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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Shaina Magdayao and Matteo Guidicelli Stars in Cinema One and Phil Star Project Single/Single Mini-Series

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Your friendly neighborhood Pambansang Blogger was invited by Cinema One and the Philippine Star to the media launch of their first ever mini-series on wealth management and millennial life entitled "Single\Single" top-billed by Shaina Magdayao and Matteo Guidicelli. The presscon was held on Thursday August 13, 2015 at 11 am at Resto 9501 located at the 14th floor of ABS-CBN ELJ Building .

Single\Single stars Shaina Magdayao and Matteo Guidicelli plays the roles of Joee and Joey respectively. An odd couple forced to share an apartment for practical reasons. Will sharing the rent be disaster or a happy ever after?

I'm guessing that the similarity of their names play a vital function in the story. Maybe they got into the predicament of living in the same apartment because of it. I hope I was not able to predict it since that would mean it's a bit predictable. But the director told us they are already on the 8th episode so we just have to wait until the pilot episode comes out on August 29 at 8 pm in Cinema One.

The questions from media were mostly about Matteo's boxer shorts and how we was uncomfortable wearing it in the presence of Shaina Magdayao. It will be the first time they will be working together even though they are both at ASAP during weekends. Since Shaina is a dancer and Matteo is a singer, they have not yet been on the same performance in the noontime show. I asked about Matteo's abs since he probably went into regular workouts to have or maintain them for the show so he will look good on TV, and I also asked if Shaina, who was wearing a gorgeous backless outfit that day, if she will be wearing something daring and as sexy like a swimsuit or bikini since Direk Pepediokno did say they are able to become more daring in the cable channel since it is less strict in censorship. Shaina said as for now, she was only asked to wear short shorts. Hhhmmm, but if she was asked to wear something a little more revealing, will she do it?

I've met both her sisters at different events, and I find them all nice and approachable, and they must be as smart as advertised since they've put their earning in showbiz in profitable business ventures like the Ystilo Salon. True enough, as what the press release have said, she does serve as a role model for the millennials. Matteo's family also has businesses so he too must understand the intricacies of life and how important managing your wealth is.

The young director promises a lot of 'kilig" factor for the audience especially that he did express his enjoyment doing the series, and the fun in giving "kilig" to the viewers. Let us see how "kilig" we will be after watching a few episodes of the mini-series.

The mini-series combines the power of cable and print media to talk to Filipino millennials about how to cope as a single individual in an entertaining format. Each week, after an episode airs on Cinema One, in-depth discussion about wealth management will be provided in the Philippine Star's Business Lifestyle section by wealth management expert and inspirational speaker, Francis Kong.

I've seen and heard Francis Kong from some of the many events that I've attended and he does give sound advises worth learning from. This is why I asked during the presscon if he will have a cameo role since it will look interesting if he suddenly appears there as a character giving financial advises. now that's what you call real-world applications.

I also asked the co-star Brian Sy and Anna Luna what kind of preparations they made for their roles. Brian is playing the role of a gay person while Anna is a financial expert working for an insurance company. We want them to shine out too even if they are just in supporting roles. There are a lot of supporting actors that have made it to stardom when they portrayed their characters uniquely and interesting enough to be memorable. Let us see if they will make a mark to become unforgettable.

Single\Single premieres on August 29 Saturday at 8 pm with replays on Wednesdays at 8:30 pm and Sundays at 10 pm

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Below is the official press release:

Kapamilya stars Shaina Magdayao and Matteo Guidicelli are teaming up for the first time in an original cable TV series that merges engaging comedy and relevant issues for the urban singles living in a complicated, modern world on Cinema One this August 29 (Saturday) at 8PM.

“Single\Single”, Cinema One and The Philippine Star’s first project, is the cable channel’s first TV series that focuses on issues ranging from quarter-life crises to relationship dilemmas in a digital world. More importantly, the series aims to underscore the importance of handling finances, career path planning, and having a work-life balance for the urban millennial.

The series follows the story of Joee (Shaina) and Joey (Matteo), two single strangers who will exchange sparks or non-sparks as an odd couple forced to share an apartment for practical reasons and tries to answer the question, “when strangers have no choice but to share the rent, will it be a disaster or a happy ever after?”

As a first of its kind project on Philippine cable TV, “Single\Single” combines the power of cable and print media to talk to Filipino millennials about how to cope as a single individual in an entertaining format. Each week after an episode airs on Cinema One, in-depth discussion about wealth management will be provided in the Philippine Star’s Business Lifestyle section by wealth management expert and inspirational speaker, Francis Kong.

The show’s lead stars also serve as role models to millennials. Shaina, who grew up in showbiz, is one of the many young celebrities who has managed her finances well. She owns several business ventures, including a salon and a summer camp for kids. Meanwhile, Matteo who hails from Cebu, also has a background in entrepreneurship as his family has established businesses in his hometown.

Also joining the cast of “Single\Single” are Cherie Gil who plays Matteo’s single mom in a very offbeat parent role; award-winning Cinema One Originals actress Anna Luna as Shaina’s career-driven buddy; and theater actor Brian Sy as Shaina’s gay friend. Indie favorites Mara Lopez and Matt Daclan will also be completing the cast in guest roles.

“Single\Single” is under the direction of international award-winning independent cinema director Pepe Diokno, who also marks his first venture into cable TV and comedy. Palanca winner Lilit Reyes serves as the series’ writer, while film producer of the highest grossing Pinoy indie movie “That Thing Called Tadhana,” Bianca Balbuena produces the series.

“Single\Single” premieres this August 29 on Cinema One. New episodes will air every Saturday at 8PM with replays on Wednesdays at 830PM and Sundays at 10PM.

Cinema One aims to support and uphold Filipino produced movies and shows by screening Filipino movies and showcasing Filipino filmmaking talent through Cinema One Originals. It is also a pioneer in the cable industry through its originally produced shows that give an in-depth discussion about the film and entertainment industry such as “Inside The Cinema Circle” and “CinemaNews.” It belongs to the family of cable channels under Creative Programs, Inc. (CPI), a subsidiary of ABS-CBN.

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