Mercedes Cabral’s BAD ROMANCE

Mercedes Cabral (Andrea Maglalang) is sexy in a way you’d never expect in BAD ROMANCE out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Mercedes Cabral (Andrea Maglalang) is sexy in a way you’d never expect in BAD ROMANCE out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Still photo from film.

Written and photographed

By Jude Thaddeus Bautista

Bombshell lead star Mercedes Cabral plays a psychotic killer for the first time in BAD ROMANCE. She shares her insights on her film character, “Medyo niloko siya ng lalake yon yung reason bakit nag snap yung character. Dream role ko talaga gumawa ng  psychotic na tao. Challenging siya para sakin kaya ko tinanggap yung role.”

BAD ROMANCE cast from left: Director Ian Del Carmen, Francis Lopez (Sam Lloyd Pascual), Geraldine Catalan, Mercedes Cabral (Andrea Maglalang), Janelle Manahan (Sarah Alonzo) and Executive Producer Tim Bennett. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

BAD ROMANCE cast from left: Director Ian Del Carmen, Francis Lopez (Sam Lloyd Pascual), Geraldine Catalan, Mercedes Cabral (Andrea Maglalang), Janelle Manahan (Sarah Alonzo) and Executive Producer Tim Bennett. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Mercedes Cabral (Andrea Maglalang) is sexy in a way you’d never expect in BAD ROMANCE out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Mercedes Cabral (Andrea Maglalang) is sexy in a way you’d never expect in BAD ROMANCE out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

BAD ROMANCE is directed by Ian Del Carmen who gained fame by directing Pinoy Big Brother. Cast members include: Mr. Philippines 2011 Francis Lopez as Sam Lloyd Pascual. Miss Resort’s World Ms Photogenic 2012, Karen Gallman also makes her film debut.

From right Ms Resorts World 2012 Ms. Photogenic Karen Gallman with King & I lead stars Nonie Buencamino (King Mongkut) and Menchu Lauchengco Yulo (Anna). The Aliw awards Best musical will run until May 2013 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila. Photo By Jude Bautista

From right Ms Resorts World 2012 Ms. Photogenic Karen Gallman with King & I lead stars Nonie Buencamino (King Mongkut) and Menchu Lauchengco Yulo (Anna). The Aliw awards Best musical will run until May 2013 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila. Photo By Jude Bautista

Aiza Seguerra (Jeboy Macaraig) and Archie Alemania (Peping Causo Jr). BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Aiza Seguerra (Jeboy Macaraig) and Archie Alemania (Peping Causo Jr). BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Aiza Seguerra has a cameo role as a tough lesbian while Rey PJ Abellana is the hotel owner Mr. Villapando. Archie Alimania, Flor Salanga and Raul Morit all play interesting characters in the film. Janelle Manahan, returns to showbiz in her first feature film. Manahan was shot in the face together with Ramgen Revilla last October of 2011.

BAD ROMANCE cast from left: Shingo Hongu (Hitoshi Nakamura), Director Ian Del Carmen, Francis Lopez (Sam Lloyd Pascual), Mercedes Cabral (Andrea Maglalang), Janelle Manahan (Sarah Alonzo) and Executive Producer Tim Bennett. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

BAD ROMANCE cast from left: Shingo Hongu (Hitoshi Nakamura), Director Ian Del Carmen, Francis Lopez (Sam Lloyd Pascual), Mercedes Cabral (Andrea Maglalang), Janelle Manahan (Sarah Alonzo) and Executive Producer Tim Bennett. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

90.7 LOVE RADIO’s Atty Rico Pañero and Kristine Dera had a game looking for the oldest text. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

90.7 LOVE RADIO’s Atty Rico Pañero and Kristine Dera had a game looking for the oldest text. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Cabral is known to most audiences for her role in BAYAN KO starring Rocco Nacino and Angeli Bayani in GMA Network.  After her successful lead role in LIGO NA U LAPIT NA ME at the Cinemalaya film fest, she talks about expectations for her current project, “ Of course there’s pressure, in any character I portray it’s a role entrusted by the director and writer. They expect me to give life to that character in the right way. Nandun lagi yung pressure na gawin mo ng maayos yung character ko at gagawin mo ng tama lahat.”

Archie Alemania (Peping Causo Jr) and Mercedes Cabral (Andrea Maglalang). BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Archie Alemania (Peping Causo Jr) and Mercedes Cabral (Andrea Maglalang). BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Before BAYAN KO she had a couple of projects with ABS CBN: HIYAS with Zanjoe Marudo and Megan Young, THE BUD BROTHERS with Jake Cuenca and Rafael Rosell. According to her there’s no problem with doing series’ with either network, “Mas marami kasi yung offer sakin from channel 7. Marami na rin ako na kikilalang mga staff, artista so kumportable akong ka trabaho ang GMA. Masaya ako sa ka nila. Pwede naman akong  gumawa ng pelikila with ABS CBN dahil wala naman akong exclusive contract with kahit anung network so open pa rin naman ako tumanggap ng project sa ibang network.”

