Serna: ‘Maybe This Time’ answers clamor for Coco-Sarah team-up

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By Roger Serna

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Thursday, May 8, 2014


OH, did I recently say that the next Star Cinema film after the Vhong Navarro-Solenn Heusaff top billed movie Da Possessed would be a Kim Chiu-Coco Martin starrer?

I have to apologize. It’s not Kim Chiu but Sarah Geronimo who is paired off with Coco Martin in the movie Maybe This Time. Perhaps I just got mixed up with the Coco-Kim teleseries Ikaw Lamang that is reportedly enjoying high ratings lately.

Maybe This Time is Star Cinema’s answer to the clamor for the team-up of two the hottest stars of their generation. Will the record set by Sarah in her previous films and Coco’s being the hottest teleseries actor on primetime television weave magic in the box-office for this Star Cinema offering?

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Let’s keep a close watch. After all, the project is said to have been conceptualized due to insistent public demand. Maybe This Time will hit cinemas nationwide on May 28.

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Funny, but while many public and private sector workers took advantage of the Labor Day off being a holiday to do things that were mostly to keep off the scorching heat of the dry season, I spent almost the entire morning in bed, alternately dozing off and browsing through my files in my laptop.

Were it not for the unbearable heat towards noontime, I would have stayed in bed even longer. That was when I remembered my web-swinging, wall-crawling friend Spiderman who was impatiently waiting for me in many cinemas in the metropolis.

So when my movie-watching buddy Debbie Duraliza agreed to meet our common friend Peter Parker later in the evening, it was time for me to have lunch at past 1 p.m. after a refreshing shower.

I found this Andrew Garfield starrer enjoyable. Credit goes to the amazing special effects that could be another reason why the word is also used in the title.

I can’t anymore recall the first installment with Andrew taking over the role from Tobby McGuirre. Could it also be the reason why the first installment was beaten by My Little Bossings in the box-office according to Kris Aquino? Corny!

However, I was a little disappointed since the fight scenes between the superhero and his antagonists were very limited. Had they run out of ideas to make the special effects in these fight scenes more jaw-dropping and breathtaking?

Despite that, I still hesitate to describe the two-hour or so stay inside the movie house as a waste of time. The movie and the cool environment were simply worth the while.

Debbie and I decided to end the night with a dinner of native dishes at Juan Lechonero. Since it was already late, we missed the last piece of bangus in a la pobre sauce and also the incredibly low-priced lechon manok that has attracted quite a number of patrons lately.

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I did not realize that it has almost been a year since I last set foot in Slabadu to enjoy the music, the food and the ambience (not necessarily in that order, huh!) until Ofelia Nadela told me so last weekend.

Promo diva Josie Pereyra, in her ever-gracious self, invited me to spend the night away in the company of her ballroom dancing buddies and instructor. I’m not into ballroom dancing for sheer lack of patience in rehearsing dance steps with a steady partner but that does not make me a ballroom dance snob either.

We were already enjoying the food in Slabadu and the music of the Next Stage and the Firelights bands alternately when Josie remembered it was the farewell performance of the Hot Wire led by Pylox at Jazz ‘n Bluz.

The group is slated to go onboard a cruise ship in the next six months. So before I could invade the dance floor to serve as a “spoiler” of sorts to the ballroom dancing pairs by engaging in disco dance steps, off we went to Jazz ‘n Bluz.

As usual, Pylox and the Hot Wire members were in their lively selves dishing out ballroom and disco tunes but I felt a little sadness in the atmosphere when Pylox bid the patrons goodbye though promising to see them again after six months.

The Purple Notes took over and succeeded in driving the gloomy moments away. All these time, Josie was enjoying the dance floor with her instructor Bjorn in the company of other enthusiasts.

Another common friend Heinji and I just sat in the corner, nibbling the pica-picas, drinking margarita and occasionally tinkering with our gadgets to post some updates and at the same time monitoring what other Facebook friends had been doing that evening.

The air was not as humid anymore when we decided to call it a night an hour or so after the stroke of midnight. Another pleasurable weekend.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 09, 2014.

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