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Pia to star with Vice Ganda, Daniel Padilla in comeback movie

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Yes, Virginia, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is returning to the movies and this time with a bang.


Pia will co-star in a still untitled movie with no less than box office leader Vice Ganda and today’s heartthrob Daniel Padilla.


Shooting for the movie will start in two to three weeks, according to Star Cinema, producer of the film.


Star Cinema made the official announcement in a story conference with Pia and the other stars last Thursday, June 15, at the historic Manila Hotel.


Vice Ganda, who starred in the country’s top grossing movies, said he was excited for the new movie.


“This is gonna be one exciting movie! Can't wait!" he said on Twitter.


Another tweet from James Banaag of Star Cinema, the movie’s other cast members include comedians MC, Lassy, and Wacky Kiray.


The untitled movie will be directed by Joyce Bernal.  


Pia, 26, expressed excitement to work on her first major movie. She started as an actress at age four and took the name Pia Romero.


Interviewed in a news program of ABS-CBN, Star Cinema’s sister company, the Filipino-German beauty from Cagayan de Oro City said she never imagined in her life that she will headline a movie with two of the country’s biggest stars.


“Noon, masayang masaya na ako kapag guest ako sa show ni Vice tulad noong bago ako sumali sa Miss Universe. Ngayon, makakatrabaho ko na siya sa isang movie tapos kasama ko pa si Daniel Padilla tapos directed by Joyce Bernal pa. Sobrang thankful ako,” she said on ABS-CBN News.


Pia admitted that she is also nervous about the project.


“Medyo kinakabahan ako kasi first movie ko nga ito pero ni-reassure naman niya (Vice) ako na masaya ito and hindi naman ako dapat kabahan at mag-e-enjoy ako sa movie na ‘to,” she said.


Pia said the comedian also promised that he will take care of her while they are filming.


Pia said she will prepare well for her role in the still untitled Star Cinema movie.


“Kailangan ng acting workshop na. Balik gym na rin ako kasi superhero ako dito. Hindi puwedeng lalamya lamya. Pero nagawa ko na rin naman 'yung mga 'yun dati so excited ako,” she said.


Pia had expressed early on her plans to return to showbiz.


The good news on Pia’s career came as she was under fire for her claims about her father in the dramatization of her life over ABS-CBN’s “Maalaala Mo Kaya” hosted by Charo Santos Concio.


A particular scene in that television presentation caused controversy and Pia was heavily criticized by the family of her late German father, Uwe Wurtzbach.


In a report by the Philippine Entertainment Portal (Pep.Ph), Uwe’s live-in partner, Robie Asingua accused Pia of making “a false story” in relation to how Uwe supposedly asked Pia for money for medication when he was still alive.


“What a hell are you doing Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, making a false story oh yeah you are a big liar your papa never ask money from you, shame to yourself,” Asingua wrote on a Facebook post that eventually deleted.


Asingua was particularly incensed by the scene where Uwe (played by American actor Lee O’ Brien) and his live-in partner asked Pia (played by Liza Soberano) for money for his medication during a telephone conversation from Puerto Princesa, Palawan shortly after she placed first runner-up in 2013 Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant.


This never happened, according to Asingua, who insisted that Pia’s father never asked her for money as the former also called Pia “a big liar” for “making [up] a false story.”  Asingua revealed that she is based in Puerto Princesa, which suggests that she was the woman portrayed as Uwe’s mistress in the “MMK” episode.


Asingua also revealed that Uwe, who is also the father of Alexander, died in Palawan in 2013 without ever receiving a single centavo or in her own words, “singkong duling” from Pia.


Alexander was likewise angry at Pia over the depiction of his father in the episode as a womanizer who left Pia and her mother when she was still a child.


“Sa lahat lahat ayaw ko yung sisiraan mo ang patay na. wala ng kinalaman yun eh.Karmahin sana kayo parang walang pinagaralan. Wag mung dadalahin ang apelyedo na yan kung alam mo ganyan ugali ng tatay mo. Kala ko ba babaero sya at wala sya kwenta bakit mahal mo parin sya,” Alexander posted.


“You[‘]r[e] a freeking liar dont use my father’s surname if you don’t like him you’r[e] a millionaire now so change it! Don’t say your money will help you. you are a liar!!!,” he added.


Asingua also added the Pia’s mother allegedly “got into an affair with a neighbor,” which prompted Uwe to leave them.


Asingua’s son with Uwe, Pia’s half-borther Alexander Wurtzbach also came to his father’s defense.


“Don’t use my father’s surname if you don’t like him; you’r[e] a millionaire now so change it!” Alexander wrote.


Pia has yet to comment on the issue, but her sister Sarah who is staying in London came to her defense.


Actress Liza Soberano acted as Pia in the television episode.


On the comments section of Alexander’s post, Sarah warned that she can easily dig up Alexander’s and his mother’s messages.


“You might want me to dig up the messages you and your mother sent to us. You might just get embarrassed. Stop it, there it is, fame! Embrace it,” Sarah wrote.


Meanwhile, ABS-CBN chief content officer and “Maalaala Mo Kaya” host Charo Santos-Concio  addressed the controversy surrounding the most recent episode of the drama anthology which told the life story of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach.


In an interview, Concio said the team behind "MMK" made sure to get the account of Wurtzbach from no one but the beauty queen herself.


“We talked to Pia. ‘MMK’ talked to Pia. That’s her story so we respect her story,” she said.


Many viewers were moved by the dramatization of the life story of the Miss Universe 2015 in the episode of the long-running drama anthology series “Maalaala Mo Kaya.”


The beauty queen from Cagayan de Oro City who is the third Filipina to win the title of Miss Universe following Gloria Diaz who won in 1969 and Margarita “Margie” Moran who won in 1973, was formerly known as Pia Romero while an actress and model.


She began acting at age four as Pia Romero. She was managed by ABS-CBN Corporation’s talent agency Star Magic.


Pia was part of the Star Circle Batch 11. Among her TV credits are the teen-oriented series K2BU, the concert variety program ASAP, the romance anthology Your Song, the sitcom show Bora, and the drama series Sa Piling Mo.


Her batchmates in Star Circle Batch 11  included Maja Salvador, Rayver Cruz, Glaiza de Castro, Carla Humphries, Ketchup Eusebio, Nikki Gil and her best friend Pauleen Luna.


She was a cast member of the teen-oriented TV series, “K2BU” together with Shaina Magdayao, Bea Alonzo and Angelene Aguilar. She then went on to be cast in other ABS-CBN shows like “It Might Be You,” several episodes of ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya,” the fantaserye, “Aryana” where she played a jellyfish and TV5’s “Third Eye.”


Pia also played supporting roles in films like “All My Life” (headlined by Aga Muhlach and Kristine Hermosa) and “All About Love” (starring John Lloyd Cruz and Kristine Hermosa).


“It has been a while since I’ve done acting but I would love to explore my acting skills again,” Pia enthused early this year as she was quick to point out that she is under contract with IMG, the New York-based talent management agency that handles Miss Universe.

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