Stars come in droves for the premiere of ‘For The First Time’
By Manila P. Santos
It seemed that all roads led to SM Megamall last August 26 as the premiere night of Star Cinema’s 15th year anniversary offering For the First Time had fans literally filling the halls of the mall as early as four hours before the actual showing. Both cinemas 9 and 10 were filled to the brim with fans as well as showbiz friends and family, all showing support for the first movie pairing of lead stars KC Concepcion and Richard Gutierrez.
It was also a momentous event, bringing together in one event the top executives and talents of two of the biggest networks in Philippine Television. ABS-CBN honchos Gabby Lopez, Charo Santos-Concio, Malou Santos, and Cory Vidanes arrived early to show support for one of Star Cinema’s biggest film projects this year. Other early birds included KC’s grandmother Elaine Cuneta, German Moreno, Jericho Rosales, and Gary Valenciano and family.
Richard’s family came in full force as sister Ruffa arrived with Richard’s twin brother Raymond and other siblings Rocky, Ritchie Paul, and Elvis. Half-brothers Ramon Christopher and Tonton Gutierrez also came to show their support. Proud parents Annabelle Rama and Eddie Gutierrez (who also plays Richard’s dad in the film) arrived just before the movie started. As expected, the crowd went wild as Sharon Cuneta and husband Senator Francis Pangilinan took their seats in the balcony area, with fans chanting "Mega! Mega! Mega!"
Philip Salvador, who plays KC’s father in the film, sat beside good friend Senator Bong Revilla Jr. Other celebrity guests included Richard Gomez, Ai-Ai de las Alas, Sarah Geronimo, Manila Vice-mayor Iskho Moreno, Maja Salvador, and Randy Santiago. For The First Time director Joyce Bernal also got support with a strong showing of her fellow directors Rory Quintos, Olivia Lamasan, and Rowell Santiago.
KC and Richard were met with cheers and chants as they entered the theater, with Richard protectively shielding KC from overzealous fans. "It’s a very special moment for KC and me. Nandito kayo kasama namin in this very special moment. Salamat sa GMA at sa Star Cinema at nagkaisa sila," Richard happily announced. A beaming KC also couldn’t help but show her excitement at the successful turnout. "First of all, this has been a dream come true. Salamat kay God, siya yung pinaka-important sa lahat. Thank you to my family and sobrang thank you sa lahat ng dumating. Hinding-hindi ko makakalimutan itong gabi na ito!" she gushed.
Rated B by the Film Classification Board and garnering a PG-13 rating from the MTRCB, For The First Time will have its regular screening starting today, August 27, in over 100 theaters nationwide. Also catch the following international premieres and screenings: Los Angeles (September 6); San Francisco (September 7); and Vienna (September 28). International screenings are scheduled for Guam (Aug 29 to September 5); Seattle and Las Vegas (September 19 to 25); San Diego (September 19 to 25); Pasadena (September 26 to October 2); Hawaii (October 3 to 9); Chicago (October 3); Dubai and Sharjah (September 11 to 13); Abu Dhabi (September 18 to 20); and Qatar and Bahrain (September 25 to 27).
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