MALAYA: A Reflective Movie Review

Malaya (2020), a film by Connie Macatuno starring Lovi Poe and Zanjoe Marudo, tells the story of two lovers, Malaya (Poe) and Santiago (Marudo), who just don’t seem to get the perfect timing to be with each other freely.

From the start, Malaya, a Filipina immigrant, was established to be a character devoted to her family and focused on building her career up from the ground after completing a degree in Mass Communication in the Philippines. Meanwhile, Santiago, nicknamed Iago, was an Italy-born Filipino chasing a financially-stable life. Unlike Malaya, Santiago’s character seems to be “freer” from filial duties due to a strain on his and his father’s relationship.

Looking at their story in retrospect, when circumstances lead you to meet someone over and over again even after parting ways several times, you’re bound to think that maybe – just maybe – you’re destined to be together, that maybe, you’re “it” for each other. However, love doesn’t work entirely on timings. As cliché as it may sound, love works on chemistry, effort, and choices, too.

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Hindi Tayo Pwede: Lovi Poe’s First Film Under Viva Films

Written by Ricky Lee and directed by Joel Lamangan, Hindi Tayo Pwede is a romance drama film that will take you to a roller coaster ride of emotions. It’s not your typical love triangle story as it makes a supernatural plot twist.

Lovi Poe stars as Gabby, Tony Labrusca as Gabriel, and Marco Gumabao as Dennis. Gabby and Dennis are best of friends right before she met the love of her life, Gabriel. However, Dennis has a secret admiration for Gabby but hesitant to confess to Gabby.

Tony Labrusca, Lovi Poe and Marco Gumabao in ‘Hindi Tayo Pwede’

In a night out, Gabby meets Gabriel and the two instantly fell in love. They had a few dates before finally deciding to get married. The two are already engaged when the tragic night killed Gabriel. Gabby is so devastated after losing her fiance in the accident.

While grieving, Dennis makes sure his presence is felt by Gabby. But no one knows that she can still see and touch Gabriel as his spirit remains by her side. The unbreakable bond between the two makes it even more difficult for Dennis to win Gabby’s love.

Lovi in Her Lead Role

Performance wise, Lovi Poe’s acting skills really outshine in the movie. It was much different from the roles she played in her past projects. She was more mature in Hindi Tayo Pwede—sexier and definitely more gorgeous. Lovi is a solid eye candy in Lamangan’s film for Viva.

However, the chemistry between Lovi and Tony isn’t as intense as with Marco. When it comes to mature scenes, Marco did a better job in making the drama more interesting. The two male leads were hot enough to make the intimate scenes even more steamy, but you can really tell whose more appealing.

At the end of the film, you will notice the lousy ghost character. It made the movie a little bit off-putting as it makes you think of the 1990’s film, Ghost by Jerry Zucker. This ghost love story exudes a unique charm, but not as exciting as you might have expected. Good thing Lovi made a good portrayal of Gabby’s charm which gave Hindi Tayo Pwede a nice cinematic appeal.

Wrapping It Up

The storyline may have some crappy parts, but the entire movie is undeniably one of Lovi’s best projects in the recent years. It could be the start of a more promising career with Viva Films for the beautiful, talented actress. What do you think?

MALAYA (FREE) FULL TRAILER starring Lovi Poe and Zanjoe Marudo

Are you a big fan of Zanjoe Marudo and Lovi Poe? A lot of people are hoping to see these two talented Filipino actors together.

Thanks to iWant and TFC.tv, our wish comes true with the new iWant Original sexy-romance movie ‘MALAYA’. From the director of the controversial ‘Glorious’ movie, Connie Macatuno helms this beautiful movie set in Southern Italy. You may stream the movie wherever you are in the world starting on May 28. Watch the trailer above and you’ll see that you’re in for a treat!

Lovi Poe for Bench Active

Lovi Poe is one of the most dependable celebrity endorsers of Bench, the biggest clothing line in the Philippines.

Eversince Lovi Poe signed up as one of their endorsers way back in 2011, she has graced the major campaigns for Bench Body, HerBench and even has her own celebrity scent ‘Love Affair’.

Now, Lovi Poe is the face behind Bench Active which focuses on the active wear line of the company. Well, we’re not surprised about it because we all know that Lovi is a fitspiration for all! Enjoy these photos!

HINDI TAYO PWEDE Official Movie Poster Revealed!

For the first time, Lovi Poe is set to star in a movie produced by Viva Films.

HINDI TAYO PWEDE (formerly ‘In Between Goodbyes’) is a sexy-drama under the direction of Joel Lamangan with the screenplay written by Sir Ricky Lee.

Also for the first time, Lovi is paired with two promising lead actors Tony Labrusca (Glorious, Ang Henerasyong Sumuko sa Love) and Marco Gumabao (Just a Stranger). The trailer is yet to be released, but the final playdate is March 4, 2020. Exciting!



Here’s the official movie poster of ‘Hindi Tayo Pwede’. The new title is inspired by the song with the same title which was performed originally by The Juans. We’ll keep you posted!