‘OTJ,’ an out-of-the-box project for Piolo Pascual

Matinee idol Piolo Pascual is very proud of and delighted with his latest movie, "On The Job (OTJ)" which he describes as something different from all he has done. The crime-drama hits the big screens nationwide on Aug. 28.

"OTJ" will be shown as part of Star Cinema's continuing 20th anniversary celebration. Said Piolo: "In my 15 years in the industry, nakakatuwa na nabigyan ako ng chance, after doing more or less 20 films under Star Cinema, na makagawa ng action. Another side of me ang ipinakita ko dito sa 'OTJ' (and) at least nakahawak ako ng baril, hindi puro love scenes or kissing scenes, o puro kadramahan. Nakakatuwa din na gumawa ulit ng action ang Star Cinema, kasama ang Reality Entertainment at si Direk Erik Matti."

And to think that he even had a falling out with Direk Erik "because I thought the project won't come to life anymore. I felt bad 'coz there was some miscommunication."

Piolo recalled that the project was presented to him about three years ago. "I fell in love with the project right away. Isang basahan lang, I finished reading the script. I was so moved by the story, it was so engaging and amazing. I felt it was something out of the box. It was not a typical story. it's a story worth telling." But the project wasn't made right away, there were problems to hurdle "but finally nabuo rin ang pelikula," Piolo proudly said.

In "OTJ," Piolo plays Atty. Francis Cornel, an NBI agent and the son of a former NBI chief who has died. His wife, played by Shaina Magdayao, is the daughter of a corrupt congressman. "Mahirap na role, he is caught in between, but at the end of the day, you'll have to make a choice. Pipiliin mo ba tama o magpapaka-hero ka na lang? But either way, there are consequences."

"OTJ" was shown at the last Cannes Film Festival's Directors' Fortnight and it received a standing ovation. "The audience was shocked, they did not expect na ganun ka-gritty, ganun kadumi ang environment... I felt so proud for Direk Erik. It was his first time to have his film exhibited at Cannes. And 'OTJ' is his baby, and this is something all of us Filipinos should be proud of."

The film won the Jury Prize and the Best Actor award for Joel Torre in a film festival in Korea. Piolo was equally proud of Joel. "Hands down, he nailed the performance. I've always been a fan of his works. In our few scenes together dito sa 'OTJ,' napabilib niya ako sa proseso niya, sa artistry niya. Iba ang ipinakita niya dito, nakita ko ang kanyang disiplina as an actor."

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GMA Network Launches 1st Parent-Kid Reality Show

Another exciting reality talent search will be launched tomorrow (Aug. 26) by GMA Network. The show is called "Anak Ko Yan" and with it, the network will showcase the saying "Behind the success of every child is a proud parent!"

"Anak Ko Yan" will be hosted by multi-talented Jennylyn Mercado, with Rochelle Pangilinan as dance coach and Asia's Diva Dulce as voice coach. Featured are kids from seven to 17 years of age who will showcase their singing and dancing skills.

What makes the show different from other reality talent searches is that the kids' parents will also be highlighted. "Anak ko Yan" will feature the relationship between the child and the parent, how they overcome all the struggles and challenges, how the parents interact with one another and how they prepare their kids for every performance.

There are 13 parent-child participants. They are (from Metro Manila) Edrick - Mommy Edith; Monica-Mommy Fatima; AJ-Mommy Ariadni; Dranrie-Mommy Rochie; Anikka-Mommy Jinky; Josh-Mommy Sandra; James-Mommy Gina; from Northern Luzon: Danicia-Mommy Liana; Tricia-Mommy Jensen; From the Visayas: JenJen-Mommy Allan; Naomi-Mommy Jasmin; Sean-Mommy Flor; from Mindanao: Johnny-Mommy Janet.

Directed by Albert Langitan, this morning show will give televiewers a new level of TV experience as it shows the power of parent-child tandem in overcoming the unimaginable.

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MWWF Gawad Pagkilala Award For Daniel Razon

The news and rescue advocacy of UNTV's Daniel Razon called "Tulong Muna, Bago Balita" was dubbed by the Movie Writers Welfare Foundation as a first in television history. And last Monday, MWWF President Emy Abuan personally handed to Kuya Daniel Razon a plaque of recognition for his advocacy.

Ms. Abuan said "We have given him this well-deserved awards for his people-centered advocacy. Among them are free education, free medical-dental clinics, Libre Sakay, news and rescue service and lately, 'Tulong Muna, Bago Pasada."'

Kuya Daniel thanked the MWWF for recognizing his "Tulong Muna, Bago Balita" advocacy. He said, "We hope that by this award many will come to know and recognize that we are committed to continue these efforts for the sake of our poor fellowmen."

Aside from "Tulong Muna, Bago Balita," he also organized "Tulong Muna, Bago Pasada" in which rescue-trained taxi drivers and operators are involved in rescue operations during vehicular accidents. By this, Kuya Daniel hopes to encourage all TV networks to set aside competition on ratings and put up a similar rescue team which will act as one and coordinate road accidents rescue brigade.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, Aug. 25, go to former Senator Eddie Ilarde, Encar Benedicto, Director Willie Milan, Elizabeth Mancao, Liza Gokongwei, Lady Salterio, Leah A. Gordoncillo, Peter Burgos of New York, USA; Joseph Zeidin, Robbie Velasco, Raymund Miranda, Mikko Regala Katigbak, John Angelo and Rudy B. Lumogdang...Belated birthday greetings to Fairfield, California-based Rosita Constantino Medina, mother of journalist Rogelio C. Medina (Aug. 21)... Condolence to former Party-list Rep. Al Lopez on the death of his wife, singer Bhem/Cindy Roxas who succumbed to cancer at the National Kidney Institute last Aug. 18...

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