For director Bona Fajardo, the possibility isn’t farfetched. In his new outing for Viva Films, Fajardo explores the idea of a couple celebrating only their second anniversary, yet giving their relationship a timeline that it ends there despite the fact that they are still very much in love with each other.
The question the director asks is “Hanggang kailan?” or, in English, “Until when?” and it is also the title of the movie with Xiam Lim and Louise Delos Reyes as the couple who travels to Japan to celebrate their second anniversary. It is going to be their last trip together as a couple and it is also how they will end their relationship.
This BluArt productions and XL8 collaboration with Viva Films is a continuation of Viva’s examination of romance as previous films like 100 Tula Para Kay Stella and Sid & Aya (Not A Love Story) and Bona Fajardo’s search for the true meaning of love and romance that he began in his previous outings I Found My Heart in Santa Fe, Kahit Ayaw Mo Na, and Iliw.
This pre-Valentine film with Lim and Delos Reyes as the couple Donnie and Kath should unsettle couples that have been complacent about their own relationships and should trigger questions on how strong their commitments to their current relationship.
In the film, before they totally go their separate ways, Donnie and Kath take a four-day/three-night trip to Saga, Japan.
During the trip, will the couple rediscover each other amid picturesque landscapes? Will new memories be made or will hearts break?
“’Pag nagustuhan mo ang sine ituloy-tuloy mo na yan… kung ano ‘yong hinahanap mong ganda, kung anong istorya, nandiyan naman lahat ‘yan, makikita mo ‘yan,” Bona said at the press conference for the movie recently.
This film puts Lim and Delos Reyes together onscreen. Lim used to be with Star Magic of ABS-CBN but hopped over to Viva Artists Agency. DeLos Reyes left GMA Artists Center for Viva Artist Agency to try something out from what had become her comfort zone, television.
The movie is a welcome project for Delos Reyes and she’s glad she is now able to work with other actors most of them she just watched on the TV screens, like Xian Lim who also expressed his pleasure in working with other actors and actresses outside of the confines of a TV network.
DeLos Reyes said she’s willing to try different roles to keep honing her craft. And to ensure she stays in the business longer than just being a sweet pretty young thing on screen. Last seen on TV in the Kapamilya series Asintado she was also in the movie Para sa Broken Hearted (October 2018). It’s interesting to see how her team up with the Chinito Heartthrob would plow out something her fans haven’t seen yet.
Meanwhile, Xian’s involvement in this movie goes beyond acting. The XL8 mentioned above is his new venture. Like Louise, Xian is not afraid to try new things. Last year, he started his basketball career, playing for Mandaluyong El Tigre in MPBL (Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League). Around that time, he was also part of the box-office hit movie Miss Granny.
Hanggang Kailan? opens in cinemas on February 6.
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Max’s new adobo ribs and beef salpicao
The New Year calls for new reasons to celebrate with Every Kind of Family, memories created over good company and even better food. With Max’s Restaurant’s latest offerings, celebrating Every Day to the Max has never been more delicious.
A classic Filipino dish served with special spin, the Adobo Ribs is made by slow-cooking a half slab until it is moist and fork-tender. It is then sweetened with onions, served with a tangy and flavorful sauce, and topped with leeks that automatically bring back memories of eating the classic adobo.
Best when shared, the Adobo Ribs can be enjoyed with family and friends alongside a serving of Sizzling Tofu or Pancit Canton, one large plain rice, three glasses of Iced Tea, and three dessert-sized servings of Buko Pandan―all for just P899.
Max’s Restaurant now also serves Beef Salpicao, cubed beef sirloin stir-fried in a hot pan with lots of minced garlic and a variety of spices. Savory and garlicky, this Pinoy favorite with a Spanish origin can be enjoyed a la carte for P499 or served in a Rice Bowl for only P249.
“We at Max’s Restaurant are all about championing Filipino food and celebrating Every Kind of Family,” said the well-loved brand’s National Business Unit Head, Paolo Serrano. “With the Adobo Ribs and Beef Salpicao making its way to our stores, we hope to bring together more families and celebrate with them through the food we serve and the service we provide.”
All feasts should end on a sweet note, that’s why Max’s Restaurant also introduces the newest addition to its Max’s Corner Bakery treats, the Mango Pandan Ensaimada. For only P33, customers can enjoy this soft ensaimada served with a crown of whipped cream frosting, sprinkled with mango bits and a hint of pandan.
Your Max’s favorites are just a click, chat, or call away. Visit www.maxschicken.com to order through the Max’s Restaurant website, leave a message with Max’s Restaurant’s Facebook Messenger chat bot, or dial 7-9000 to order via landline or mobile.
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