Ang Tanging Pamilya promises to be a riotous "marry-go-around"


Ai-Ai delas Alas and Joseph Estrada (top frame) form one of the couples in Ang Tanging Pamilya: A Marry-Go-Around. The other couple, played by Toni Gonzaga and Sam Milby, are experiencing problems because of Marlene (Mommy Dionisia, wearing yellow). Can they resolve their conflicts in time for their scheduled wedding?


Described as a "marry-go-around," Ang Tanging Pamilya is the story of two pairs of lovers: Ai-Ai de las Alas and Joseph "Erap" Estrada as well as Toni Gonzaga and Sam Milby.

The younger couple want to get married after a two-year long distance relationship, coinciding with the wedding that Erap’s character promised to Ai-Ai for their 25th anniversary. But there are hitches that derail the two weddings, leaving everybody wondering if there will be a happy ending for the chaotic families.

Adding complications to the wedding preparations is the presence of Marlene (Mommy Dionisia), the mother of Sam Milby’s character, who insists on doing things her way.

Will there be a double wedding or none at all? Find out when Ang Tanging Pamilya opens in cinemas nationwide starting November 11, 2009.

This movie marks the return of Erap to the big screen after two decades. He was paired with Nikki Coseteng in the 1989 film Sa Kuko ng Agila. During the press conference of this Star Cinema film held yesterday, November 6, Erap was asked to describe his new leading lady, Ai-Ai.

"Iba naman talaga. Si Ai-Ai ay napakagaling," says the actor-turned-politician. He was then asked if he considers Ai-Ai to be a beautiful woman. "Erap paused before saying, "Okay naman...Maganda at mabango. Sexy rin.

He continued, "Ang tagal ko nang artista at mahirap ang comedy picture. Dapat magaling ang timing at lahat. Kaya hindi ako nahirapan kay Ai-Ai dahil sa natural na comedy actress ’yan. Suwerte ako na sa comeback ko, magagaling lahat ng nakasama ko."

During the presscon, Erap confirmed that he himself requested that Mommy Dionisia, the mother of Manny Pacquiao, be included in the cast of this film.

"Matagal ko nang kilala si Manny Pacquiao, bago pa siya maging world champion. Kaya noong nakita ko si Mommy D [Dionisia], gusto ko lang sabihin sa kanya na Erap ang pangalan ko...hindi Irap! Totoo yun, kasi noong nagda-dancing siya sa TV, natural ang kanyang acting kaya sabi ko, makakatulong ng malaki sa pelikula. Hindi naman ako nagkamali kasi uma-acting pa lang, tawang-tawa na kami lahat.

Ai-Ai also described how her kissing scene with Erap took place.

"Nag-take kami ng kissing scene sa simbahan. Yung lips niya, dumikit sa lips ko tapos binaon niya. Bakit binabaon mo pa? Aba, dine-deny na binabaon. In fairness, malambot ang lips mo," said the comedienne.


FIRST DAY TRIPPING. Ai-Ai recalled how straightforward Erap can be when he’s on the set of Ang Tanging Pamilya. "Nung first day namin, nakasuot ako ng plunging [top]. Tumingin siya sa akin tapos binati ko siya ng ’Good morning Papa!’ Sabi niya sa akin, ’May bra ka ba?’"

While shooting their film, Ai-Ai took the opportunity to ask Erap regarding the wristband that his become his trademark. "Tinanong ko siya, ’Pa, bakit palagi kang may wristband?’ Sagot naman niya, ’Pinapakita ko lang ito sa babaeng alam mo na...’ Sabi ko, ’Halika na, gawin na natin!’"

Candy Pangilinan also had an unforgettable experience when she met Erap for the first time. "Kasi po ang tingin niya sa akin lalaki," declared Candy. The film’s director, Wenn Deramas, revealed: "Ang unang tanong ng Presidente [kay Candy], ’Babae ka ba talaga?’ Candy said meekly, "Tinanong niya ako kung babae ako talaga. Sinagot ko sa kanya, ’Pumapatol ako sa Presidente ha! Umayos ka!’"


BEAUTY QUEEN-TURNED-DIRECTOR. Direk Wenn expressed his gratitude to Erap for allowing him to be part of this movie.

"Nung inalok sa akin, may halong takot," he admits. "Nung huling gabi namin, sinabi ko na sa kanya na sobra akong intimidated. Kaya lang magaling lang din akong artista na hindi ko pinapahalata sa kanya. Para sa isang Presidente na magpapadirek sa isang baguhan, dun pa lang dapat matuwa na ako kasi pwede niyang sabihin na ’Wag ’yan.’ Pwede niyang sabihin na ayaw ko ng beauty queen-turned-director pero pinili pa rin niya ako.

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He also described his experience while working with a first-time actress, Aling Dionisia.

"Siyempre, iko-consider natin na first movie niya ito. Unang harap sa camera niya dito. Ang maganda kay Aling Dionisia, willing. Gustong-gusto niya ang ginagawa niya. Nung kinausap ko siya, ako ay balahurang director. Ako wala akong sinasanto from Sharon Cuneta, Bong Revilla, ultimong si Presidente, mapapanood n’yo kung ano ang pinagawa ko sa kanya. Kahit anong ipagawa mo, wala siyang reklamo. Kahit 2 am, nili-lift-lift po siya ng mga dancers."

For his part, Erap was amazed by the technology that he saw while shooting Ang Tanging Pamilya.

"Dahil matagal na kong nawala sa pelikula, pinagmamasdan ko ang lahat ng aksyon. Nakita ko kung paano siya mag-direk. Minsan tatanungin ko siya and he’s willing to explain every scene na gusto kong tanungin. Nanibago ako dahil may mga monitor pala dun. Siyempre, nagmukha akong ignorante kasi wala naman yun noong panahon ko yan, e. Buti na-experience ko ang high-tech na paggawa ng pelikula."

The former President of the Philippines also praised Direk Wenn by saying, "I would say that he’s one director who’s really a professional."


MILESTONE FOR TONI GONZAGA. This movie marks the first time that Toni Gonzaga agreed to do a kissing scene. She says that she’s not used to doing kissing scenes so she and Sam Milby had to reshoot their scene. "Na take two kami at nareshoot. Kasi ako, hindi naman talaga ako gumagawa ng kissing scene. Nakita ko sina Ai-Ai at si President kung gaano ka-intense yung kissing scene nila so nahiya ako sa sarili ko. So nag-reshoot kami for that kissing scene. Para kay Direk Wenn, pumayag ako. Hindi ko nga naramdaman kasi ang bilis bilis."


Get to see the dance showdown of Ai-Ai, the Concert Comedy Queen, and Mommy Dionisia in this Star Cinema film.

Ang Tanging Pamilya will open in cinemas nationwide starting November 11, 2009.

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