Tuesday, August 15, 2006

INSIDE THE SUPERSTAR'S HOTEL ROOM

After our sumptuos lunch at Ichebakama on 32nd St., we walked along Park Avenue en route to the Superstar's hotel. While we were walking, Ate Guy asked me if I remembered to bring the DVD's she was asking from me, I told her they're inside my backpack. When we got to the hotel, I saw that there's a DVD player inside the bedroom. I took a DVD and popped it into the player. As the disc played, I asked Ate Guy if she remembers which movie it was. It took her quite a while, she cannot remember the movie at all. I asked her Kilala mo po ba kung sino ang kasayaw ninyo?, the Superstar replied Ay oo! Si Lew! (Soratorio). Ate Guy asked me again, Ano'ng movie ito? I told her Basta po, panoorin ninyo. Before the credits rolled, she remembered and blurted out Ay, Roma Amor! Matagal ko nang hindi napapanood 'yan! She then continued and said Si Lito Lapid ang gumawa ng lahat ng stunts ko diyan sa pelikula. Hindi pa siya sikat noon! Ang linaw naman ng kopya mo. the Superstar told me. Saan mo nakuha 'yan? I replied and said Secret po! hindi po ako nagre-reveal ng source ko. Ate Guy also mentioned that she saw the movie's director Efren C. Pinon in L.A. recently. As we watched Roma Amor, she was suddenly saddened upon seeing his youngest brother Buboy (Eddie Villamayor), he played Pip's (Tirso Cruz III) brother in the film. Ate Guy also commented that the entire Villamayor family was all over the screen during the opening credit sequence. There were also several musical numbers in the movie. She mentioned that most of the songs she sang in the film were from her Superstar show. Ate Guy noticed that I was singing along and told her manager, General! Tingnan mo si Jojo, memoryado 'yung kanta. I said, Lahat naman po ng kanta ninyo sa pelikula, kabisado ko. It was very interesting listening to her stories. I gave her copies of movies which she produced under her own NV Productions. Aside from Roma Amor, I also gave Ate Guy copies of Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos, Alkitrang Dugo, Ibalik Ang Swerti!, Banaue, Annie Batungbakal, Tisoy!, Batu-Bato Sa Langit, Wanted Ded Or Alayb, Halimaw, Takot Ako Eh! and Tatlong Ina, Isang Anak.

That's the Superstar on the other bed while she was watching the movie.

18 comments:

Michael U. Obenieta said...

Hi, Brod Jojo:

No doubt about it, you're the luckiest Noranian in the whole world. I can't imagine myself being that up close and personal with the living Legend herself.

Thanks for posting this; it adds another insight to the Superstar as a person.

Hey, when will you make my day with another e-mail? Sori ha, kulit talaga..

Myke

pauljames said...

I envy your special bond with Nora!!! Knowing that someone like you who truly loves her inspires me to continue supporting our Superstar!!! I wish you always encourage her not to give up despite the harsh judgments and hurtful criticisms her detractors have thrown upon her. Please tell her to strive hard to be active again both in singing and acting once she gets through this current challenge she is facing with. Nora is the most gifted artist the Philippines had ever produced!!! And for this she will forever be part of our history!!!

Jojo Devera said...

hello Myke!

I just wanted to share my experiences with the Superstar. It's a different one everytime. Ate Guy seems so ecstatic whenever she talks about movies. Okay lang 'yun Myke... promise ko sa 'yo I'll send you an e-mail tonight.

God Bless!

Jojo Devera said...

hi Paul James!

I always encourage Ate Guy to continue on doing what she does best. I also told her that she doesn't need unforgettable film projects, that she has to be more choosy with her next film role. Minsan, I asked her kung naniniwala siyang nagawa na niya ang lahat ng roles na pujwede niyang gampanan and she said she still has a lot more to offer and I honestly believe that. Let's just all be patient and wait for her next exciting endeavor.

jeremiah said...

ngayon ko lang na-search ito sa internet. alam mo kung nasatabi ko lang siya, sasabihin ko sa kanya, mahal na mahal siya ng Diyos. Masakit lamang ang mga paraan ng Diyos pero, mahal siya ni Lord at ang kanyang pamilya.

sana patuloy mo siyang ingatan, at kung maaari ay gabayan bilang kaibigan, upang matagpuan niya ang katahimikan ng kanyang puso...pero sabi nila, ang tunay na artist ay walang katahimikan ang puso at isip..marami kasing gustong gawin.mahirap sabayan ang kalooban ng mga tulad nila. gayunman, sana makatagpo na siya ng isang para sa kanya. kanyang-kanya lamang. wish ko din, sana makabalik na rin siya sa entablado. marami pa siyang ibibigay..alam niya iyan... salamat sa mga nagtitiwala sa kanyang kakayahan lalo na si mario o'hara at marami pang gaya nyo. Pagpalain kayo ng Diyos.

jeremiah

jeremiah said...

jojo,

paki sabi sa kanya, i ALWAYS pray for her, for her protection,
ingatan din niya ang katawan niya, ang liit na nga niya ( hi-hi-hi- baka magkasakit pa siya- malulungkot syempre tayo pag nagkasakit siya) for guidance, peace of mind, more quality projects. MAY THE DOOD LORD CONTINUE TO TOUCH HER HEART- God Bless din sa iyo. Tuloy lang, suportado ka din ni Lord.

jeremiah said...

....may the GOOD Lord continue touch her heart... amen

Jojo Devera said...

