MANILA -- After starring as a couple in a film entry in last year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), Kris Aquino and Dingdong Dantes will separately topbill competing movies in the 38th edition of the annual film fest.
The Kapamilya actress, 41, and the GMA-7 talent, 32, previously starred in the horror film "Segunda Mano," which earned Dantes his first Best Actor win for a movie.
In this year's MMFF, the two will star in competing films. Aquino performs in the comedy flick "Sisterakas" along with Ai Ai delas Alas and Vice Ganda, while Dantes joins Kapamilya talents anew in the romance-drama film "One More Try".
"I texted him... I told Dong, sabi ko sa kanya, nakaka-proud, kasi this time, it's a full dramatic vehicle," Aquino told reporters after the press conference for "Sisterakas" last Saturday.
Directed by Ruel Bayani ("No Other Woman"), "One More Try" tells the story of Grace (Angel Locsin), a single mom who is forced to reconnect with her son's biological father Edward (Dantes) to save the boy from a worsening rare blood condition.
The source of the cure: a biological sibling to Grace's son, who must be naturally conceived.
In a situation where a child's life is at stake, Grace and Edward's respective relationships -- she has found love anew with Tristan (Zanjoe Marudo); he is married to Jacqueline (Angelica Panganiban) -- take a turn for the worse, as unwanted feelings from the past start to resurface.
"I texted Angel and Angelica," Aquino said Saturday. "Kasi after I saw their trailer, sabi ko grabe, lalo na 'yung kay Angel kay Zanjoe, 'yung 'Mahal kita pero mas mahal ko ang anak ko,' sobra."
"[Sinabi ko kay Angel,] 'Considering wala kang anak, kung ako 'yun, trailer palang naiyak na 'ko,'" Aquino added.
Directed by Wenn Deramas, "Sisterakas" will be released under Star Cinema and Viva Films. Likewise, "One More Try" will be released under the ABS-CBN film production outfit.
"It's easy to wish them well," Aquino said, referring to the romance-drama film. "Because two very different genres kami, and obviously they will be in the R-13 category, because of the theme."
"One More Try," along with "Sisterakas," will hit theaters nationwide on Christmas Day.