As certified followers of the John Lloyd Cruz-Sarah Geronimo tandem, my sister, my daughter and I, dutifully trooped to our favorite cinema to catch “Finally Found Someone” on opening day.
The movie was replete with formulaic scenes eliciting shrieks and delightful giggles from the audience.
As usual, John Lloyd, fit his role to a T. All his scenes were consistent.
Sarah, on the other hand, was very good in her crying scenes. Those copious tears, punctuated by shaking hands, were so credible.
But four years have passed since their blockbuster hit “It Takes A Man And A Woman,” and there were expectations their new movie will be better, bigger. Sadly, it wasn’t.
The movie did not convince us this was the perfect follow-up project for the two, that it deserved the four long years in between.
We didn’t find the script excellent. We felt that Raffy Sandoval’s (John Lloyd) field of work came off as vague (only those of us who have background in public relations could understand the nuances). And for the most part, Sarah’s characterization in the film is inconsistent, even illogical at times.
April Esguerra (Sarah) failed to get her audience invested and involved enough in her experience. We say it again: the character was inconsistent. She was this beautiful bride who got dumped at the altar by her boyfriend of many years, but instead of quietly wallowing in pain in the arms of her very supportive family (as what her character suggests), the movie showed her in a comedic hunt for the groom that just didn’t make sense.
It was aggravated with the entry of PR guy Raffy, whose instructions she blindly followed for reasons that still escape us. After all, she knows that he is under the employment of the politician-family of her lost groom. At one point, we were asking ourselves, how can she be so clueless? Isn’t this the kind of naïveté that borders on stupidity?
This character flaw failed in getting the audience involved in her journey to self-discovery. The result was that, even if Sarah was very effective in her crying scenes, the audience just couldn’t commiserate with her plight.
The saving grace of the film are the lead actors. The chemistry between John Lloyd and Sarah is still undeniable. The movie didn’t disappoint those who were looking for a bit of romance. The two were obviously missed.
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Celebrating modern-day heroes
Every year, the movers and shakers behind PLDT Gabay Guro find creative ways to honor students and educators.
PLDT Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, who has been an invaluable part of Gabay Guro’s advocacy since the foundation began many years ago, has singled out the foundation as the most “successful and has proven to be sustainable over the years” among all the other programs in his group of companies.
Recently, Gabay Guro held its annual testimonial dinner Simpleng Handog: I am Generation Change at the Meralco Lighthouse. It gathered 155 Gabay Guro scholar-graduate, including 12 Magna Cum Laude and 54 Cum Laude students from various universities in the Philippines.
These 155 brilliant scholars join the rank of 655 Gabay Guro graduates (176 of whom graduated with honors) from the 1,273 scholarship grants the foundation has given since 2010. As of this year, there are 446 LET passers among these graduates.
Gabay Guro has conducted trainings for more than 16,000 teachers in the course of its 10 years and is now partnering with 47 schools, colleges and universities across the nation to bring poor, but deserving students to realize their dreams of finishing their college education.
Gabay Guro chairman Chaye Cabal-Revilla, who annually hosts the event, said, “God gave us each other for a reason. Spending the night with our scholars reminds us all what Gabay Guro is all about. This makes all the sacrifice, effort, sometimes even the heartaches, worth it. It’s not about us, it’s about God using Gabay Guro and us to make a difference in the lives of many.”
In turn, the graduates spoke of hope and optimism for a brighter tomorrow, having seen Gabay Guro’s hand in their lives as answered prayer. Despite poverty, these gifted youth were given a new lease in life and a chance to help their respective families.
The event featured hosts TV5’s Victor Silayan and Ms. Universe-Philippines 2014, MJ Lastimosa. Special guests were Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Jaya, and Robin Nievera.
On Sept. 17, the biggest gathering of teachers all over the country takes place at the MOA Arena once more, in tribute to the modern heroes and their outstanding contribution to the country.