VP 2019-12 TONY LABRUSCA DIGITAL

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IT'S ALL GOOD WITH

MARK MCMAHON

BY LORD HARVEY MONTEROSO

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RELIVE THE PAST WITH

LAS CASAS FILIPINAS

DE ACUZAR NEWEST

ATTRACTION HISTORY

LAND

BY ANGELA BALTAN

VP/FASHION

THE ARTISANAL

JOURNEY OF THE PAST

AND PRESENT

BY SHAWN KLIFF SACAL

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Another year is about to end, and we are truly grateful for all the amazing people who

supported us in our journey. 2019 has become a year of exploration and excitement — as

“your guide to the big city,'' we always made sure to provide compelling content every

issue.

In this last issue of 2019, we are featuring two of the most bankable male stars of this

generation — Tony Labrusca and Jeric Gonzales. These two men proved that they are

more than just leading men. As long as they pursue those things that they are really

passionate about, there will always a bright future ahead of them.

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VP/NEWS

PURINA PH HOSTED DOG

FOOD EATING CHALLENGE

DURING ANIMAL RUN 2019!

RED Sports, under RED Entertainment, started the month of

December with Animal Run 2019. Dialysis PH Support Group and

Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) remained the official

and main beneficiaries of this sporting event under #Run4UrLife.

In partnership with Purina Philippines, Animal Run 2019 was

definitely a success with almost a thousand runners and a

thousand more onlookers.

Quirino Grandstand was definitely jam-packed! Filled with almost

500 fur babies, pets shed fur and excitement all around. With

PAWS as their main beneficiary, this sporting event aimed to help

stray animals who remained caged in shelters. Veterinarians Dr.

Adelaida Suller and Dr. Froilan Calip conducted free check-ups to

fur babies present at the event while giving away free Supercoat

from Purina Philippines.

As every race category prepares to do their runs, they were

invited to a Zumba warm-up lead by Coaches Johnrev Sayson

Binondo and Paolo Domingo.

PURINA PARTNERS WITH RED SPORTS.

As a major sponsor, Purina had their own segment during Animal

Run where they hosted a Dog Food Eating Challenge. Eight fur

parents encouraged their babies during the challenge. Although

not all participants won, they all received packets of Supercoat

from Purina. The brand also had their own photo booth where

pets took turns at a slide fit for every breed.

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SHARP

BETTER SOLUTIONS FOR

A BETTER LIFE 2

The application or use of these products

are not only limited to homes, as they

can also be utilized in venues such as

offices, schools, hospitals and other

establishments with high population

densities sure to benefit its occupants.

HEALTH & BEAUTY SOLUTION

We try to keep ourselves healthy through

proper exercise and appropriate diet. This

also reflects on the food that we consume

and how it is cooked. With SHARP’s

Helsio Hotcook, healthy cooking is made

possible as the natural moisture and

original flavor from ingredients together

with its nutritional values are retained,

compared to conventional cooking.

Dishes are hassle-free with automatic

control and various cooking programs

depending on your menu, just place all

the necessary ingredients and wait until it

is finished. Voila! Your meal is now ready

to be served.

With the continuous evolution of

technology and the significant role it

plays in the everyday lives of people,

Sharp Philippines Corporation(SPC)

continues to introduce products that aim

to incorporate ease and convenience into

the Filipino household.

SPC’s products are categorized into four

sections, or what they refer to as solutions

– that seek to address the needs of the

consumers. These are Entertainment

Solutions, Clean & Comfort Solution,

Health & Beauty Solution and Business

Solution.

Products highlighted last November

28, 2019 at The Madison Events Place

complement those that were launched

earlier in July. Though SHARP’s global

direction is to bring in the latest products

with 8K and AIoT technology, the

company also devotes its resources

in coming up with items packed with

technologies that enable efficiency,

provides comfort and promote good

health.

The audience was treated to a visual

display as well as live demonstrations

conducted by their corresponding

Product Specialists, showcasing the

features and capability of the items.

ENTERTAINMENT SOLUTION

Having introduced the AQUOS 8K LED TV

for the Filipino market last July, SHARP

now presents its Artificial Intelligence of

Things (AIoT) series of FULL HD and 4K

HDR Android Televisions.

