It is common knowledge that Vic Sotto and his Dabarkads have been consistent blockbusters at the tills during Christmas season. Sotto, whose film Enteng Kabisote and The Abangers was reportedly ‘booted out’ along with big production outfits like Regal Films and Star Cinema by the new MMFF juries to give way to ‘indie’ films. But as they say, you can’t put a good man down. Sotto’s Enteng Kabisote and The Abangers will be shown a little earlier than what had been the usual tradition during the holiday season. For a change, Enteng Kabisote and The Abangers will be shown starting November 30, 2016.
|Enteng Kabisote and the Abangers stars Paolo Ballesteros, Wally Bayola and Vic Sotto|
“Although I admit, we were somewhat disappointed that we won’t have an entry (film entry) for the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) this year, I’d like to think it was a blessing in disguise,” says veteran comedian, movie producer and TV host, Vic Sotto when asked about his film which failed to make the cut among this year’s movie entries during the bloggers conference held recently at Anabel’s Restaurant in Tomas Morato hosted by OctoArts Films.
|Vic Sotto airs his side on the issue of his film not making it to the MMFF entries for this year.|
"Eh ganun talaga (that's the way it is). The jury's decision is final and we just had to accept that. We were quite sad that the family tradition's been broken because usually after the mass during Christmas day, the next thing a family would do is to go to the movie theaters, right? But now, since most of the film entries from the MMFF this year doesn't cater to kids, it will be entirely different," adds Vic.
|Vic Sotto says he is sport enough to respect the jury's decision.|
So Vic Sotto and company did the next best thing: to open during the Bonifacio Day (which is another holiday and red letter day among Filipinos). Vic Sotto and his Dabarkads promises another fantasy-adventure for the family to enjoy. Bossing Vic reprises his role as Enteng Kabisote in the latest instalment of the movie series which is now on its 10th year.
|Paolo Ballesteros says he's lucky to have two films: Enteng Kabisote 10 and his other film which made it to the MMFF "Die Beautiful."|
During the said presscon, Paolo Ballesteros was also asked about his feelings because his other film, "Die Beautiful" made it as one of MMFF's film entries for this year. According to Paolo: "I'm not the lone star in the said film. I believe each film had something different to offer. The thing with "Die Beautiful," it was first shown in Japan and received a lot of good reviews and raves. So the producer felt it would also be nice if our fellow Filipinos would be able to see and appreciate the film and its message. As for Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers, this is made with the intention to bring fun entertainment to kids and their families. So you cannot compare apples to oranges because each has a different genre and target audiences as well."
|The cast of Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers|
The comedy-adventure movie follows the reluctant hero in his latest fantastical escapade. Through hard work and determination, Enteng Kabisote has used his talent to “butingting everything” to become an ironworks and robotics magnate. Since his last adventure in Engkantasya, he has settled down to becoming a successful businessman, community leader, and a doting grandfather to his cute and bubbly grandchild Benokis, as his son Benok (Oyo Boy Sotto) tackles fatherhood and his duty as a law enforcer. Little does he know that trouble is brewing and he will be called on once again to save the world.
|Vic Sotto reprises his well loved role as "taga-Lupa" Enteng Kabisote|
|Paolo Ballesteros shows off his versatility as an actor.|
Enteng’s nemesis is Kwak-kwak (played by Epi Quizon), a power-obsessed villain who was booted out from Engkantasya. He has the capability to control minds who has launched a virtual reality game that transmits his mind control to anyone who plays it. The villainous plot is helped along by Bibi, Kwak-kwak’s devoted second-in-command and Bibe, his moronic but useful sibling, along with A1/ALLAN & A2/ALLAINE, the two creators of the viral game app which Kwak-Kwak uses as a channel to spread his psychic powers to control humankind.
|Jose Manalo says their role here is very different from the ones they usually do at Eat Bulaga|
To defeat Kwak-kwak and restore order in the real world, Enteng calls upon a team of misfits, who form his Abangers team. They are individuals who have unusual special powers and have been waiting for a long time to put these powers into good use. The Abangers are actually OEWs (overseas engkantasya workers), whose powers Kwak-kwak needs to harness in order to fulfill his nefarious mission.
On his team, Enteng has three inimitable sisters: Nidora (Wally Bayola), a fierce but values-centric granny who possesses an equally fierce loud voice called "The Incredible Voice"; Tinidora (Jose Manalo), who has very quick reflexes and engaging dance moves called "The Flash Dance", and Tidora (Paolo Ballesteros), a flirtatious hot granny who channels her hot flashes to other persons through her stare. They are joined by Remy or “The Mister Iron", a tour guide and family guy who can seemingly flatten any tangible materials, Oring, a spunky female fortune teller in Quiapo who can perfectly predict anyone’s future but only for a span of two minutes, Lucas, a muscled handsome guy from Tondo who possesses incredible strength and a high pitched voice, and Bistika, a standup gay comedian who can perfectly blend himself with his surroundings -- while doing some pakganern splits!
|Vic Sotto as Enteng Kabisote|
Catch Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers starting at 9AM on your favorite cinemas nationwide beginning on November 30, 2016! The movie is directed by Marlon Rivera and Tony Y. Reyes, and produced by OctoArts Films, M-Zet Productions and APT Entertainment.
For the trailer, watch the YouTube link below: