A huge and excited crowd showed up at the star-studded premiere night of KC Concepcion and Richard Gutierrez' first film together "For the First Time," Tuesday, May 7 at SM Megamall's Cinema 9 and 10 in Ortigas.
The film is KC's first movie while it is the first film of Richard with ABS-CBN's movie outfit Star Cinema. The film is again one of the offerings of Star Cinema for their 15th anniversary.
The movie is directed by well-acclaimed director Ms. Joyce Bernal.
"Maraming salamat po sa pagdating niyo, sa pagpunta dito sana po ay mag-enjoy kayong lahat. Thank you all, this has been a dream come true for me... 23 years ang hinintay ko salamat sa inyong nandito ngayon sa kapamilya, kaibigan at mga taga-suporta at kay Richard, salamat sa experience na maibabahagi namin," KC told viewers inside the theater before the film showing started.
"Maraming salamat dahil nandito kayo sa special moment ng buhay namin, first movie ni KC at first movie ko with Star Cinema. Thanks for the support," added Richard.
"For The First Time" is a story of Seth (Richard) and Pia (KC). Two people from different worlds. Seth is a rich, impulsive rake who doesn't like serious relationships while Pia is a prim and ambitious girl who feels responsible for the tragedy that has befallen her life.
The movie shows how love changes people. Seth would be transformed into a committed gentleman and Pia who refuses to fall in love would take a chance to fall in love again.
The two meets by accident in Santorini island in Greece where they would spend an unforgettable summer together. Seth leaves Pia and in Manila, they meet again.
KC who is known for being a grandma's girl also went emotional and appeared teary-eyed when she saw her grandmother Ms. Elaine Cuneta inside the theater. She said that she dove into doing film mainly because of her "lola."
"Well nakita ko ang lahat ng minamahal ko sa buhay na lahat present. 'Yung lola ka nandito siya. Yyung malaking rason kung bakit gusto kong gumawa ng pelikula para mapanaood niya at maging proud naman siya sa akin," KC said.
KC and Richard of course went to the premiere together and their respective families (Gutierrezes, Cunetas and Pangilinans) were also there to show their love and support.
Couples Sharon Cuneta was accompanied by husband Sen. Francis Pangilinan and Gutierrez' matriarch Anabelle Rama was with her hubby Eddie Gutierrez who is also part of the movie.
The other stars of the movie -- Candy Pangilinan, Beatriz Saw, Carla Humphries, Phillip Salvador, TJ Trinidad, Ana Roces, Bobby Andrews, Gee-Ann Abrahan and Bubbles Paraiso were also present.
Also spotted at the premiere were Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition 2 housemates -- Alex Anselmuccio, Robi Domingo and Ejay Falcon, actresses Rica Peralejo, Pop Princess Sarah Geronimo and Comedy Concert Queen Ai-Ai delas Alas, half-brothers Ton-Ton Gutierrez and Ramon Christopher Gutierrez, Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. and ABS-CBN's bigwigs -- president Charo Santos Concio and chairman Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III.
As if uniting KC and Richard in movie was not enough, stars who are from ABS-CBN’ rival network, GMA-7, and who are also close to Richard were also there to show support.
Spotted were GMA-7 stars -- JC Devera, Ehra Madrigal and Richard's twin brother Raymond Gutierrez.
Gabby and Sharon
The night of course became complete with the presence of KC's biological father, the comebacking actor, Gabby Concepcion.
Gabby who wanted to show his support for her daughter KC just watched the movie at Cinema 9 with his family while Sharon and the other stars viewed the movie at Cinema 10.
KC and Richard first greeted the moviegoers at Cinema 9 where they met Gabby and thanked him for the support before they went to Cinema 10 to watch the whole movie with their families and other stars.
Sharon and Gabby of course did not get the chance to meet face-to-face, but were both happy for the success of their daughter's debut film.
"Kung masaya si KC, ako mga times 100, ako grabe ang pride ko sa turnout ng sumusuporta kay Richard at KC dito sa premiere. I'm thankful sa inyong lahat at baby ko naman ang inyong minamahal at kay Richard din," Sharon said.
"Salamat po sa pagpunta niyo dito, panoorin niyo po ang For The First Time at napakagandang pelikula po," Gabby said.
Viewers of the movie's special screening said the movie really moved and touched their hearts.
"(May matutunan kayo) kailangan na hayaang lumigaya ang anak at huwag bawal ang lahat," KC's surrogate father, Sen. Pangilinan said.
Sharon as a professional actress added she's also proud of her daughter's work. "For a beginner, not bad at all."
"For The First Time" starts its regular screening Wednesday, August 27, 2008 in over 100 theaters in the country.
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