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