Eligible Android TVs are Google Assistant

ready, enabling users to interact with their

devices and perform tasks such as playing

music/video, searching for the latest news

among others, all hands-free. The new line

of Android TVs comes with features such

as Comfort mode, a special AV Mode that

reduces 50% of blue light. It also has an

advanced Bluetooth version, which allows

users to connect the television to their

external Bluetooth speakers.

Have your own personal cinematic

sound system with the AQUOS Sound

Partner AN-SX7A. It is compatible with a

wide variety of devices and is extremely

portable, resting comfortably on one

shoulder. The acoustic Vibration System

provides powerful sound and heavy bass.

It ensures an immersive audio-visual

experience that is perfect for when you are

playing video games or enjoying the latest

shows on Netflix.

CLEAN & COMFORT SOLUTION

Personal hygiene is an important aspect

of a Filipino’s life. Apart from ensuring the

cleanliness of our own being, we want

this to be reflected in our homes as well

a place considered as a sanctuary for

individuals and families alike.

SPC has your well-being in mind; that

is why they develop products that help

achieve and maintain a fresh comfortable

environment. These are Washing

Machines, Ractive Air Vacuum Cleaner,

Mite Catcher, Air-conditioner with AIoT

J-Tech Inverter Technology and Air

Purifier/Cleaner equipped with SHARP’s

original Plusmacluster Ion Technology.

Looking good is also tantamount to

feeling good. When we exert even the

littlest effort in fixing ourselves up, be it

reporting to work every day or attending

an event, we feel much more confident

in facing the world. Beauty appliances

for women, such as the Hair Dryer, Hair

Iron and Curling Ion with Plusmacluster

feature lessens dirt and prevents hair

damage. The Scalp massager on the other

hand, reduces dry scalp and keeps our

hair healthy.

BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

Understanding the needs of the business,

SHARP also has dedicated products that

cater to the corporate sector through

their dynamic displays that project clear

and beautiful images for application as

digital signages or for business meetings

via the internet.

SHARP has also acquired and further

develop the Dynabook Laptop,

designed for business professionals and

workplace environments. Combining

their technologies (displays, sensors

etc.) with that of Toshiba, they seek to

produce market-leading computers and

other devices. The dynabook features a

thin design with long-lasting battery and

is rated with MIL-STD-810G for utmost

durability.

Committed to quality and innovation,

SHARP will continue to develop products

that will bring Better Solutions for Better

Life to consumers.

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PETS SHED THEIR FUR

AND EXCITEMENT DURING

ANIMAL RUN 2019!

VP/EVENTS

ANIMAL RUN 2019: 500M, 1K, 3K

AND 5K.

Kids were able to win the 500m and 1k

race categories while adults were able to

dominate the 3k and 5k. They all received

a gift pack which includes bottles from

Sip Water, Fit n Right, Mogu Mogu and a

packet from Milku. They also received a

loot bag from Lubie, a water-based multipurpose

lubricant and moisturizer.

Aside from that, they also got a bag

from Chlo-Relief, anti-itch and anti-rash

lotion, a pack of Supercoat from Purina

Philippines and gift certificates from

Zoomanity Group. All champions, then,

received a brand-new electric fan from

Sharp Philippines.

Organizers also conducted a raffle

where the grand prize was a brand new

automatic washing machine from Sharp

Philippines presented by Marketing

Supervisor Theresa Bates and Kyle

Vergara.

RED Sports, under RED Entertainment,

started the month of December with

Animal Run 2019. Under the #Run4UrLife

series, this sporting event was meant

to benefit Dialysis PH Support Group

and Philippine Animal Welfare Society

(PAWS). This is partnership with

National Parks Development Committee

(NPDC) and Purina Philippines.

ANIMAL RUN 2019.

With almost a thousand runners and a

thousand more onlookers, Animal Run

2019 was definitely a success. Quirino

Grandstand was filled with almost 500

fur babies, shedding fur and excitement

all around. With PAWS as their main

beneficiary, this sporting event aimed

to help stray animals who are caged in

shelters.

ZUMBATHON.

As every race category prepares to do

their runs, they were invited to a Zumba

warm-up lead by Coaches Johnrev

Sayson Binondo and Paolo Domingo from

Anytime Fitness.

