More chika, more fun — more delay?

Comedienne Rufa Mae Quinto and former sexy actress Abby Viduya, who both stayed for quite some time in the US, must have missed some celebrities they’ve worked with in the past that it was difficult for them to stop the banter during the taping of their shows.

The two, as hissed to us, were reportedly the cause of some kind of delay in one production because they couldn’t stop gabbing with their co-actors on the set.

There’s no problem, really, as chika time is usually allowed on the set. But when the bantering gets in the way of the smooth taping session, that’s altogether different, right?

We were told the actresses’ “more chika, more fun” demeanor was not something the production people appreciated as it tended to stall the taping.

What’s more, Quinto and Viduya, who are no longer spring chickens, would not make an effort to memorize their lines, per our source. The production needed extra minutes just so the two actressescould revisit their lines. True?


RUFA Mae Quinto(Phtographs courtesy of ig/Ruffa Mae Quinto)


‘Pangit’ Vilma Santos film?

Another friend hissed to us that director Joel Lamangan is reportedly unhappy with Vilma Santos’ film entry in the forthcoming Metro Manila Film Festival.

Lamangan, known far and wide as a very vocal director who speaks his mind, was said to have described the movie in a hushed conversation as “pangit (ugly).”
However, from the conversation, it appeared he was only relaying what had also been told him: “Alam mo ba, may nakapagsabi sa akin na ang pangit ng movie ni Vilma (Did you know, someone told me that Vilma’s movie is ugly),” he reportedly said.

If true, this will definitely stir talk and rancor not only because Lamangan and Santos are both major names in the business, but also because Lamangan’s movie about aging prostitutes is also being fielded in the MMFF edition this year. A case of dissing the competition?


The slap Kim Chiu loved

Just like other actresses before her, Kim Chiu had also dreamt of one day being slapped by the great actress Maricel Soriano in a scene. This dream was finally realized in the TV drama Linlang, when the Diamond Star gave the Chinita Princess a very good slap.

Opo, nangyari na. Sobra akong natigalgal. Siyempre, ano ‘yun, pangarap ng isang artista na masampal (ni Maricel). Bucket list namin, check. Ang lala (Finally it happened. I was so shocked. It’s in our bucket list [as actors], so check. What a tremendous moment),” said Chiu after the screening of Linlang recently.

Sobra akong nagpapasalamat na nakatrabaho ko si Inay. Habang ginagawa ko ‘yung eksena, kinakabahan ako. At nang pinanood ko ‘yung eksena na iyon, mas kinabahan ako para sa role ni Juliana(I am very thankful that I was able to work with Mother [how younger co-stars call Soriano]. As I was doing the scene, I was nervous. And when I reviewed the scene, I was more nervous for my role as Juliana),” added Chiu.

Working with Soriano for the first time was an experience Chiu said she will forever cherish and be grateful for. The senior actress was most generous to her and her co-stars, she recalled, citing the shoes she has accumulated as gifts from Soriano.

However, when doing their scenes, Chiu said they couldn’t be chummy-chummy and she had to be on her toes as their characters were not friends in the series – and also because of Soriano vast experience as an actor.

Ninenerbyos ako kapag magkaeksena kami kasi siyempre ang dami nang nagawang project at kaeksena si Inay. Baka ‘yung sampal, medyo hardcore (I was nervous whenever we did our scenes together because Mother has done so many projects. And the slap could be hardcore).”

It was hardcore, indeed, but being the hardcore Maricel Soriano fan  that she is, Chiu was only too happy in the end.