‘Abay’ movie fosters camaraderie

Published September 13, 2018, 10:25 AM

by Hannah Torregoza 

Some think casting five women all sexy could be problematic given the possibility of “competition” among them. Well, the “Abay Babes” prove that shouldn’t be the case.

Director Don Cuaresma (left) with the cast of 'Abay Babes' (Photo by Lester Ramos) /mb.com.ph
Director Don Cuaresma (left) with the cast of ‘Abay Babes’ (Photo by Lester Ramos)

The Viva Films outing stars Cristine Reyes, Kylie Verzosa, Nathalie Hart, Meg Imperial, and Roxanne Barcelo who ended up as good friends.

“We’re all professionals. From the start, our mindset was that we’re here to work and not fight each other,” Roxanne said.

Director Don Cuaresma said he bonded with the main cast during their one-week stay in Bicol. Some of the negative rumors he heard about the ladies were dispelled.

Don admitted he initially thought Cristine would be this diva on set.

“But as it turned out, Cristine is nice and very professional,” he said.

As for Kylie, Don said she was easy to work with and had no problems taking instructions and suggestions.

“There was this one time that I caught her putting a pin on her hair, I told her: “No. You can’t do that, we already had a look test. You can’t just put or add something to your wardrobe just because you want to,” he laughed. “Then I asked her to walk and she walked like a beauty queen! I said, “Hey, this isn’t Miss International!”

The director described Roxanne as a “revelation.” Nathalie? “Fierce.”

“Abay Babes” is about Emerald, Ruby, Perla and Goldie, who are considered the Bicol “It Girls” of their batch. Many years after high school, they reunited for the latter’s upcoming wedding.

Joining them is Jade, Goldie’s friend from America. Everyone is excited about this get-together, but somehow, Goldie’s friends are finding it hard to believe that she is going to be the first to fulfill their dream of getting married, considering that she is the least attractive among them.

Emerald, Ruby and Perla secretly joke that Goldie might just be making this all up. And when they can’t see any videos or pictures of the groom, Zack, the three start to take their joke seriously. As if their skepticism is not enough, their past issues against one another are also reopened.

The girls took acting workshop under John Lapus to enhance their comedic skills.

“Abay Babes” also stars Tom Rodriguez, Marco Gumabao, Mark Bautista, Candy Pangilinan and many more. It opens in theaters on Sept. 19.

Marriage in mind?

Relating to the film’s story, we asked Roxanne, Meg and Kylie what is their ideal age to marry.

Meg answered the question by saying she is currently in a “complicated relationship” with a non-showbiz guy.

“So let’s settle the complication first before we talk about marriage,” she quipped.

Kylie also has a non-showbiz boyfriend but they plan to settle down six to seven years from now.

Roxanne is fresh from her breakup with boyfriend of four years, Will Devaughn.

“Right now, I just want to love myself. It’s really hard to find someone who can be complementary to my personality. I believe love is just there,” she said.

Rumors of Cristine’s separation with Ali Khatibi made the rounds online early this year. This, after fans of the actress noticed that she no longer follows her husband on social media, accompanied by intriguing posts on Instagram.

Cristine remains hushed on the issue, except to say they’re okay.

Nathalie is excited over her wedding with Indian boyfriend Mayank Sharma in December, then again next year via a ceremony in India. The actress is set to give birth to their first daughter in January.