Apr 18
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KAWAWANG BATA!

Author: Billy Balbastro
Column: Take Billy

The debut film of film director Lau de Jesus and EFB Productions, Hada, will start its exhibition tomorrow, but the fact that its lead star, showbiz first-timer Beejay Morales ran away from home made Hada controversial.

We scooped on this two weeks ago, and would leave it at that. But then the TV networks are set to pick up our news. Both networks -- the last time we heard -- are looking for the tyro. Hence, this update.

The controversy was the result of the insistence of director Lau de Jesus in filming some scenes which violated a prior agreement among them: the director, the boy�s mom Lea Vierneza and the line-producer and manager Mar Munoz Cay.

After the filming, Mrs. Vierneza and Mar objected the boy�s bedroom scene with Emilio Garcia (a gay in Hada) especially the boy�s almost nude attire.

"Baka mag-isip ang mga kaklase at ibang tao na iyan ang ginagawa niya," Mrs. Vierneza insisted. "Tinatawag na nga siyang BJ (blowjob) sa school nila."

And Beejay Morales is actually Joey Louie Vierneza, 16, a senior high school of the San Pedro Relocation Center National High School in San Pedro, Laguna.

He earlier passed the auditions for Hada along with his friends and some schoolmates who are in the movie too -- Nash Rendal and Jersey Milano.

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The controversy triggers a series of events.

The mother wanted to complain about this to authorities, but doesn�t know how to go about it. Manager Mar Munoz Cay is complaining too for violation of agreement and "exploitation" of the minor.

The director stands pat in including the scene. Hada was approved by MTRCB with an R-18 rating, without cuts. Which means that the complained scenes are included in the movie when it hits the theaters tomorrow (Aug. 23).

In the home front, BJ�s father blamed his mom Lea for this. The quarrel precipitated him to leave home. It�s a pity since he left school when he is a graduating high school student.

Here�s a letter from Mar we got yesterday: "Up to now, hindi pa umuwi o bumalik si Beejay Morales sa kanila sa Landaya, San Pedro, Laguna. Nag-aalala na ang kanyang ina kung ano ang nangyari sa kanya.

"A few days ago, tumawag si Beejay sa akin. Dahil lumabas na ang istorya mo tungkol dito sa Abante, gusto siyang ma-interbyu ng TV Patrol at 24 Oras.

"Kaya the next day, nagpaunlak siya at lumuwas ng Manila, malungkot at umiiyak dahil sa nangyari sa kanya at pamilya. Na-trauma talaga siya.

"After the interview, bumalik muli siya sa Libon, Albay. Kasama niya si Nash Rendal na kasali rin sa Hada, na taga roon, na lumayas din sa kanila.

"Panonoorin muna ng mother ni Beejay ang Hada sa Aug. 23 para malaman niya kung magsasampa siya ng kaso laban kay Direk Lau de Jesus. Masyadong exploited siya sa pelikula. Kuwento pa ni BJ, dapat daw hubo�t hubad siya sa eksena pero pumalag siya at nagtangkang tumakbo at hindi na mag-shoot.

"Nagmakaawa raw siya, kaya pinagsuot siya ng briefs.

"Nang ginawa ni Direk Lau ang eksena, wala ako sa set. May meeting ako for another project for Beejay, ang Anak ng Macho Dancer na sinulat ni Boy Villasanta. May ibang offers din tulad ng Tagsibol at Paminta (Buo o Durog).

Pero malamang may trauma na, may phobia pa siya. Kawawang bata."

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AMBASSADORS: Before the Maharlika Singing Ambassadors of London-based Candid Records wound up their August show tour of malls and schools in Luzon, they also visited the Office of the Ombudsman as courtesy call to friends and Ombudsman Ma. Merceditas Gutierrez who welcomed the nine Pinoy kids ensemble. After an impromptu show, donations were made to Asilo de San Vicente de Paul, one of the beneficiaries of the Maharlika show tour.

Source: Abante