Fulfilling his Dreams, and How!

pilar mateo sni THE “P” TALKS!
BY: Pilar Mateo

WE came to know them as the tandem-beating all odds in the name of comedy: Ariel (Villasanta) and Maverick (Relova).

Some 10 years ago. They started with a dream in making it to Hollywood. They shot their stories in every nook and cranny they can be in.

Was it an impossible journey? For Ariel, he was able to capture so many documentaries which he and Maverick thought that they can show the whole world.

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The plans have been laid. A show with GMA7. Going into “American Idol”.

Everything went kaput. Pfffft!

“May nagsabi lang sa akin. Na pinaniwalaan ko naman. Tatlong tao kasi. Na lahat taga-loob. Meron daw celebrity na humarang o pumigil. Kasi, ready na lahat. Pati props. Lahat ng kailangan for the launch. Hindi nangyari.

“Si Maverick, after all that has happened, nawala. Hindi na nagpakita sa akin. Wala ng communications. Though nakakausap ko ang wife niya, talagang hindi na raw lumalabas sa toom niya, eh. May nagbalita na he’s on drugs. I don’t think so. Kjnv mabasa man ito ni Maverick, sana matulungan ko pa rin siya bilang kaibigan.

“Ako has always been a struggling artist. Kaya sa mga nagsabi na laos na kami, sabi ko naman eh hindi pa nga kami sumikat. Pero ako, mas matapanv lang siguro. Kasi, no matter what happened, eto ako ngayon, gusto ko pa ring ituloy ang pelikula. Natapos naman. Kaya nga first reality movie of Ariel and Maverick, “Kings of Reality Shows”. Ten years ago, ginagawa na namin.

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“Bahay ko na ang naisangla ko because of this. At kinapalan ko na rin ang mukha ko na humingi ng tulong sa mga tao na kilala o celebrities. At marami naman sa kanila ang nag-abot ng tuling nila para naipalabas at matapos ang pelikula. Kaya, ang laman nito are documentaries, eksena namin in the past and in the now.”

Even his ex and longtime partner Cristina Decena helped Ariel in the project.

“Naging magkaibigan pa rin naman kami nang naghiwalay na kami. Hindi lang siguro kami naging compatible sa aspect ng pagiging sobrang subsob niya in her businesses. Kaya hindi naman ako nahiya lumapit sa kanya. Kasi, wala naman akong kinuhang pera from her nung kami or else may demandahan ng nangyari.”

Nearly forgotten and unreleased movie, Ariel and Maverick’s “Kings of Reality Shows” is also a fitting tribute to Ariel’s Mommy Elvie. Who got lots of fans when she became part of the show.

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“Hindi kami naga-i love you-han ni Mommy. Laitan ang lambingan namin na nakita naman ng mga tao sa show. But deep in my heart, mahal na mahal at miss na miss ko siya. May gusto kaming ma-conquer before. Sana, as we show this on November 27, 2019, mapasaya namin ang mga manonood. Ibang genre siya. May nagsabi nga for the thinking audience. Pero sabi ko naman, we in Lion’s Faith Entertainment Productions, na ako lahat ang gumagalaw, just want to make people see kung ano ang mga pinagpaguran na namin all these years.”

Ariel is the producer writer, director, creatives, marketing, logistics and actor in it.

He wishes to thank President Rodrigo Duterte (??? Is he really in it?); Mayor Sara Duterte; Senators Trillanes, Bato dela Rosa, Manny Pacquiao; Mayor Isko Moreno, Congressman Stryke Revilla and Chaye Cabal-Revilla; Raffy Tulfo; Mocha Uson; Coco Martin; Regine Tolentino; Joey de Leon; Jose Manalo; Empoy; Suzette Ranillo; Jasmine Trias (of American idol Season 3 Finalist); Cristina Decena; and the late Eddie Garcia and German Moreno. And Solar Films which will be the distributor.

Struggling artists or not, one can learn a thing or two from Ariel and Maverick’s struggle.

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