Thanks a lot Jeremiah for all the kind words and wishes for Ate Guy... I'll make sure na makakarating sa kanya ang lahat ng sinabi mo. God Bles Noranians like you na hanggang ngayon ay walang tigil ang pagsuporta sa nag-iisang Superstar!

jeremiah said...

i am just curious, ano ang magiging role ni Guy sa Sakay Tayo sa Buwan? Offbeat daw, di pa man excited ako. dream role dow ito ni O'hara for Guy..

i heard too that O'hara has a another plan, his dream movie Hocloban(formerly La Loba Negra) itutuloy pa kaya niya ito? exclusively for nora din daw ito...

thanks...

jeremiah said...

I am following the trend of our films in the Philippines at sa tingin ko talaga ay in na in sa ngayon ang mga indie films na gawa ng mga baguhang filmmakers. "Kubrador", "Compound" and other indie digifilms which were recognized by Urian ay mga pelikulang pwedeng ipagmalaki worldwide. Kasama na sa ganitong linya ang mga pelikulang itinanghal sa Cinemalaya - at tunay ngang malaya ang mga tema gaya ng kalayaan ni Guy sa paggawa ng mga ganitong klaseng pelikula.

I wish na makagawa rin si Guy ng mga ganitong klase, digifilms - mura lang pala ang production cost at kailangan lang ng magandang strategy to market and sell the film like special screenings sa mga film studens and movie critics. I beleive, she has the capacity to collaborate with some great new and young filmmakers when she gets back to the phil. kailangan lang siyang tulungan sa ilang key areas ng mga tulad ninyong nagmamalasakit sa kanyang talent...what do you think?

Jojo Devera said...

Isa ako a mga naniniwalang Ate Guy still has a lot more to offer. What she needs is the right project. It may be a digital film that will spark her interest. The Superstar was the first actress to ever star in an independent film. In 1976, she raised the money herself and produced films such as Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos and Alkitrang Dugo. Let's just wait, who knows one of these days, Nora Aunor will surprise us once more.

pauljames said...

Hello JoJo!!!

I'm just curious if Nora's digital film "Ingrata" with Bernardo Bernardo was already finished. What was her role in that movie?When and where will it be possibly shown? Regarding her "CareHome" movie, is it true that GMA T.V. Network will market it to be shown commercially in the Philippines?Please tell Nora I'm eager to see her career go full swing.

jeremiah said...

jojo,

thanks for the info, believe na believe naman talaga tayo sa kanya...like you, marami kang pwde maitulong sa kanya...you are such a great movie critic, true lover of films. pwede ka rin tiyak makatulong sa mga bagong strategies to market and promote her talents, ikaw pa e genius ka pagdating sa films.

but anyway, i can't wait for your more, more, more posts re: latest news about Guy...

i will recommend this site to my other friends, who like me are Noranians.

GOd Bless

jeremiah said...

jojo

why not discuss on your next posts re:nora as an independent producer? I like your reflections a lot, kaya kung pwede marinig ang mga opinions mo regarding this matter...

GOd Bless

Jojo Devera said...

hello pauljames!

the last time i asked Ate Guy about Ingrata she told me they have one more shooting day left. i wasn't able to ask Bernardo Bernardo about it when he was here during the Showbiz Festival. they don't have a set date as to when the movie will be shown. regarding Care Home. i've heard that GMA is interested in acquiring it's rights for Philippine release but i'm not sure whether their negotiations pushed through. i'm a firm believer that with the right project, Nora Aunor will once again prove that she is still a force to reckon with.

Jojo Devera said...

jeremiah,

it's a well known fact that Ate Guy was the very first actress to gamble her own bankability and produced the projects that no movie producer would dare touch. proof of which was Carmela (1973). She hired Danny Holmsen, a resident director at Sampaguita and came up with a film that her mother studio won't produce. a perfect example would be the impcat that the late National Artist Gerry de Leon had on her while filming the Caridad episode of the omnibus Fe, Esperanza, Caridad that she personally aksed the great filmmaker to direct Banaue which she produced for her own NV Productions in 1975.

jeremiah said...

in that case pala, nora has an exemplary record as producer. i remember, marami pa siyang ginawa bukod sa mga sinabi mo at isa na nga rito ang npakapopular among film students na Bona, di ba? and i am sure alam mo lahat yan. why not anyone in the industry give her an award or a recognition for that?

nakakalungkot lang na hindi pa ito nakikita ng industriya. however, i believe, she will be vindicated late for her effort. sana maibigay din sa kanya ang hustisya sa susunod na panahon...

huwag ka sanang makukulitan sa akin, at sa mga tanong ko, excited lang talaga ako, lalo na itong Sakay tayo sa Buwan, intriguing tyak 'to and i am still dying to know what's her role in that future movie.

More power to you and her!

Lucille said...

Sir, Just this afternoon just came into my mind "what ever happened to the youngest brother of Ms. Nora Aunor. He was my crush before as a person. I was his avid fan before. I got lost track about actors and actresses when my mother scold me of being crazy about this World. Known in the later part of my life that my mother was an anti-social. Masunurin kc akong anak. D ko na tuloy alam kung nasaan na c EDDIE "boboy" VILLAMAYOR. Mag ka edad lang kami. Sir can you give me his where abouts now. May Faebook ba cya? Please send me some notes about it in my email add lpaurom@gmail.com. Thanks so much. Im also an avid fan of Nora Aunor. Nakikipag-away ako noon pag may cnasabi na d maganda about Ate guy. God Bless and give my regards to our Legend "Ms. Nora C. Villamayor.