Saturday, July 30, 2022

Viva Films releases controversial film "Maid in Malacañang" by director Daryll Yap


Cesar Montano and Ruffa Guttierez play former president Ferdinand Marcos Sr. and its first lady, Imelda Marcos respectively.

Before I get bashed here (just in case I'd get any), let me just say that I was just doing my job. The grand media press conference for the latest Viva Film entitled "Maid in Malacañang" was held at the Maynila Ballroom of the hotel I am working at. So it was normal that I had to cover the said starstudded press conference attended by the celebrity cast themselves along with invited media and online entertainment sites. This is not the first time I had encountered Sen. Imee Marcos. Back in 2018, I had the privilege of meeting her in Ilocos where I was able to write about the Palace Guard Brotherhood Association. 

The said film is directed by Darryl Yap, in collaboration with Sen. Imee Marcos herself with Viva Films. The movie is about the Marcoses' last 72 hours in the country's presidential residence. It stars Cesar Montano (as President Ferdinand Marcos Sr.,), Ruffa Guttierez (as former first lady, Imelda Marcos), Cristine Reyes (as Sen. Imee Marcos), Diego Loyzaga (as President Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr.), Ella Cruz (as Irene Marcos), it also stars Karla Estrada, Elizabeth Oropesa, Kyle Velino and Beverly Salviejo. 

Moi working on a Sunday. 

Superstar Nora Aunor's niece, and recording artist Marion Aunor sang the film's theme song. 

Sen. Imee Marcos welcomes everyone to the press conference. 

Actor Cesar Montano who plays Ferdinand Marcos in the movie Maid in Malacanang

Film director Darryl Yap with Senator Imee Marcos

Actress Ruffa Guttierez who plays Imelda Marcos in the film

Actor Diego Loyzaga (Cesar Montano's real son in real life) plays Bongbong Marcos

Actress Cristine Reyes plays the gutsy Imee Marcos

It is touted as a dramedy film that gives audiences a glimpse of the last 72 hours of the Marcoses in the Palace before the family left for Hawaii during the 1986 People Power Revolution. 

The maids of Malacanang: Beverly Salviejo and Elizabeth Oropesa

Momshie/TV host and actress Karla Estrada is also one of the maids in Malacanang

Young star Ella Cruz plays Irene Marcos

The star-studded cast of Viva Films' Maid in Malacanang

"Maid In Malacañang was initially just a playful idea between Darryl and me,” says Imee. “And then it morphed into the project that it is today. I’m both excited and nervous about this movie and I’m really hoping for the support of the public once it hits theaters this August.”

Ruffa, on the other hand, learned more about the former first lady Imelda Marcos. My discovery is not about Madam Imelda Marcos, she has a beautiful heart, very sincere, mapagmahal, mahal niya ‘yung pamilya niya, mahal niya ‘yung bayan. But my discovery surprisingly was with Ferdinand Marcos Sr. He’s not only a strong man, a genius, but he’s very romantic/ as well.”

The cast invites everyone to watch the film. 

The film will be opening in theaters nationwide on August 3, 2022. 

Disclaimer: I am not compensated for this post, Opinions expressed are my own. 

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