Rey “PJ” Abellana on his relationship with daughter Carla: Malaki na ang difference ngayon

VISITED THE pictorial of Direk Dinky Doo’s next project “My DAD, I Hate Love” at Edward dela Cuesta’s studio, slated to be shown on the month of Love.

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The cast is complete with Direk’s leading lady Claire Ruiz and their support-Alma Concepcion, Kap Robert Nolasco, Ejay Feyhr, Jenny Fajardo, Verns Vizcarra, Tala Vera and former matinee idol Rey ‘PJ’ Abellana.

Had a bit of a walk down memory lane with PJ.

“Happy seeing na si Carla is in showbiz na rin. Sana mas marami pang projects ang GMA for her. Ako done na with “Sana Dalawa ang Puso.”

“Malaki na ang difference ngayon. Noon masaya tayong lahat. Every now and then sama-sama. When Carla entered at mahingan ako opinyon about her lovelife,  ako pa ang na bash. Syempre tatay naman ako. Nung tumawag ang inaanak mo na si Erika, sabi sa akin not to talk na kasi iyak nang iyak na kapatid niya. Quiet ako. But after that see what happened.”

Rey keeps himself fit. For his two toddlers.

“Sabi ko kay Lord, huwag muna. Marami pa ako obligasyon.”

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BY THIS TIME, the Team to Busan International Film Festival headed by FDCP (Film Development Council of the Philippines) Liza Diño Seguerra must be doing the rounds with the 60 plus delegates from our country.

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FDCP leads the Philippines as the country of focus for the 23rd Busan International Film Festival, in recognition and celebration of the One Hundred Years of Philippine Cinema.

FDCP leads the country in one of the biggest film festivals in Asia and the world, bringing a huge delegation composed of filmmakers and producers who will be participating at the film market, film exhibitions, special screenings and talks as part of the celebration.

“We cannot stress how great of an honor it is to be selected as the Country of Focus in Busan just in time for our centennial. More than highlighting our Cinema, being the Country of Focus means greater exposure for our filmmakers and more platforms for us to showcase this work. Our target for our next hundred years is to go global not just through the prestige of being in festivals but in finding opportunities for co-production and distribution, and Busan is the best place to start because it offers both when it comes to film market, festival, culture and industry,” said FDCP Chair Liza during the Agency’s send-off press conference for Busan delegates.

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Busan’s special program focusing on the Philippines will feature ten Filipino classics in retrospective. Cinema as a Response to the Nation features Lamberto V. Avellana’s “A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino,” Eddie Romero’s “Ganito Kami Noon Paano Kayo Ngayon,” Mario O’Hara’s “Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos,” Fernando Poe Jr.’s “Ang Panday,” Lino Brocka’s “Cain at Abel,” Marilou Diaz-Abaya’s “Moral,” Ishmael Bernal’s “Himala,” Mike de Leon’s “Bayaning 3rd World,” Chito S. Roño’s “Dekada ’70,” and Remton Siega Zuasola’s “Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria.”

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From October 6-9, 2018 FDCP is also hosting a Philippine Pavilion at the Asian Film Market featuring nineteen Filipino companies.

The Asian Film Market (AFM) runs alongside Busan International Film Festival as a total film market covering all stages of film industry from pre-production to film sales. As with other film markets, AFM focuses on the business side of filmmaking, giving an opportunity for its participants and attendees to buy and sell films, equipment, license, secure production or co-production projects and partnerships, trade information and such other activities relevant to the business of filmmaking, research companies network among film professionals.

Featured in the weeklong celebration are Asian Project Market (APM), Platform Busan, Asian Film Academy, Asian Film Commission Network (AFCNet), Link of Cine-Asia, with a Philippine Cinema Night as the highlight.

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In honor of the Filipino delegates and to present them to the international partners for exposure and collaboration, FDCP is organizing  a Philippine Cinema Night to be attended by Honorable Raul S. Hernandez, Philippine Ambassador to the Republic of Korea and approximately 100 delegates from the Philippines.

The festival will run from October 4-13 in Busan, South Korea.

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THIS Saturday’s (October 6) “MMK” (Maalaala Mo Kaya) episode features the Skateboard Champ.

From the script of Akeem Jordan D. del Rosario and Arah Jell G. Badayos, Giselle Andre directs.

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Portraying the role of Margielyn is Elisse Joson supported by Sharmaine Arnaiz, Rommel Padilla, Jon Lucas and JV Kapunan.

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Margielyn Didal (4) grew up in her humble home in Lahug, Cebu City. At a young age, she had seen her hardworking mother Julie (28) and loving father Lito (28) work persistently during the day as they sold kwek-kwek, fishball, and kikiam for their living. Aside from this, her parents would always remind her and her three older siblings that their diligence has always been for their education, a tool they greatly prioritize to secure their future. Thus, Margielyn often told her parents that they need not worry as she will be the one to take her family out of poverty. Because of this, even before Margielyn became a teenager, she became her parent’s gumptious little helper, looking for other ways to earn money.

As soon as she finished helping Julie set-up their street food cart, she would sell newspapers on the street, help an antique shop wrap their items, and be a parking attendant near their cart. Whatever she earned, she would immediately hand to her mother and would help them enjoy not one but two viands for dinner. Seeing this had made Margielyn happy and reinforced her wish that she could be the one to provide these simple joys of her family.

At 13 years old, Margielyn discovered skateboarding and was immediately hooked. Not only did she discover the thrill of the game, but she also learned from Danny (20s), the first skateboarder she met, that she has potential to be an excellent skater someday. Within a short span of time, Margielyn had become a skillful skater, learning how to push and ride a skateboard on her first day, and her first Ollie on the following week.

In the next three months, Margielyn joined and won third place in her first ever skateboarding competition. But unrevealed to her parents, Margielyn had started missing her classes until it came to such point that she did not go to her classes at all, just so she could play and practice her tricks on skateboarding. As soon as her parents Julie and Lito had found out about this, they immediately apprehended her and advised her to stop skating and just focus on her studies. Unfortunately for them, Margielyn is unstoppable, especially when she learned that joining skateboarding competitions could aid her parents financially. Later on, Margielyn ventured into interregional competitions, pushing her to take skateboarding more seriously.

However, more than a year later, just as she was gaining Julie’s approval of her skating for material assistance, Margielyn had suffered her first major injury. She failed to land a trick she had been practicing for a long time and dislocated her right shoulder and arm joints with a fracture on her right collar bone.

Due to this, Margielyn developed a slight fear of going back to skateboarding, and was afraid to apologize to her father, who had reprimanded and kicked her out of the house for being disobedient. But even then, Margielyn had found sanctuary in skateboarding when her own mother started to hear news from their community that Margielyn had been inspiring a lot of teenagers. However, Lito was still aloof, in denial of what skateboarding has in store for her. But Margielyn was unstoppable.

In 2016, Margielyn (17) first came to Manila and joined skateboarding competitions from all over Luzon and slowly carved her name in the skateboarding league. Whenever she won, she’d immediately send over her winnings to Julie for their daily expenses.

Later on, Margie and her team learned that Skateboarding was recently added as one of the categories in the upcoming 2018 Asian Games to be held in Indonesia. A few months before the Asian Games, she also is exposed through joining the two most prestigious and by-invite-only competitions in the skateboarding realm. Being able to compete not just against Filipinos and Asians, Margielyn had gathered her confidence to her journey to being the 2018 Asian Games Women’s Street Skateboarding’s first ever Gold Medallist.

As soon as Margielyn was able to go home, she offered her victory not just to her country, but most especially to her parents and her family that has laid foundation and balance for her resilience.

Watch her story. Be inspired.

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