Wednesday, October 20, 2010

INQUIRER: If Iya were a Bride...

By Bayani San Diego Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Now that all of show town is abuzz with nuptial fever with the forthcoming wedding of real-life couples Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez and Robin Padilla and Mariel Rodriguez, singer-actress Iya Villania shares her own bridal fantasies.

Iya, who’s playing the Drew Barrymore role (to Gian Magdangal’s Adam Sandler) in the 9 Works Theatrical production of the musical “The Wedding Singer” (Meralco Theater, from Oct. 23 to Nov. 14), has very specific plans when she marches down the aisle someday.

She hopes to hire crooner Richard Poon as her official wedding singer. “I love his voice.”

As wedding song, she has an unlikely choice: “‘Bawal na Gamot.’ Just kidding.”

Seriously, she’s inclined to pick “Grow Old With You,” from “The Wedding Singer” soundtrack.

As for the groom? 

She’s keeping her fingers crossed that she’d tie the knot with longtime beau, TV host Drew Arellano.

“We’ve been together for six years now. I definitely hope we’d end up together,” she said.

Theirs is a romance that crossed network lines. She’s a Kapamilya; he’s a Kapuso.

“He’s very supportive. He’s doesn’t make unreasonable demands, with my time, for example. He’s very understanding. Even with kissing scenes. He respects my work,” she said of Drew.

Another bi-network pairing is her tandem with Kapuso leading man Gian. “It’s easy to work with him. We have natural chemistry. It helped that we got to work together in [her first play] ‘Footloose’ five years ago.’ We also have the same manager, Arnold Vegafria.”

She’s preparing for “The Wedding Singer” by watching videos of the movie and the play. “I don’t take anything for granted. I attend our rehearsals and read the script constantly. We regularly vocalize and have dance rehearsals, too.”

She’s glad that musicals are all the rage now, with the popularity of “Glee.”

“It’s great. Filipinos can sing and dance, and musicals, whether onstage, on TV or in the movies, give us a venue to showcase our talents,” she said.

On the boob tube, she gets to strut her stuff, singing and dancing weekly on ABS-CBN’s “ASAP.”

On the Myx channel and on Studio 23’s “Us Girls,” she gets to hone her hosting skills: “[Co-hosts] Angel [Aquino] and Cheska [Garcia] and I enjoy doing the show. They are the best people to work with and we get different kinds of advice from each other.”

Catch the Wedding Singer: The Musical Comedy
on November 7, 2010 (Sunday) 8 PM @ The Meralco Theater 

Contact Us:
Borgy Marzan (0922.888.5344)
Onay Sales (0918.536.2116)
Robert Marzan (0922.888.5348)

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