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Piolo Pascual still a favorite leading man

Piolo Pascual
Piolo Pascual

A FELLOW writer and I watched Starting Over Again on its first day of release at SM Megamall’s new Directors Club at the mall’s new wing called Fashion Hall.

ay until five days after it has grossed P200 million, making it one of Star Cinema’s highest grossing film among its 20th anniversary releases.
I can understand why. The film has all the elements that make women swoon over Piolo Pascual from beginning to end.

Never mind Toni Gonzaga and Iza Calzado, movie fans just like to watch the actor on screen.

It has been sometime since Pascual played a role that made women’s hearts beating faster than usual. And in this film, it is evident that director Olivia Lamasan was careful in capturing the actor and making him look like the guy every woman wants to have as a groom.

Fans abroad flocked to the movie’s international premiere showing on Feb. 15 at the historic Fox Theater in Redwood City, California.
Lead actor Piolo Pascual must be commended for his performance as the heart-broken Marco, further proof of his status as one of the country’s box office actors even after 15 years in the industry. His chiseled looks and emotionally charged acting, combined with evident chemistry with both leading ladies Toni Gonzaga and Iza Calzado, Piolo is in perfect form as the classic rom-com actor.

Even director Olivia Lamasan said that Piolo’s role in Starting Over Again was just right for the seasoned actor. “For the longest time I’ve been looking for a material for PJ na palagi kong sinasabi na sa laki ng achievements mo sa buhay, sa laki ng narating mo, parang hindi na kita mahawakan. So naghahanap ako ng isang role para sa yo na mararamdaman kita ulit. At masasabi kong, ‘ah nasasaktan ka pa rin. Ah, nasasaktan ka, gusto kita yakapin.’ And this is the perfect role for him.”

Overwhelmed with the support, Piolo couldn’t thank his fans enough. “To everyone who came out and supported our film and bore the long lines, sitting in front of the movie house just to be able to watch the film…Thank you very much for believing and extending your support to Star Cinema and everyone who’s part of this project. We’re all humbled by your love…may we continue to spread love and harbor good feelings toward everyone…Mabuhay ang pelikulang Pilipino! To God be the glory!”

Starting Over Again is still showing, in 270 theaters nationwide. There will be international screenings in North America (Arkansas, Illinois, Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, Florida, Washington, Texas, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia) and Canada (Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan).

Screenings in the Middle East (UAE, Qatar & Bahrain) and Australia ( Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane) will start on March 6.

By Isah V. Red | Feb. 23, 2014 at 06:00pm
Source: http://manilastandardtoday.com/2014/02/23/piolo-pascual-still-a-favorite-leading-man/

Piolo Pascual, Toni Gonzaga to grace US premiere of ‘Starting Over Again’

REDWOOD CITY, California—Fresh from a recent fan-packed Manila premiere with a record-breaking opening day gross of P25 million, the Philippines’s “Ultimate Heartthrob” Piolo Pascual and actress-singer-host Toni Gonzaga will fly almost 8,000 miles to meet their fans in the San Francisco Bay Area for the U.S. premiere of the romantic comedy, “Starting Over Again.”

The premiere, a Valentine’s Day offering from ABS-CBN Star Cinema and TFC@TheMovies, is set for Feb. 15, Saturday, with 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. screenings at historic Fox Theatre in Redwood City.

“Starting Over Again” has generated huge buzz because of the chemistry of the two lead stars and the numerous positive reviews by critics, bloggers and fans who are raving over the brilliantly directed movie by the award-winning Olivia M. Lamasan.

Lamasan directed international Filipino blockbusters from Star Cinema like “Milan,” “In My Life,” “In the Name of Love” and “The Mistress,” to name a few.

The screenplay is by Carmi Raymundo who wrote the recent Kim Chiu-Xian Lim blockbuster, “Bride for Rent” and other hits like “My Amnesia Girl” and “It Takes A Man and a Woman.”

Toni plays Ginny—bubbly, brilliant and driven—a student in architecture, romantically pursues Marco (Piolo), a professor.

Eyebrows may be raised but the two genuinely fall in love, until one day, Ginny left for no apparent reason, breaking Marco’s heart.

Years later, their paths cross again: Ginny has the successful career that she dreamed of while Marco is now a chef, with a new ladylove in Patty (played by Iza Calzado). Seems like they are all happy. But Ginny wants Marco back. The journey of second chances begin with Ginny chasing Marco again. But will this have a happy ending or will it end again in heartbreak?

Joining Piolo, Toni and Iza in this romantic comedy are Joross Gamboa, Bryan Santos, Edgar Allan Guzman, Cai Cortez and Beauty.

For more information on the premiere, visit tfc-usa.com/AtTheMovies.

INQUIRER.net US Bureau
February 15, 2014 | 4:39 am