EVERYTHING ABOUT HER GOES BEYOND THE MOLD, BREAKS INTO MAINSTREAM MIDDLE EAST AND EUROPE VIA TFC@THEMOVIES

Joyce Bernal and Xian Lim MR
After creating a stir in Philippine cinema for bringing a powerful ensemble of film thespians for the first time in a movie that crosses genres, “Everything About Her” generated new excitement for the Filipino community, members of the press and online denizens in the recent virtual press conference held three-way among the ABS-CBN Middle East, Europe and Manila offices.

The three-way press conMR
Like a literary oxymoron, “Everything About Her,” combined two genres to present a twisted plot about an alpha woman named Vivian (played by Vilma Santos) diagnosed with a terminal disease.  She hires a private nurse Jaica (played by Angel Locsin) who she eventually gives the almost impossible task of bringing home his estranged son Albert, played by Xian Lim.

Xian Lim reprising his dance sceneMR
The press conference revealed more welcome contrasts as director Bb. Joyce Bernal admitted that the most challenging part for her while doing the film was the fact that she is a Nora Aunor fan and she directed what the industry experts call her arch rival, the Star for All Seasons.

Host DJ Jhai HoMR
“Noong ime-meet ko na siya (Santos), sabi ko kaya ko ba ito? Mabait si Ate Vi.  Pero the moment na sinabi kong kaya ko ito, nahirapan ako.  Iyong proseso madali pero iyong before or after, hirap na hirap ako.  Nakakasira ng bait si Ate Vi.  Isa po siyang actress na kailangang paghandaan. (When I met her, I asked myself can I do this?  Ate Vi was kind. But the moment I said I can do this, I fell short.  The process was easy but I had a hard time with the before and
after.  I went crazy.   Ate Vi is one actress that one needs to prepare for.”

BB. Joyce BernalMR
The online press conference, the second for ABS-CBN Europe, Middle East and Africa, also welcomed Kapamilya Heartthrob Xian Lim to face the FilCom and the members of the press who were delighted to see Lim in dramatic movie on his own (outside his famous KimXi love team) and deliver against two seasoned actresses.

Xian LimMR
According to Kai Rodriguez, ABS-CBN Middle East, Europe and Africa Managing Director, Lim, Santos and Locsin’s performances are proof that the Philippines is not just rich in culture but also in talent and TFC has the avenues, such as the mainstream screenings, to bring this to the fore.

“TFC is bent on bringing the Filipino talent to the world stage.  We are happy that Filipino communities and members of the media help us in sharing the good news on the Filipino’s greatness or ‘galing ng Filipino,’” Rodriguez shares.

In the film, critics are saying that Lim truly delivered as an actor.  Lim admitted: “Naranasan ko na mabigyan ng oras ang characterization at pagi-imerse with the direction of Direk Joyce. Ang pinaka-importante is what the people don’t see. Iyong script, given na iyan.  Lalo na iyong mga experiences na binibigay ni Vilma Santos, that’s priceless.  Hindi lahat ng artista hindi makakatanggap ng ganoon. (I gave time to internalizing and immersing under the direction of Direk Joyce.  What’s most important is what people don’t see.  The script is given.  But what’s priceless is things like the advice of Vilma Santos.  Not all artists get to have that.”

Lim adds that he can relate to Albert “Mga 80 to 90% of his character. Noong binabasa ko iyong script, may mga instances na sinasabi ko ako ito eh.  (About 80 to 90% of his character.  When I was reading the script, there were instances that I tell myself that this is me).

Most overseas Filipinos could also relate to the story as well as it narrates the story of a mother and son estranged not only by physical distance but also by their personal differences.  Bernal shares that what is most important is that despite everything, people try to go beyond their differences and move on.

Anne Lora Santos of The Filipino Times said “Everything About Her” is a finely made movie that teaches OFs like her, a lesson. “It is the right combination of comedy and drama. It is a movie that will remind you of what’s important in life and it should defy pride and ego and achieve love and forgiveness.”

Bernal confirms that this was the lesson she wanted to impart. “You try to forgive every day.  Kung puwedeng po sana mag-forgive po kaagad.  Huwag mag-create ng pain or sakit na iyong hindi ka nakaugapay.  Ang gusto ko sana ay kung may nanakit sa inyo, o nakagawa ng kasalanan sa inyo – try to forgive agad-agad.  We try to have a good relationship with our friends and co-workers but we find it hard to have an easy relationship with family, Bernal ends.  (You try to forgive every day.  Forgive when you can, as soon as you can.  Don’t create pain and wallow in pain.  I wish that you forgive the people who hurt you or have caused you pain).”

Adelina Duenas of Albayanon UK said that this lesson is her greatest take away from the movie.  “We are only in our borrowed time in this earth so we should do the best for others and learn to accept mistakes and be ready to forgive.”

Nikko Tolentino of Planet Philippines agrees and says I’ve learned that forgiveness is an important theme that people take for granted.”  Tolentino adds that he is excited to see the first on-screen collaboration of Locsin and Santos.  “I’m looking forward for the great interaction of the Star for All Seasons, the box office royalty and the Kapamilya Heartthrob,” Tolentino ends.

Turning the press con from a mid-day revelry into an entertaining exchange was Lim who re-enacted his dance scene with Locsin, much to the delight of the members of the press and Filipino community.

“Everything About Her“is extended in Vue Cinemas in Shepherd’s Bush in the United Kingdom on February 13, 14 and 16 and select cinemas in the Middle East until February 17.

