Okay so I was supposed to post this entry the day before we left for Japan, but I unfortunately had a shitty internet connection during that time that’s why this entry wasn’t published successfully. I choose not to redraft the whole thing (to avoid any confusion) so I am still posting this as it is. So let us rewind back to the 23rd of December..
It’s Christmas tiiiiiime! Dang can you believe we are only a day away from Christmas and 7 days away from 2016? How are you guys enjoying your Christmas break so far? What are you guys up to this Christmas? Have you already planned what you’re gonna do this 25th? Some of you might be spending Christmas Day out of town while some might probably just spend the day at home with the family. Kebs kahit ano, do whatever you wanna do this holiday season as long as you are having a good time with the ones you love.
I’ll admit, this year’s Christmas has got to be the most remarkable Christmas for me. Normally, we (my family) never really do anything special for Christmas. On a usual Christmas day, I wake up at noon and spend the rest of the day doing nothing. Sometimes we do a simple get-together with the Capili Clan (mother’s side); share stories over dinner, play with the kids, then we proceed with the ‘aguinaldo’ tradition. That’s it! Christmas has never been eventful for the family; we never really spend Christmas day in an extra-special way. But this time, Christmas would be different. This time I’ll be spending December 25th not just with my family, but with all of you.
You don’t know how special December 25th, 2015 would be for me. It is the day My Bebe Love will be shown in theatres–my first film to be in–and an official entry to Metro Manila Film Festival. Let that sink in, self. When I entered show business about 6 months ago, I honestly never imagined and thought about making a movie, but things have turned in such an amazing way since AlDub happened and it opened so many doors for Alden and I. How lucky am I to be included in a Bossing-AiAi film? How lucky am I to be part of the Metro Manila Film Festival? Can you just imagine how different Christmas 2015 would be compared to the previous ones? I do watch MMFF films every year but never in my wildest dreams did I think that I’ll be seeing myself on the big screen one day– and that day has finally arrived!
December 21st was the premiere night of My Bebe Love that was held at Megamall. Before I talk about my sentiments about the movie, let me first tell you about how I felt while making the film. I’m sure some of you want to know how it all went.
Thursday, 1st of September: My first shooting day, with Bossing [only].
I was nervous. Aside from the fact that it is my first shooting day, it is also the first time that I’ll be working with bossing. You see, I don’t usually go to the studio so I don’t really get to see and talk to the hosts at Broadway, and that includes THE TVJ. It was actually the first time that I got to talk to Bossing and I can still remember how nervous I was when I came up to him to greet him. At that moment, I was thinking “What if he’d just give me a why-are-you-here kind of stare?” “What if he wouldn’t talk to me? How can we make this father-daughter relationship convincing for the movie?”
But I was wrong, he greeted me with a smile and asked me what happened during Kalyeserye. Such a “Whew! What a relief!” moment for me. While shooting our first scene together, I remember I stumbled delivering my lines twice. He asked me if I was nervous and I said I was–for I was intimidated by him–then he told me “Nakakaba talaga to!” in a joking manner. We had like 5 scenes together that day and after every successful take he’d joke “Pwede ng mag artista to oh!”
Grabe sya. First shooting day went well, thank goodness.
Monday, 26th of October: My Bebe Love Photoshoot.
Two days after Tamang Panahon; first day for Alden and I to actually work together. One word? AWKWARD. I don’t know why, I was expecting for the two of us to be chatting with each other; talk about the Tamang Panahon, some previous Kalyeserye episodes, or simply just about random stuff, but we weren’t. None of us bothered uttering a single word, and to be honest, it felt completely uncomfortable being next to him. At that moment, the only thing that was in my head was “Asan na yung AlDub? Eto na ba yun?”
It was also my first time to meet Ms. Ai delas Alas, and I was happy finally to meet her in person. Gee, I love her movies especially the old ones! Can you still remember Shake, Rattle, Roll 3? I bet not.
Friday, 30th of October: First shooting day with Alden
It was the scene at the convenience store (as seen on the trailer) Feels weird at first but I think we did just fine.. I’d say it was less awkward than the photo shoot. This is where the ‘getting to know’ phase has started. We finally had a chance to chat and discover a few things about each other.
I had like 12 shooting days for the film and I would say I really did have fun in those twelve days with Bossing, Alden, Ms. Ai and of course with Direk Joey Reyes. Shooting the movie wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be. Perhaps it’s because I’m working with professionals; the cast and the production team made it seem so easy for me. Not gonna lie, I was nervous at first for I had no idea on how a movie is produced. I remember asking Kuya Wally one time “Mga ilang takes ba ang ginagawa sa isang eksena?” and “Lahat ba ng anggulo kukunan?” I had no idea at all. And the anxiety mounted up when I realized that I didn’t take any acting workshop (talk about the fear of not being able to do well!) still and all, I am glad that the people I worked with helped me as we go along. I never felt lost or confused while doing the film!
Monday, 21st of December: My Bebe Love Premiere Night at Megamall
Earlier that day, my sister Coleen asked me “Kinakabahan ka ba?” then I answered “Hindi, bakit ako kakabahan? Dapat ba akong kabahan?”
I wasn’t lying. I was actually excited to see the film and I couldn’t wait for the night to come sooner! I didn’t feel worried or anything while prepping up in the morning. I was at ease when I left the house to get ready for the premiere night.
I reached Megamall at around 7pm and as I make my way to the holding area, I was able to see the actual red carpet and had a brief look of the people at the area. Isa lang ang nasabi ko “Oh my God”. I was also scrolling through my twitter mentions and Instagram tagged photos so I was able to know and see what was going on outside. At that moment, I was already feeling tense. Red carpet jitters, eh?
Alden finally arrived. I immediately handed him my Christmas present; a blue plastic pitcher. I’m sure you guys already know what’s inside and the reason why I gave it to him. (Take good care of it, Shokoy!) Going back, Alden and I had a brief interview about the movie and asked about our general feeling about the premiere night– both of us were excited to watch the whole film!
So we went out at around nine. And dang, I turned deaf for a few minutes. Grabe the people! I was seriously overwhelmed by their [mad] reception. Tuwang tuwa lang ako!
We (Bossing, Ms. Ai, Direk Joey, Aldena nd I) went straight to the stage to greet everyone. While they were doing their speech, I found myself staring at the LED thing at the movie house’s entrance. (Ano ba’ng tawag don?) Oh basta, it felt weird seeing my name flashing on it.. I asked myself “Totoo bang may Maine Mendoza doon?” It was hard to believe.. but I knew I wasn’t dreaming, and at that moment I was feeling all delighted inside.
Seeing the film:
Seeing myself on the big screen felt really AWKWARD. I swear. It was different from seeing myself on TV; like rewatching Kalyeserye episodes, TVCs and such. (But I stopped watching KS replays long time ago.. naaawkward-an na din ako for some reason. Hindi ko pa nga napapanuod ang Tamang Panahon hanggang ngayon!) I couldn’t even remember how many times I tried not to look at the screen every time I show up. Pero kebs, at the end of each scene I found myself laughing it all off. (Hashtag admitted mukhang tanga) Oh basta, if ever you find my acting awful, just remember na this is my first time.. and I know there are still A LOT of things that I need to know and practice. *wink*
To sum it all up, my first movie experience was a success! Everything turned out good! Kudos to Direk Joey, the whole cast and production for doing a great job! I couldn’t be happier for being a part of this film. I cannot wait for you guys to see it in just 2 more days! Tweet me your thoughts about the movie after seeing it! And don’t forget to bring your family and friends with you para sabay sabay kayong #kiliginpamore! Have a merrier Christmas with My Bebe Love!