"Da Possessed" Earns P100 MillionVhong Navarro seems to have been blessed despite the current legal battles he's facing right now. His movie with Solenn Heussaff, "Da Possessed," reached the P100-million mark in the box office.
His co-stars, John "Sweet" Lapus and Solenn, expressed their admiration for Vhong for being able to do his work well and remain professional despite his personal problems.
Vhong went back to taping for "Da Possessed" in February, a month after he was mauled inside a condo unit in Taguig City on January 22. Until now, Vhong is facing multiple rape complaints (one of which was junked already) and has filed two cases--serious illegal detention and grave coercion--against his maulers.
"Da Possessed" is currently showing in 100 theaters nationwide.
Solenn shared that on her first shooting day, she hasn't heard the news about Vhong yet. She didn't know what happened to him because he was very professional when he arrived.
He didn't look sad and he didn't talk about the issue too, the actress-model added. Vhong has been very vocal about Solenn's contribution to making him comfortable on the set, but she said that all of them helped Vhong in the movie.
"There's no one who can push him more than himself. So, kami lang yung parang spark starter."
As for Sweet, he said that they are all well-aware of Vhong's situation and even Direk Joyce Bernal told them to help the actor-TV host get back on his feet.
There was no briefing from Star Cinema or from Direk Joyce how to deal with Vhong. They all just found it within themselves to help their leading male cast.
"Kasi alam naman namin ang sitwasyon and we are more than happy to help him overcome his trauma during the course of shooting."
Sweet knows how difficult it is for Vhong to do what he does now, so he admires him more for finishing this movie amid troubles plaguing him.
If that happened to him, the public may not see him for two years, Sweet joked. "But Vhong did very well. Kaya nakaka-proud as a friend and as a co-actor na naging professional pa rin siya until the end."
Meanwhile, the stars of "Da Possessed" gave back through Star Cinema Cares in an outreach program organized at the Lingap Pangkabataan Foundation in Cubao, Quezon City. There was a film viewing that was then followed by parlor games and more surprises.
The stars of the movie--Vhong, Solenn and Sweet--arrived. They gave cash donations for the foundation, a non-profit organization that advocates for the education and health care of deprived children.
Sweet said they are all happy that they are able to give back to the kids. It's a big joy for them to see that the kids are happy even for just a while.
Solenn said: "Siyempre naman education is the greatest gift to anyone. Everything will flourish from there."
It was nice to see a foundation that focuses on what these impoverished kids need. They came from different parts of the country, the actress-model said.
After "Da Possessed," Solenn will be busy taping for a GMA-7 documentary soap while Sweet will do Viva Films' "Moron 5 and The Crying Lady."
Vhong, on the other hand, is currently hosting the ABS-CBN top noontime show, "It's Showtime."