Hosted by DJ Jhai Ho of “Pangako Sa `Yo,” MOR and abs-cbn.com’s “Hotspots,” the press conference plus the complete listing of theatrical screenings of “Everything About Her” can be seen via emea.kapamilya.com

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Xian Lim at Joyce Bernal, may mga dagdag na rebelasyon sa ‘Everything About Her’
Opening salvo ng Star Cinema, pinaguusapan na rin sa Middle East at Europe, extended ang screenings sa mainstream cinemas sa pamamagitan ng TFC@theMovies

Matapos nitong umani ng papuri sa Pilipinas, pinaguusapan na rin sa Europe at Middle East ang “Everything About Her,” lalo na matapos ang online, three-way press con ng TFC sa Europe, Manila at Middle East kamakailan.

Ang “Everything About Her” na kauna-unahang pagsasama ng Star of All Seasons na si Vilma Santos at ng box office royalty na si Angel Locsin pati ng Kapamilya Heartthrob na si Xian Lim sa ilalim ng direksyon ni Bb. Joyce Bernal, ay una nang ginawaran ng grade A ng Movie Classification Board at nasa ikalawang linggo na sa box office sa Pilipinas.

Sa press con, pinagusapan ang mga rebelasyon, kabilang na rito ang pagaminin ni Bernal na ang pinaka-challenging na bahagi ng pelikula – ang pagiging isang Nora Aunor fan niya.  Hindi kaila sa showbiz netizens na arch rivals si Aunor at Santos na bida ng pelikula.

“Noong ime-meet ko na siya (Santos), sabi ko kaya ko ba ito? Mabait si Ate Vi.  Pero the moment na sinabi kong kaya ko ito, nahirapan ako.  Iyong proseso madali pero iyong before or after, hirap na hirap ako.  Nakakasira ng bait si Ate Vi.  Isa po siyang actress na kailangang paghandaan.”

Ang online press conference na ikalawa ng ABS-CBN Middle East, Europe at Africa Managing Director ay naging daan din para sa Filipino community at media sa Europe at members of the press sa Middle East para makilala si Lim sa labas ng kaniyang pamosong KimXi love team at malamang, kaya nitong nakipagsabayan ito kay Santos at Locsin.

Ayon kay Kai Rodriguez, ABS-CBN Middle East, Europe and Africa, ang performances nina Lim, Locsin at Santos ay patunay na hindi lamang tayo mayaman sa kultura kung hindi pati sa angking talento.  Susi ang TFC sa pagpapalaganap ng kagalingang ito.

“Nais namin sa TFC na ipakita sa buong mundo ang galing ng Filipino. Nagpapasalamat kami dahil sa tulong ng komunidad sa Europa at mga kaibigan sa media sa Middle East sa pagpapalaganap ng galing mga Filipino.”

Sa pelikula, tunay na nagpakitang gilas si Lim. “Naranasan ko na mabigyan ng oras ang characterization at pagi-imerse with the direction of Direk Joyce. Ang pinaka-importante is what the people don’t see. Iyong script, given na iyan.  Lalo na iyong mga experiences na binibigay ni Vilma Santos, that’s priceless.  Hindi lahat ng artista hindi makakatanggap ng ganoon,” ayon kay Lim.

Dagdag ni Lim, nakakarelate siya sa karakter ni Albert.  “Mga 80 to 90% of his character. Noong binabasa ko iyong script, may mga instances na sinasabi ko ako ito eh.”

Pati mga overseas Filipinos ay makakarelate sa pelikula dahil tungkol ito sa isang inang nalayo sa anak hindi lamang dahil sa distansya kung hindi pati dahil sa nalayong kalooban.

Ayon kay Anne Lora Santos ng The Filipino Times, mahusay ang pagkakagawa at paglalarawan ng “Everything About Her” sa mga pinagdadaanan ng OFs. “Tama ang timpla ng comedy at drama. Isa itong pelikula na magpapaalala sa inyo sa kung ano ang importante sa buhay na hindi ito dapat hadlangan ng pride at ego.  Bagkus, dapat itong maging bunga ng pagmamahal at pagpapatawad.”

Ayon kay Bernal, ito ang aral na ninais niyang ibahagi nang ginagawa niya ang pelikula.  “You try to forgive every day.  Kung puwede po sana mag-forgive po kaagad.  Huwag mag-create ng pain or sakit na iyong hindi ka nakaugapay.  Ang gusto ko sana ay kung may nanakit sa inyo, o nakagawa ng kasalanan sa inyo, try to forgive agad-agad.  We try to have a good relationship with our friends and co-workers but we find it hard to have an easy relationship with family (Napakadali para sa atin na magkaroon ng magandang relasyon sa ating mga kaibigan at katrabahao pero napakahirap gawin ito sa ating sariling mga pamilya.”

Ayon kay Adeline Duenas ng Albayanon UK, isa ito sa mga napulot niyang aral sa pelikula.  “Hindi tayo nandito nang habang-buhay.  Kaya naman kailangan nating ibigay ang ating lahat, tanggapin ang mga pagkakamali at magpatawad.

Sang-ayon naman si Nikko Tolentino ng Planet Philippines.  “Excited akong makita ang batuhan nina Santos, Lim at Locsin.   Natutunan ko rin na madalas isantabi ang kahalagahan ng pagpapatawad.”

Mula sa madamdaming usapan, natuwa naman ang mga Fil Com at media partners nang nagpa-sampol si Lim at inire-enact ang sayaw nila ni Locsin sa pelikula.

Extended ang showing ng “Everything About Her” sa Vue Cinemas sa Shepherd’s Bush, United Kingdom, at select cinemas sa Middle East.

Ang press conference na hosted ni DJ Jhai Ho ng “Pangako Sa `Yo,” MOR at “Hotspots” ng abs-cbn.com at at ang kasama na ang kumpletong listahan ng theatrical screenings ay makikita sa emea.kapamilya.com

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