

I am hoping for better shows with true-blue popular actors for the shows that are lined up for ABS-CBN next year. I have heard about Xian Lim being paired with Maja, such as disappointment for a fan who waited so long to see Xian on TV. Oh well, I don’t think that the network really cares so much about the sentiments of those who watch them. Their current lineup of primetime shows and the main leads are proof that they would do whatever they please and give projects to whoever they like.

I am just ranting, but I know that the network that its viewers brought to the top, wouldn’t care less about most people’s sentiments. Come on, GMA 7, it is your time to shine. This is the best time to push stars who look promising and deliver better stories, now that ABS-CBN seems to be slacking by giving us bland actors, rehashed stories and the Maja-Gerald tandem (que horror!).

Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Best and Worst Dressed at the Star Magic Ball 2014

It's again that time of the year when even ordinary people, like me, get to have their say about glam and fashion, thanks to the yearly star-studded ball of Star Magic/ABS-CBN. There were some artists, which fashion sense, leveled up, but there were more misses this year than last year.

First, let me take this off my chest.
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Woooowww... I can't get over this picture. Hands down, KimXi or the Kim Chiu and Xian Lim loveteam, watta fab pair.

They did not win, of course. This is the winning couple of the Fabulous Pair award - Piolo Pascual and Iza Calzado.

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Papa P, please get a haircut, like how you looked in your film with Toni G. I'm not sure about Iza's gown, it's not really something that is wishing for an award, but this may be part of the promo of their on-going series, Hawak Kamay.

The Couple of the Night, for me, if it is still going to be based on how they dressed, is real life partners, Jericho Rosales and Kim Jones.

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Jericho and Kim looked very regal. Real life sweethearts, Angelica Panganiban and John Lloyd Cruz won the award for being the Couple of the Night. To be fair, Angelica's make-up suits her and oh well, John Lloyd is a stunner no matter what he is wearing.

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The winners of the best dressed, according to Star Magic, are Paolo Avelino and Julia Barretto.

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I am not sure how to pick the best dressed for men since they all look the same haha! The difference only lies on how they carry themselves and there are instances when some men opt to really stand out from the rest, like Enchong Dee's unforgettable German Moreno inspired get-up last year and Daniel Padilla's red overall in an event with a black and white theme this year.

For the men, I'd go for Jericho Rosales, Xian Lim and Richard Gomez for the best dressed category.

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The best dressed among the ladies, for me, are Dawn Zulueta, Gretchen Barretto and Kim Chiu.

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If only there is an award for the sweetheart of the night, or the best dressed among teens, it rightly belongs to Janella Salvador. She looks every bit of a teenager, from her clothes, accessories, to her hair and make-up.

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Let's go to the worst dressed.

Come on, Bangs Garcia, you can do better than that. And why not bring Phil Younghusband at the next ball? You never know, but a gorgeous beau might change the appeal of your ensemble.

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The gown of Alex Gonzaga, for me, is too simple, for this big and glamorous event.

Hands down for the number 1 worst dressed at the 8th Star Magic Ball - it's Kristel Moreno.

The gown looks cheap and it is either she doesn't really look fit or there is a mistake with the camera angle. At least, many people would now wonder who you are, since I don't think she is that visible on TV, but sighs, all for the wrong reasons. Better luck next year =)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Xian Lim on MMK - August 9, 2014

For all those who miss seeing Xian Lim on TV and who are quite fed up with the familiar faces who are thrown into every project in ABS-CBN, here's our chance to finally take hold of the remote and secure our places in the couch. This is going to be on Saturday, August 9 at 8PM on Channel 2 =)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Legal Wife is Way Better than Dyesebel and Ikaw Lamang

When summer was about to begin and the kids' classes were to end, my nieces were quite excited with the bombardment of teasers of ABS-CBN's yet to be launched fanta-serye, Dyesebel. My nieces, aged 9 and 4, were hoping that the lead star would either be Kim Chiu or Kathryn Bernardo.

The first disappointment of the show came from the announcement of who would play not only Dyesebel, but so much more, Fredo. In this household, where everybody loves Kim, it also follows that we abhor Gerald. It does not matter whether or not Kim had already made amends with him. He would always be the jerk who broke Kim's heart and the moron who caused the breakup of the once ideal friendship between Kim and her ex-best friend who is now Gerald's current lover.

I don't have anything against Anne. She is not perfect. She is a socialite who lets her real self out once drunk. Given that nature, she could have been assigned to more mature roles and not the ones that are intended for younger audiences because for me as a guardian, she is no longer an ideal figure to be looked up to. She is a good actress though. She can still excel in roles that are more spiteful and bitchy. And yep, age does matter for this kind of role.

