Diary ng Panget a box office hit

VIVA Entertainment’s summer teen flick Diary ng Panget starring showbiz newbies James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Andre Paras and Yassi Pressnan, scored big in its debut earning P15 million at the tills.

Even the film outfit that produced the movie was surprised with its box office performance since such result is generally known only to movies top-billed by big stars. It was rather a brave move for Viva Entertainment to cast virtually unknown actors in a movie, which is based on a popular book series of the same title. Originally published on the online writing community Wattpad, the series has been read more than 12 million times online and has topped book charts locally.

Diary ng Panget is the surprise box-office hit despite
unknown stars (from left) Andre Paras, Yassi
Pressman, Nadine Lustre, and James Reid
Diary ng Panget follows the story of a poor, acne-ridden Eya Rodriguez (portrayed by Nadine) as a struggling scholar at Wilford Academy. She lands a job as a personal maid of the rich spoiled brat Cross Sandford (played by James) who also attends the same exclusive school. The two don’t get along, but as they get tangled in their classmates’ games of affection, their relationship becomes more complicated.

But amid the film’s success, people who have read the series were disappointed with Andoy Ranay’s film adaptation. People thought, since Ranay has an exceptional portfolio of indie films, the teen flick would be given a bold treatment just like his previous films. Rather, the film comes out to be no different from other mainstream rom-coms that bank on the standard formula  of old clichés and punch lines. Additionally, the film’s narrative is awfully disjointed due to incoherent and unnecessary subplots. But what can we expect? Viva Films announced its acquisition of Diary ng Panget only in September last year and voila, a few months later, they already have a full-length teen flick.

Did the scriptwriters even try to review the material or were they just too excited for their paychecks? It seems that Viva Entertainment spent more time on publicity and promotion than on actual time allotted for film production. Perhaps the success of Diary ng Panget lies in the fact that there were no other local releases when it was released, not to mention that people were also anticipating the movie because they thought it would have the same kind of energy they felt when reading the book.

Asian kids’ choice

At the fun-filled Kids’ Choice bash held in Los Angeles over weekend, Anne Curtis failed to win the Favorite Asian Act trophy. Fans through online poll decide the winners, and Chinese singer-actress G.E.M was their choice. The other Asian celebrities nominated in the category were Lisa Surihani of Malaysia and Coboy Junior of Indonesia.

In February, we heard how ecstatic Anne Curtis was when she shared on Instagram that she got nominated in Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards. Thereafter, we have not received any more updates.

Last year, Sarah Geronimo was also a nominee in the same category but she lost to Chinese singer Han Geng. In 2012, Charice Pempengco won in that category besting Indonesian singer Agnes Monica, South Korean girl group Wonder Girls, and Malaysian musician Yuna.

Although she did not consider herself as a shoo-in winner in the category amid having an army of online fans and followers, it could’ve have been a sweet victory for Anne had she won because of the recent controversy she’s got involved in. The 29-year-old actress is very much the talk of the town after the alleged heated confrontation with Sam Concepcion two Mondays ago surfaced on entertainment news sites.

Interestingly, people were still busy speculating whether or not the confrontation indeed took place and that Anne dropped the now famous line “You’re not classy enough to be here.” She made headlines again when ABS-CBN reported that she got stung by a jellyfish while taping for Dyesebel last Wednesday.

It is obvious that Anne is such a lucky person not because she has quickly recovered and resumed taping for Dyesebel considering that the jellyfish’s sting is seriously deadly, but it appears that even nature, not just her mother studio, has a way to help divert people’s attention to an entirely different yet equally intriguing situation.

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