04 Feb2013


Egads, you cannot imagine the discombobulation our commissary, lechonan and office is in the midst of right now. I arrived in Cebu and headed to the office to find 70+ local artistas (actors), alalays (hangers-on), production crew, makeup artists, crew of a well known movie outfit on the premises, dozens of vehicles are parked in our empty lot across the street, and barangay tanods (local government aides) are directing traffic and shooing away the masses of fans who want a glimpse of the teenage and other stars on the premises. Honestly, I don’t know who they are, the stars, that is. All I know is they have taken over my chair and modest desk, to put on makeup, despite an assurance they wouldn’t disturb our normal operations. But my crew are thrilled, and the squealing is real, I gather. I was of one mind to tell the guy in my seat that I had highly contagious genital warts and he risked catching them by sitting on my office chair. But who is kidding whom? Of course the staff are thrilled to be host to a local movie in the making. I don’t think I am at liberty to say what the movie title is yet, I haven’t asked, nor the story line other than it involves some lechon scenes. So yes, Zubu is going to the movies, but not as Zubuchon but as a fictional lechon business. And I will tell you now, they punched holes in our ceilings and did other things to make our premises look grungier than they are — they will replace these at the end of the day. I will release more details when I have them. Meanwhile, wish me patience so I don’t blow my top and throw out the entire lot of them. How actors as pale as my mother (she was really pale skinned) can look real inside a lechonan is beyond me. It’s like asking Justin Beiber to pose as my chicharon cook. Hahahaha. :)



Any of these folks ring a bell? Apparently a couple of them aren’t old enough to vote.

Daniel Padilla
Kathryn Bernardo
John Estrada



  1. Footloose says:

    I just hope any footage of your cameo appearance does not end up on the cutting room floor.

    Feb 4, 2013 | 11:54 am


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  3. terrey says:

    so they were all over cebu. just heard or read from fb contact’s account that they were in carcar yesterday too. way to go for more Zubuchon exposure! :-)

    Feb 4, 2013 | 12:03 pm

  4. tnm says:

    Daniel and Katherine is of the famous KathNiel loveteam. Probably in their mid-teens. On the other hand, John Estrada is much older, in his 40’s I think. His kids with Janice de Belen are grown.

    This is great exposure for Zubuchon as Terrey said. The movie will probably be a big hit. However, I’m not sure if teens nowadays care much about eating lechon.

    Feb 4, 2013 | 12:11 pm

  5. Marketman says:

    Footloose, I am most definitely NOT in the film. :) But some of our crew were taken up as extras, so they are utterly thrilled… will have to buy them tickets to the movie’s premiere in Cebu… :)

    Feb 4, 2013 | 12:13 pm

  6. Khew says:

    Sounds festive! LOL!

    Feb 4, 2013 | 12:45 pm

  7. Cheryl says:

    too bad uae is not accepting any pinoy movies nowadays. :( can’t watch.

    Feb 4, 2013 | 1:16 pm

  8. Fred says:

    Interesting. Its sounds like its a movie for the younger set. Last local movie I watched was about third parties and related shenanigans. :D I hope they clean up your place after they’re done.

    Feb 4, 2013 | 1:33 pm

  9. Papa Ethan says:

    Maybe the location scout is one of the lurkers in this blog. hehe…

    Feb 4, 2013 | 1:43 pm

  10. Betchay says:

    Film shooting really spells CHAOS especially if the stars involve are so popular like this 2 youngsters with screaming fans! Good luck MM for the next couple of days of shooting! :) Here is a link to the stars involve and their movie:

    Feb 4, 2013 | 1:56 pm

  11. Mimi says:

    MM: I hope they replace whatever they ruined! There was once a shooting of a scene where I once worked, and the production ran over time and and it was chaos. I don’t think filming is allowed there ever again.

    Feb 4, 2013 | 3:20 pm

  12. alexishyne says:

    you and the crew dont get tickets for free?

