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Adrian Alandy: from ‘Onanay’ to ‘Kadenang Ginto’

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Adrian Alandy, the actor formerly known as Luis Alandy, appeared dazed when we talked to him a week ago during the press presentation of the cast of Kadenang Ginto. And why? He said, he got the surprise of his career when his manager asked him to proceed to ABS-CBN for a go-see for a prospective soap. And he did not knowing that the production company had its sight on him as one of the lead stars.

Kadenang Ginto piloted last Monday, and it seems that the soap his headed right where Dreamscape, the production group at ABS-CBN that crafted the soap, predicted to be – at the top of the ratings game in the afternoon block.

Alandy who has been shuttling between the Kapamilya and Kapuso networks for a variety of projects, the latest of which before Kadenang Ginto was the advocacy series Onanay in which he played an architect that fell (literally and figuratively) for a little woman named Onay said that he feels more comfortable as he isn’t bound by a contract with a specific network. His role in Onanay gave him just a week’s exposure before his character was killed literally giving him enough time to move to the Kapamilya network for the start of the taping for Kadenang Ginto.

In Kadenang Ginto, he is Carlos, the man two women – Beauty Gonzales (Romina) and Dimples Romana (Daniela) – love at the same time.

Actor Adrian Alandy returns to ABS-CBN via a refreshing role in  ‘Kadenang Ginto’

Often cast as a dependable best friend, a doting sister, or a dedicated mother, Dimples Romana made an impact among viewers of Kadenang Ginto with her refreshing turn as a kontrabida.

In the pilot episode of the Kapamilya Gold series, Romana is introduced as Daniela, the lone heiress of the canned fish company of her father Robert (Albert Martinez).

Seeing herself as her father’s second priority after the business, Daniela turns her feeling of neglect into envy, with Robert’s secretary, Romina, as her target.

Aside from noticing her father’s fondness for his employee, Daniela finds further reason to despise Romina. Daniela’s ex-boyfriend, Carlos, whom she still loves, turns out to be Romina’s fiancé.

Alandy has been around for a while. In this series, he’s still able to astonish the audience with his compelling performance as seen during the pilot week.

And it gives him a chance to do some great acting scenes with Martinez who has not seen a day, a week or a month without a TV exposure on either daytime or prime time.  His ability as an actor has been recognized, proof of which is the interminable projects he gets from the Kapamilya network.

“It distracted me from being weighed down by the passing of Liezl (Martinez). When I work, it takes my mind off from thinking about the loss. It’s good,” he said adding that he hasn’t even thought about dating another woman now. “My children will definitely disapprove.”

A formidable line-up of top-billers definitely requires an equally talented roster of supporting cast. Completing the all-star ensemble are Susan Africa, Ronnie Lazaro, Kyle Echarri, Luke Conde, Nikko Natividad, Kim Molina, Adrian Lindayag, Kat Galang, and Ruby Ruiz, with the special participation of seasoned actors Eric Fructuoso and Eula Valdez.

Jerry Lopez Sineneng directs the series produced by the well-renowned and widely acclaimed Dreamscape Entertainment spearheaded by Unit Head Roldeo Endrinal. 

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9 films vie for Cinema One honors

I am Original. This is this year’s tagline of Cinema One Originals, the film festival that championed filmmakers in the last 13 years.

On its 14th year, it is once again paving the way for directors and producers to bring stories that are moving, relevant and most importantly original, into the big screen. There are nine official entries chosen to compete in this year’s film fest – movies that speak truth about the struggles, the victories, the joys and the pains of living.

A Short History of Few Bad Things (Keith Deligero) is described as the most straightforward, Deligero was hailed as Best Director in Cinema One Originals 2016 for the movie Lily.

Asuang (Raynier Brizuela) is an odd superhero inversion kind of film.  

In Charliebebs Gohetia’s Bagyong, Bheverlynn, a heartbroken woman hears that a super typhoon with the same name is fast approaching and realizes it’s a typhoon made of her own feelings and the only way to stop it from wreaking havoc on the country is to find happiness.

Double Twisting Double Back (Joseph Abello) is an erotic sports thriller set in the world of gymnastics. 

Never Tear Us Apart (Whammy Alcazaren), originally titled Fisting, is a movie that combines Third World espionage with old country folklore. 

Hospicio (Bobby Bonifacio) is a sort of sequel to his movie Numbalikdiwa, which starts with a botched crime and concludes in the hospice of the title, which happens to be haunted.

Mamu and a Mother Too, (Rod Singh) tells the story of a middle-aged transgender who finds herself becoming surrogate mother to her transgender niece. 

Paglisan (Carl Papa) is an animated movie that tells the story of a couple who are struggling to keep their marriage together as one of them suffers from the early signs of dementia. 

Comedian John Lapus joins the film festival with Pang MMK, which tells the story of a young man who visits his estranged father’s funeral with unexpected results.

Aside from the main competition program, this year’s Cinema One Originals Film Festival features short films, restored classics, and feature guest films, in order to elevate and heighten the movie experience of the Filipino movie audience even more.

Cinema One Film Festival runs on until Oct. 21.

The films are screening in TriNoma, Glorietta, Gateway, Santolan Town Plaza, Powerplant, Cinelokal theaters—SM North Edsa, SM Megamall, SM Manila, and SM Sta. Mesa, – and in alternative cinemas—FDCP Cinematheque Manila, Up Cine Adarna, Cinema ’76, Black Maria Theater and Cinema Centenario.

Ticket prices are at P200 each in major and alternative cinemas and P150 for students and at SM CineLokal theaters.

Festival passes are available Visit @CinemaOneOriginals (FB), @c1origs (Twitter) and @c1originals (IG) for more updates. #C1ORIGINALS #IAMORIGINAL


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