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‘Third Eye,’ Regal Films’ opening salvo for 2014

Hot on the heels of its 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival entry “Pagpag: Siyam Na Buhay,” Regal Entertainment, Inc. comes up with another horror flick as its opening salvo for the year of the Wooden Horse: “Third Eye,” which opens today, Feb. 26, in local theaters.

Said Mother Lily: “After the success of ‘Pagpag,’ gusto namin ng mas nakakatakot pang pelikula at inilagay namin ’yun sa ‘Third Eye.’ Tradition na kasi ng Regal na ibigay sa manonood ang gusto nila na tumili sa simula hanggang ending ng movie. Modesty aside, matitikman nila ’yan sa ‘Third Eye.’ Ako na sanay na sa horror movies, natakot pa. Ganyan din ang mararamdaman nila once panoorin nila ang movie na ito!”

Denise Laurel, Ejay Falcon and Carla Abellana, Manila bulletin, entertainment news

Denise Laurel, Ejay Falcon and Carla Abellana

“Third Eye” features three of today’s lovely and talented actresses, Carla Abellana, Camille Prats and Denise Laurel.

The trio admitted that shooting “Third Eye” gave them goosebumps.

Said Carla: “I did an episode for ‘Shake, Rattle & Roll’ at natakot din ako. Pero hindi ko akalain na nenerbyusin ako sa gagawin kong scenes dito sa ‘Third Eye.’ Eerie ang feeling namin sa location at ’yong mga sigaw ko, totoo ’yon. Hindi arte lang.”

On the other hand, moviegoers will see a different Camille in “Third Eye.” She said, “Challenge sa akin ’yung role ko dito because people usually see me doing dramatic roles. Stop muna ako sa iyakan. Tatakutin ko naman sila sa movie na ito.”

Denise, meanwhile, said she is challenged by the terror her character encounters in the film. “Ang sarap palang gumawa ng horror movie. It’s a thrilling experience I would never forget. Inatake rin ako ng takot while shooting my scenes pero tiniis ko ang takot ko. Ayokong mapahiya sa mga co-stars ko.”

Directed by Aloy Adlawan, “Third Eye” also stars Ejay Falcon and Alex Medina.

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Wicked Bar Grand Opening Tonight

Wicked is not only a musical play. It is also a fashionable bar, located along Ninoy Aquino Ave. Parañaque City and it is set to have its grand opening tonight.

Ihman Esturco, one of the more enterprising partners of the venture, admits that they derived the name from the Tony award-winning play whose Australian touring production is in Manila for an extended run (until March 9) at the CCP Main Theater.

IHMAN ESTURCO, Manila bulletin, entertainment news

IHMAN ESTURCO

Is there a connection? “Nothing, except for the name, and then some,” Esturco hastens to add.

Being the “in” thing these days, Wicked bar promises many things to many people including, “elevating performance and showmanship to a certain level…”

Wicked wants to capture adult audiences with or without any wicked bent.

Notably, Esturco is the “original discoverer and handler” of Coco Martin.

Esturco claims he discovered the  former high school student Rodel Nacancieno (Coco’s real name) in 1994 when the aspiring actor was only 13 years old.

He fondly calls Coco “Dengdeng.” He also recounts how he taught the very young Coco to drive a car.

Esturco, who is now based in Arizona, USA where he is a photographer and stylist, is happy to report that as far as he is concerned, Coco has barely changed despite his fame and fortune.

He reveals he is billeted for a month at the Oakwood Hotel in Ortigas, courtesy of Coco.

Supposedly, Esturco is also closely associated with Brillante Mendoza. And do we hear it right, when somebody said that it was Esturco, in more ways than one, who paved the way for Mendoza’s directorial debut in “Masahista?” Do we hear the settling of some scores?

Esturco is also credited, one way or the other, for the careers of award-winning actress Aleck Bovick and model Ram Sagad, the first Filipino male to have made it to the Ford Modeling Agency in New York.

Back to Wicked, its “Wicked Wednesday” grand opening, comes with state-of-the-art party lights, music, drinks and food from Air Force One.

Moreover, the place is also designed as “an accessible venue for full production performances, intimate shows, fashion events, private parties, themed social mixers and plain just-letting-your-hair-down weekend bashes.”

Esturco’s partner in Wicked is Kim Gan, the affable Tokyo-trained fashion designer who also studied interior design at the University of Santo Tomas.

Gan will also mount the ramp tonight with a fashion romp, showcasing his collection of classic unisex resort wear. Gan has dressed up Anne Curtis, Alice Dixson, Carmina Villaroel and many others, at one time or another, so expect more stars to come down south and visit the Wicked Bar

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Christine Jael Abellanosa, Sinulog Queen, Manila Bulletin, 2014 Sinulog Festival

SINULOG QUEEN. Christine Jael Abellanosa bagged the MediCard Miss Congeniality award during the recently concluded 2014 Sinulog Festival where she also won the Sinulog Festival Queen title. MediCard’s participation in the annual festival is part of the company’s commitment to promote healthcare awareness among Filipinos. Photo also shows (from left) MediCard manager for provider-based patient relations management Ma. Veronica Edades and MediCard AVP for sales and business development Maricel Torres.

Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, Feb. 26, go to Chanda Romero, Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, Assunta de Rossi, Ching Villanueva, Angelique Lazo, Romy Sarao, Mel Canchela, Erick Escarez, Erika Ann Bautista, Luisita P. Gabriel Antonio, Patsy Fuentes, Mylene Yap Espiritu, Althea Vega, Jan Viktor Yacub de la Cruz, Eric Arulfo, Tina Marie Diongzon Cojuangco and Sofia Antonio Bersola Babao…