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Assunta de Rossi, a has-been bold star?

Author: The Manila Bulletin

Yes, that's what Assunta de Rossi is - a has-been bold star!

But this is only in the movie "Mourning Girls." Assunta said "I am one of the four 'wives' of Ricky Davao, I portray a former bold star na laos na, na mahilig sa anything red, especially sa dress."

The real wife in "Mourning Girls" is played by Glydel Mercado (as an ex-beauty queen) and she didn't know that her dead husband (Ricky Davao) has three mistresses until he died and they all appear at his wake. The other mistresses are Juliana Palermo (the sexy maid) and Chin-Chin Gutierrez (renewed Christian).

They all go at the Ricky's wake and each one of them wants to find out "kung sino ang talagang minahal ni Ricky," Assunta said. (This is Assunta's first movie after a long while and after this, especially now that she has been released from her contract with ABS-CBN, she hopes to be able to revive her acting career. Her last movie made several years ago was "Pinay Pie.").

The lead role in "Mourning Girls," the one that went to Glydel, was actually first offered to Assunta. But Assunta said she preferred to play the has-been bold star. "Mas type ko kasi ang role kaya kahit supporting role lang, tinanggap ko," Sam told us.

Although identified with the drama genre, Assunta, Glydel, Juliana, Chin-Chin and Ricky prove in "Mourning Girls" that they can also excel in comedy. Yes, despite the title that suggests sadness, the movie is an infectious, contagious comedy.

"Mourning Girls" is the first comedy of Gil Portes who joined Senedy Que and Adolf Alix in writing the script loaded with funny situations and witty lines.

The paths of Assunta, Chin-Chin, Juliana and Glydel cross at the wake of Ricky, who died while in "seventh heaven." Each of the "Mourning Girls" claims to be the wife and great love of the deceased.

"Being in the movie is like winning and award," said Chin-Chin, who has an Urian award for "Maalaala Mo Kaya." But of course Chin-Chin is proudest of her citation as one of Asia's achievers for keeping the environment clean and green, even meriting her a Time magazine cover.

The three other "Mourning Girls," who all agreed that it was great fun doing the movie, making people laugh instead of cry, are award-winning all. Glydel has a grandslam for "Sidhi" (Star, Urian, Academy and FAMAS); Assunta has Urian and Metro Manila Film Festival trophies for "Hubog;" and Juliana has an Enpress Award for "Triple X."

Also in the cast of "Mourning Girls" are Cogie Domingo, Cristine Reyes, Paolo Serrano, Ken Punzalan, McMiel Dennison, Janna Victoria, Dexter Doria, Roy Alvarez and Oskar Peralta in a special participation.

A presentation of Teamwork Productions and Zencet World, "Mourning Girls" is an official entry to this year's Metro Manila Film Festival belonging to the second batch whose exhibition starts on Jan. 1-8, 2006.

Though belatedly, we'd like to congratulate the people behind "Eat Bulaga," the longest running noontime show on Philippine television, for the show's winning the "Best Entertainment (One-Off/Annual) Special Award at the recently concluded 10th Asian TV Awards held at the National University of Singapore.

"Eat Bulaga" bested other entries coming from Japan, Singapore and Malaysia. Television and Production Exponents, Inc. (TAPE, Inc.) president, Antonio P. Tuviera personally received the award together with the troika of Tito, Vic and Joey and TAPE's executive vice president for productions, Malou Choa-Fagar.

In his speech, Tony Tuviera thanked the judges for bestowing them the award, the Filipino people for making "Eat Bulaga" an everyday part of their lives and GMA Network , the show's home studio. His short but meaningful speech elicited applause from the mixed Asian crowd.

The winning episode of "Eat Bulaga" titled "Eat Bulaga! Silver Special" encapsulated the show's contribution to Philippine Television and pop culture in general over the past quarter of the century. Taped as live before an audience of more than 20,000, the show featured special effects and hydraulics the likes of which had never before seen on Philippine TV.

The entries to this year's Asian Television Awards were assessed by 57 judges in nine juries held across the region. About 1,400 entries were received from 129 companies in 14 countries. This included over 1,000 entries for the programming and performance categories, which recognize and reward programming and performance excellence, and 350 entries for the technical and creative categories, for excellence in production/post production.

Aside from Tuviera, Tito, Vic & Joey and Malou, other "Eat Bulaga" hosts who witnessed the awarding were Anjo Yllana, Allan K, Pia Guanio, Gladys Guevarra, Francis Magalona, Wally Bayola, Julia Clarete, Ciara Sotto and Keempee de Leon. Lending morale support were Helen Gamboa, Ellen Macapagal, Mads Tuviera, Pia Arroyo, directors Poochie Rivera, Herman Escueta, Ding Bolanos, Ruel Bayani and the staff of the show, Grace Esquillon, Jenny Ferre,Orbit Duguran, Josie Tolentino, Eloisa Matias and Leslie Dionisio.

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Source: The Manila Bulletin