PURINA PARTNERS WITH

RED SPORTS.

DOG FOOD EATING CHALLENGE.

As a major sponsor, Purina had their own

segment during Animal Run where they

hosted a Dog Food Eating Challenge.

Eight fur parents encouraged their

babies during the challenge. Although

not all participants won, they all received

packets of Supercoat from Purina.

PHOTO BOOTH.

The brand also had their own photo booth

where pets took turns at a slide fit for

every breed at their assigned area near

the stage.

GIVEAWAYS.

Veterinarians Dr. Adelaida Suller and Dr.

Froilan Calip conducted free check-ups

to fur babies present at the event while

giving away free Supercoat from Purina

Philippines.

PET FASHION GALA

Pets also came up on stage as they strut

their stuff in a fashion show. Although

not all participants won, they all received

packets of Supercoat from Purina

Philippines. The winners, on the other

hand, received premium adult dog food

from Magnus Philippines. Daschund

Basha dressed up as a mini Santa Claus,

ready to give delightful gifts to nice kids

and cold coals to naughty ones.

Mini Pomeranian mother-and-daughter

duo Chow and Cinnamon, along with Shih

Tzu Coco, dressed up as mini dinosaurs.

Shih Tzu Oreo dressed as a butterfly

ready to dazzle the judges and fly away.

Shih Tzu twins Yumi and Curtis, dressed in

their winter jackets ran up and down the

stage as they accompany their adolescent

owner. Meanwhile, the only muse Persian

Kitten Snow just sat in the middle of the

stage, unbothered by everyone’s antics.

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VP/COVER

Tony Labrusca

IS SERVING

THE FULL

PLATTER

All the flavors of the world got nothing on what Tony Labrusca has in the oven. With eyes set to becoming

the best version of himself, Tony has been steadily cruising upwards after a blazing start. Adding a spoonful

of honey and a bit of chili to that mixing bowl — you get a sweet and spicy combo personified with a striking

jaw, firm shoulders, and a zesty soul. Simmering to a slow cook, he’s ready to serve us a platter of a fullcourse

meal. And we’re left bingeing off his hands, begging for seconds, and looking for crumbs.

by Lord Harvey Monteroso

PHOTOGRAPHER | MIKE GELLA FILM BY VINCENT SY ASSISTED BY GABE GAVINA

STYLIST | CHYNNA MAMAWAL ASSISTED BY KRISTEL JOY NUYDA & STEPHANIE BELLE PALOMATA MAKEUP ARTIST | GUILLANO

VALENZUELA HAIRSTYLIST | ARTHUR TOLENTINO SHOT IN EATOGETHER, SM MEGAMALL

SPECIAL THANKS TO LEE JEANS PH, JULIE VENTURA, JESSICA MIRABEL, MARIO COLMENARES, STAR MAGIC, AND AJ SANCHEZ

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TONY LABRUSCA IS A

MELTING POT

Tony’s been pretty busy the last time

we saw him on the cover Village Pipol

Magazine. His filmology has clearly

become a melting pot of different

flavors. With a psychological sportscentered

thriller, a political drama, a

glorious May-December love affair,

a coming-of-age barkada flick, and

even a mainstream romcom — Tony’s

tendency to genre-bend is quite

impressive. Not to mention: half of

his movie projects have been solid

contenders for local film festivals.

Suit by Chynna Mamawal

Drastically jumping from one

character to another and portraying

each role differently (but still

showing his signature brooding

persona) makes him worthy of all the

praises.

“I always believe in destiny. But at the

same time, I did have the opportunity

to say yes and no for roles. My

management team and I are kinda

picky about that. We wanted to curate

how my filmography would go, how it

would separate me from the rest,” he

shares.

“We really go roles that are full of

substance. It’s only this year that

I’ve been accepting roles that are

mainstream. This honestly helped

me move out of my comfort zone. It’s

different to star in films that everyone

talks about. It’s exciting and very new.

I’m very humbled by it all,” he explains

further.

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THAT’S THE WAY HIS COOKIE

CRUMBLES

But with each praise comes criticism. And in show

business, criticism comes from the most unexpected

places and the most inappropriate of times. Amid

the challenges he’d gone through at this early in his

career, Tony thinks it’s all a test of perseverance.

