Eugene Domingo differentiates Mamarazzi from Ang Tanging Ina

by Jocelyn Dimaculangan
Aug 22, 2010
"I always have respect for Ai-Ai because she is our queen. When it comes to comedy, nauna siya sa ating lahat. Sa pelikula niya, dun ako unang nakita. I supported her and in real life, we support each other," says Eugene Domingo (main photo) about her supposed rivalry with Ai-Ai delas Alas (inset). Mamarazzi, the family comedy film from Regal Films, will open in cinemas this Wednesday, August 25.

For the 50th anniversary of Regal Films, Eugene Domingo will be portraying a mother of triplets in the comedy film Mamarazzi. Because of this kind of plot, some people are comparing Mamarazzi with the Ai-Ai delas Alas-starrer Ang Tanging Ina.



"Ako, conscious ako diyan. Kasi bahagi ako ng pelikulang 'yon," says Uge (Eugene's nickname)."Yung original na Tanging Ina at 'yong pangalawa, Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat. Of course, conscious ako.



"May respeto ako sa posisyon ni Ms. Ai Ai de las Alas because she is the Comedy Queen. She's always ahead of me.



"So, sinabi ko sa brainstorming namin nina Ms. Roselle [Monteverde-Teo, of Regal Films] na huwag masyadong kumabit o paparehas sa storyline o concept ng Tanging Ina."



Although they are both family comedies, Uge says that there are big differences between the two films.



"Itong Mamarazzi, malayo naman. Nagkataon lang na pareho silang ina, pero isa lang ang trabaho ko rito. Nais niya lang na magkaroon ng ama ang mga anak niya, hindi namatay ang asawa niya. Tatlo lang ang anak ko rito, triplets, hindi isang dosena.

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"Malayo naman, nagkataon lang na ina rin ang role ko at luka-lukahan din na nanay. Pero respeto lang kay Ai-Ai at para maiba rin."



Mamarazzi is directed by Joel Lamangan for the 50th anniversary of Regal Films while the Ang Tanging Ina series is megged by Wenn Deramas for Star Cinema.



What is Uge's reaction to fans and critics who pit her against the Comedy Queen Ai-Ai?



"Magandang ano 'yon, laru-laro. Pero seriously speaking, iba, e. Iba si Ms. Ai Ai, iba rin naman ako. So, kung ipantatapat, sa tingin ko, hindi talaga, e. Hindi labanan. Kaya nga excited akong makita 'yong pelikulang magkasama kami para ma-establish na hindi kami nagtatapatan o nag­lalabanan.



"Magkaibigan kami at magtutulungan kami. Sa tingin ko, hindi na uso ngayon ang tapatan at laba­nan. Tulungan na lang."



Uge later added: "Hindi mo maiaalis 'yan, e. Yan ang nagbibigay spice sa ating business but to assure everyone, talagang magkaibigan kami ni Ai-Ai. We are mature enough to understand this business na ang gusto lang naming ay magpasaya ng tao.

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"Lahat ng ningning, lahat ng kasikatan, mawawala. Mas importante sa akin ang friendship," she stressed.



Aside from being pitted against Ai-Ai, Uge is also being compared to TV host-comedienne Pokwang. For her part, Uge says that she has nothing against the host of Pilipinas, Win na Win. Uge even stated, "I am looking forward to a movie with Ai-Ai and Pokwang—the three of us. Di ba masaya yun? Nakasama ko na si Pokwang sa pelikula. Sa tingin ko, dapat si Pokwang i-launch na."



In Mamarazzi, Andi Eigenmann portrays the two daughters of Eugene named Peachy and Strawberry. The comedienne says that she can relate to Andi's situation since she herself portrayed dual roles in her launching film Kimmy Dora: Kambal sa Kiyeme.



"Ang galing niya kasi sanay na sanay siya na gumanap ng kambal," says Uge with a laugh. "Naiintindihan ko naman kasi kambal ang ginampanan ko sa Kimmy Dora. Sinasabihan ko rin siya na, 'anak, dito mas kwela ka or dito mas kimi or dito mas mataray.' Andi is very open to suggestions and trouper siya."

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SYNOPSIS. Everybody knows about the paparazzi—people who stalk celebrities, following their every move. But have you ever heard of a "mamarazzi"?



Mamarazzi is the story of a mother who constantly pries into the lives of her three children, often resulting in riotous and hilarious situations.



Fifteen years ago, Violy Langit (Eugene Domingo), an owner of a small funeral parlor, learns that she is suffering from a medical condition that requires her to undergo a hysterectomy. All her life, she's wanted to have children, and she realizes that she has to do it before the procedure. But Violy has no man in her life—no husband, no boyfriend, no suitors. She seeks the help of her gay best friend, Mandy (John Lapus). Out of pity and love for Violy, Mandy offers his boyfriend, Carlo (Diether Ocampo) to serve as a sperm donor.



With Mandy's blessing, Violy and Carlo share a night filled with romance, passion, and mystery—for after that night, Carlo disappears completely from the lives of Violy and Mandy.

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But Violy gets her wish. She is blessed with a set of triplets—two girls, Peachy and Strawberry (Andi Eigenmann in a dual role), and one boy, Dingdong (A.J. Perez)—which she raises as a single mother.



As the children gets older, Violy, with all her might, does all ways and means to have happy kids even to the extent of helping her son get the girl that he wants: Mimi (Carla Abellana). Her being an extremely controlling and overly nosy mother makes the kids wonder about their mom's intentions. Little do her children know that all she's doing is just to make her family happy. Adding to the children's frustration, is getting their mom to reveal to them her secret: the real identity of their father.



As tensions run high and emotions soar, their story explodes in a flurry of shocking, funny, and quirky revelations that would forever change everyone's lives.

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Click here to watch the kissing scene of Eugene and Diether

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"I always have respect for Ai-Ai because she is our queen. When it comes to comedy, nauna siya sa ating lahat. Sa pelikula niya, dun ako unang nakita. I supported her and in real life, we support each other," says Eugene Domingo (main photo) about her supposed rivalry with Ai-Ai delas Alas (inset). Mamarazzi, the family comedy film from Regal Films, will open in cinemas this Wednesday, August 25.
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