Vice Ganda on patching things up with Sisterakas co-star Ai-Ai delas Alas: “Nagsimula na yung shooting na parang wala naman talaga kaming pinagdaanan.”

Sisterakas, one of the eight film entries in the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival, boasts of its powerhouse cast comprised of current box-office record holder Vice Ganda, Metro Manila Film Festival top-grosser Ai Ai delas Alas, and “Queen of All Media” Kris Aquino. Directed by Wenn Diremas, Sisterakas also leans on one of today’s hottest teen loveteam pairs, Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernado, as well as child star X


One of Vice Ganda’s dreams comes true as he stars, for the first time, in a Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry.

This 2012, the comedian/actor/TV host topbills Sisterakas with Queen of All Media Kris Aquino and MMFF top-grosser Ai-Ai delas Alas.

In a grand press conference held last night, December 8, at the ABS-CBN ELJ Building, Vice expressed how much the year-ender project makes him happy.

“Sobrang aligaga, sobrang excited po ako.

"Kasi nung nagmi-meeting po kami, sinabi ko po talaga sa Star Cinema na gusto ko maka-experience ng film fest, yung pagsakay sa float.”

Apparently, Vice got more than what he hoped for.

“E, bongga pa lalo kasi kasama ko si ano... si Kris saka si Ai-Ai. So, ayun, ang bongga ng lineup!

“Hindi masyado nakakakaba kasi ang kasama ko sa pelikula e ang lalaki. Masaya, masaya po [ako]!”

VICE AND AI-AI KISS AND MAKE UP. Among the most important questions asked at the said press conference was how Vice and Ai-Ai handled working with each other considering the conflict they reportedly had early this year.

In an interview with The Buzz on January 1, Vice cautiously talked about the matter: “Meron ho kaming pinagdadaanan ni Ms. Ai-Ai. Mero’n din ho kaming issue na kinakailangang maresolba at nawa’y maresolba sa takdang panahon.”

It seems that casting Vice and Ai-Ai in Sisterakas came in a timely manner.

Prodded last night to answer how they managed to patch things up, more so break the ice, Ai-Ai was first to open up.

“Okay naman kami ngayon. Hindi sa kaplastikan, pero okay talaga kami.

“And sabi nga ni Friendship [Kris], mas madalas kami nag-uusap [ni Vice].”

The Tanging Ina star revealed that she and Vice happen to share the same circle of friends.

To be specific, Ai-Ai’s boyfriend, Jed Salang, has common friends with Vice’s current squeeze—rumored to be a college basketball player from FEU Tamaraws.

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Ai-Ai remarked, “Kasi yung mga kilala niya, kilala ko rin saka kilala ni Babe! Kaya mas madalas kaming nag-uusap. So, alam n’yo na yun, di ba?”

The comedienne continued, “May common denominator kami kaya parati kaming nagtsi-chikahan!

“And siyempre naman, ayoko naman sabihin na mabait ako, ’no, pero ano rin ako, nakikisama. Binibilhan ko siya ng mani. Gusto niya yun, e!

“So, chika kami nang chika. So, ganun. Love, love, love sabi nga ni Friendship!

“Maganda yun para sa movie, para lahat kami positive, ’no? Tama?”

Ai-Ai shared what really keeps her newly-built bond with Vice: “Alam mo kung bakit bukod pa sa FEU kami? Barkada ko yung kapatid niya, e.

“Nung high school kami, magka-barkada kami talaga. Nakarating na ako sa bahay nila, nakita ko nanay niya, nakita ko tatay nila.

“So, parang yun yung iniisip ko ngayon para ma-love ko siya. Kasi yung kapatid niya is friend ko rin.”

Asked to comment about what his co-actor just said, Vice said that he and Ai-Ai are happy.

“Masayang-masaya kami.

The Praybeyt Benjamin star also narrated, “Ini-spoil niya ako sa mani talaga bilang adik kasi ako sa Nagaraya.

“Sabi niya, ‘Ai, meron akong i-introduce sayo na bonggang mani!’ Oo, bagong brand ng mani na binibili ko pa sa…

“Kaya ayun, tapos marami kaming napagtsi-chikahan na araw-araw talaga!”

Vice mentioned how their co-actor Kris, who plays their kontrabida in Sisterakas, already gets jealous over his bonding with Ai-Ai.

“Si Kris nga, nagseselos ’yan, ‘Bakit kayo lagi ang magkakuwentuhan?’ Ganyan, ganyan.

“E, siyempre hindi na maka-[relate] si Kris kasi tapos na siya sa basketball player,” teasingly said Vice, implying Kris’s previous relationship with James Yap.

Bringing up how he and Ai-Ai made up, Vice narrated the first time he and the comedienne came face-to-face again after their said rift.