With all the things that happened and still happening

to him, it does seem that he’s become wiser and

grounded. A lot has changed but he thinks it’s for the

best.

“I’ve definitely experienced the good and the bad of

showbiz now. I’ve grown more and I’m in a different

place with a different perspective. Change isn’t

necessarily what we want but it’s what we need as

a person and an artist,” he says knowingly and with

self-awareness.

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HAVING HIS CAKE AND

EATING IT TOO

“Everything happens for a reason.

I feel like, as a human being, we’re

bound to make mistakes. It’s part of

what makes us unique. But there’s

this vicious cycle. A lot of people

forget when something is an honest

mistake, when it’s out of ignorance,

or when it’s basically wrong. Our

society really doesn’t know how to

differentiate that anymore.”

Suit by Chynna Mamawal

Fame and popularity, like most

things, have two sides. For him, it’s a

matter of how you take it all in. In a

society where people are scared to

make mistakes or be afraid to be the

first one who’d do something wrong,

he believes it’s more about accepting

one’s self and being proud of it.

“You do something not entirely right,

and all of a sudden, you don’t deserve

the good things coming your way.

Just because we’re celebrities, it

doesn’t mean we don’t have feelings

or that we have to be picture perfect

all the time. That we’re not allowed to

have bad days or to be grumpy, you

know?” his rhetoric echoes clearly.

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NOT EASY AS PIE

“I feel like I’m a character in the sense

that if I’m on a day off, I won’t wear my

expensive clothes and be all that in public.

I’d keep it simple, like a hat and shades.

It’s so that people won’t recognize me. But

even then, people still recognize me.”

As a public figure, Tony knows he’s put on

a round table for everyone to feast over.

He isn’t complaining about it because

that’s what he signed up for. But he’s

gotten to a point where he values privacy,

too, but still maintains a certain level of

swag and professionalism.

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“I ALSO LIKE TO FIND TIME FOR

MYSELF BECAUSE I’M ALWAYS

SURROUNDED BY PEOPLE. WHEN

IT’S MY DAY OFF, I DON’T WANT TO

BE TOO SURROUNDED, YOU KNOW

WHAT I MEAN? BUT, HEY, THIS IS

MY BREAD AND BUTTER. THESE ARE

THE PEOPLE WHO MADE ME WHO

I AM TODAY, “ HE CONTINUED

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THE MAIN COURSE

“I honestly tell myself to do your best. And

that whatever you’re doing whether you

like it or not, do your best. Because God

gave that to you.”

Tony is a lot of things, but he surely isn’t

someone who makes a fuss about the

small stuff. He takes his bite and then

shares what he can. He also believes in

giving his all in situations but pulling back

if he has to.

“Speak your truth. But always keep the

parts of yourself that are important to you

that you want to be kept private, keep

those things to yourself. You don’t have to

give everything to everybody. God really

knows your truth, where your heart is

at. Just keep on doing you. It’s not easy.

There’s no easy answer for it. But if you

just stay true to yourself and you know

you’re not intentionally hurting anybody,

that’s enough,” he ends by showing off

those perfect teeth of his.

Life’s a buffet. You get what you want

and sometimes you get more than you

can. For Tony Labrusca, he’s beyond

happy to even get a decent meal. With an

upcoming movie for 2019’s Metro Manila

Film Festival, a film with Viva Films,

another with Dreamscape Entertainment,

and possible projects outside the country,

his new year is glazed with the best

intentions.

Show business is a tough endeavor with

critics who are even tougher. Tony knows

he’d have to be the better by staying on

his lane and doing what he knows best

— to entertain. All the world’s flavors got

nothing on him, and he sure does make

a good snack — the one that’s isn’t only

good for the body, but also for the mind

and the heart.

W

Suit by Chynna Mamawal

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GRAB YOUR PLATES,

LADIES AND

GENTLEMEN. TONY

LABRUSCA IS OUT

TO SERVE THE FULL

PLATTER..

