The main theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines was filled with students and film enthusiasts earlier tonight, July 18, for the world premiere of Astig (international title: Squalor).
This Cinemalaya entry directed by GB Sampedro shows the interconnected lives of four men portrayed by Dennis Trillo, Sid Lucero, Edgar Allan Guzman and Arnold Reyes. Astig is one of the ten full-length films competing in the fifth edition of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival ongoing at the CCP until July 26, 2009.
Even though Angel Locsin was not part of this indie film produced by Boy Abunda and Boy So, she traveled all the way to Pasay City to show her support for her fellow stars.
Since Roselle Monteverde was also at the venue, the press asked Angel if she greeted the Regal Films executive that night.
Angel pointed out, "Nagkikita na kami dati pa pero ngayon lang kami nagkita na maraming tao. Si Ms. Roselle saka si Mother Lily wala namang pinakitang masama sa akin, e, wala naman akong nakita para magkaroon kami ng friction."
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Angel if she read or heard about the statement of Mother Lily saying that she should learn "word of honor" from Sharon Cuneta.
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"May sinasabi sila sa akin pero wala talaga akong firsthand information tungkol doon. I think tungkol lang sa Mano Po 5."
STILL GRATEFUL TO REGAL. Angel was supposed to do three more movies with Regal but when she transferred to ABS-CBN, she also became an exclusive Star Cinema talent, thus preventing her from starring in the rival film outfit.
The female star then said that she is still very grateful to Regal because she started with them when she starred in Mano Po 2: My Home way back in 2003.
"Pasalamat ako siyempre kasi sa kanya ako nagsimula at nakakagaan ng loob at nakakatuwa na maayos ang lahat. Ako naman, mahal ko si Mother pero yun nga lang, may mga usapang legal sa Star Cinema pero wala na akong masasabi pa," explained Angel.
Sharon Cuneta has expressed her desire to work with her in a movie. What is her reaction to this? "Ako rin naman, gustong-gusto ko. Sino ba naman ang aayaw, di ba?"
What is the reaction of her manager Becky Aguila to this issue involving Regal and Star Cinema?
"Tinanong ko siya kung anong dapat kong gawin. Sinabi niya yung mga reasons kung bakit hindi puwede. Pero sabi naman ng Star Cinema, okay naman."
Has she talked personally with Ms. Roselle regarding the matter? "Si Ms. Roselle napakabait na tao. Nag-usap naman po kami pero hindi lang namin masyado fino-flaunt kasi usapang personal na yun, e. Sa aming usapan na yun, e. Tapos na yun, hindi na kailangang ilantad pa in public."
What is her message to Mother Lily regarding this issue? "Mas maganda in person kasi iba yung situwasyon namin. Ayoko naman parang gamitin yung media... mas maganda kung personal talaga."
When asked if she is afraid to go near Mother Lily, Angel suddenly kissed the reporters goodbye and made her exit, effectively ending the interview.