Star of "Pare Mahal Mo Raw Ako," Michael Pangilinan on his first movie, family & love

The cast of "Pare Mahal Mo Raw Ako" during its premiere showing just recently at the SM Megamall Cinema (from L to R): Edgar Allan Guzman, Trina "Hopia" Legaspi, Hashtag Nikko Natividad and Michael Pangilinan

We've known Michael Pangilinan first, as the "Harana Prince" of  local music industry due to his noticeable character, style of singing and heartfelt rendition of the song "Pare Mahal Mo Raw Ako," which was written and composed by Mr. Joven Tan. The song was one of the entries to the "Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs" last 2014. 

Since then, Michael was offered a lot of tv guestings, personal appearances, out of town and out of the country gigs and a lot more. Last September, 2015, he became one of the contestants in second season of ABS-CBN's singing and impersonation competition for celebrities entitled "Your Face Sounds Familiar." After 14 weeks, he emerged as the second best celebrity contestant, while the actress/ singer Denise Laurel was chosen to be the grand winner. 

Well, it was a very good and tough fight for Michael, don't you think? He really played his card so well that's why the Filipino audience had come to know and like him more. Apart from being a recording artist, I've also witnessed Michael's stage play performance via the popular and longest running musical play in the entire history of Philippine theater. He played "Crisostomo Ibarra." Hope you could read my article about his portrayal on that play just click here

His manager Mr. Jobert Sucaldito has  great confidence (me too!) in Michael's talent. And I could attest to that! I've been present in a couple of Michael or Khel's concerts with the first one entitled "Michael Sounds Familiar" and a follow-up one with the wacky title "Michael Really Sounds Familiar.' Both said concerts were a recorded jampacked and every time we watch him perform, it's always a big hit! He doesn't fail to surprise us, actually. 

And as of present time, Michael has another leaf to put on his laurel, he now have entered the movie industry which is one of his dreams, I've learned. His song "Pare Mahal Mo Raw Ako," is now a movie! And it was directed by the composer and also a film director, Sir Joven Tan. I've seen this most-talked about film before when it first premiered at Cine Adarna in UP Diliman last March. Hope you could also read my review about it, just click here.

The long wait is over! "Pare Mahal Mo Raw Ako" can now be seen via mainstream level. Michael's supporters, fans and followers can now watch the film in theaters nationwide starting June 8, 2016 with Viva Films as the distributor. But before that, we were able to attend and watch (again) the movie's premiere night held at one of the cinemas n SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. 

The main entrance set up of "Pare Mahal Mo Raw Ako" premiere night. (PTC: Viva Ent) 

The couple... Ooopps! The bffs in the story, Edgar Allan Guzman (Mark) and Michael Pangilinan (Red) clowning around to entertain the crowd. (Pct: Viva Ent)

Up stage: They were given the chance to greet and thank everyone who attended their premiere showing. Fans were so excited to see them! 

A thick crowd had gathered getting ready to enter the cinema (ptc: Viva Ent) 

After watching the film for the second time, I can say that, it was still worth watching. I still find the story very interesting and entertaining! The scenes were not that heavy except of course for some confrontation ones but still not too heavy. The mood was so easy to take whle instilling moral and family values. The actors were all good and really did their job well. The chemistry of the whole cast was ununparalleled!  The comedic duo of Matt Evans and Joross Gamboa was a riot! Never imagined that these two can really pull off those funny scenes that easy, they're effortless! Kudos to all the actors and of course to Direk Joven!!! About the ending? I like it much! Hope you do too! 

Michael Pangilinan, the "Harana Prince" is now an actor!

After the screening, we were able to briefly interview one of the stars of the movie, Michael, who was a big revelation here,  being a newbie on this field, His first lines were full of excitement and very grateful for the outcome of the movie. He said, 'Thank ypu so much! Sobrang nakakataba ng puso na ganun Ang reason sa'yo ng tao, and kung paano nila naintindihan 'yug story, paano sila kiligin, paano sila tumawa." 