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JERIC

GONZALES

Is More Than Just A

Leading Man

We have all seen heartthrobs on television series or movies. The entertainment industry continues to give us quality content with

actors and actresses who look straight out of a fashion catalog. Aside from their exceedingly good looks, they also wow us with their

pure and amazing talent — Jeric Gonzales is one of those actors.

by Angela Grace Baltan

PHOTOGRAPHER | DOM CRUZ FILM BY ONIN ESTRELLA ASSISTED BY CHARLES CABICO STYLIST |

CHINO AGUILAR MAKEUP ARTIST | ANGEL TATO HAIRSTYLIST | ARTHUR TOLENTINO PRODUCTION ASSISTANT | CANDIE RAMOS

SHOT IN STUDIO 808

SPECIAL THANKS TO CHESTER JAN SINGIAN AND GMA ARTIST CENTER

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He has the talent to make us feel as if

we’re with them. Although he admits

that singing actually remains his forte,

he immediately realized his love for

acting. He falls in love with every

character he portrays. He finds the craft

interesting due to the experience and

knowledge he gets from each role.

Jeric never expected to have such a

huge following. He just wants to be the

best at what he does and seeing his fans

completely support him makes him well

up with gratitude. Before, he experienced

harsh criticisms with people telling him

he’s not a good actor and that he isn’t

meant to be a leading man.

The thought of those sentences from his

critics made him work harder for it. With

his growing success on screen, he can see

his path to his dream and he promised to

remain fearless and vigilant in achieving

it. Truthfully so as he stars as the leading

man of two wonderful ladies in GMA

Network’s Magkaagaw: Sheryl Cruz and

Klea Pineda.

With Jeric’s eighteen-year gap with

Sheryl, his role as Jio in Magkaagaw

certainly looks as if it’s his hardest. Their

intimate workshops gave way to his desire

to do good as they film hot and daring

scenes. He also shows off his versatility

as he portrays the more vulnerable side of

his character alongside Klea.

Magkaagaw instills a little bit of pressure

on our leading man as he never imagined

portraying such role. Aside from Sheryl

and Klea, he also acts alongside Sunshine

Dizon, showing off a whole roster of

talented actresses that he has to level

with. He shared that he is in almost all of

intense scenes in the show, making him

feel more pressure than he’s used to.

Jeric Gonzales admits he is a little similar

to Jio. However, it doesn’t particularly

mean he would have an affair with

women older than him. He discloses their

similarities in a way that Jio dreams big

when it comes to his family. He wants to

give them a big house and a comfortably

happy life. He shares his dream to have a

family, with a wife that he could share and

work everything with.

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When it comes to performing, he reveals

he feels a little bit anxious especially

when it’s a live event. He deals with his

own nervousness and using it as a fuel to

his fiery desire of doing good. Preparing

himself for a role or a performance, he

makes himself certainly ready and alert

for the things he is about to do. Before he

works, he tries to relax and even exercise

to make every move and action perfect.

Jeric has learned a lot through his years

in the industry. He shared that one should

remain humble every single time and

to every single person one will interact

with. He also pointed out that one should

remain kind to everyone he works with.

His argument remains valid as he noted

that one wouldn’t be in the industry if it

weren’t for the said people.

If he didn’t pursue acting, Jeric would

probably be a nurse. He would have took

a job after he graduated as a nursing

student. Aside from that, he would have

started his career in music and started a

band which remains one of the things he

always wanted to do.

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If given the opportunity, Jeric has

something to say to his younger self.

“Siguro mas naging aware, mas naging

responsible. Maraming opportunities ang

nagdaan or chances, pero parang nagrelax

lang ako ng ganun. Dumaan lang.

Dapat lahat ng ginagawa mo, galingan mo

na. Make the most out of it while enjoying

it.”

Jeric also remains grateful to his dear fans

who continue to support him every single

step of the way.

“Sa lahat ng sumusuporta sa akin, thank

you so much for believing. Sana patuloy

niyo akong suportahan kahit ano man

gawin ko… Kahit anong role ang gawin ko,

sana suportahan niyo pa rin ako. Thank

you. Thank you so much.”

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VP/EXCLUSIVE

ROCCO NACINO

PEELS BACK

THE LAYERS

OF MOVIE

‘WRITE ABOUT LOVE’

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Rocco Nacino stars in the most meta

Metro Manila Film Festival entry, Write

About Love. He stars alongside Miles

Ocampo as writers teaming up to make

a blockbuster romantic movie. In an

exclusive interview, Rocco shares a

few details about the movie that only a

handful of people found out by watching

the trailer.

