¡Viva Viva! announces billion-peso investment in movies for 2020

  • Page Views 1108
  • ¡Viva Viva! And that’s far as The T-Zone will go in writing Spanish for today except to say that there is no other fitting title and lead for this story than the said tautology.

    A week ago today, the T-Zone attended back to back events for what is now the huge entertainment conglomerate that is Viva Communications, Inc., still headed — and markedly all the more aggressively and impressively these last few years — by one of the most prolific pillars of the movie industry, Vincente “Boss Vic” del Rosario.

    The first was held at the grand ballroom of Novotel Manila Araneta City gathering many of the outfit’s brightest stars — among them Bela Padilla, Yassi Pressman, Alessandra de Rossi, Xia Vigor and Xian Lim — along with the day’s most in-demand directors and screenwriters — headed by Joel Lamangan, Dan Villegas, Antoinette Jadaone, Perci Intalan and Yam Laranas, to name a few — where Boss Vic matter-of-factly announced he was investing P1 billion just in the umbrella company’s movie division, Viva Films, alone.

    As such, the event, which rolled out a staggering total of 34 full-length productions due for showing this year, was also fittingly dubbed “Viva Films 2020 Vision.” And that, along with Boss Vic’s powerful one-liner in his message eased growing uncertainties on how the local movie industry will fare in the age of digital streaming. He confidently declared, “Content is king,” and in effect assured his beloved industry that he’s got their back.

    In response, gifted thespian-turned-big screen comedian Jerald Napoles told The T-Zone, “It’s a great time to be an actor.” For indeed, with Boss Vic and Viva Films ever-present, actors young and seasoned will all continue to work in 2020 with such movies as “Sunny,” a Korean movie remake, starring no less than Megastar Sharon Cuneta and Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez; “A Man and A Woman” with Aga Muhlach, whose 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival-starrer, “Miracle in Cell No. 7” ended the year for Viva with box office returns of P500 million; Dingdong Dantes’ “Joaquin Bordado;” Anne Curtis’ “The Devoted;” Matteo Guidicelli’s “Penduko;” and Alessandra de Rossi and Empoy Marquez’s reunion team up in “Walang Ka-Paris,” among many others.
    Of course, the chain-reaction will ensure the smallest movie worker relevance in the industry.

    Vincent, who is president and CEO of the Viva Group, was tasked to give the keynote speech at “Grateful: The Viva Thanksgiving Party,” and ably provided more details about Viva’s 2020 vision.

    “The reason for this is our confidence in the local film industry. And in fact, out of these 34 movies, 15 are already canned, meaning they’re ready for showing, and the rest will roll out shortly. We’ve earmarked at least a billion pesos to produce these movies, and they will all come out this year.”

    “Our records company [Viva Records] is still the No. 1 local music company in the country and our concerts division [Viva Live], which is producing Regine Velasquez and Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Unified’ [concert on February 14] was already sold out one week after we announced online ticket sales.”

    “Maraming, maraming salamat po sa patuloy n’yong pagsuporta sa amin at sana po ay patuloy pa po tayong magtrabaho ng sama-sama ngayong taon,” Vincent simply ended his speech.

    And if only for the immense and overflowing talent of the Filipino creative across all these realms of media, The T-Zone humbly throws its voice behind “Boss Vic Jr.’s” selfless plea.
    Long live Viva, indeed! (T. Mauricio-Arriola, TMT)

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 22 September 2022
      4 days ago No comment

      Vhong Navarro under NBI custody for rape charge

      Metro Manila — TV host and actor Vhong Navarro remains under the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) as of Tuesday, a day after he was slapped with two arrest warrants over complaints filed by model-stylist Deniece Cornejo in 2014. Navarro’s camp has yet to file a motion ...

    • 22 September 2022
      4 days ago No comment

      Meet and greet with Jinny, Ramon and Surrey Forward

      The Surrey Forward party is ready to serve the city and its residents. Surrey Forward is fielding Jinny Sims as mayoral candidate in the October 15, 2022 local election, and the party also has seven candidates for council. One of these candidates is Filipino Canadian financial professional Ramon Bandong. ...

    • Queen-Elizabeth-King-Charles-2022
      15 September 2022
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Farewell Queen Elizabeth, Long live King Charles!

      The world is mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II, U.K.’s longest-serving monarch, who died on September 8 at the age of 96. Queen Elizabeth, whose reign spanned 70 years, was succeeded to the throne by her eldest son Charles, who has been proclaimed as King Charles III. The ...

    • 08 September 2022
      3 weeks ago No comment

      Filipino concert scene returns to Vancouver

      After a long hiatus because of COVID-19, the Filipino concert scene is revving up in Vancouver. A series of shows has been lined up starting in the month of September 2022, and ReyFort Media Group is calling on the community to support these events. The ReyFort Media Group wants ...

    • 01 September 2022
      4 weeks ago No comment

      Boni Barcia’s summer soiriee with B.C. NDP and Filipino community

      Boni Barcia hosted a summer party at his Coquitlam residence, which saw leading figures with the ruling B.C. NDP government rubbing elbows with members of the Filipino community. Among those in attendance at the August 28, 2022 bash was David Eby, presumed frontrunner in the race to become the ...

    %d bloggers like this: