Slow clap for the actor in Ogie

Published August 14, 2018, 4:05 PM

by Hannah Torregoza 

My best friend Ina Raymundo asked me to be her plus one at the premiere of “Kuya Wes” starring Ogie Alcasid. Before the start of the movie, he told everyone he moved earth and sky to produce it with Spring Films.

The author with Ina Raymundo and Ogie Alcasid (
The author with Ina Raymundo and Ogie Alcasid

“When I got the script, I loved the story so much I wanted to do the movie immediately. But there was no budget for it, so when I had a chance to do a show with Piolo Pascual abroad, I asked if he was interested to co-produce this movie. It was so funny and so touching that I really wanted to do it. I believe that there is a Kuya Wes in all of us.”

I agree with Ogie. The movie is about a middle-aged employee who tries his best to be nice to everyone even if he does not get anything in return. I think many of us has experienced unrequited love or being taken for granted.

By the end of the movie, Ogie’s better half, Regine Velasquez, was crying with Leila Alcasid, his daughter. I asked Regine what she thought of Ina and Ogie in the movie and she said, “They have rapport. Ina is so beautiful in the film.”

I must agree with that as the sexy mom of five did not even wear makeup in most of her scenes yet she looked so beautiful.

With this work, it’s safe to call Ogie an actor. He has now completed the full circle of an entertainer – he sings, he writes songs, he does and he is an actor. (As a dancer, maybe he needs more lessons from teacher Georcelle from G-force..)

(From left): Ina, Leila Alcasid, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid and the author (
(From left): Ina, Leila Alcasid, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid
and the author

I remember starring in one of the films of Ogie Alcacid, “Manila Girl,” and I even then he was good at comedy. But to make people cry is now a challenge especially with do many jaded people around. Seeing Ogie as Kuya Wes, who was so pure and fragile especially in the end, broke my heart.

Congratulations to executive producers Erickson Raymundo, Joyce Bernal and Piolo for agreeing to produce this with Ogie. Slow claps also for director James Mayo and Erwin Fajardo for the well-thought original music.

As a comedy actress myself, I would like to congratulate Moi Bien. She is really effective here and played perfect support for Kuya Wes. There’s never a dull moment whenever she is onscreen. Congratulations to Piolo for discovering her talent in acting.

There is clamor for “Kuya Wes” to be shown in mainstream cinemas. I hope it happens because movies like this one deserves a larger audience.