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Jason Paul Laxamana directs 1st horror flick



He has proven his mettle as writer-director in such noteworthy films as “Magkakabaung,” “Babagwa,” “Mercury Is Mine,” and even in his rom-com projects “Love Is Blind” and “The Third Party.” Now, Jason Paul Laxamana tries the horror genre in Regal Entertainment’s “Pwera Usog,” which opens in cinemas nationwide tomorrow.

Jason Paul Laxamana

Jason Paul Laxamana

Laxamana feels very lucky and grateful to have been trusted by the mother-daughter tandem of Mother Lily and Roselle Monteverde for the project. After all, Regal has mastered the horror genre, coming out every now and then with blockbuster horror flicks like the most recent, “Haunted Mansion.”

“Pwera Usog” which centers on the Filipino superstition usog, promises to be another big box-office hit. According to the director, “Iba siya. Never pa akong gumawa ng horror. Ang challenge pag horror, mas precise dapat ang direction mo, ang shots, ang timing. Kasi dapat proper ang build-up bago mo ma-execute ang moment of horror. Paano mo gugulatin o tatakutin ang mga taong marami nang nakitang horror movies at videos sa internet?”

The movie, truly fit for today’s millennial audience, stars Sofia Andres, Devon Seron, Cherise Castro, Eula Valdez, Joseph Marco, Albie Casiño, Kiko Estrada, Aiko Melendez and Rommel Padilla.

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Mobbed at Musikahan fest

After their very successful Panagbenga Festival participation, Barbie Forteza, Addy Raj, Ivan Dorschner, Jak Roberto, and Ken Chan of “Meant To Be” went to Tagum City, Davao del Norte last Feb. 28.

The social media posts showed the big crowd that joined the Kapuso Fiesta, It was actually a double treat for the Tagum fans because the stars of the upcoming Kapuso series “Impostora” Kris Bernal and Rafael Rosell were also there.

(From Left): Ivan Dorschner, Ken Chan, Mika Dela Cruz, Addy Raj, Barbie Forteza, and Jak Roberto

(From Left): Ivan Dorschner, Ken Chan, Mika Dela Cruz, Addy Raj, Barbie Forteza, and Jak Roberto

Meanwhile, Barbie, Jaclyn Jose and Therese Malvar were honored at the recent 9th Ani na Dangal awards of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

Jaclyn was honored for having been chosen Best Actress at Cannes Film Festival for “Ma’Rosa.” Barbie was awarded for her remarkable performance in “Laut” where she was named Best Actress at the Fantasporto International Film Festival, Portugal. Therese won the “Rising Star Asia Award” at 15th New York Asian Film Festival.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, March 7, go to Tieng Payumo, Tom Apacible, Carmen Patena, Leo Martinez, Gerald Anderson, Rica Peralejo, Nora Robles, Francis Choy, Karylle Adao, Charlotte Quiambao-Pascual, Vero Samio, Roselyn Alforte, Ella Mar Saison, and Tina Monson-Palma…March 8: Lenny Parto, Sarah Balabagan, Maricar Rizza Nueno, Ed dela Luna, Chiquita Atienza, Bryan Termulo, Sonny Jaworski, and former Sen. Ramon Revilla…

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