First they conquered the big screen – in fact, not just once, not twice, but three times. Then they conquered the music charts with a string of hit duets, alongside individual hit songs. Now they’re conquering the small screen, too – in a big, big way.
They’re James Reid and Nadine Lustre and they could very well be considered the first (and only) superstar multi-media love team of their generation.
The Viva young stars, who rose to fame via last year’s surprise blockbuster movie Diary Ng Panget, have struck TV gold and are currently soaring on the wings of their hit primetime teleserye, On The Wings Of Love. It’s not only the most-watched show on its time slot, it’s one of the most trending shows in all of TV, setting social media sites on fire almost every single day.
Viewers instantly fell in love with the show and are deeply hooked, mainly because James and Nadine fit their roles perfectly and have incredible onscreen chemistry. It’s the very same qualities that made all of their movies blockbuster hits at the box-office.
What’s new in On The Wings is the maturity that both James and Nadine are displaying in their acting, noticed by fans and critics alike, and this promises to be what will keep the viewers glued to the show until the end.
The dynamic duo is also visible on TV outside of On The Wings as two of the most in-demand young endorsers in the country. Whether solo or in tandem, James and Nadine continue to be a favorite of youth-oriented lifestyle brands not only because of their looks and popularity but their wholesome image too.
Music-wise, the two have just scored their biggest achievement in their recording careers so far. They both received individual nominations as Best Southeast Asia Act in the 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards. This is on the strength of their recent solo albums, Nadine Lustre and Reid Alert, both of which have spawned a string of chart-topping hits.
On the movie front, the duo will be gracing the big screens this Christmas season via the comedy Beauty and the Bestie from blockbuster director Wenn Deramas. The movie stars Vice Ganda, Coco Martin, and child wonder, and fellow Viva artist, Alonzo Muhlach and is an entry in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival.
Viewers were all praises for the life lessons shared by the story of the hit teleserye Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita, which ended on Friday.
Bravery is one thing that emanates in Cecilia (Vina Morales) and Corrine’s (Jane Oineza) character. Cecilia tried to win back her husband (Christian Vasquez) from its mistress. But as she realized that she’s all on her own, she empowered herself by having a successful career and focused in taking care of her kids. Corrine, on the other hand, got pregnant in an early age but kept her baby and bravely faced people’s judgments. Meanwhile, Bea symbolizes a traditional Filipina that prioritizes education and waits for the right time to love. While Toni made wrong decisions in the past, she learned not to be selfish and give way for other’s happiness.
The series also showed how loving of a mother Cecilia is to her children. In her early years, Cecilia was abandoned by her father Paciano (Dominic Ochoa), which hurt her so much. With this, she gave so much love and protection for Corrine and Bea and made sure that her experience would not happen to her two daughters.
Love also prevailed in the lives of the lead characters. Cecilia, Corrine, Bea, Leandro, and Toni made amends due to the overflowing love that they have for one another. They learned to accept each other’s fault and picked up the pieces to make themselves whole once again.
Since it aired in January, Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita consistently won in the ratings game as it charmed the viewers with its life lessons and thrilling episodes.
Escudero wants more films like ‘Heneral Luna’
Senator Chiz Escudero admits that it is easier to teach history if there’s a visual reference and not just text in a book.
This is his reaction to some students’ question why Apolinario Mabini was always seated in Jerrold Tarog’s film Heneral Luna.
He’d like the local film industry to produce more films about the country’s national heroes apart from General Antonio Luna.
“This is my wish and I am asking the producers to invest not only money but also time in crafting films like Heneral Luna and other subjects in relation to the history of the Philippines. Whatever other people say, people learn easily about history when they are watching the events on screen,” the senator said.
“We’re not discounting the importance of textbooks, but films and other visual media can help in expanding the youth’s knowledge of the history of the country,” the Senator added.
In relation to that, Escudero said that one of the plans of his and Senator Grace Poe’s administration if they’d get elected – he as vice president and Poe as president is to start digitizing education in the country for teachers to teach effectively.
“Our aim is to go digital at DepED. We should give every teacher a laptop or tablet as instruction material so that the students are able to understand the lessons,” says Chiz.
The PreNup posts P8 million first-day gross Regal Entertainment, Inc.’s romantic-comedy The PreNup starring Jennylyn Mercado and Sam Milby grossed P8 million on its opening day, Wednesday last week.
Directed by award-winning Jun Lana, the movie succeeded in its goal to present the advantages and disadvantages of having a pre-nuptial agreement in a fun and entertaining way.
Positive reviews about the film now flood social media — Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Netizens continue to pass on the good word that The PreNup is a must-see movie.
They rave about Jen and Sam’s rapport and chemistry, especially in the movie’s kilig scenes, most of which were shot in New York City.
The male audience swooned at Jennylyn’s vampy appeal on screen while the female crowd swore by Sam’s handsome features. Both fit their roles to a “T.”
Equally praised for their performances were the supporting cast that include Melai Cantiveros, who tackles the part of Jen’s sister, and Jaclyn Jose, who plays Sam’s aristocratic mom.
Also notable were Gardo Versoza and Dominic Ochoa’s appearance as Jen’s parents.
The PreNup was graded B by the Cinema Evaluation Board with a Parental Guidance classification from the MTRCB.