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“Sobrang ano nga, parang magic. Kasi pag tinatanong, ‘Pa’no n’yo na-break yung ice?’ Parang wala namang brineyk [break] na ice!’

“Parang wala talaga.”

It was on his noontime program It’s Showtime! that Vice and Ai-Ai smoothly got back into talking again.

Narrated Vice, “Nung sa Showtime pa lang, kasi ginood luck [good luck] kami ng Showtime, e. Binigla kami. Hindi kami sinabihan. Ewan ko.

“Ako kasi, hindi ako sinabihan na mag-shout out po kami. Siya rin pala, hindi.

“Nung una pa nga, na-off ako. Sabi ko, ‘Hindi man lang sinabi na magtatagpo kami ni Ms. Ai.’ Hindi man lang ako nakapag-prepare. Pa’no kung awkward yung moment? Makikita kami sa TV!”

Meeting Ai-Ai again was nothing like he feared.

“Nung nagkita kami sa backstage na biglaan, wala, nag-chikahan kami agad nang wala. Tapos, dire-diretso na.

“Nagkita kami sa party ni Direk Wenn, nagsimula na yung shooting na parang wala naman talaga kaming pinagdaanan.

“Okay na okay agad!”

Asked in jest how his rumored boyfriend knows Ai-Ai’s boyfriend, Vice replied, “Magkakilala sila!

Nagulat nga ako nag-chikahan sila! Oo, magkakilala sila.”

Ai-Ai was laughing and agreeing when Vice answered that last question.

Does Vice think their “common denominator” played a huge role in his making up with Ai-Ai?

The comedian, chuckled and retorted, “Oo! Para sabay kami manood ng games! Charot!”

VICE ON KRIS AQUINO. Among the topics discussed during the grand press conference was how Kris found the “billing” of the film, or the order of the names of the cast, as it appears on the film’s poster.

In Sisterakas poster, Vice Ganda’s name appears first, followed by Kris’s, and lastly Ai-Ai’s.

Kris commented on the topic, “As far as comedy is concerned, angat naman talagang silang dalawa sa akin.

“Vice holds the box-office record, until now, for the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time.

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"Hindi na natin mabilang kung ilang Metro Manila Film Festival na top-grosser si Ai.

“So, dapat lang. Tama lang naman ’yan.”

Such a statement earned Kris praise. “Generous” was the adjective she was described with.

Vice sincerely found this true. He relayed to the press, “Totoo yung term na ginamit para sa kanya na sobrang generous niya na magparaya talaga.

“Tapos, ako naman, sobrang suwerte ko dahil generous yung kaibigan ko at yung mga kasamahan ko dito, at wala rin namang makakapagsalita sa akin na, ‘Bakit ikaw ang nauna?’

“Kasi hindi ko naman ito hiningi. Hindi ko dinemand, hindi ko hiningi.

“Nung nakita ko yung poster, ganyan na. E, kung hindi [naman], magiging masaya naman ako.”

Vice emphasized that he did not request or demand that his name comes first.

“Sila po ang nag-decide. Star Cinema, yung ibang producers din namin, at yung direktor, sila-sila rin ang mas nakakaalam dahil sila yung gumagawa ng pelikula.

“Sila mas nakakaalam kaya hinayaan ko na sila mag-decide.”

EQUALS. Kris, Vice, and Ai Ai’s joint effort shows in the production of the film.

Apart from combining their acting talents, the three stars also co-produced Sisterakas with Star Cinema and Viva Films.

According to Kris, 50 percent of the budget came from Star Cinema, 25 percent to Viva Films, and 25 percent was shelved out from Kris’s, Vice’s, and Ai Ai’s money.

Vice has faith that Sisterakas will do well in the Metro Manila Film Festival.

He reasoned out, “Dahil sa sobrang saya namin sa pelikula na ito at saka kampante na kami sa kakayahan namin at kung anong kinaya namin gawin, at napatunayan nung nakaraang panahon…

“Dito nga, tinatanong kung sino ang bida sa pelikulang ito, hindi ko na rin malaman kung sino talaga ang bida kasi lahat naman kami standout kami.

“Pag may mga eksena kami, may kanya-kanya kaming… may mga moments na pag pinanood mo yung pelikula, sa tingin mo lahat bida.

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"Wala talagang naitsapuwera, walang nalaglag. Kasi inalalayan talaga at inalagaan kami ng direktor.”

Vice said that he has no fears or qualms.

“Kasi I’m in good hands. Kampante talaga ako.

“Yun ngang pelikulang mag-isa ako, wala akong katuwang, di ba? Tapos susunod na pelikula ko, tatlo lang kami, e, ngayon lima na kami!

“Kaya mas malakas ang loob ko. Wala akong inaano. Handang-handa na po ako dito.”


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