When a homosexual couple wants to have a baby of their own, they ask the help of a baby maker to make their dreams come true. This is the premise of Manay Po 2: Overload, which will open in theaters on April 16. The sequel of the original Manay Po, which was first shown to the public in 2006.
In Manay Po 2: Overload, Luzviminda Dimagiba (Cherry Pie Picache) and her three gay sons Oscar (Polo Ravales), Orson (John Prats), and Orwell (Jiro Manio) are back to entertain viewers everywhere. Now, they want to add a new member to their outrageous family—a cute little baby to make their new home complete. But babies don't just appear out of thin air. While the Dimagibas are figuring out a solution, Bette (Rufa Mae Quinto) comes just at the right time to serve as the baby maker for the family.
After her successful stint in the Metro Manila Film Festival comedy flick Desperadas, Rufa Mae Quinto plays the quirky baby maker who believes that her greatest asset is her vast knowledge of mangled quotes. With her excellent comic timing, Rufa Mae delivers unforgettable lines such as "Birds of the same feather make a good feather duster" and "Don't count your chickens kung ang alaga mo ay bibe."
Other problems arise for the Dimagiba family. Luz (Cherry Pie) becomes insecure when her boyfriend Gerry (Christian Vasquez) becomes close to Summer Rain (Rubi-Rubi). Meanwhile, Adrianne (Sid Lucero) becomes jealous when his boyfriend Oscar (Polo) showers too much affection on Bette (Rufa Mae). Orson (John), who is still hopelessly in love with Marky (Mike Tan), becomes emotionally disturbed when he finds out that his loved one is already engaged to be married. The youngest son Orwell (Jiro) is now having identity issues and is confused whether or not to wear a gown or a pair of trousers.
Since the three young actors—Polo, John, and Jiro—play homosexuals in this Regal Entertainment movie, they were asked how they were able to tackle their roles even though they are not gays in real life.
"Noong part one [Manay Po], medyo nangapa kami. Sinabi sa akin nung director kung anong gagawin ko...sinunod ko lang siya kung anong gusto niya. Dito sa part two, madali na akong nakapag-adjust. Sanay na ako. Lumalabas ang feminine side ko," quips Polo during the press conference of Manay Po 2: Overload.
As for John, he agrees with Polo by saying that he had a much easier time portraying a gay character after finishing the original Manay Po. "Sa part two, sanay na. Yung first part lang yung mahirap kasi first time kong gumanap ng role na malanding bading. Nahirapan lang talaga ako sa [gay] language."
The youngest gay member of the Dimagiba family, portrayed by Jiro, even gets a scene wherein he receives mouth-to-mouth resuscitation from Paolo Rivero. With regards to the kissing scene, the 15-year old actor says, "Siyempre, noong una nakakailang kasi parehas kaming lalaki. Sabi ko sa kanya [Paolo], gawin natin nang mabilis ito para isang take lang. Pero umabot rin ng four or five takes. Sabi ko pa kay Paolo, ‘wag mo nang idikit...dayain na lang natin. Kaya lang, sabi ni Direk Joel, hindi puwede kasi kitang-kita."
In the movie, Paolo portrays the swimming instructor of Orwell (Jiro), who fakes a swimming accident so he can receive CPR from his handsome teacher.
Manay Po 2: Overload also stars Giselle Sanchez, IC Mendoza, Charles Christianson, Jim Pebangco, Marco Alcaraz, Alex Castro, EJ Jallorina, Andrea Torres, and Paolo Rivero. This Regal Entertainment film directed by Joel Lamangan opens in theaters nationwide on April 16.
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