ROCCO NACINO IN WRITE ABOUT

LOVE

Admittedly, Rocco wants to send a

message through his character. Fueling

the fire, he hoped that people would

understand that nothing actually goes to

plan. He, then, continued to encourage

people to remain open to the real world.

“Not everything should go accordingly

to your plan. Be open to take in or be

a sponge to other things or the outside

world. Even though you’ve made it,

everything is still a learning process even

when it comes to love or your perception

of love. The smallest of things can actually

change your view on the world.”

ROCCO NACINO IN A NEW

EXPERIENCE

As his first time working with TBA Studios

and the three Kapamilya stars, Rocco

admitted that it felt different. He noted

that he had to adjust and try to fit in with

the whole cast and crew. He makes it a

point to talk to them even when they’re

not shooting a scene. This way, he could

establish rapport and break the ice to

make everything smoother.

Aside from that, this also gave way to

starting the chemistry between the

characters. Working on the movie made

him feel as if he just entered the showbiz

industry all over again. Seeing the cast

and crew work together, he pointed out

that he learned a lot from all of them.

The production made him realize why he

became an actor in the first place.

PRODUCED BY ANGELA BALTAN

PHOTOGRAPHER | DOM CRUZ

FILM BY ONIN ESTRELLA

ASSISTED BY CHARLES ALDRICH

CABICO

STYLIST | CHINO BROWNLEE AGUILAR

MAKEUP ARTIST | ELVIE RECALDE

HAIRSTYLIST | ARTHUR TOLENTINO

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SHOWCASING THE LIFE AND PAIN

OF SCRIPTWRITERS

Rocco portrays a seasoned writer paired

with Miles Ocampo, a newbie trying to

make a movie about love. He gets the

idea to convince Miles to gather some

real-life experience from a past lover.

However, she has yet to experience love

and heartbreak despite trying a few

mobile dating applications. With her lack

of experience, how can she ever write a

movie about love?

Noticeably, Rocco only described his

character as male writer and Ocampo’s

as a female writer. This remains a huge

difference from their characters, Joy

(Yeng Constantino) and Marco (Joem

Bascon), who actually have names. Rocco

smiled and noted that this movie was

made to pay homage for scriptwriters.

“After, so long, people always remember

lines na patok sa puso. Lines na

nakakaiyak, lines na nakakatawa. Lines

that by word of mouth tumatatak sa mga

tao. So, bakit ganun? It’s because of what

these scriptwriters go through. Kung

dramatic ‘yung line, it’s because of the

pain that these scriptwriters go through,

maybe through love, maybe through heart

break, family loss or kung anuman. ‘Yun

‘yung pain na nararamdaman natin galing

sa kanila kasi story nila ‘yun… So, it’s

about time na sila naman ‘yung bida.”

CATERED TO THE MILLENNIAL

GENERATION

As a complete opposite of his character,

Rocco pointed out he had to dig deep to

find what his character really embodies.

Aside from showcasing scriptwriters,

Write About Love remains unique in

showing different kinds of love. Catering

to the millennial generation, he noted

that it will surely be relatable to people

everywhere.

Directed by Crisanto Aquino, Write About

Love shows different kinds of love and

actually using pain to write something

beautiful.

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TIMELESS AS

ENCHANTRESS, CARMINA

VILLARROEL IS AN AGELESS

NAME IN THE WORLD OF

ACTING. DECADES OF

PASSION AND DEDICATION

SUSTAINED HER SPARKLE

– TIME PASSES AND SHE’S

STILL HERE, STRONG AND

PREVAILING.

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Carmina’s longevity in show

business mirrors her love for

her craft. She has been giving

us a feast of talent through

her impeccable performances

as an actress in TV and movie

setting. In fact, her enthusiasm

is contagious, making her

environment a garden of

enjoyment and excitement.

Before this year ends, she is

set to make her biggest big

screen comeback – and we are

confident this will be big.

