Serna: Yuletide films

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By Roger Serna

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

IT'S just a little over a week and the Christian world will again be commemorating the birth of the Savior. The event marks the most anticipated time of the year.

Aside from the dawn masses that lead to the date, there are also accompanying activities that help enliven the atmosphere and make the event even more memorable.

This year though, because of the calamities that hit the country, most specifically the Visayas area, the celebration has been toned down to show sympathy to the affected people.

Corporate events have been modified to suit the mood but still the spirit of the season is there and the act of giving which characterizes the season is even made more meaningful and relevant.

SM City Cebu which celebrated its 20th anniversary recently invited its clients and the media to a cocktail party which featured Miss Saigon ‘graduates’ Jenine Desiderio and Robert Seña and young songbird Cris Villonco as performers to entertain the guests.

Over at the Fuente Osmeña circle, the Pasko sa Sugbo celebration lined up nightly activities sponsored by various schools and groups. The place, which has the giant MH Luiliier Christmas tree as centrepiece, draws expectant spectators every night.


Come Dec. 25, the Metro Manila Film Festival, which has since become a nationwide thing, will formally open. Some entries had its cast members reaching Cebu to promote their respective projects.

Just last weekend, the cast of My Little Bossings gathered quite a sizeable crowd at the SM City Cebu Entertainment Center. The diminutive TV host Ryzza Mae Dizon, one of the lead stars opposite Bimby Aquino Yap, delighted the crowd with her witty and spontaneous responses to questions asked by some members of the audience and co-star Bossing Vic Sotto himself.

One spectator remarked that the little TV star looks like his sister which Ryzza quickly responded by saying, “Ay, maganda pala siya!” Kris Aquino, who plays a cameo role in the movie, repeated a person’s question to Bimby whether there’s a possibility that, when they’ll be grown up, he’ll court Ryzza which Bimby replied in the negative at first then later on added he doesn’t know.

When Vic asked Ryzza about the possibility of the two tykes ending up as a couple in later years, Ryzza, without batting an eyelash and with a naughty smile replied: “May chance!” to which the crowd lovingly applauded.

But then Bimby said “No,” Vic added. Again Ryzza snapped, “Ay, nagpakipot lang yan!,” which was again lapped up by the crowd. Judging from that brief interview, many predicted that My Little Bossings will be a hit, if not, fight it out for the top-grosser honor.

Bimby, unlike Ryzza, is still not comfortable with interviews and facing a crowd. This early though, he’s showing potentials of becoming a matinee idol.


Comedienne Eugene Domingo and hunk Sam Milby will also be promoting their movie Kimmy Dora: The Quantum of Kiyeme, which is described as partly spy film, partly sci-fi and 100 percent kiyeme.

The duo will be in Cebu on Dec. 21 at the Gaisano Capital Tisa for a few kilig, kiyeme and enjoyable moments. Don’t miss the event.

Being a comedy movie, it is expected to make the season as jolly as expected.


On Dec. 23, Vice Ganda will delight Cebu with his antics, some of which might be in the movie itself Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy in which the TV host-comedian plays the roles of a quadruplet which has varied sexual preferences.

Also in the cast (though not sure to be coming to Cebu too) are Maricel Soriano and Joey Marquez who play the role of the quartet’s parents. The cast alone ensures many laughing moments while inside the movie house.


Today’s hottest young stars, Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo, are trying their best to squeeze in to their hectic schedule a Cebu visit, though, as of the moment, is not yet final.

The two lead the cast of the horror movie Pagpag, which deals with rituals when someone dies. Looking forward to do some screaming at Christmastime? Then Pagpag is what you need as motivation to do so.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 13, 2013.


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