He even added, "Feeling ko, sigurado ako, naniniwala ako na kahit isa sa nanood, sigurado ako na may tumagos sa puso nila. " 

Asked about the lessons that the people could get and what the story conveys, he answered, "Kahit na nagkagulo-gulo na Ang lahat ng magkakaibigan, still 'hung friendship pa rin nangingibabaw, kahit na medyo may kalokohan sa cake, may kalokohan pa rm sa salita, pero Alam mo yun, ginagawa na lang katatawanan 'yung kalokohan nila." 

His reaction towards guys getting attracted to their friends or best friends? 

"Hindi mo kailangang ipagpalit over love na may halong malice kesa sa love na alam mong respectful, happy kayo sa isa't-isa, kumbaga hindi ninyo iniisip na kapag may ibang lalaki na lumapit sa kanya syempre magseselos ka. Eh kung mag best friend kayo, lagi lang kayong nandyan para sa isa't-isa."

And now, the most awaited topic: LOVE

Just to give you a back story, before this premiere night, Michael guested on Tito Boy Abunda's "Tonight With Boy Abunda (TWBA), during his interview with Tito Boy, he frankly and confidently admitted that he and Garie Concepcion is having a bf/gf relationship. For the info of some who are clueless about Garie, she's Gabby Concepción's daughter with Ms. Grace Buma and therefore, she's KC Concepcion's half sister. Garie or Gabrielle is also making her name in the local music industry as a singer. 

Now, back to the premiere... asked about what made him decide to finally admit his relationship with Garie? 

"Sabi ko kay Tito Boy, okay lang na umamin ako pero di ko kailangang ikwento 'yung detalye ng pagmamahalan namin. At alam kong maiintindihan ninyong lahat 'yun I have my own private life and I'm happy now, we're in good terms, we're really really happy and I'm so proud of her dahil kung anuman s'ya ngayon at anuman kami ngayon, at sobrang natutuwa ako dahil nagkakintindihan kami sa trabaho, sa time management, sa decision making at sa respeto sa isa't-isa and that's it! I don't have to explain kung kelan kami naging official. Basta ang masasabi ko lang masaya ako, masaya din s'ya, at mamaya tayong lahat!"

The reason behind his lean body was that, Michael is aiming to join the "Cosmo" next year. Go Khel, you can do it!!! 

Relatioship with Garie's family and vice-versa: 

"Actually both sides we're good. Open s'ya open ako sa kanila, makakapunta ako sa kanila, nakakapunta s'ya sa amin at nakakapag-usap kami ng family ko sa family n'ya. Sa family ni Garie, tapagang wala along masasabi. Alam mo 'young tinanggap nila ako kung ano ako. 

Garie and her family's reception about his baby? 

'Yun ang pinakaminahal ko sa kanila. Mahirap makahanap ng gnun. Ako sa to too lang po ha, kunwari ako 'young babae, hindi ako maghahanap ng may anak, kasi gusto ko wala. Pero hindi, Dun ko napatunayan na talagang hindi 'young mga pangit ang tinitignan s'yo eh kung anong merong puso ka ngayon."

"And I think super matured na ako ngayon dahil kung ano 'young pinagdaanan ko before, ti-nake ko 'yun as a lesson for me and I think makakatulong sa anumang ginagawa na desisyon ko ngayon. Kung ano 'yung pagkakamali ko before , kapag nalalaman ko at nararamdan ko na pwedeng mangyari dito sa ngayon, napeprevent na s'ya. At least now, naiintindihan ko kung ano 'young mga mali at tama. 

How about Gabby Concepcion, were you able to meet him? 

We haven't met yet. Pero kung kaharap ko si Tito Gabby, sasabihin ko sa kanya na, '"Huwag kayong mag-alala, mamahalin ko 'yung anak ninyo. kagaya ng pagmamahal n'yo sa kanya."

Special thanks to my fblogger/friend Gracee Bongolan of for some of the pics I've posted here. Thanks girl! 

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