I have caught some episodes of the series and oh boy, it is cringing to watch Anne, acting like someone so naive and so kind. Dyesebel is someone who is only beginning to realize what love is. Anne cannot convince her audience that she's innocent and pure as how the character, Dyesebel, ought to be. Why? For one, the issues that are hounding her greatly affect people's perception about her. And she looks so mature to be given dialogues asking about how it is to be in love or how it is to be kissed. No matter how good of an actress she is, she cannot fake her age. It is similar to actor Jericho Rosales given the role of a high school student in the movie ABNKKBSNPLAKO, now that he is in his 30s. It is awkward to watch.

Watching Sam Milby struggling with his dialogues is already a pain in the tail, haaaay. He cannot fake that he finds it quite difficult to deliver his lines in Filipino. And then there's Gerald, who does not only sound slang, but also has a thick Visayan accent, which he has still not gotten over with. He sounds like his character from his past soap opera, Budoy.

The series looks low-budgeted as well, with cheap effects and the story is really bad. It seems like it does not know where to take the story of this well-loved mermaid, which has been told a lot of times in the past. I am a fan of Charlene Gonzales' film adaptation of Dyesebel. It was fun to watch because of the great chemistry that Charlene had with her leading man in the film, Matthew Mendoza.


This is the problem with Ikaw Lamang, Coco Martin's current primetime teleserye. Coco is undoubtedly the current eye candy of whoever is responsible in giving projects to ABS-CBN stars. It appears that somebody is now closely following his lead, JC de Vera. It used to be Paulo Avelino and yep, let us not forget Jake Cuenca as well as Gerald. This is the first problem with this serye - favoritism.

Okay, Coco and the rest of the network favorite "boys" may have a huge following on free TV. They may have the talents and charisma to their bosses. But with the network greatly favoring them, there are a lot more talents who may even have bigger fanbases than these boys' fans combined, who are not getting the right exposure despite the people's clamor.

This has been going on with the network for quite some time now and I don't think that this is going to change, just because many people are already stating their dismay. This practice is going to continue, not unless another network will come up with better offerings than what we are seeing on ABS-CBN, which will pose as a serious threat.

Let us look into the second problem with this series, which is chemistry. You need not watch it to conclude that Kim Chiu looks better when paired with Jake, who is the antagonist in the series, than with Coco. The contrasts between Kim and Coco are so pronounced that it will make you feel uneasy watching them pronouncing love, hugging and kissing one another.

Aside from the lack of chemistry between Coco and Kim, the story is something that its producers have already used over and over again - lost child, separated siblings, love against all odds.

Another problem with Ikaw Lamang (and most of the dramas that are produced by Dreamscape) is that it gives out the impression that women only live in search for true love, for the man who will finally give meaning to their lives. Ain't that the premise of the currently airing Mirabella (also produced by the same team)? A girl whose skin resembles a timber, but instead of searching for how it all came about, she wanted to find the one perfect man who will finally accept and love her for who she is. So sad...

I was able to watch an episode of Ikaw Lamang where all the character of Kim Chiu did was to defy everybody and voice out her serious intent of doing everything to be given the freedom to be with the character of Coco. And Coco's character is not even that lovable. He does not have what it takes to be loved by someone who has it all. This period drama is not giving anything about the period it is supposed to be in. They can set the same crappy material in the modern era and they can still pull it off. It will be even easier since the characters need not inject deep Filipino words every now and then just for the drama to be qualified as a period piece. Ang pangit =(

Primetime Bida's Saving Grace

What started as a dragging and another overused story, has redeemed itself and is now the only local drama on ABS-CBN's primetime block that is worth to watch. I am not watching this because I don't like Maja, but I am aware of people's reactions towards the progress of the story and the great acting of the actors, especially its main female lead, Angel Locsin, because the show has become the talk of the town.

The way that the story of The Legal Wife is being handled, not including its dragging beginning, the group that created it must be commended for a job well done. This is the same group that handled the Kathryn-Daniel serye, Got to Believe. I don't approve of the latter's storyline's extremely close resemblance to Meteor Garden, but I liked the fact that even though they injected family problems, the teamup of Kathniel remained to be in the spotlight of the show in its entirety. This would not have been the case if the group that is handling Dyesebel and Ikaw Lamang created G2B. It would have lots of subplots and sulpot characters who will be given more exposure at the expense of the leads no matter how popular they are.

Why am I ranting? It is summer. The kids are free to watch TV. I used to enjoy local dramas and they watched with us too. Now all that they want to do is to watch DVDs of Frozen, Bride for Rent and Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo over and over and over and over again and again and again.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Success of Bride for Rent and the Decision to Break Up the Kim Chiu and Xian Lim Tandem on TV

Credits to Xian Lim's Instagram account - xianlimm
This is a long overdue review of this film that made me laugh so hard and fall in love even more with its two leads. I watched it along with my family, including my 3 and 9-year-old nieces who both adore KimXi. We made sure that we were at the cinema before the first screening, but the line was so long that we ended up 10 minutes late for the screening, but at least, we were still able to secure good seats.

