Life lessons and entertainment with a powerhouse cast in one movie. What could be better than that but personally meeting the casts and their real-life gags without script? I was fortunate to participate in the Grand Bloggers Conference of My House Husband: Ikaw Na, OctoArts Films Metro Manila Film Fest entry last night at Guilly's Tomas Morato. It wouldn't be surprising that Ryan Agoncillo, Judy Ann Santos and Eugene Domingo will grab awards on Dec. 28 because the trailer is enough to convince any age and any social class to watch the movie and appreciate their stellar performance in the movie. Present during the event were OctoArts Films Chairman Orly Ilacad, Kat Ilacad, Rocco Nacino, Renz Valerio, Eugene Domingo, Ryan Agoncillo and Judy Ann Santos who shared with all the bloggers their experiences during the film and how they have strongly expressed mutual admiration to each other's acting talents.
Directed by Jose Javier Reyes, My Househusband: Ikaw Na is a story of Rod (Ryan Agoncillo) who is a bank manager one day turned househusband next with his real-life partner Judy Ann Santos playing Mia, a mother and wife working and making ends meet for her family. Comedienne Eugene Domingo, who is also in other MMFF entries plays Aida, the mistress who happens to be the couple's neighbor. Ms. Eugene was so hilarious making the interviews too personal with the bloggers yet too witty in her responses. I have much curiosity on Judy Ann Santos who has been in show business for 23 years now and have coveted too many awards and recognition as an actress. I have to admit that I have not watched any of her 70 movies through these years but I have watched her teleseryes back when she was still a teenager. I have always viewed her as the next megastar because of her discipline and commitment to the acting profession. She was too humble yet cunning with her responses to the questions thrown by the bloggers.
She was not prescriptive but she was able to share the secrets of their happy married life emphasizing on how important friendship is to any relationship. Eugene Domingo also expressed her gratitude to learning from the experience of having a true "straight" male best friend which she seldom meets in the industry. The gags on screen was real and it was breath-taking to hear the comments and responses of Ryan, Judy Ann and Eugene about the movie and their relationships.
Ryan Agoncillo may be this year's Best Actor in MMFF because of his role as the provider turned househusband which my mom was also so excited about. Judy Ann Santos may also be the Best Actress and Eugene Domingo as Best Supporting Actress because of the scenes that'll definitely be a word-of-mouth come Dec. 25. Filipinos love movie lines and they love passing it on to their own experiences and this movie will surely be one unforgettable Christmas bonding activity. I know my sister won't miss Eugene Domingo and my students and co-teachers who also have househusbands won't miss Judy Ann and Ryan.
My Househusband: Ikaw Na reflects the issues prevalent among Filipino families today and what's most important is not about who is the best provider but how the family tries to keep it together. I am grateful for the experience meeting the cast of My Househusband: Ikaw Na and I am even more grateful for Judy Ann Santos and the others who have acknowledged the bloggers as the new media taking the presscon seriously. Ms. Judy Ann Santos revered as Best Actress through these years exuded what a Best Actress should always be - talent with the humility and exemplary attitude.
Congratulations in advance to you Ms. Eugene Domingo, Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo because I know we will never miss watching My Househusband: Ikaw Na showing on December 25, nationwide.