Cristine Reyes doesn’t mind bruises; Gerald Santos misses home

THE years of training in Martial Arts gave Cristine Reyes all the things she needed to muster in her first ever role as an action star in Pedring A. Lopez’ “Maria.”

“Add to that ‘yung trainor namin sa set, hindi na ako nahirapan sa mga routines na ipinagawa sa akin ni Direk. Noon pa man, I’ve been doing juijutsi, muay thai kaya ‘yung movements ko sa fight scenes naingatan din. Talagang noon pa man I’ve been a martial arts enthusiast kaya nagamit ko siya nang husto rito sa movie. 

“Kaya when they offered me the role, na-imagine ko na agad na I can do this bukod sa nagandahan ako sa storyline lalo na nung nabasa ko na ang script. Sa tunay na buhay naman, isa na akong ina. So alam ko na maging mahirap man physically, macha-challenge naman ako sa bawat eksena ko.”

Badass role, alright. Who is Lily. Who is Maria.

“Past life niya kumbaga si Lily. Dati siyang member ng isang cartel. She’s an assassin. Tumiwalag. Pero ‘yung pag-alis niya, may script. She faked her own death. May unfinished mission pa siya. Tumakas. Namuhay sa ibang lugar. That’s where Maria came to being. Nag-asawa. Nagka-anak. Total transformation. Mahal na mahal ang asawa at anak. Pero natunton pa rin after some years. Kaya nalagay din sa kamay niya ang paghihiganti in the end kasi something happened to her daughter.”

Bruises and all, Cristine said she didn’t mind at all.

“Parte naman ‘yan sa shoot. Hindi man asahan mangyayari. Kaya ingat din. Sa set, we’re just a happy bunch. Gustung-gusto namin kasi ang scenes especially ‘pag fight scenes na. Iba ‘yung energy ng lahat. Kasi, rigorous ang training kaya gusto namin na nagagamit at nagagawa ‘yun.”

The director Pedring Lopez is equally proud with his actors especially Cristine.

“It’s about time to show the world that Filipino filmmakers can also do excellent action films. Even more exciting that these movies are being fronted by strong female characters. The world needs to know that Filipinas also kick butt.”

And kick butts they are dealing now. Anne Curtis. Erich Gonzales. And now Cristine.

Pegging Angelina Jolie, these three can be featured in one movie. Right Viva Films?

How will Cristine, who knows how sexy she is describe her life now with daughter Amara?

“Masaya kami. We just came from a vacation. I am enjoying my life as a Mom. Gusto ko every step of the way nakikita ko and napi-feel ko her growth amd blossoming.”

Fearless is the fierce actress as she donned a red hair at the presscon for “Maria.”

“This look is for my movie with Xian Lim (“Untrue”). Alam niyo naman ako, noon pa man, when I get into a role, into a character talagang ang commitment is more than a hundred percent.”

But, “Maria” she says isn’t just about kicking butts but a drama about a mother’s love for her child.

“Kaya bet na bet ko siya because of that. Relate much ang nanay. Kaya, maganda itong panoorin ng whole family!”

Sinner or saint? Hero or villain? Lover or fighter? 

Meet Maria! How does one solve a problem such as hers?

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22 months on tour. With 8 performances a week. 6 countries covered (Great Britain, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Switzerland and Germany). 14 cities covered: Leicester, Birmingham, Dublin, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Southampton, Manchester, Bristol; Bradford, Plymouth, Norwich, Switzerland, Zurich, and Cologne. 605 shows in all. Close to a million people who watched their tour. 

Gerald Santos, our very own had 553 performances as Thuy (making it a 91.4% attendance-with allowed holidays and sick leave) is back!

He has been with the “Miss Saigon”  UK/Ireland Tour since 2017. The one and the only Thuy for this stint.

“It feels so good to be back. Pero malungkot din na nag-end na my 22 months contract. Marami mami-miss. 

“I know may mga kasunod pa kasi nag-apply uli ako ng visa and sa other plays/musicals being done there now. Yes, magiging tuluy-tuloy na. ‘Yun po ang prayer ko. Lalo akong nae-excite sa mga dadating pang blessings ni God.”

Rest for a while is what the now considered international artist needs. 

“Syempre, I want to spend a lot of bonding moments with my family and closest friends. Lalo na ang mga taong laging naka-support sa akin since I was a struggling singer pa, hanggang sa pagsali ko sa “Pinoy Pop Superstar.” Sila ‘yung nandyan nung umalis ako ng Pilipinas baon lang ang pangarap. At ngayong umuwi ako sila rin ‘yung nandyan to welcome me home.”

A few weeks in Thailand and Vietnam awaits Gerald with his family. In preparation for his next stints in Manila especially his upcoming major concert at the Theater in Solaire on May 4, 2019 aptly titled “Gerald Santos: The Homecoming Concert.”

The concert will be presented by Mellanny Zambrano’s Mediabiz Entertainment Productions, Echo Jam and Mario Marcos’ Twin M Productions International, in cooperation with Solaire Casino and Resort, Star Events and Globaltronics.

Gerald shared with his friends from the media the good and bad challenges he faced.

“Yun pa lang first time na nagbigay ng comment niya si Sir Cameron (Mackintosh) sa performance ko, lalo lang akong na-inspire na lalo ko pang galingan. Sa performances, wala naman. Dun usually sa technical side. Pag hindi pumutok ang baril. O kaya ‘yung sa helicopter. Madali ko naman nagagawan ng paraan ‘yung sa baril kasi meron naman ako balisong o knife. Hindi puwedeng malaglag ang eksena.

“Paano ko kinalaban ang lungkot? Marami akong Pilipinong kasama. We go out after work. Nung una lang when I was adjusting, talagang ayaw ko kasi marami akong gagawin, bukod sa magluto. Laba, plantsa, linis hanggang maayos ko na at ma-organize kung paano. Iyak din ako nang iyak nung una. Nung times na I was getting acclimatized din sa weather. Nung nagkakasakit ako. Lamig ang kalaban doon para sa boses namin, eh. Kaya talagang ingat nang husto.”

What will he miss?

“Apart from performing for the people, its the people themselves. Yes, I dated a few times pero talagang hindi ko pa mapapangatawanan na mapasok in a relationship kasi gusto ko maging focused with my career. Mahirap kasi, I will be living away from here.”

So, his heart will still beat for a Filipina?

“Hindi natin masabi, Ate. She will come if she will understand and accept the life of me.”

Gerald said that he was able to save from his work as Thuy in “Miss Saigon.”

But the rice cooker he used in cooking his meals in the great UK came home in his luggage.

“Bumigay na rin!  Pero ang laking bagay niya nung nasa UK na. Kasi memories din ang dala niya. Malungkot man sa akin, I knew am always home!”

And he will be. For a longer while.

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