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ALL THE WAY band. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

ALL THE WAY band. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Cabral shares that being an actress is an ongoing learning process. She does research for all her roles and learns from a lot of different people. Cabral is also happy in her personal life and is grateful for his support in spite of her sexy roles, “Non showbiz siya and sobrang masaya ako sa tao na yon. Na intindihan niya na trabaho yon e. Masaya ako na naka hanap ako ng partner na nakaka intindi.”

Archie Alemania (Peping Causo Jr) and Mercedes Cabral (Andrea Maglalang). BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Archie Alemania (Peping Causo Jr) and Mercedes Cabral (Andrea Maglalang). BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: Mario Dumaual , Abe Pagtama and friend. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: Mario Dumaual , Abe Pagtama and friend. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Early in her career she was cast with Coco Martin by Cannes winning director Dante Mendoza. Even with the current state of her love life questions between her and Coco still hound her, “Sobrang tagal nang tanung yan at ilang beses ko na sinagot yan for the past 5 years. Uulit ulitin ko wala kaming relasyon ni Coco Martin. Wala kaming naging relasyon ni Coco Martin. Pero isa siya sa mga naging malapit na kaibigan ko at una kong nagging kaibigan sa showbiz industry.”

from left: Nene Tamayo, Chx Alcala and Lance Raymundo. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: Nene Tamayo, Chx Alcala and Lance Raymundo. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: Ian, Flor Salanga, Dayen Violet, Lance Raymundo, Executive producer Tim Bennet, Geraldine Catalan and Donna Raquiza. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: Ian, Flor Salanga, Dayen Violet, Lance Raymundo, Executive producer Tim Bennet, Geraldine Catalan and Donna Raquiza. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

The two starred in KINATAY and SERVICE by Dante Mednoza which won several awards abroad, “Siguro nag start ako naka partner siya. And naging maganda yung chemistry namin. Di mo naman siguro ma iiwasan na may mag iintriga sa amin na sobrang ganda ng chemistry nila baka sila.”

from left: Director Ian Del Carmen, Kristindera of Love Radio and Executive producer Tim Bennet. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: Director Ian Del Carmen, Kristindera of Love Radio and Executive producer Tim Bennet. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Director Ian Del Carmen was also proud of his cinematographer Daniel Anaya who has worked in blockbuster films in Hollywood, “Daniel Anaya, is a Mexican American who worked with Robert Rodriguez on FROM DUSK TIL DAWN he also worked on TITANIC. Mentor ko siya sa film making. Isa siya sa mga mentors ko. Na sabi ko sa knaya, I’d rather have you D.O.P. this film. Masaya naman ako na pumayag siya. Working with a guy from Hollywood is something.”

Teen Ambassadors of the Earth candidates from left: Ivy Danica Nobleza, Gabrielle Godgiven Alfonso, Mike Fortes with 90.7 LOVE RADIO’s Kristine Dera. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Teen Ambassadors of the Earth candidates from left: Ivy Danica Nobleza, Gabrielle Godgiven Alfonso, Mike Fortes with 90.7 LOVE RADIO’s Kristine Dera. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Ian Del Carmen started out as an actor in PETA (Phil Educational Theater Association) in teen theater. Acted in TV projects then studied screenwriting under Ricky Lee, then worked for ABS CBN. He eventually became a TV director with projects like Pinoy Big Brother.

Therese Dehesa and Ian Del Carmen. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Therese Dehesa and Ian Del Carmen. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Even at a young age he was influenced by the late Mario O’Hara as an actor, “Pinaka na tatandaan kong play niya sa PETA ay FAUST. Ang galing nya doon as an actor. Meron akong one act play, title DIRECTOR’S CUT. Siya yung peg ko for that role at di na matutuloy. This is a sexy one act play tungkol sa porn director.nung sinusulat ko siya yung na iisip ko. Alam mo yung character niya on stage? Sayang. Siguro may ibang pwedeng gumanap.”

Lance Raymundo and Mercedes Cabral. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Lance Raymundo and Mercedes Cabral. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

Mario O’Hara is now nominated for the National Artist award as a multimedia artist whose career spans as actor, writer and director in radio, TV, theater and film. Del Carmen is one of many who believe he deserves award, “Ang dami diyan na dapat naging National Artist na e kahit na bubuhay pa sila e. I don’t know mahirap magsalita pero meron din na giging National Artist na dapat may na una pang mas deserving. Para sakin kung ano yung na giging National Artist kung ano yung na kikita ng tao bilang National Artist and not the award per se, not the title. Kung ano yung influence nila yon yon e hindi yung title.”

from left: Executive producer Tim Bennet and Director Ian Del Carmen. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: Executive producer Tim Bennet and Director Ian Del Carmen. BAD ROMANCE is out in theaters starting April 10, 2013. Photo By Jude Bautista

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