I am not really a fan of the director in terms of her visuals. But Direk Mae Cruz is a genius when it comes to storytelling. She makes sure that she does not leave anything hanging or missed out.

Story wise, Bride for Rent is quite simple and formulaic. Based on the casts' past interviews, they started filming this without a finished story and script, so at the start, they did not have any idea as to where this would lead. The writers of this film, I believe, were on-call on the set most of the time. I can just imagine the rigorous brainstorming sessions that took place after each working day or even after each take, while the group was still creating this bound to be blockbuster hit.

The finished film was a group effort and they appeared to have a happy ambience on the set most of the time, based on the Instagram and Twitter posts of many of the people involved in its creation.

It is not the story that lured many of its viewers to pay in order to see the film. Even with the trailer, you would already know that it is a cliche type of story. Most people flocked the cinemas for three reasons: 1. Kim Chiu was very funny. Even in the trailer, one will laud at Kim's comedic timing. She was good in BHKCNCM, but she was at her best (in terms of comedy) in BFR. 2. Xian Lim already has gotten a lot of swooning girls' following from BHKCNCM and he looks even sexier in BFR. He has also improved a lot in acting, especially with his dramatic moments. 3. The most important reason why many people could not get enough of the film and many are willing to pay for it over and over again to take another peek is the enigmatic chemistry between Kim and Xian. When I watched it, people were so kilig each time Rocco and Rocky would share the screen time. This loveteam has the magic that is quite hard to ignore.

After the first screening ended, we were supposed to transfer seats, so that we could be nearer to the exit since we would only be catching up on the few scenes that we did not see. But there seemed to be an onslaught of people in the cinema that no one could leave their seats, even just to take a CR break, worried that they would lose their places. It was even more surprising when we were about to leave the cinema. We could not find the stairs. People were all over. There were people up to the CR’s doors and they were all willing to endure such viewing experience in order to watch this flick. It was the first time that I experienced this in the cinema. It was the first weekend run of BFR. The next weekend, they already opened two cinemas, which both became full-packed.

Congrats to the BFR team and its coherent director. Congrats to the writers and other creative staff for coming up with memorable lines. Congrats to the efficient supporting casts. Congrats to Kim and Xian and their overflowing chemistry.

After the hit and success came the KimXi break-up on TV:

Rocco and Rocky are ordinary characters that were given life and excitement by Kim and Xian. For sure, many viewers have become fans of the team-up after seeing the film. They weren't given this kind of exposure on their TV projects. Most of the time, especially on their last TV soap, Ina, Kapatid, Anak, it appeared that they were only used, especially Kim, since she was the bigger star, in order to boost the career of the other actors. The horrors of IKA, there were even nights when Kim would have fewer scenes in favor of Maja Salvador's character, even if the latter would only frequent the bar and other unimportant scenes that could have already been omitted.

Well, that's the difference between TV and film. Although I am not happy with the news that ABS-CBN has decided to break the KimXi tandem on TV, giving Kim different partners (both actors whom are favored by the drama unit known as Dreamscape, Jake Cuenca and Coco Martin) and not having announced regarding what they plan about Xian's TV career, I think that it is already expected, although it still hurts.

From the fans' point of view, both Xian and Kim are not their drama unit's favorites. As a KimXi fan, I am already looking forward to their movies. If ever Xian would be delegated to another drama unit, I also look forward to the roles that would be given to him. As for Kim, I am pretty sure that many of her fans are now worried that she might again be given the kind of treatment that she had with IKA and, of course, Tayong Dalawa, which eventually became a Coco-centric soap and they even killed Kim's character in the end. Both soaps were produced by Dreamscape. At least, this new soap that stars Kim along with Coco Martin, will be handled by her director in My Binondo Girl, Malu Sevilla. I hope that Direk Malu will give Kim the proper exposure and airtime that she deserves with her status, being not only a hitmaker on TV, but on movies as well. I will watch it for the love of Kim.

I will miss the KimXi tandem on TV. I will miss Kim doing comedy. It is hard to be a fangirl, especially when the actors that you are rooting for work in a station, where favoritism is the name of the game. Well, at least, I still could hope for their future movies and while it is still showing, let us all watch Bride for Rent over and over again.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bride for Rent, Starring Kim Chiu and Xian Lim Opens on January 15

Happy fangirling at the start of the year. So excited to watch this latest flick, Bride for Rent, which stars Kim Chiu and Xian Lim. The movie, which is going to be a certified hit opens on January 15, 2014.

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