Cesar Montano celebrated his birthday in advance with someentertainment press last night, July 30, at his own Italian restaurant,Bellissimo in Tomas Morato, Quezon City.
His actual birthday is tomorrow, August 1, but a small andintimate birthday party was thrown for him by PGFlex, which is the newestaddition to Cesar's number of endorsements.
Aside from having more endorsements, Cesar also wishes formore movie projects on his birthday. "One movie or two movies before the year ends, solve na ako," Cesar toldPEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal).
The award-winning director-actor also related to PEP thathis film production, CM Films, and Dondon Monteverde's Revolver will be mergingto do an action movie this year.
"We're going to do an action film, full-length," saidCesar. "Kukunin namin 'yong director incommercials, si AF [Benaza], ang galing. Siya yung nagdirek nung kay Piolo Pascual, 'yong may pakpak [Clear BlackValentine], 'tapos may isa pa siyang ginawa, ang galing niya, e.
'Tapos mayroon pang isang commercial, 'yong umuulan 'taposkinuha 'yong isang patak ng ulan [Nescafé]. He's really good. Nakita ko'yong iba pa niyang trabaho, sabi ko, ‘May mata 'to, a.' We're doing the teasernow for this action movie."
PEP asked if they intended to do this for the Metro ManilaFilm Festival. Cesar said that they wanted to, but unfortunately they were not able to submit thescript before the deadline.
"Late na, e. We're thinking na sana isasali namin, dapat nakapag-submit kaminoong June ng script pero wala na. Perowe plan, we plan to release it this year, hopefully this November."
CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD. After his music lyrics game show The SingingBee, Cesar is scheduled to go to New York, U.S.A. to talk to his movieproducer in Hollywood about its promise of a follow-up movie after The GreatRaid (2005).
"Kaya kailangan kong umalis and I have to stay there for awhile," said Cesar.
He continued, "Ang situation kasi is I really have to staythere for a while, e. Para kasing,halimbawa dito sa atin, nag-aartista ako, wala pa ako masyadong name. Ngayon, nakatira ako sa Bohol, you have tostay here in Manila."
How long will he be staying in the U.S.?
"'Yon, that is the question. Kasi, halimbawa, may party, you have to bevisible, e. Punta ka sa party,makikilala mo si Ganito. Gano'n 'yon,e, kailangan visible ka, e. Parang backto zero ako doon, e.
"Well, ang maganda lang sa akin kasi, ang kilala kong mgaproducer, mga Jew. Like sina LawrenceBender, producer of Inconvenient Truth, Kill Bill. Buti na lang sila, Jewish kasi [ang producerko] doon, e. Kapag Pilipino angproducer ko hindi na ako magpu-pursue."
Cesar said that he might need to stay inNew York for a while. And this does notbother him much because, he explained, "Kasi gusto ko iyong trabaho, e. Alam mo naman 'yong dream natin, if talagangsure na makakakuha ng another Hollywood project."
"WE'RE NOT SEPARATING." After relating his plan to stay in New York for a short while, aquestion was raised, "Are Sunshine and their kids coming with him?"
"They'll stay here. Ako muna ang makikipagsapalaran doon."
Cesar clarified that he and Sunshine are okay now and thisshort period of separation from each other is just a stage in theirrelationship.
He explained, "Right now, it's good for us kasi that willgive us time to think more about what's the best. Well, we know already what's the best. Pero ito 'yong time na... Healing time ito, e, and realization."
He immediately added, "But, of course, we know alreadythe answer kaya we can't be separated, okay, we're not separating."
COMING BACK FOR THE SINGING BEE. Cesar assured PEP that he will be coming back to the country for the secondseason of his music-lyrics game show The Singing Bee.
"Babalik din naman ako kaagad, mabo-bore ako doon[sa New York], e. Magre-resume 'yongshow [The Singing Bee] and pakikiramdaman ko iyon kung medyo matagal paiyon, e."
The actor was glad that his show did very well in the ratingsgame, especially since it was placed on primetime block.
"I'm very thankful kasi hindi ko inaakala na ganun. I mean, this is the first time I host a gameshow. Bagung-bago sa akin ang mundongito and I know I have a lot of growing up to do. I'm so thankful, talagang, ‘Halleluja!'"
Cesar gave his thanks to the viewers whosupported the show from the start. "I wanna thank all the people who continually support us—'yong mgananonood, mga viewers from all over the world, I know it's hitting U.S., Japan,etc. Kaya nagpapasalamat po ako talagasa lahat."
The Singing Bee will have its final episodes next week,but Cesar announced that it might have a second season in October.
"Magbabalik po kami, magiging isang oras na kami," exclaimedCesar. "Magiging isang oras na kamikasi sayang 'yong mga joke namin, mga side comments namin, hindi n'yo po talaganapapanood lahat. Kapag naging isangoras na kami, naku, mas matutuwa po kayo."So, abangan n/yo po ang pagbabalik ng The Singing Bee. Mawawala kami for a while pero magbabalik pokami na may dalang 'revenge.'"