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‘When The Love Is Gone,’ a big challenge for Ranay

DIRECTOR ANDOY RANAY and Vic del Rosario

DIRECTOR ANDOY RANAY and Vic del Rosario

Andoy Ranay knows what’s at stake when he was tasked by Viva Films to helm the remake of the late Danny Zialcita’s ’80s classic film “Nagalit Ang Buwan Sa Haba Ng Gabi.”

“The biggest challenge is papaano mo mapapaganda pa ang isang classic? I really hope na ’pag napanood ’yung buong pelikula na-achieve naman namin ’yun,” said Andoy at a recent press conference.

Part of Andoy’s preparation is watching the video copy of the film that Viva Films gave him. According to him, he “upgraded and updated” the scenes of “When The Love Is Gone” to differentiate it from the original and make it modern.

It was Viva’s Vic del Rosario who has been raring to pay homage to Zialcita by doing the film remake. Zialcita’s other works include “Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan?” “Palabra de Honor” and “To Love Again.”

“I acquired several titles from him. We will dedicate ‘When The Love is Gone’ to him,” Boss Vic said.

Keiko Aquino, the film’s writer, admitted that there’s always pressure when one remakes an already “beautiful classic” film like “Nagalit Ang Buwan Sa Haba Ng Gabi.” For her, the late Zialcita was ahead of his time and so the challenge was how to update the said film.

“Siyempre iba pa ang kultura ng mga panahong iyon. Iba pa noon ang women empowerment. Iba na, malayo na ang itinakbo. ’Yun lang, kinailangan ko lang i-update ang sensibilities.

“For example, we all know the premise of a wife sharing her husband with a mistress at this day of age. Bihira naman ’yung babaeng papayag ng ganun so kinailangan kong ma-justify kung bakit siya napilitang pumasok sa ganitong kasunduan. This was the quickest script I’ve ever written kasi ganun ako ka-inspired sa movie na ito,” she explained.

Slated for a Nov. 27 release in theaters nationwide, “When The Love is Gone” tackles the story of a scorned wife (played by Cristine Reyes) and a troubled older man (portrayed by Gabby Concepcion). Cristine found out that her husband (Jake Cuenca) is gay. While Gabby realized that he has grown apart from his wife (played by Alice Dixson), Cristine and Gabby fall in love with each other and they decide to leave their spouses to live together. But the complications of their relationships and their actions’ consequences catch up with them.

Incidentally, visiting Fil-Am singer Jason Farol has been tapped to sing the theme song of “When The Love is Gone.” Farol is a Viva Records artist who placed 2nd runner-up in last year’s “Duets” talent search in the US. “American Idol” champ and “Duets’” Kelly Clarkson personally handpicked and mentored Farol to be her singing partner in the show.

Farol is in town to promote his debut CD under Viva Records with a special edition CD coming up soon featuring the “When The Love is Gone” movie theme as one of the cuts.

Also in the cast of the movie are Andi Eigenmann and Dina Bonnevie.

 

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‘Bayan Ko’ Wins Quill Award For Excellence

 

ROCCO NACINO with the executive producer of ‘Bayan Ko,’ Eliza Zamora-Solis, and ‘Bayan Ko’ creator and program manager Nessa Valdellon receive the Phil. Quill Award for Excellence

ROCCO NACINO with the executive producer of ‘Bayan Ko,’ Eliza Zamora-Solis, and ‘Bayan Ko’ creator and program manager Nessa Valdellon receive the Phil. Quill Award for Excellence

GMA News TV’s political drama “Bayan Ko” took home a Philippine Quill Award for Excellence – the top award in the category of advocacy communication – last Monday.

On “Bayan Ko,” GMA News TV brought advocacy to a new level. Rather than give a straightforward presentation of facts, the channel produced its advocacy program in a format that the vast majority of the Philippine television audience prefers – drama – with the objective of pushing for good governance. “Bayan Ko” tells the story of an idealistic new Mayor who sets out to make a difference in his hometown but whose efforts are blocked by a powerful political dynasty.

To win a Philippine Quill means being recognized as achieving the highest Global Standard for business communication practices. Lead actor Rocco Nacino, who played the role of young Mayor Joseph Santiago, accepted the award along with the producers of the series. “We hope our program ‘Bayan Ko’ will continue to be a medium to promote good governance among our leaders and elected officials,” he said, noting the “Bayan Ko” episodes on DVD are being used now in local government seminars and political science classes all over the country.

Nacino has just been tapped to co-host GMA News and Public Affairs’ newest program “Out of Control” with Mariz Umali, which will be launched on Nov. 30, 4 p.m. after “Startalk.” The docu-reality show will focus on Filipinos with mental conditions they cannot control such as obsessions, compulsions, anxiety disorders and phobias.

 

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, Nov. 17, go to former PCSO Chairman and Director Manoling Morato, Lala Montelibano, Lillian E. Pickard, Lita Ramos, Ibana Honson, Imelda P. Sarmiento, Marivic Solomon Fulgar, Jomar Ejercito, Mary Ann Balauro Magno, Nina dela Pena, Mildred Valderama, Liezl Veloso, David M. Santos, Lyra de Vera, Jacques Feirera, Josie Manago, Richie Primicias, Elizabeth Gerilla, Vicki dela Rea-Eurton of La Mirada, CA, Gail Stephanie C. Maderazo, Othello Mendoza of BPI Fairview, Maloli Espinosa and MB’s food columnist Sol Jose Vanzi…