Back in the days, Aiai delas Alas and Bayani Agbayani have been the frontliners when it comes to comedy movies. You know a movie’s something you would want to see for a good time if Aiai and Bayani were to star in it. From Aiai delas Alas’ collaboration with the late Wenn Deramas in films like the ‘Ang Tanging Ina’ series to ‘Ang Cute ng Ina Mo’ and even the Metro Manila Film Festival movie ‘Sisterakas’ with Vice Ganda and Kris Aquino which became one of the highest grossing movies in the Philippines. Bayani, on the other hand, became more popular in comedy movies before Aiai delas Alas. He starred in ‘Juan & Ted: Wanted’ with Janno Gibbs, Sanggano’t Sanggago with Eddie Garcia and Otso-Otso Pamela-Mela Wan with Vhong Navarro.
The two were household names when it comes to comedy may it be a TV show or a movie.
We went to the bloggers’ screening for the two’s upcoming romantic comedy movie ‘Feelennial.’ Yes, the two star in a romantic movie? And what about that title, huh?
So I went, not expecting anything. But boy, I laughed more than I thought I will.
“Feelennial’ kind of has the texture of a Wenn Deramas movie. I can’t imagine how it will be if they weren’t the stars of the film. It works, the film delivers. We’re getting too much romantic movies these days that the return of Aiai delas Alas and Bayani Agbayani’s comedy works well. It’s formulaic and the humor is definitely for the Filipino audience.
It’s hilarious I think I almost cried laughing.
Watch our video coverage of the special advance screening below:
Feelennial, a portmanteau of “feeling millennials,” is about middle-aged individuals who feel and act like millennials. They are your adorable titos and titas, who stumble into one misadventure after another as they try to adopt the lifestyle of the younger generation.
Ai-Ai plays the role of Madame Bato-bato, a rich single mom who has everything she needs except the attention of her only son Nico, played by actor-model Arvic Tan. She tries to do the activities that her millennial son is into to gain the latter’s attention. In one of her feelennial activities – online dating, she meets Chito (Bayani’s character), a rich bachelor who recently won a huge sum via lotto jackpot.
Their first encounter doesn’t turn out too well, and what ensues is a flurry of mishaps and misadventures, pitting De las Alas and Agbayani into funny, yet thought-provoking situations on how romance and family dynamic has changed in today’s society.
Both Ai-Ai and Bayani are surrounded at work by a young group of stars and production people, whose millennial habits they have somewhat imbibed as well. These include cast members Nar Cabico as Dua, Ina Feleo as Tahoma, Nicole Donesa as Cambria, Jelai Andres as Aerial, Nicole Donesa as Cambria, Sofia delas Alas as Sophia, Skelly Skelly as Dope, Micah Muñoz as Shanty, Arvic Tan as Nico and Raffy Roque as Efril, with special participation of Martin Nievera, Pops Fernandez, and Paolo Ballesteros.
Both Ai-Ai and Bayani said they find playing their roles in the movie a breeze as they can fully relate to their characters. With four grown-up children, Ai-Ai has always practiced the millennial vibe as she is into #ootd’s, constantly takes selfies and groufies, and regularly uploads these on her social media accounts. Bayani is also a certified “titolennial.” Married for over two decades to his wife Lenlen, he gets his inspiration from their four young millennial daughters.
Directed by one of GMA 7’s resident directors, Rechie del Carmen, Feelennial is produced by Cignal Entertainment, the original content division of the Philippine’s #1 Pay TV provider, Cignal TV, and Pops Fernandez’s DSL Productions, which marks its first venture into film production after organizing successful concerts for over 30 years.
Bring the whole family to watch Feelennial, which opens in cinemas on June 19!