    Feb 4, 2013 | 3:26 pm

  13. Marketman says:

    alexishyne, hahaha, didn’t think to ask. Mimi, yes, they will have to replace any damage done. It’s like a pack of locusts descending on the neighborhood… good grief, fans have been stalking restaurants hoping they will dine in. I can categorically state they have gone home for the day, and are NOT dining in any of our restaurants tonight. :)

    Feb 4, 2013 | 5:46 pm

  14. Lei says:

    MM, i applaud you for the patience. heehee. father-in-law’s house was once scouted to be used for a movie for its 80’s era look. since father-in-law was already in his 80s, he immediately turned it down knowing the utter chaos that will ensue.

    again, will pray for a lot patience and good vibes going your way. i hope that they all act as real ‘professionals’ and take care of your office space.

    Feb 4, 2013 | 6:55 pm

  15. Gigi says:

    I’m surprised you agreed to this!

    Feb 4, 2013 | 8:17 pm

  16. Marketman says:

    Gigi, no kidding. I figured it was good for the troops. But this isn’t likely to happen often, if again… :)

    Feb 4, 2013 | 8:46 pm

  17. sunny says:

    I can’t wait to see this movie and a glimpse of Zubuchon! Thanks for sharing, Marketman!

    Feb 4, 2013 | 9:00 pm

  18. allen says:

    Hi MM, I hope this won’t disrupt your normal business operation :) also, they should give you free movie “passes” for this

    Feb 4, 2013 | 9:15 pm

  19. EbbaBlue says:

    I knew it was going to come.. sooner or later… I mean that Zubuchon will be featured in a film. At eto na nga, natupad ang bulalakaw sa isip ko. Would you have accepte if they asked you to be an extra? Something like selling some dishes behind the counter? hahahaha?

    Feb 4, 2013 | 9:44 pm

  20. Rochelle says:

    MM I hope you get to do a cameo :) you could pass for Daniel’s dad surely! ;)

    Feb 4, 2013 | 10:37 pm

  21. Nina says:

    The film people always make a change on a scouted location. The town that I lived is about 95% under the National Historical Society and almost all houses are architecturally beautiful and hence, there’s always a shooting going on for either an ad or a movie. But, after the film people make some changes, sometimes you cannot recognize it and yes, even though, they compensate you, considering the hassles, sometimes it’s not worth it. When we were visiting Dubrovnik where the famous HBO series, Game of Thrones, was shot, the local people commented on the fact that when they watched the series, they can barely recognize the place.

    Feb 4, 2013 | 10:49 pm

  22. La Emperor says:

    What if AB comes to town and wants to revisit and have a taste of the Best Lechon in the world along with the finest beer, SM lite? I don’t think you’ll say no to that. ;)


    Feb 5, 2013 | 4:05 am

  23. Cwid says:

    There was a film that was shot in the house beside ours a few years ago. The entire cul-de-sac was given ample warning. There were mailboxes set up in front of the houses to make our neighborhood look American and there were lights set up on our lawn. We were paid for the use of our space, no matter if it was just a tiny disruption. The family who lived in the house were set up in a hotel. I was told that payment for the use of a house for filming could go as high as $ 20,000.

    ” Once Upon a Time” is shot in Steveston and we once stood around while they were setting it up. The movie people were quite organized and were respectful.

    I hope you were paid for the chaos and disruption of business.

    I was told by the

    Feb 5, 2013 | 4:14 am

  24. Cwid says:

    My son and his friends were hired as extras in a film. They were paid for the entire time they were on the set, even if it was all waiting time. It must be a Union stipulation. I hope your crew were paid although I would understand if they were thrilled enough to do it for free.

    There is always catering hired for the set and a lot of granola bars and candies are provided for the extras. Just last month, there was a movie shot in one of the apartments in our condo and the only evidence of their presence was the large catering truck on our street. These movies in our neighbourhood are not blockbusters by the way, just small budget films.

    Filming can be done with little disruption. I am annoyed for you when they invaded what should have been private space.

    Feb 5, 2013 | 4:26 am

  25. scott says:

    MM, I feel your pain, but you did give me a good laugh this morning with your GW comment! lol

    Feb 5, 2013 | 6:19 am

  26. Marketman says:

    Cwid, we did this, gratis. :) or is it :( Hahaha. And they didn’t finish, so have asked for another 3 hours today to finish. I am staying off-site as I cannot face the pining schoolgirls who wait outside for hours for an autograph of the artistas. Not my scene, definitely. Chief of Stuff given short speaking part, probably the pay-off for the discombobulation. He is thrilled, of course, assuming it isn’t edited out.

