What happens when you combine four comediennes in one comedy film? A riot, of course.
That is exactly what happened to Apat Dapat, Dapat Apat, which stars Rufa Mae Quinto, Eugene Domingo, Pokwang, and Candy Pangilinan. This Viva Films production opened in theaters nationwide starting October 10.
When PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) attended the celebrity premiere night of Apat Dapat, Dapat Apat at the Podium, Ortigas Center, Quezon Cty, last October 8, the stars of the comedy film narrated how their friendship bloomed on the set.
"Riot [ang taping]. Makukulit, enjoy lang kami sa set. May nabuong friendship," recalls Pokwang. "Ang pinakanakakatawang nangyari sa amin, sa Hong Kong. Naghihintay kami ng fireworks, so naka-setup ang camera sa harapan namin pero yung fireworks nasa likod pala namin. Di ba, nakakaloka yun?"
"Ito kasi ang comedy na may puso. Iiyak ka sa tawa. Pang-pamilya talaga. Pang OFW [Overseas Filipino Workers] pa siya kaya marami tayong mga kababayan na makaka-relate na may mga kamag-anak abroad. Dinededicate rin namin itong pelikulang ito sa mga bayaning buhay," she explains.
Pokwang narrates that she used to be an OFW in Japan and Abu Dhabi.
The cast members of the film all attended the celebrity premiere night, except for Candy Pangilinan who was busy taping that night. The event also marked the first time that Rufa Mae would meet former boyfriend Erik Santos in public since he came back from abroad. The sexy actress says that she is enjoying her life despite not being committed in a relationship. "Enjoy na enjoy ako sa pagiging single. Sa panahon na ngayon, tutok na tutok ako sa trabaho ko."
Rufa Mae also says that she enjoys going out to attend events such as the recent concert of Billy Crawford at the Araneta Coliseum. "Si Rustom [Padilla] hindi pa niya feel at that time [na magsayaw] pero ako feel na feel ko, so bakit pa ako magpapapigil?"
Playing Rufa Mae's persistent suitor in the film is Kian Kazemi, a former Pinoy Big Brother Season 2 housemate. "It was non-stop laughter working with the four comediennes. Parang hindi trabaho kasi tawanan lang kami ng tawanan. Sila yung mga veteran comedians of our time kaya it was a humbling experience."
When asked to share his funniest anecdote about Apat Dapat, Dapat Apat, Kian says that it happened when he shot his scenes with John "Sweet" Lapus. "Nung kami ni Sweet, nung na-in love ako sa kanya at naghabulan pa kami dahil iniwan ako ni Rufa Mae."
For his part, Sweet also considers his scenes with Kian as the most memorable. "Na culture shock ‘ata [si Kian] nung first shooting day niya, ganun na agad ang scene niya [confrontation scene and chase scene]. Sa set na lang niya nalaman na ang character niya, ang ending mapupunta sa akin. He's very cool considering that this is Kian's first movie," narrates the TV host and PEP blogger.
Sweet admits that he played a practical joke on Kian while taping the film. "Niloloko nga namin ni Direk Wenn [Deramas] si Kian na meron pa kaming kissing scene. Nung time na yun, seryoso kami and he was telling us that it was okay. Okay lang daw na may kissing scene siya sa akin. I like Kian. He's a very cool guy. He's such a good sport. Masarap kasama," he ends.