Vice Ganda believes his film will be MMFF 2013 top grosser

[caption id="attachment_60342" align="alignright" width="300"]Vice Ganda, Wenn V. Deramas, Manila Bulletin Vice Ganda and Wenn V. Deramas[/caption]

Vice Ganda is confident his film “Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy” will rule the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2013 roost.

For one, all his previous movies were top box office earners. He is so confident of repeating the feat that he actually told his good friend Kris Aquino that her entry will tail behind “Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy” in earnings in the filmfest.

(Our personal prediction is that the Top 3 will be “Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy,” “My Little Bossings” and “Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel.”)

In “Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy,” produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films, Vice plays four roles, giving the film even more doses of non-stop laughter. The movie showcases the awarded comedian’s versatility but Vice revealed that the hardest to do among the four roles was playing a tomboy.

This is the fifth time that Vice Ganda and blockbuster director Wenn V. Deramas have teamed up and it is said to be the “biggest, wackiest and craziest” family movie of the 39th MMFF.

“Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy” is a heartwarming family comedy centered on the outrageous story of quadruplets separated from each other as babies. Two of the siblings, Team Girl-Boy, flew to the US with their father while the other two, Team Bakla-Tomboy, were left under the care of their mother.

Conflict begins when the siblings based in the States discover that the boy is afflicted with liver disease and must undergo transplant. The US-based siblings soon discover that they have two other siblings in the Philippines whose liver could be a match to the boy’s. The situation forces them to come home and re-connect with their siblings and mother.

Also in the cast are Joey Marquez, Ruffa Gutierrez, Cristine Reyes, Ejay Falcon, JC de Vera, Kiray Celis, JM “Cho” Ibañez, Red Bustamante, and Xyriel Manabat.

“Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy” is part of Star Cinema’s 20th anniversary celebration and it will open on Dec. 25 in cinemas nationwide.

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[caption id="attachment_60341" align="alignleft" width="190"]Jose Mari Abacan, Manila Bulletin Jose Mari Abacan[/caption]

GMA Network Exec Emmy Awards Juror

GMA Network’s Vice President for Program Management Jose Mari R. Abacan was part of the panel of jurors in the 41st International Emmy Awards held Nov. 25 in New York City.

Abacan served as juror for the Final Round of Judging for the Comedy category where he evaluated entries from South Africa, UK, France and Brazil. Abacan also participated as juror in the Final Round of Judging for the comedy category in 2007, 2010 and 2011 for the TV Movie/Mini Series category.

Abacan was chosen by the Academy’s Committee to recognize excellence in the best TV programs produced outside the US where he was granted online access to the nominated programs.

Considered as the Oscars of the TV industry, the International Emmy Awards is an annual event organized by The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, a membership based organization comprised of leading media and entertainment figures from over 50 countries and 500 companies from all sectors of television including internet, mobile and technology.

Every November, the Academy presents The International Emmy Awards in the following twenty categories: Arts Programming; Best Performance by an Actress; Best Performance by an Actor; Current Affairs; Comedy; Digital Program: Children & Young People; Digital Program: Fiction; Digital Program: Non-Fiction; Documentary; Drama Series; Kids: Preschool; Kids: Animation; Kids: Factual; Kids: Non-Scripted Entertainment; Kids: Series; Kids: TV Movie/Mini-Series News; Non-Scripted Entertainment; Telenovela; TV Movie/Mini-Series.

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[caption id="attachment_60343" align="alignright" width="300"]Midas Hotel, midas tree lighting, Manila Bulletin, Erwin Dona III, Rene Nuñez, Ipe Cruz, Rhett Eala, Pauline Suaco Juan, Tricia Vistan Midas Hotel and Casino associate director for PR and brand Erwin Dona III, Midas Hotel VP for Hotel and Casino, Mr. Rene Nuñez, Rogue Magazine publisher Mr. Ipe Cruz, Fashion designer Rhett Eala, Preview Magazine editor in chief Pauline Suaco Juan, Tricia Vistan, sales manager of TWG Tea, Pasay City Mayor Hon. Tony Calixto, Egay Rubiano, Rotary Club of Pasay City and Cielo Ortega-Reboredo, Midas hotel’s director of sales and marketing.[/caption]

The First Midas Tree Lighting

The holiday season opened at Midas Hotel and Casino last Dec. 3 when it’s 20-foot holiday tree was illuminated by some of the industry’s iconic personalities from fashion to retail.

The first lighting ceremony began with a formal welcoming speech from the hotel and casino’s vice president, Renato Nuñez followed by a brief narration about the hotel’s theme about Christmas. The majestic tree, decorated with purple and yellow Christmas trinkets and ornaments radiates modernism and the uniqueness of Midas Christmas.

Guests were served food and beverages prepared by the hotel’s award-winning culinary team headed by Executive Chef Arnold Guevarra and Sous Chef Ronald Catipan featuring TWG Tea flavors to complement the hotel’s holiday offerings.

Entertainment was provided by the Second Chronicle Choir, which sang traditional Christmas carols. The first Midas Hotel tree lighting ceremony was attended by corporate and in-house guests.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings, Dec. 12, go to staunch tourism advocate and travel executive Bobby Joseph, Pops Fernandez, Carlos Agassi, Emil Venus, Jr., Fely Ng, Roger Begre, Joan Roncan, Rogel A. Velasco, Isabel T. Baluyut, Lillie Anne Pajaro, Winnie Noriega, Lilian B. Cruz, Lulu Vasquez Velasco, Ben Martillo, Gil Ortiz, Ma. Paz C. Peñaflorida, Keith Marquez, Annatha Lilo Gutierrez, Paula J. White, Lita Uichanco, Jarvis Dupla of Davao City, Ron Cunanan-Patricio and Tempo’s Dante Lagana... Happy wedding anniversary to Toto and Aileen Gordoncillo and Atty. Rudy D. Tacorda and wife Consolacion…

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