    Feb 5, 2013 | 6:26 am

  27. PITS, MANILA says:

    your crew is thrilled, no doubt about that. we were approached for something like this but every resident family member opted to say, “NO. Thanks, but NO — thanks!” … hahaha!

    Feb 5, 2013 | 8:15 am

  28. ami says:

    These kids are the hottest loveteam right now for their network. They’re probably shooting some teenybopper film for the consumption of their kinikilig fans.

    Feb 5, 2013 | 8:29 am

  29. Dragon says:

    Hi MM – our house in QC was used a couple of times (literally) on separate occasions/shows. One show was with Ruffa Gutierrez (she was about 14? then) and the other one was with Maricel Soriano (while married to Edu at that time). Ruffa was sweet, Maricel was a major bitch (even to the homeowners!). The staff generally was polite.

    The house/rooms were unrecognizable and they rented the place for the day/24 hour slot. We were paid for that. After the Maricel incident, we all agreed it was not worth it.

    Feb 5, 2013 | 9:26 am

  30. Mari of NY says:

    It must be really crazy! Altho, I do not know anyone now in the movie world…I probably would be reacting differently. Instead of trying to get a glimpse of the teen artistas, I would probably be looking out more for you MM!

    Feb 5, 2013 | 11:38 am

  31. cumin says:

    I’m always amazed at the huge amount of people involved in making a film — even just a short one. Yesterday for example the actor Coco Martin etc were shooting all morning at the UP Palma Hall steps an advert for the young Angara running for senator, and the crew seemed dozens of people.

    Now if you were in the Star Cinema film, MM, that one I would watch!

    Feb 5, 2013 | 7:15 pm

  32. titashi says:

    this will definitely be worth my while and tolerable enough when i have to “chaperon” my teenage nieces to watch the latest KathNiel movie, at least I get to see MM’s crib in Cebu ; )

    Feb 6, 2013 | 3:14 pm

  33. JE says:

    I wonder, are they putting any touch-ups on the lechon, maybe? They are putting it onscreen, right?

    Feb 6, 2013 | 4:11 pm

  34. Kasseopeia says:

    I was on-set during the shoot of Sarung Banggi. Interacting with Jacklyn Jose was SO worth it.
    But then again, this was an indie film and this Zubu-shoot is definitely not indie.

    You may get free passes. My nephews were extras in Moron 5 and they got movie passes =)

    Feb 6, 2013 | 6:12 pm

  35. Maki says:

    Lol.. the traffic in our place yesterday went crazy because of this movie shoot… they went to another ‘Lechonan’ near Guadalupe..

    Feb 6, 2013 | 11:24 pm

  36. Marketman says:

    Maki, yes, I understand they filmed at a lechon restaurant near you…

    Feb 7, 2013 | 9:19 am

  37. present tense says:

    Our house was used some years back because of its rustic feel. Fine furniture, china, priceless vases were all moved into a makeshift bodega while a screen window was damaged as cablewires and the sort snaked through it. For roughly a day and a half, they paid us 15K Php. Our garden plants were damaged while we demurely agreed to do it again on another occasion. No contract no nothing. They were lucky I couldn’t find my old shotgun. And true to form, they were back some months later. Plastic handshakes kisses and all. Long story short, they backed off when I told them that the weeds they killed amounted to P5/weed, carabao grass was P420/sqm. Stairs were P20/stair/hour, doorknob was free of charge, etc etc. Total cost was intentionally prohibitive.

    Feb 8, 2013 | 9:10 am

  38. rosa says:

    i haven’t been commenting for a long time … mostly a stalker, but all of my 35-year-old self has a crush on Daniel Padilla who is young enough to be my son. so much for coming off as a cool, smart, self-assured reader of MM. :)

    Feb 10, 2013 | 6:27 pm

  39. khrishyne says:

    do you have free tickets for this movie MM.
    its already showing…:D

    Mar 15, 2013 | 2:32 pm


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