Fans waited for hours at SM Megamall last night, October 30, to get a glimpse of their idol, Thai heartthrob Mario Maurer.
The Thai actor graced the premiere night of Suddenly It’s Magic—his romantic film with ABS-CBN actress Erich Gonzales.
Mario’s mother, Phantipha Akaratheeranai, and Mario’s brother, Marco, came to the Philippines just to attend the premiere night of the said Star Cinema movie.
Two cinema houses were reserved at SM Megamall for guests of the red-carpet event.
After the screening, guests proceeded to the Chef’s Quarter restaurant for the cast party.
Erich worked with Mario for several weeks in Ilocos and shot key scenes of the movie in Thailand as well.
How was it like working with the Thai heartthrob?
Erich says, “Sobrang bait, sobrang professional, at sobrang saya lang talaga. Lahat kami nag-jive lang.”
When Erich was asked about her kissing scene with Mario, the Kapamilya actress smiled widely and pointed out that she was blushing while shooting the said scenes.
Erich recalled: “Nakita n’yo po sa pelikula, kahit ako nagre-red. Kami magkatabi [ni Mario] kanina at tawanan lang kami. Masaya!”
JOROSS & CES. Meanwhile, Joross Gamboa is cast as the gay best friend of Erich’s character in the movie.
He says of his role, “I feel comfortable naman sa aking gender. Hindi naman ako nagdududa at hindi naman ako nalilito, so madali lang naman.”
During their recent press conference, Mario even referred to Joross as his "bro."
Joross agrees by saying, “Si Mario parang kapatid ko rin ‘yan. Pilyo rin ’yan at madaling pakisamahan.”
For her part, Ces Quesada feels lucky to be be part of this project.
“It’s not every day na nakakapagtrabaho tayo kasama ang isang Asian superstar.
"Yung ine-expect na baka mamaya may attitude, walang ganun na nangyari.
"Another plus factor yung magaling siyang umarte.
"Napaka-game na bata. At the height of summer, ang init-init, pero hindi namin naramdaman yun.”
The character actress then described their bonding moments with Mario.
“Nasa Ilocos kami for three weeks.
"Pag wala kaming shoot, pumupunta kami sa Fort Ilocandia, nagka-karaoke kami dun. Sumasama siya!
“May times na dadaan lang siya pag may shoot the next day. Disiplinado rin na bata. Masayang bata.”
SUPPORTIVE BROTHER. Hip-hop artist Marco Maurer is the older brother of Mario.
He describes his younger brother as “playful.”
He says that even though Mario has a busy schedule, his brother makes sure to assist him whenever he needs help.
“When I have trouble, he tries to help me and solve the problem that I have,” reveals Marco.
Did he give tips to Mario when the actor shot his rap scene in the movie?
“I helped him a little bit but Dinky Doo helped him also.”
How proud is Marco of his younger brother?
“I’m proud of him since the day he was born. I love him so much.”
Before Mario left the cast party, he took the time to approach the crew members of the movie and personally thank them for working on the project.
He thanked them by performing a wai, wherein he placed his palms and fingers together as in a prayer position before bowing slightly.