Extreme, weird ‘Kara Mia’ faces ‘Probinsyano’ this Monday

TWO different faces. Two different minds. Two different natures. Both trapped in one body.

Brace yourselves as GMA Telebabad ushers in its most anticipated and ground-breaking primetime soap starting Monday, February 18.

Based on a true story from India and an English urban legend in Great Britain, “Kara Mia” is a dramatic tale of two sisters facing literally and figuratively good and evil. 

Since the announcement of the dramatic tale, various funny and witty memes on the characters circulated online and being talked about in social media.

The struggle is real. And surreal?

Giving life to Kara and Mina are this generation’s brightest actresses-Barbie Forteza and Mika dela Cruz.

Two heads in one body. Sisprosopua or craniofacial duplication, is a congenital defect where they have two faces but shares only one body. A rare malformation in humans. And still unexplained. Mythical or medical, who knows?

Director Dominic Zapata wants to set a trend. Naiiba. Hindi pa nagawa. A different story.

Sat with the one who portrays as Mia, Mika dela Cruz.

“When it was offered to me, actually sa aming lahat, Ha? ang initial na sagot. Syempre, marami ka ng tanong lalo ako. Kasi ang role ko, ako ‘yung likod ni Kara. So, ang mukha ko normal pero ang kilos ko likod ako. Physically draining. Nung una nalilito pa ako dapat lahat movements ko paatras. Nakakalimutan ko.”

Like her sis in “Kara Mia” Mika has a mouthful of stories to share about her happy lovelife with Nash Aguas.

“Masaya lang, tita. Kasi ‘yung factor ng Friendship sa mula’t mula nasa amin na. Since “Goin’ Bulilit” pa. Kami nga nina Sharlene (San Pedro) noon pa lang bonded na. Hanggang lumaki na kami. Nagkakasama pa rin sa work.

“Sa family ko tanggap na siya noon pa man. Mula 1st birthday ng pamangkin ko na 8 years old na hindi na siya nawawala. Actually ako ang unang umamin about us. Sa isang interview ko kaya nagsalita na rin siya. 

“Sa career ko naman, there was a point na parang sinasabi ko na sa sarili ko na tigilan na ito. May plano na sa isip ko na mag-aral uli. Meron kasi dalawang projects na alam ko intended na for me pero nawala pa. Alam mo ‘yung in-expect mo na pero hindi pa rin pala sa ‘yo. Kaya from then on, sabi rin ng Ate ko at family ko, okay lang. Kung para sa akin may dadating. Eto pala ‘yun. Kaya ang natutunan ko eh, huwag amg-expect. Kasi pag dumating naman ke sarap-sarap ng feeling.

Memes. Bashers. She is enjoying them now.

“Mapagpatol din ako eh. Ini-enjoy ko lang. Sabi ko lang balang araw itong pangit na ito eh magugustuhan din nila. Tuwa ako sa memes  na kahit saan may mukha ko-sa jeepney driver, sa kids at school. Saya ‘di ba?  Na teaser pa lang na-challenge na sila.”

In GMA Telebabad. Are you ready to face Cardo Dalisay?

“Nandoon po ‘yung pressure. Pero ‘pag nagpatalo kami sa ganoong pakiramdam hindi rin maganda. Sabi nga nago-offer naman kami ng ibang putahe na pwede rin naman nilang lasapin. It should always be a happy feeling. At para kami ang ilagay sa posisyon na ‘yan eh, isang malaking pagkakataon din po. Kaya natutuwa naman kami.”

The love interests of the sisters here are Jak Roberto and Paul Salas. With Carmina Villaroel, John Estrada, Alicia Alonzo, Ms. Gina Pareño and Mike Tan.

Sige! Let’s see the realities of a person’s life with two faces. 

Oh, in Myhtology the two-faced Janus also existed. One looking in the past. One to the future.

I think, there are also romantic, endearing and sexy bits in the story. So, don’t miss it!

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DIREK ERIK MATTI was not able to attend the Film Ambassadors’ Night last sunday at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura.

The one who shared his alarming sentiments about the state of the cinema.

“I am sorry I wasn’t able to attend the Film Development Council of the Philippines Ambassador’s awards night. 

Thank you for the recognition amongst so many other local filmmakers who have shown their films in international film festivals. 

I don’t want to be a party pooper but all these encouragement, recognition and celebration of these awards can be fleeting and superficial. And quite expensive to mount too. 

I wish that beyond this party, the costly Filipino nights abroad and all the reverie, FDCP can pour their resources, the hard earned money of the taxpayers, to finding ways to enliven our local film industry by bridging the stakeholders to a healthy and positive forum that will finally confront all the ails of our dying local movies with achievable results and defined steps and timelines. We don’t need another two-hour question and answer portion that we can advertise on Facebook to show everyone that we held a meeting just to give the impression that something is being done. What we need is a real forum that will be the venue to negotiate a win-win situation for all involved. From the filmmakers, the filmworkers, the cinema owners and the distributors including maybe congress and senate who can facilitate a bill to make the agreement binding. We don’t want to be greedy. We just want a fair shot at our audience. 

If FDCP can make this forum happen, with real follow through, conviction and will to find achievable results, I think that will be ten times more a cause for celebration for the film industry. 

Yes, we love a good party hearing our names called to the stage and be in the spotlight receiving our trophies. But what will we do with the trophy if 98% of the country has not seen our films? What will FDCP develop if in the next 5 years there will be no Philippine film industry left to develop? 

Don’t let the Film Ambassador’s night be a reminder of the Marcos era where the elite party all the time giving the impression of opulence and a healthy economy all the while masking the fact that the rest of the country is starving. FDCP holds parties for film festivals abroad and give out trophies to filmmakers who make it internationally sending out the message to the global film community that our cinema is robust when in fact back home we are dying.

I don’t think I would want to take pride in being one of the Philippine film ambassadors to the international community where the country of origin has not seen my films. 

I am appealing to the good heart of the FDCP. Please don’t let our films gather dust like the trophies on our shelves.”

Points taken?

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