Serna: SAS keeps viewers glued to their seats

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By Roger Serna

Sounds and images

Thursday, June 20, 2013

MAN of Steel is the latest Superman movie that cineastes had been talking about even before it opened in Philippine cinemas. Since the opening day was a holiday (the country’s Independence Day), enthusiasts were seen queuing up at movie houses.

Smart Communications made some of its subscribers and media friends feel luckier as they were treated to a first-day viewing on IMAX theater no less. The event marked the launch of the Smart Infinity My IMAX Card, a reloadable movie card that makes it easier for cardholders to enter an SM City movie house with some perks at that.

More info on the card can be obtained at the SM Customer Care or at Man of Steel was a perfect choice of Smart Communications for the launch as the Superman movie left a mark among the viewers being action-packed with lots of visual effects.


Thanks to the corporate communications group of lawyer Mary Jane Paredes, En-en Navarro and Jojo Calinawan for a memorable movie viewing complete with after-movie chat over Japanese cuisine.


The Rojo clan, which former broadcaster and government executive Gloria Rojo proudly belongs, had a two-day reunion last weekend at the park and plaza owned by the International Pharmaceuticals Inc. in Mandaue City.

Ma’am Gloria said that their kin come from far away places in and out of the country and had exerted efforts to bond with the other members on that rare occasion. In an informal chat over coffee, Ma’am Glo introduced a niece, Margot, to friends from the media.

Margot has the potential of becoming a celebrity, model or even a beauty queen, what with her statuesque and svelte figure and pretty face. It would not be a wonder if one of these days, Margot will become a prized talent of one of Cebu’s talent and modeling agencies.


The trailer of Four Sisters and a Wedding—starring local cinema’s very visible actresses Angel Locsin, Bea Alonzo, Shaina Magdayao and Toni Gonzaga supported by Enchong Dee, Connie Reyes, Carmi Martin and Boboy Garovillo, among others—makes it look like Star Cinema will be making cash registers ring continuously when the movie opens on Wednesday, June 26.

The Cathy Garcia-Molina-directed movie has scenes that can evoke deep emotions and elicit laughter too. These are the qualities of a movie that Filipino audiences look for and who anticipate coming out of the movie house feeling better.


The pilot episode of GMA 7’s Sunday All Stars (SAS) promises to be something that urges tele-viewers to be in front of a television set on Sundays. The contest format among four competing groups raises the performance level of the cast members so that they have to be always conscientious of their jobs to be able to put up performances that push them to their respective limits.

The team leaders are Mark Bautista, Jolina Magdangal, Christian Bautista and Jennylyn Mercado. Conceptualization, costumes, sets, props and other production requirements were the leaders’ responsibilities.

Of course, the members can also contribute a piece of their minds. One statement in the video clips that preceded the actual performances that struck me was Christian’s “…when you’re on time, you’re late,” which he told to his members to emphasize the value of punctuality.

The performances were varied. Raw talents were highlighted in song and dance sequences that featured both foreign and Filipino compositions. Some have rap segments delivered by talents who were not known to do such things before thus making them discoveries in the process.

Veterans Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Janno Gibbs and Jaya (referred to as the show’s Big Four) sat on throne-like seats as judges although they also did song numbers in the opening sequence and towards the end of the show. Lovi Poe and Heart Evangelista took turns as anchors.

As a Father’s Day tribute, the Big Four did a medley of Bette Meddler’s Wind Beneath My Wings and Dan Fogelberg’s Leader of the Band. I had to exert effort to camouflage the tears that welled and later flowed down as I remembered the man to whom I dedicated the day also.

In the end, Jennylyn’s group was declared group winner with Mark Herras (from Mark Bautista’s group) who did a back-breaking dance sequence for a minute or two as best performer.

Text votes marked 50 percent of the total score with the other half from the judges.

All the team leaders vowed to outdo their last performances and so viewers are assured of more neck-and-neck competition from then on and thus have to schedule outings not to clash with Sunday All Stars.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 21, 2013.


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