Five sisters shopping in Bonifacio High Street, The Fort,might not seem unusual but what makes it extraordinary is the fact that thesisters are actually stars of the Metro Manila Film Fest entry Desperadas 2.
Iza Calzado, Ruffa Gutierrez, Marian Rivera, and Rufa MaeQuinto are back as the quirky sisters who find out that they have a long-lostsister, to be played by singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid. In his role as a royalprincess from a remote island located near Africa, it takes around two hours tocomplete the sun-kissed look of Ogie complete with a dress, a wig, and heels.
An industry insider notes that this movie is good karma for Ogie since Regalmatriarch Mother Lily Monteverde handpicked him to play the role of thelong-lost sister. It will be remembered that he was supposed to play a key rolein Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah Ze Moveeh but the plan did not push through.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was able to talk withthe stars while they were not busy shooting sequences with director JoelLamangan. Rufa Mae narrates the experiences that her character, Patricia, willexperience in the Desperadas sequel.
"Sa previous movie, maghiwalay kami ni Wendell Ramos,annulled na kami. Mayroong bagong nanliligaw na congressman, si ChristianVasquez, na mayaman na mayaman. May helicopter scene, pinapag-shopping niyakaming magkakapatid, bongga! Siyempre, writer and author pa rin ako ng book."
Her character who is a sexologist who has written severalbooks on sexual relationships.
She continues: "Si Iza, nagkaanak na kasi, di ba, nabuntissiya sa first film? Ipapakita ko yung scenario ng isang single mom nanagtatrabaho," says Rufa Mae. Incidentally, she will star in another filmtitled Civil Status:Single.
Marian is the youngest sibling Courtney who marriedbasketball star Patrick (Will Devaughn). "Nag-grow na ang character ko, hindina siya KSP [kulang sa pansin]," describes Marian. "Hindi na siya papansin atsuccessful na siya. Ang problema na lang yung asawa niya kasi insecure siya sasobrang successful niya. Yun yung kailangan niyang i-handle."
How was it like working with Ogie? "Nakaka-aliw siya, sobrang professional.Naloloka siya sa akin kasi tili ako ng tili."
Ruffa Gutierrez reprises her role as Isabella, a singlemother who had financial problems in the past but was too proud to admit it.She was paired with R&B singer Jay-R who is cast as a model named Vito.
"Sa first Desperadas, wala akong pakialam sa pera,gastos ako ng gastos, inubos ko yung pera ng tatay ko sa mga luho ko. Ngayon,hindi na ako mayaman but I'm still trying to keep up the façade that I stillhave money. Isabella has more problems now, parang na i-in love na siya sapartner niyang si Jay-R. May bago kaming kapatid dito, hindi lalaki kung diisang tunay na babae na si Ogie.
"Behind the scenes, masasabi ko na mas close kami ngayon.Last year kasi ang ka-close ko lang si Rufa Mae pero ngayon, close ko na rinsina Iza, sina Marian. Last year, parang baguhan pa lang si Marian so nahihiyapa siya. Ngayon, nakita ko kay Marian may confidence na siya. Magaan lahat ngkasama sa set. Walang intriga, walang sapawan, walang talbugan. It's a verygood working vibe, especially with Ogie there—it's a riot!"
Their other sister is Iza who plays the role of Stephanie, aconservative lawyer married to Richard (TJ Trinidad).
Aside from shooting in The Fort, some sequences of Desperadas 2 havebeen shot in Alabang and Subic Bay Freeport. This is one of the eight Filipinomovies that will open on December 25, 2008.