CARMINA’S SUNOD IN

MMFF 2019

On this year-end holiday,

Carmina is the lead star of

Sunod, a Metro Manila Film

Festival (MMFF) 2019 official

entry. In fact, this is the only

horror genre in the list, making

it a real stand out.

Even though Sunod is tagged

as a horror film, it is also about

a heartfelt mother-daughter

story. In the film, Carmina is a

loving mother who works as

a call center agent to pay the

hospital bills of her child. While

she is desperately seeking ways

to prolong her daughter’s life,

she will encounter unexpected

horror that will definitely

change her life and the people

around her.

It was three decades ago

when Carmina starred in a

MMFF entry, thus making this

film extra memorable for the

seasoned actress.

SUNOD AS UNUSUAL

HORROR FILIPINO FILM

So, for a long time, what

makes Carmina decides to

grab and take the role? “Iba

siya sa typical local horror film

because our movie is so quiet,”

she described the movie with

confidence.

The movie trailer gives

its viewers both chill and

calming vibe. Yes, ‘chill

and calm’, opposite to the

typical Philippine horror film.

Tikbalang, manananggal, kapre

or whatsoever, the movie does

not have it – but it has the

story that will nerve-wrack the

audience. It does not warn the

audience what to expect, but

be prepare for a dynamic mood

ride that will shiver amid the

coldness of December.

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For a timeless actress like

Carmina who had already

played countless roles, the

movie is indeed exquisite in its

own way. Whereas, the veteran

actress felt a spark that push

her to take the role. “When they

offer this to me, when I read the

script, I said, ‘This is it. Ito na.

Gusto ko na ‘tong gawin.’”

THE NOSTALGIC RETURN

ON BIG SCREEN

Unlike any other actor who

had a long hiatus from the big

screen, Carmina has no specific

preparation for her comeback,

she only made sure to embrace

her character – diligently.

“I just read the script, I talk

to my director and then from

there, parang nagmo-morph

ako when I get to the scene,

when I get to the location,

parang naa-absorb ko na

lang ‘yong character na kung

sino man ako – I’m not like

other actors na mayroong

preparations, may kanya kanya

kami kung paano mag prepare.

So, ako, chill lang!” she claims.

Produced and Written by

Nicko Talavera, Sheila Ordinario,

and Fern Estrebello

Photographer | Dom Cruz

Assisted by Miguel Famularcano

Film by Vincent Sy

Assisted by Candie Ramos

Styling | Myrrh Lao To,

Carvey Samonte of

#teammesmyrrhized

Makeup Artist | Rick Calderon

Hairstylist | Jhoan Soria &

Raffy Prieto Francisco

Special Thanks To Joshua Roque,

TEN17P, and Globe Studios

Shot in Cornerstone Studios

The actress doesn’t even mind

asking a bunch of questions to

her co-actors and directors as

long as it is for the betterment

of the production. Apart

from acting, she believes that

collaboration with the people

behind the camera helps the

working relationship at ease

and productive.

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Upon knowing that her

comeback film was chosen as

one of the MMFF entries, the

actress thought that this would

be her nostalgic return. After

starring in Shake, Rattle & Run

2, the multi-talented actress

will once again bring chill and

creeps to festival critics and

viewers.

CARMINA AS AN ACTRESS

As an actress who has been

in the industry for so long,

Carmina sees herself as

someone who is dedicated and

passionate about her craft.

She also wants to believe

throughout these years on her

career where she has already

established her name, she can

already be labeled as one of the

country’s versatile actresses.

With her decades of experience

and contribution to Philippine

Cinema, we can really say that

she is one of the country’s most

versatile actresses – ONLY

FACTS.

“I think because I can do

drama, I can do horror and I

can do comedy obviously dahil

mahilig ako magpatawa and I

get to host,” she affirms.

Carmina revealed that she

never had a specific dream

role, she just wants to do

something that sparks her

heart. But if there’s one role

she would never accept over

anything else, it would be a

exorcism-themed film.

“In this movie we have

possessions but hindi ako ‘yung

napo-possess so okay naman

ako doon. If that’s the theme

of the story, it’s fine with me.

Unang una, matatakutin ako at

palapitin ako so I don’t want to

invite,” she explains.

Being in this tough business for

a long time means working with

a lot of different people behind

and in front of the camera.

