Bimby Yap teaches Ryzza Mae Dizon English vocabulary in this scene from 'Torky and My Little Bossing.' Photo from Kris Aquino's Instagram page
MANILA -- Child wonder Ryzza Mae Dizon, who is dubbed TV's "Aleng Maliit," has a lesson or two for her new "love team" on the big screen, James "Bimby" Yap, Jr.
The 8-year-old host, who is co-starring with Bimby for the first time in the comedy film "Torky and My Little Bossing," has supposedly encouraged her on-screen partner to practice conversing in Tagalog.
Speaking with ABS-CBN News' Marie Lozano at the sidelines of the filming for the project, Bimby's mother, actress-host Kris Aquino, referred to Dizon as a "positive influence" on her second child.
"I'm just so happy lang... Kasi Ryzza was telling him, 'Dapat magaling ka na rin mag-Tagalog.' Last night, when I got home from work, sabi niya. 'Mama, magandang gabi po.' Then he said, 'Kumusta po trabaho niyo?'" Aquino said.
Bimby, in his appearances on television alongside his mother, is seen as more conversant in English. He reportedly studies in an international school in Manila.
"I like the fact that Ryzza is down-to-earth. Namumulat niya 'yung eyes ni Bimb to be appreciative of what he has," Aquino said, before relating a recent conversation between the kids.
"Like the other day, he was sharing his chocolate with her and sinabi ni Ryzza na, 'Ito na 'yung pinakamasarap na tsokolate na natikman ko.' Then he said, 'Sige, I'll bring you more tomorrow,'" she said.
According to Aquino, Bimby and Dizon have formed a close relationship, which she said translates to their scenes in "Torky."
A co-production among Aquino, OctoArts, MZET, and APT, the movie is one of the competing entries in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival.
"Ang sarap panoorin that it comes naturally to him (Bimby). Good friends na sila ni Ryzza, they have chemistry. I'm so proud. Even 'yung mga tatlong pages na dialogue, nate-take one, so I'm very proud," Aquino said.
Aside from Bimby's big-screen debut, "Torky" will also feature the on-screen reunion of Aquino and "Eat Bulaga" host Vic Sotto. Her co-stars, Aquino said in jest, may even be a better influence on Bimby than herself.
"I'm just so happy with his decision na ang nakatrabaho niya, somebody as grounded and as kind-hearted and as mabait as Ryzza and Vic.
"Sabi ko, walang divang katrabaho, so sabi ko walang masamang ugaling makukuha. Kung ako lang ang kasama niya baka maging naughty. Ngayon, pati sya bumabait," she said, laughing.
Referring to both Sotto and Dizon, who have shows on ABS-CBN's rival network GMA-7, Aquino added, "It's so nice kasi with them everything is fresh, everything is new. Walang masamang tinapay so ang sarap nilang dalawang kasama. Nag-eenjoy ako."
As to whether she sees Bimby going full-time in showbiz, Aquino said it will depend on her son's interest, as well as the reception to "Torky" when it hits cinemas on Christmas Day.
"You know, it's up to him kasi ayokong sabihin niya na masyado ko siyang pinagod. So far, I want to see if he will really enjoy it, and I want to see kung ano 'yung reception na ibibigay ng mga tao. We will see where it goes from there," she said.