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Apo’s ‘I Do Bidoo Bidoo’ is THE contemporary Filipino musical

Sam Concepcion and Tippy Dos Santos

Manila, Philippines – FILIPINO MUSICAL ­ Af ter watching ­ and enjoy ing immensely ­ “I Do Bidoo Bidoo,“ one was at a loss for the right words to describe the film. “Five-star, masterpiece, heartwarming, seamless“ seemed not enough.

So why not “THE contemporary Filipino musical“?

Those words captured the essence of the film ­ words and melody provided by Apo songs as interpreted by writer-director Chris Martinez and acted out by a truly gifted cast.

Think of Zsa Zsa Padilla (get well soon “Lovey“), Gary Valenciano, Jaime Fabregas, and Tippy Dos Santos as the ritzy Fuentebellas, feuding with Ogie Alcasid, Eugene Domingo, Kiray Celis, Gerald Pesigan, and Sam Concepcion as the struggling Polotans.

The plot is “Romeo and Juliet“ set in contemporary Filipino setting, but minus the tragedy of the play by Shakespeare.

SAM SHINES ­ Zsa Zsa, Gary, Ogie, and Eugene are good. But that is expected. Non-singer Eugene holds her own “against“ three co-stars, professional singers all.

But it’s poor boy Sam who shines, having the meatiest role. Acting, singing, and dancing, excelling in all three. Didn’t really expect Sam to be that good. But then his theater background served him in good stead.

Must also say that rich girl Tippy is also a revelation, her mestiza features perfect for the part. She is described “as young Bianca King,“ but really more like “young Jackie Lou Blanco,“ very classy.

GOOD SUPPORT ­ The supporting stars are all effective, no matter the small roles. Must single out Neil Coleta, playing Sam’s best friend. The guy’s the scene stealer of “I Do Bidoo Bi doo“ ­ for reason best seen than read in this column. Neil, by all means, should get bigger parts in upcoming Studio5-Unitel movies.

Mr. Fabregas, the stern Fuentebella patriarch, gets to sing the finale number, “I Do Bidoo Bidoo“ ­ and dance, too, with military precision. Good job, Jimmy Boy.

Frenchie Dy and Sweet Plantado (of The Company) are delightful as Eugene’s friends and partners in the catering business.

Ditto Kiray, Gerald, and those “un-billed“ two boys playing Zsa Zsa and Gary’s sons. Why, even the extras were good.

CONGRATULATIONS ­ The people behind “I Do Bidoo Bidoo“ ­ staff, stars, crew, producers ­ deserve congratulations for coming up with a truly contemporary Filipino musical. The production requirements were tough… and expensive, the shoot long and laborious, but the combined forces of Studio 5 and Unitel made it a reality.

Special kudos to Tony Gloria of Unitel for the beautiful dream of making a musical out of the timeless Apo songs. You’re oneof-kind producer, Tony.

“I Do Bidoo Bidoo“ was graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board, granting it 100 percent tax exemption.

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