Yesterday morning, Startalk visited Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla on the set of his movie Ang Panday, to talk about his new film, issues regarding the celebrity and political worlds, and his son Jolo.
For Bong, his upcoming movie Ang Panday—which is set to compete in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival—is a gift for all children. The almost one-year-in-the-making film will be a prequel focusing on the life of Lizardo and his early roots. Lizardo, by the way, will be portrayed by Philip Salvador who incidentally will be playing a villain for the first time in Panday.
"Epic proportion yung pelikula," promised Bong. "Pinaghandaan ito, ginastusan ng GMA-7 at ng Imus Production [his movie outfit]. I'm sure maiibigan ito ng manonood natin. Today is our last day, hopefully. Sana matapos namin lahat today."
JENNYLYN MERCADO AND THE ISSUE THAT WON'T DIE. It has been almost two years since Bong's last movie Resiklo and the romantic issue about him and co-star Jennylyn Mercado seems to not end. A tabloid recently said that Jen frequented the action star's office.
"Walang katotohanan 'yon," Bong said. "I have not seen her since ginawa yung pelikulang Resiklo. That's it. Hindi ko na siya nakita. Yung gumagawa ng ganoon intriga, e puro kasinungalingan 'yan kaya that's not true."
Aside from his movie responsibilities, one of the public duties the Senator has taken on is helping acquire funds for abandoned senior citizens and homeless children.
"Ang hangad natin para sa mga lola at lolo na na-abandon, e magtayo ang ating pamahalaan ng home for the aged at mabigyan ng sapat na pondo," explained Bong on his drive. "Iyong mga orphans matanggal din sa lansangan, e, mabigyan din ng sapat na pondo—hindi yung pondo napupunta saan-saan na hindi naman dapat. So dapat mabigyan ng attention 'yan, mga mahihirap nating kababayan."
ON SON AND WIFE'S ENTRY INTO THE POLITICAL ARENA. Meanwhile, Bong has announced that his wife Lani Mercado will be running for Congress as a representative. Aside from that, the senator added that son Jolo looked like a good prospect to follow in his footsteps.
"Noon, si Lani ang nagpro-proxy," said Bong. "Ngayon si Jolo na ang nagre-represent sa akin sa iba't ibang lugar pag hindi ko kaya at pumapatong yung schedule ko. At surprisingly, magaling si Jolo. Yung charisma, yung puso na makasilbi din—bata pa lang maganda din na natre-training. Nakikita ko sa kanya sarili ko. Baka mas higit pa ang marating ng bata."
DISAPPOINTED WITH PMA'S DECISION OVER HAYDEN KHO. Bong admitted that he was disappointed with the Philippine Medical Association's decision to simply suspend Hayden for one year over his video scandal with actress Katrina Halili. But for him, the Professional Regulation Commission's decision would be more pivotal than the PMA's.
"We're still for the decision of the PRC—the side of the government—iyon ang puwede mag-cancel ng license niya," he explained, "at hindi naman puwede gawin ng PMA 'yon at suspension lang talaga. Pero, light ang binigay nila, one year lang. At the same time, 'yong decision ng DOJ [Department of Justice] at yung decision nila kung makukulong ba siya o hindi. It should serve as a lesson, e."
BUBOY'S ACCIDENT. Robert "Buboy" Villar, better known as Ding on GMA-7's Darna will also star in Ang Panday. The child star figured recently in a minor car accident on the way to the set that left him in shock from the experience. He told Startalk, "Galing ako ng taping ng Darna at nagmamadali po kami kasi uuwi pa po ako ng bahay tapos deretso na ng shooting ng Panday. Mabilis kasi po takbo namin at may nag-cut po sa amin [a taxi]. Iniwasan po ng driver namin pero pinilit niya pumasok so nabangga namin siya."
The good news is that nobody was hurt, but Buboy admitted that he got a big scare from the experience. The driver side of the taxi was bent but everyone involved in the accident was otherwise fine.
"Kahit nagmamadali kayo, huwag sana bilisan ang takbo. Mag-iingat tayo dahil nasa gilid lang ang disgrasya," was Buboy's timely message to everyone.