The launch of the Ploning Foundation at the Dolce Bar in Quezon City last February 22, doubled as a thanksgiving party since it served as a way for Panoramanila Pictures Co. to thank all the people who helped their film during the past year. Even though Ploning did not enter the Top 9 of the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 81st Academy Awards—which was won by Japan's Departures—the filmmakers were grateful that they had been given the chance to represent the Philippines abroad.
Director Dante Nico Garcia revealed that, in fact, his directorial debut has been invited to the 2009 Newport Beach Film Festival.
During this late-night event, Alfie Lorenzo expressed his disappointment with his ward Judy Ann Santos, the star of the movie Ploning. He said that even though he is still the manager of Juday, he felt that he was being bypassed since Judy Ann and her fiancé Ryan Agoncillo did not inform him properly about their wedding plans.
"Wala pa kasi kaming plano," explains Juday. "Nape-pressure ako sa mga taong sumasama ang loob sa akin. Pero wala pa talaga, please understand, wala pa po talaga."
She later adds: "Siguro iniisip ni Tito Alfie na ang dami na kasing lumalabas na announcement, pero wala pa rin kaming inilalapit sa kanya. So maybe he's thinking na itsapuwere siya. Hindi, hindi puwede kasi parte siya ng buhay ko, kasama siya sa mga taong bumuo sa akin. So, napaka-ingrata ko naman kung hindi ko siya isasali dito sa wedding ko. Hindi puwedeng mangyari 'yon."
Reports say that Mommy Carol also got mad since she seems to be the last to know about the couple's plans.
"Actually nung nabasa ko yung column na 'yon, nung gabi kinausap ko na siya. At in-explain ko sa kanya na, 'Ma, hindi naman sa sine-set aside ka namin sa mga plano, wala pa po talaga.' Bakit ko itatago? Hindi ko itatago. Kasi parang nakalagay dun sa column na bridal car talaga yung susundo sa kanya, so I had to assure her that there is really no planning, wala pang specifications. Napag-usapan pa lang over dinner ganyan, pero pag nagsimula na, dire-diretso na 'yan," narrates Judy Ann.
NO TV COVERAGE. Juday also verified PEP's report that she and Ryan will not allow ABS-CBN or GMA-7 to cover their wedding. (Click HERE to learn more details about the wedding.)
"Definitely ilalabas namin yung wedding, pero yung coverage won't come from either network. It will come from us," declares Juday.
Why did they not agree to TV coverage?
"Kasi gusto namin ng private wedding," she says simply.
Some people speculate that they are keeping the wedding plans a secret because she might run away just like Julia Robert's character in the movie Runaway Bride. Is she afraid of exchanging wedding vows with Ryan?
"Hindi ako natatakot. Kay Tito Alfie nga hindi ako natatakot, sa kasal pa kaya!" Juday says with a hearty laugh.
TITO ALFIE'S ROLE. When Judy Ann becomes a married woman, does it mean that her soon-to-be-husband Ryan will have a say regarding the projects that she will accept in the future?
Juday explains: "Siyempre, 'pag naging pamilya na kayo, may mga plano na dapat dadaan din sa inyo, pareho ninyong pagdedesisyunan. Pero it doesn't mean na babalewalain na namin si Tito Alfie. Of course, hindi. May mga plano lang sa buhay na kailangang pag naging mag-asawa na kayo pareho kayo.
"Bakit pa kayo nag-asawa kung kanya-kanya rin naman ang desisyon n'yo, ang diskarte n'yo sa buhay, di ba? So, yun yung sinasabi ko na mahirap na proseso, e. You have to consider a lot of things, a lot of people, and not all these people will really understand, so ngayon sinasabayan ko na lang ng dasal because alam kong one way or another may sasama ang loob sa amin."
When PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) caught up with Ryan later that night, we asked his role in Judy Ann's projects when they become husband and wife.
"We're gonna get married...I'm not going to be her manager," declares Ryan. "Tito Alfie will still manage her, definitely. Pag nag-asawa kami, mas malalaman ko lang nang mas maaga yung mga bagay. Sa ngayon, nagkakaalaman lang kami ng project kapag nagkakatanungan.
"If ever na may dadating na project, kami ang unang makakaalam sa isa't isa. Pero if you're asking kung makikialam ako sa projects, I guess wala namang mababago sa relationship nila ni Tito Alfie. Pag pumayag silang dalawa na maraming projects, siguro nandun lang ako para sumuporta."
UPCOMING PROJECTS. The young superstar then allayed fears of her fans that she will be staying away from the limelight once she becomes the wife of Ryan.
"Hindi naman, papano ako maggu-goodbye sa showbiz, e, wala naman akong ibang alam na gawin kundi umarte?" Judy Ann laughs out loud as she mentions her other skill: "Mag-cater!"
Does that mean that her teleserye with Derek Ramsay and Will Devaughn will soon be seen on ABS-CBN?
"Ang sabi, April, pero wala naman silang sinabing taon, e, so naka-hang pa rin ako kung April 2009 o 2010!" says Juday half-jokingly.
Have they already finished the new soap opera titled Habang May Buhay?
"Hindi, nasa second week pa lang kami at nasa pangalawang taon na kami nagte-taping."
As for the big screen, Judy Ann will soon be paired with Ogie Alcasid for a comedy film to be produced by Regal Entertainment. (Click HERE to learn more about this project.)