The 9501 restaurant of ABS-CBN was temporarily transformedinto an outback with the use of real grass, wooden railings, and a saddledisplayed prominently in front of the presidential table. This layout was for the second pressconference of Star Cinema's opening salvo for 2009, Love Me Again (Land Down Under).
The film's lead stars, PioloPascual and Angel Locsin, were joined by some supporting cast members of the movie.Dimples Romana, Erich Gonzales, and AJ Dee recalled the time that they shot this Star Cinema movie, whichwill open in cinemas nationwide starting January 15. They talked animatedlyabout their experiences as cowboys working in Bukidnon and Australia, where thefilm was shot.
Director Rory Quintos revealed that she had a lot of difficulty directingthe horses and cattle during the shootings since she could not control their mood swings. The stars candidly admitted that they themselvesran after the cattle to make them move the way their directorwanted. To see the video clip of the presscon, click here.
After the general discussion, Angel told the press about the three-dayMacau trip that she recently had with Luis Manzano and his family.
"After Christmas, nagbakasyon kami kasama nina Tita [VilmaSantos]. Eighteen kami lahat andnag-Macau kami. Nag-travel din kami sa Hong Kong, mga five hours lang yun throughferry.
"Dun binigyan ni Tita si Luis ng Rolex watch worth P2 million. Yun lang talagaang ipinunta namin dun. Ang sweet nga ni Tita kasi may vertigo yata siya, buongtime sa ferry, nahihilo na siya. Pero tiniis niya talaga kasi gusto niyang i-surprisesi Luis."
At first, Angel did not want to reveal the gift she gave to Luis, but a reporter asked whether it was true that she gave him a pair of Louis Vuitton rubber shoes."Nahihiya ako pero hinanap ko yun talaga, kasi wala nun dito sa Pilipinas. SaStates ko pa nakita yun."
The Star For All Seasons sent a Ferragamo bag toAngel. In return, the young actress gave Ms. Vilma a pair of diamond earrings. "Gift namin 'yon ni Luis sa kanya," revealed Angel.
As for her Christmas gift, Angel said that she received a professional Nikon camerafrom Luis. "Ginamit ko na sa Macau and sa Macau, bumili rin ako ng lens dun."
What did they do in Macau?
"Nag-dinner kami sa isang restaurant, nag-bonding kami. Nawala pa kami kasi nag-bus kami, pero hindi namin maintindihankasi Chinese ang nakasulat. Hindi namin talaga alam kung saan, tapos wala pangtaxi.
"Buti na lang may Pinay na dumaan at sinabi sa akin, ‘Hi Angel!' Sabi ko, ‘Pinayka? Nagtanong kami sa kanya at ang bait niya kasi sinamahan niya kami hanggangmakasakay kami talaga. Itinuro niya sa amin ang papunta sa Venetian [hotelwhere they stayed]," Angel narrated.
Did they ride the famed gondolas in Macau?
"Hindi, nahiya ako kasi angdaming tao nakatingin. Kasi kakantahan ka nila pero may certain spot kung saansila kakanta. Pinapakanta nga ng friend ko yung [gondolier or boatman], pero ayaw pa kasi dun pa raw siya sa ibang spot kakanta."
Trailer courtesy of Star Cinema