Carmina believes that a good

actress is someone who has a

good sense of professionalism,

discipline, and treats her coworkers

with respect regardless

of position. On the other hand,

her pet peeve is someone who

lacks discipline especially those

who are always late – and I

could’t agree more.

WORDS OF WISDOM

Carmina’s longevity in the

industry is the only thing that

she is really proud of. Her

‘sustaining power’ is what

makes her still alive and kicking

in the industry despite the

bloom of the new generation

of actors. “For you to be able

to sustain that long in this

business is something else, I

guess because it’s really hard

work. I may not have a title, I

may not be a superstar star for

all seasons, or kung ano mang

title ‘yan, that’s fine with me as

long as I am still here.”

For someone who’s truly

passionate like Carmina,

keeping one’s sparkle is the

most challenging role.

However, she believes

that discipline, hard work,

professionalism mirror her

endurance in this world of fame

and unending competition.

“Sana ‘yong mga younger stars,

‘yong bagong artista ngayon,

sana ‘yon yong maano ko sa

kanila na just to be professional

and respectful to one another,

not only to your co-actors but

everyone on the set,” she urges

new and aspiring actors.

TIMELESS PASSION

Carmina shares a piece of

advice to all new generation

actors: to pursue their dreams

no matter what their dreams

are. Above all, she wants

to emphasize the value of

gratitude despite fame and

successes.

“Be grateful sa lahat ng mga

tumulong sa inyo in the past

up to the present. Always

be thankful to your fans. Put

yourself in their position.”

As time flies so fast, everything

we’ve seen on television for

so long seems to be merely a

product of yesterday’s hard

work. Yet, Carmina’s passion

and skills in acting still remain

‘out of the ordinary’ that no one

could seem to surpass.

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VP/FASHION

Femininity:

THE ULTIMATE FORM OF

SOPHISTICATION

What is the essence of being a woman? This

question, alone, poses a myriad of actualities

with varying degrees. Whether by sexual

orientation or gender identity, femininity

cannot be defined into one category. It

continues to echo culturally over time

through fashion and the arts, among several

others.

IN TRUTH, HOWEVER, MUCH OF OUR

PERCEPTION RELIES HEAVILY ON

STEREOTYPES.

Take vulnerability for example. Society has

shackled women under a glass ceiling of

sexism. Not to mention, this prejudice proves

detrimental and polarizing at worst. Even the

color pink has stood to symbolize delicateness

when, as it happens, it can also represent

fierceness. Hence, the wild incongruity led to a

revolution in heels.

THIS IS WHAT MODERN FEMININITY

LOOKS LIKE.

Women are taking control of their vulnerability

using the clothes they choose to wear. In

hindsight, long have they transformed their

wardrobe as creative outlets of expression. It

has made a powerful statement of vulnerability.

This placed them on top of the tier we so

desperately try to climb on.

WHAT WAS ONCE A MARKER OF

FRAGILITY LAUNCHED A THOUSAND

SHIPS OF DEFIANCE.

Now, their hushed whispers amplified to

thundering roars. Never again could anyone

preclude them from using their clothes to show

the multitude of emotions residing within. For

the holidays, going for the unconventional is

the norm. Wear pink boldly to strengthen your

sartorial approach.

It may stand as a stark contrast to the standard

hues, but its use exudes elegance and chicness.

Your incisive choice of blush nude and rose

quartz will earn you a well-deserved spotlight.

Besides, there’s nothing in the fashion rule

book that says pink isn’t within the realm of the

Christmas spirit.

PERHAPS, GEARING FOR A NEW

YEAR, WE BECOME EMBOLDENED TO

CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO.

Allow vulnerability to be your highly-possessed

accessory. Certainly, the most attractive

attribute you can wear on your sleeves is selfconfidence.

My hope is that women would

start to love, honor, and be the best version of

their true and authentic selves. Embracing your

femininity means knowing your power.

Written by Shawn Kliff Sacal

Photography by Wayne Eda

Assisted by Joy Beronio

Model | Ella Eiveren Lubag of Mercator Models

Makeup Artist | Jewel Navoa

Hairstylist | John Carl Diaz

Stylist | James Bradlee Gomez

Assisted by Lanz Aron Bendana

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