John, out!
By: Mario E. Bautista   From: People's Journal
[April 15, 2008]

The whole cast of “Manay Po 2: Overload” was congratulated by the press after its smash hit premiere at SM Megamall last Sunday. Everyone agrees the sequel is much funnier than the original.

The performances of Polo Ravales, John Prats and Jiro Manio as the gay sons of Cherry Pie Picache in part two is definitely much more hilarious than in the first one.

“That’s true dahil to begin with, out na out na talaga ako sa paglaladlad ko rito,” says John whose personal story here is reminiscent of Sandra Bullock’s “While You Were Sleeping.” “Wala nang pagkukunwaring lalaki at all. At mas marami rin akong funny punchlines delivered here at hindi na ako nahirapan kasi I’m really more comfortable na sa character ko. If viewers would think na siguro bading talaga ako in real life, hindi na ako magtataka.”

Even Polo Ravales is now more relaxed in his portrayal of a gay man married to another gay man, Sid Lucero. “Noong una kasi, may inhibitions pa ako,” he says. “But this time, wala na whatsoever. If they asked me nga to have a bedscene with Sid, papayag ako, but then, the rating ng film is not for adults naman kaya walang ganung eksena. Sayang, maganda pa naman daw ang chemistry ko with Sid. But in fairness, hindi lang with Sid kundi pati with Rufa Mae Quinto na siyang babymaker namin dito.”

The movie really has a lot of rollicking scenes and if you want to forget your problems with the nonstop increases in the prices of all commodities these days, go watch “Manay Po 2.”

“Para itong ‘Godfather 2’,” declares screenwriter Dinno Erece without batting an eyelash. “The sequel is better than the original.”

The big plus in “Manay Po 2” is Rufa Mae Quinto as the babymaker. She has so many ribtickling scenes here, especially when she had a catfight with Sid Lucero. She’s definitely more comically effective here than in all the other comedies she did recently like “Apat Dapat,” “Pasukob” and “Desperadas.” “Manay Po 2” opens tomorrow in theatres nationwide.