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Ariel Ureta chooses between two beauty titlists

Ariel Ureta chooses between two beauty titlists

Author: Ethel Ramos
Column: Studio Whispers

IT WAS obvious that Gloria Diaz just wanted to be funny when she asked Ariel Ureta, who plays her husband in Star Cinema’s Metro Manila Film Festival entry, "Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo" (SSS), who between her and Aurora Pijuan is prettier.

Ariel was caught on the spot and all he could say was he finds Gloria funnier in SSS than in "Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo" (KKK). It was evident that Gloria understood what Ariel meant, as she readily agreed that her comic timing in SSS is really better compared to her performance in KKK.

Gloria and Aurora are both international beauty titlists. Gloria was "Miss Universe" in 1969. The following year, Aurora won the "Miss International" title.

Aurora, like Gloria, tried showbiz. Two of the movies she appeared in, "Zoom, Zoom Superman" and "Popeye," paired her with Ariel Ureta.

SSS is the sequel to KKK, has the original cast. Gloria and Ariel again play the parents of leading man Ryan Agoncillo and the in-laws of Judy Ann Santos.

SSS is also produced by Star Cinema and directed by Jose Javier Reyes.


Both Gloria and Ariel have good words for their fellow senior co-stars in SSS: Gina Pareño and Soliman Cruz. Gina and Soliman are perfect for the role of Judy Ann’s crude parents.

"Kaya balanse ang roles namin dito sa SSS," said Ariel. "In our own respective ways, we contributed to the comic aspects of the movie."

Both articulate and interesting interviewees, Gloria and Ariel shared engaging moments with the movie press at the SSS pressco,. but not at the expense of Judy Ann and Ryan, who always have something new to reveal when they face the movie press.

It’s a pity Gina was not around. She was at that time in Singapore to personally receive her award as Asian TV best actress for her convincing portrayal in the drama anthology, "Maalaala Mo Kaya." She played a mother whose three children are afflicted with mental disorder.

MMK is hosted by Charo Santos-Concio and aired Fridays on ABS-CBN.


Playing support to Senator Bong Revilla in his 2007 Metro Manila Film Festival entry, "Resiklo," are some of the best young talents in the industry. Consider: Dingdong Dantes, Jennylyn Mercado, Michelle Madrigal, TJ Trinidad, Senator Bong’s sons, Jolo and Bryan Revilla, Andrew Schimmer, Ram Revilla, Paolo Contis and Empress Schuck.

"Resiklo" also features Benjie Paras, King Gutierrez, Roi Vinzons and Mylene Dizon.

"I made sure that they are not just right for their roles, kung hindi, they are, wika nga, given their chance to shine," said Senator Bong. "Ayokong maging mere decorations lang sila sa pelikula. And I’m glad that Direk Mark Reyes has taken great effort to make sure they are given their respective highlights in ‘Resiklo’."

A futuristic film, "Resiklo" is about a battle waged by survivors of a holocaust against alien invaders who try to reduce the entire planet to smithereens. Senator Bong plays the ex-military colonel who becomes the reluctant leader of a ragtag group of holocaust survivors in the Philippines who try to survive in a sanctuary called Paraiso which is threatened by mutanos or mutated humans.

"Because I want ‘Resiklo’ to appeal especially to children, we have a number of robots and transformers in the movie. What their respective roles here are, well, ang masasabi ko, their presence is important. Hindi kumpleto ang istorya ng pelikula minus them," Senator Bong further stated.

The child stars in "Resiklo" are Jairus Aquino, Ella Cruz and Barbie Sabino.

Source: Malaya