Ryan Agoncillo will be busy again this Christmas season promoting Sakal Sakalo Saklolo, the sequel to the successful box-office movie Kasal Kasali Kasalo, which was critically acclaimed in the Metro Manila Film Festival last year.
"Promo kami, puro promo...What's definite is itutuloy naming yung tradition namin na first screening ng MMFF i-reserve namin yung buong sinehan for our friends and family," Ryan said.
"After Christmas, we fly to the States for the premiere of Sakal Sakali Saklolo. Malamang vacation will happen after all SSS duties are done."
Ryan looks forward to the premiere screening of the movie in the U.S. Last October, he flew there to support girlfriend Judy Ann Santos during the premiere of Ouija. But almost all the scheduled premieres were cancelled at the last minute. Ryan said they will be flying for the SSS premiere on the second week of January.
Ryan does not feel any anxiety about the outcome of SSS in the box office.
"Kami habang ginagawa namin, ako personally walang pressure about the kita. Kasi ganoon din naman ako noong unang pelikula. Hindi ko worry yung kikitain. Ang worry ko is quality. So, the first movie, it was really good. Kasi ako mismo, natuwa ako sa produkto.
"The pressure for SSS was keeping the quality, yung kalidad niya. Kasi hanggang ngayon, sinasabi sa amin, ‘Uy! Pinanood namin yung pelikula ninyo. Noong shinu-shooting ko yung My Kuya's Wedding, yung pari ng simbahan ng pinag-shu-shooting, ang sabi sa akin, ‘Alam niyo, please extend my thanks to Jose Javier Reyes.' Pormal, pormal yung monsignor. ‘Please extend my thanks to Jose Javier Reyes because of your movie, Kasal Kasali Kasalo, napadali ang pre-marriage counseling namin.'"
Plans for 2008. When he was interviewed last November 29, Ryan said he is still completing his contract with the Kapamilya network. His next project is said to be the second edition of ABS-CBN's Pinoy Dream Academy, where he will be the host.
Ryan hosted Philippine Idol at the same time PDA was airing. Since then, the Philippine Idol franchise has transferred from ABC-5 to rival network GMA-7.
"Still solidifying contract terms. Isang taon akong walang na-host. 2007 was a non-hosting year for me. It was just acting. Hopefully, 2008 will have a lot of hosting gigs," Ryan said.
Ryan is thankful though for his experiences as an actor.
"Mapra-praktis ka talaga. Si Tita Coney [Reyes], Juday [Judy Ann]. Mahahasa ka talaga. You have no choice but to really improve your craft. Otherwise, it's disrespecting them. So, maganda rin ang 2007 when I concentrated on acting.
When asked to describe his showbiz career this year, he replied, "2007 was a learning experience for me in terms of acting. I did two comedy movies [My Kuya's Wedding and SSS] and one drama soap [Ysabella]. It was really a tough year."
But he longs to continue his original passion. "Excited ako sa prospect ng pagbabalik sa hosting. I'm pretty rusty when it comes to hosting."