‘Pagari,’ A Timely And Relevant Movie About Friendship

We consider the indie movie titled "Pagari," a story of two young Muslims boys who are best friends, as a timely and relevant venture of Robbie Tarroza under Goldmine Entertainment Productions, considering the current conflict between our country and Malaysia over the ownership of Sabah (Borneo).

According to Robbie, who is both producer and co-director (main director is Bing F. Nellasca who makes her debut as full-length feature director) of the movie, they conceived it long before the Sabah issue came about. He described the movie: "Pagari" is a Muslim word meaning friendship. In the story, Mohammad (played by Arkin del Rosario) and Abdullah (Teejay Marquez) are childhood friends who experience bullying and prejudice while growing up in a mixed society of Muslims and Christians.

"The film will show the misconception of Muslims and will also show that not all Muslims are practicing the ways of Allah. Just like in any other religion, Muslims also have their own strays and non-practicing fellow Muslims. The two boys are rumored to be lovers because of their closeness to each other. But in the end, those who misinterpreted their friendship as something else, especially their fathers, will realize that the love for their children and Allah should be more powerful than anything in the world. Many lessons could be learned from the story of 'Pagari' like the true meaning of friendship and love of Allah," Robbie said.

This could be Arkin (XLR8 member) and Teejay's ("Tweenhearts") biggest and most challenging roles in their careers. The directors say they are very good in their roles. Teejay, by the way, has also released an album titled "Ako Na Lang" featuring four songs "Ako Na Lang," "I Love You," "Friends," "Angel In The Sky" also rendered in minus one. The two young actors are seen every Saturday on German Moreno's "Walang Tulugan."

Also featured in "Pagari" are Via Veloso, Rose Jordan, Inigo Cruz, Mel Martinez, Marlon Mance, and Fiona McKenzi among others. Interestingly, most of them were co-workers of Robbie in Japan.

Robbie, who also plays a role in "Pagari," said that he has lined up other movie projects. His first movie venture was "Mestizo," which, he said, did very well. Before becoming a movie producer, Robbie was a show/concert promoter who also deployed talents to Japan together with Joed Serrano.

Himself a matinee idol in the early '90s, Robbie was the first Mr. Gay Philippines. He represented the Philippines in the Mr. Gay International competition in Palm Springs, California in 2006 and was voted by his fellow contestants as Mr. Congeniality.

"Pagari" will have its premiere night today, March 19, at the Cinema 7 of SM Megamall. Regular run of the movie will start tomorrow, March 20.

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Trumpets Goes Full Force This Summer

This year, as it celebrates 20 solid years of setting the stage for emerging talents, Trumpets Playshop, the leading summer workshop in the country, offers an amazing line-up of workshop.

Serving as the take-off point of dynamic artists like Christian Bautista, Sam Concepcion, Tippy Dos Santos and Fred Lo, Trumpets Playshop has proven itself a force to reckon with since it opened its doors to everyone and anyone who has a burning passion for the performance arts way back in 1993.

Playshop 2013 jumpstarts the summer on April 8, welcoming new and old students of Children's Theater, Musical Theater, Starpower, Streetdance, Modelling and Public Speaking and Hosting in Podium, Alabang, Global City and other satellite branches throughout the country. Keeping with tradition, all Playshoppers cap off their awesome summer with their very own showcase festival at the RCBC Theater.

But Trumpets Playshop has more than a few tricks up its sleeve this summer. This year, Playshop is making history with its Grand Alumni Homecoming Concert on June 1 at the RCBC Theater. To perform are Trumpetters that have made their marks here and abroad. Those who will attend the Grand Alumni Homecoming Concert will also be the first people in the world who will get a sneak peek of the highly anticipated "Bluebird," Trumpets' big musical comeback.

2013 is also the start of Trumpets Playshop's very own "Full Force Dance-Off," a summer inter-school street dance competition headed by none other than The Manoeuvers, where the best dance groups of Metro Manila high schools get to show everyone their dancing skills.

To know more about the classes, log on to www.trumpetsplayshop.com.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, March 19, go to Joey Albert, Joe Nicolas, Girlie Rodis, Bibsy Carballo, Kay Seva Rebano, Josie Vergel de Dios, Margarita Castro, Sam Bayani Ortiz, Mercedes "Nena" Sunico, Josie Tobias, Jocelyn M. Gerilla, John Nite, Tina Tolentino, Aloha Joyce "AJ" Calino, Juna Rebekah Cadungog, Josie delos Reyes, Joy Conde Cruz, Mara Schinitka, MB's graphic artists Robert M. Tabor II and Joseph "Oteph" Antipolo, and Julia Montes of Star Magic...

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