Fans lined up excitedly on the third floor of SM Megamalllast night, August 26, to catch a glimpse of For the First Time leadstars KC Concepcion and Richard Gutierrez. The premiere night held at SM Cinemas 9and 10 was extra-special since it was attended by stars andexecutives of rival networks ABS-CBN and GMA-7.
Family members and friends of the lead stars gave theirsupport for the 15th anniversary offering of Star Cinema, which is now beingscreened in more than 100 theaters nationwide. ABS-CBN president Charo Santos-Concio and chairman Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III attended the event along withMs. Malou Santos, Ms. Cory Vidanes, and Mr. Johnny Manahan. Also spotted at the venuewere Olive Lamasan and Deo Endrinal.
Richard's co-stars in Asero, Richard Gomez andJanno Gibbs, were at Cinema 10 of the SM Megamall. Also inattendance were Asero director Mark Reyes and executive producers Carol Reyes and AngieCastrence, as well as Kapuso network executive Ms. RedgieAcuña-Magno.
When Sharon Cuneta arrived with her husband, Sen. Francis"Kiko" Pangilinan, she immediately exchanged hugs with the family members ofRichard: Annabelle Rama, Eddie Gutierrez, and their kids Ruffa, Raymond,Rocky, Ritchie Paul and Ramon Christopher.
Cast members of For the First Time—Phillip Salvador, CandyPangilinan, TJ Trinidad, Bubbles Paraiso, Ana Roces, Bobby Andrews, BeatrizSaw, Gee-Ann Abraham, Carla Humphries, Denise Laurel and Ahron Villena—came in full force.
Among the early birds were German "Kuya Germs" Moreno andJericho Rosales. Sen. Bong Revilla Jr. was seated beside Ipe during thescreening. Sisters Michelle and Ehra Madrigal were present, as well as the otherKapuso stars JC de Vera, Paolo Paraiso and Rhian Ramos.
Celebrity couples were there: Gary Valencianoand Angeli Pangilinan, as well as Maricel Laxa and Anthony Pangilinan. Kapamilyastars were also there to watch the Star Cinema film: Sarah Geronimo,Mariel Rodriguez, Ai-Ai delas Alas, Maja Salvador and Manila Vice MayorIsko Moreno.
Meanwhile, in Cinema 9 of SM Megamall, KC's biologicalfather Gabby Concepcion quietly watched the film, away from his ex-wife Sharon.
Prior to the screening of the movie, KC and Richard gave a short speechregarding their first team-up. Richard addressed the jampacked crowd: "Thank you so much for sharing this moment with us, salamat at nandito kayo.Sana magustuhan ninyo ang handog ng Star Cinema para sa inyo. At salamat sa GMAand Star Cinema na nagkaisa kahit sandali lang, maraming salamat sa inyo."
KC also shared her excitement about her debut as an actress on the big screen. "Wow! First of all, this has been a dream come true. I loveyou, Mom, I can see you. Dad! [referring to Senator Kiko]. Hinding-hindi ko pomalilimutan po ito. I'm so proud that my first movie is with Star Cinema andRichard's first movie with Star Cinema. Salamat kay God, yun angpinakaimportante sa lahat."
For the First Time director Joyce Bernal joined KCand Richard in asking everyone to spread the good word about their movie, whichwas shot in Santorini, Greece.
The story is about a happy-go-lucky guy namedSeth (Richard) and a responsible girl named Pia (KC). While spending a vacationin Santorini with her Manang Josie (Candy Pangilinan), Pia gets to know Sethand his good friend Benjo (Nor Domingo). After spending a memorable vacation onthe Greek isle, Seth breaks Pia's heart. He realizes that he has fallen deeplyin love with Pia and follows her to Manila to apologize in person.
Right after the movie, Sharon gushed about the movieof her eldest daughter. "Paglabas n'yo ng sinehan, masaya kayo pero maymoments na mata-touch kayo. I'm so proud of KC and Richard. Sabi ko kay Ruffa,‘I can't believe she's up onscreen.' Saka bagay sila [KC and Richard].
"There are one scene na gusto ko nang awayin, si Ipe [PhillipSalvador, who plays KC's father in the movie]." She was referring to the confrontation scene wherein KC'scharacter Pia is pleading with her father (played by Ipe) who has not forgivenher for loving the wrong person in the past.
Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, the stepfather of KC, admitted that he could relate very well to the character of Ipe. "Na-guilty akokasi parang ako yung strict na tatay, e."
Sharon adds: "Parang siya yung maraming pinapatamaan dun.Ginaganyan ko siya [Sharon demonstrated by nudging her husband with her elbow], 'Ganyan ka, ganyan ka.'"
How does she feel, now that the hard work that KC put in thismovie has paid off? "Ang anak ko wala pang tulog. Pero si KC, hindi ko rinmasita kasi ganun din ako magtrabaho. Sanay na siya [Senator Kiko] na nawawalaang mga chicks niya sa buhay niya pag may trabaho," says the Megastar.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked the Megastarabout her assessment on the chemistry between the two young stars and she said:"Wonderful! Bagay sila. Ang lakas! Saka sana si Richard marami pang gawin forStar Cinema kasama namin."
It was also announced that night that Star Records will bereleasing a compilation album titled Musika at Pelikula, which willinclude the theme song of For the First Time interpreted by KC Concepcion.
Trailer courtesy of Star Cinema