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"Da Possessed" Earns P17 Million On Opening Day

Vhong Navarro's comeback movie, "Da Possessed," earned P17 million during its opening day, Star Cinema said.

"Da Possessed" opened on cinemas nationwide last April 19 (Black Saturday). The information of its first-day earnings came from Mico del Rosario, the advertising and promotion manager of Star Cinema.

The story of "Da Possessed" revolves around a simpleton named Ramon (Vhong) who works for the sexy Anna (Solenn Heussaff). Spirits from the other dimension started to possess Ramon, which then lead to a series of misadventures and wacky situations.

The ghosts were portrayed by Aaliyah Belmoro, Empoy and John "Sweet" Lapus. Others included in the film are Smokey Manaloto, Beverly Salviejo, Lito Pimentel, Joy Viado, Matet De Leon, and Joey Marquez.

Direk Joyce Bernal admitted that it was hard to go back to shooting and taping for the movie, especially after what happened to Vhong in January. He was accused of rape and was mauled by Cedric Lee, Deniece Cornejo and their group.

The rape complaint was junked while a warrant of arrest was issued against Cedric, Deniece and their group for the grave coercion and serious illegal detention raps filed by the TV host-actor.

Direk Joyce said she asked the other stars of the show to help Vhong get back to his feet. She also talked to Vhong about it.

Although she wanted to respect Vhong and be careful with him, the movie may suffer, the director added. So, she needed to force Vhong to forget what happened back in January and focus on his job.

Direk Joyce is thankful that the other stars, Beverly, Smokey and Joey, were all jokes and laughter that they forgot about the issue already when they started shooting.

The director said there was a lot that changed in Vhong, but it was good for the movie too.

In a separate interview, Vhong said the first few days of taping for the movie were hard for him. He found it easier to act in a drama genre than make people laugh in a comedy.

"Dito nakita na ang pagpapatawa, sobrang hirap, especially kung may mahirap kang pinagdadaanan. Kaya mas masarap mag-drama."

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