If given the chance, former senator Bong Revilla (now gunning for another six-year term in the Senate), he’d like to revive Filipino audience’s interest in action movies, which have dominated the local screens for decades.
At a get together with members of the press, he declared casually at the same time taking notice of the waning interest of the Filipino audience in the genre that catapulted him to stardom. “When was the last time na sikat ang action films, during the time of FPJ? That was a long time ago.”
Already, he, through, Imus Productions has kick-started the big move by producing Tres, a trilogy starring his sons Jolo, Bryan and Luigi. He’d like the film company his father put up to produce more films of the action genre. “The TF (Talent Fee) is immaterial,” Bong said. “My prime consideration would be the project.”
An entertainment journalist reminded Bong of the time he co-starred with current TV favorite Coco Martin. That was a good 17 years ago, when FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano’s Cardo Dalisay appeared in a supporting role in Ang Agimat: Anting-Aniting ni Lolo that was directed by Augusto Salvardor for the family’s production company. Son Jolo was also in the picture.
“Oo nga pala!” said Bong. Coco was in a fight scene with Jolo. The original actor was not okay and it was my brother Marlon (Bautista) who saw Coco on the set. ‘Umarte ka nga,’ Coco was told. Mahusay siya so he got the role. When I see him now in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, hanga ako sa kanya. Sabi ko, siya pala ‘yung Coco na nakasama ko sa pelikula noon. Hindi mo talaga masabi ang swerte.”
Somebody suggested to Bong to co-star with Coco in an action movie, maybe the one that Bong has been conceptualizing during his five-year stay at the Camp Crame Detention Center that he’s intending to enter in the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) as his comeback starrer.
Incidentally, Bong looked “fit and fabulous” when he met with the entertainment press at Annabel, thanks to his regular workout even while he was “inside” his detention cell in Camp Crame. It was his second time to meet with the entertainment press, the first was at Gloria Maris last month when Regal Matriarch Lily Monteverde hosted a welcome lunch for him.
The meet with the entertainment press at Annabel’s was the idea of his sister Andeng Ynares who along with the other siblings were there as well. They are very happy that their favorite brother is back with his family and ready to go on a nationwide sortie for the coming mid-term elections.
AXN’s regional partnership with GoDaddy
AXN has a new regional partner. It is with GoDaddy, the world’s largest cloud platform. The partnership is dedicated to small, independent ventures, to strengthen its presence in Asia.
This partnership will see Maggie Wilson-Consunji, one-half of the winning team of AXN’s The Amazing Race Asia Season 5, named as GoDaddy Brand Ambassador. As a dedicated entrepreneur, Maggie has leveraged GoDaddy’s online tools to launch an online presence and website for her business unique café and store concept, Casa Consunji (http://www.CasaConsunji.com/) in the Philippines.
Wilson-Consunji will be featured in two GoDaddy TVCs—“The Start Up” and “Power Your Passion”—which were filmed on location at Casa Consunji. The TVCs mark the launch phase of the partnership and will air from January to April.
“AXN is the no.1 general entertainment channel across Asia. Our audience is constantly craving for premium content and we couldn’t be happier to work with a partner like GoDaddy to help take their vision of entrepreneurship mainstream. We are confident of amplifying GoDaddy’s brand awareness and help drive their next phase of growth in 2019 across Asia,” said Avani Bhanchawat, vice president, Media & Sponsorship Sales, Sony Pictures Entertainment Networks, Asia.
GoDaddy offers an integrated suite of products for small business owners and entrepreneurs, ranging from domain names, hosting, website building, to email marketing, security protections and an online store. GoDaddy offers 24/7 customer support locally, to help guide customers in the growth of their venture, and to find the tools that best meet their needs.
“Partnering with AXN Asia gives us the opportunity to reach a broader audience across Asia. We are pleased to be working with them, including sponsoring Asia’s Got Talent and in working more closely together on promoting the GoDaddy brand with targeted audiences in a variety of formats,” said Roger Chen, senior vice president of GoDaddy Asia Region. A cornerstone of the partnership is the sponsorship of Asia’s Got Talent that brings together passionate people pursuing their dreams. “GoDaddy supports people who want to create and manage an online presence for their idea,” adds Chen.
This announcement coincides with the premiere of the top-rated series, Asia’s Got Talent Season 3 on Feb. 7 at 8.30 p. m.. Expect hundreds of talented contestants from 17 countries to judges include 16-time Grammy winner and producer David Foster, internationally acclaimed singing sensation, Anggun and multi-platinum recording artist Jay Park.
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