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New York Times sings praises of ‘I Do Bidoo Bidoo’

Tippy Dos Santos and Sam Concepcion in a scene from 'I Do Bidoo Bidoo'.

One of the oldest and most respected American newspapers has just honored “I Do Bidoo Bidoo: Heto nAPO Sila” with a thumbs up review.

“I Do Bidoo Bidoo”, a romantic comedy musical based on the famous songs of the Apo Hiking Society, began its American tour as it opened Friday (Saturday, Manila time) in New York City and San Diego. It will also open in Hawaii on December 7.

The film’s New York screening drew the attention of Jon Caramanica, a lifestyle and entertainment writer for The New York Times.

In his November 29 review, Caramanica described “I Do Bidoo Bidoo” as “an exuberant if creaky Filipino musical that never lets story get in the way of its songs.”

“Given that music drives the story here, it’s notable that color feels more prominent than sound. ‘I Do,’ written and directed by Chris Martinez, is filmed in a hyperreal style in which the prints on the clothes of Rosie and her friends scream louder than they do. Everyone sings, but color is life,” the critic elaborated.

Produced by Studio 5 and Unitel Productions, the film earned rhapsodic reviews and received an A rating from the Cinema Evaluation Board when it opened in local cinemas last August.

Its cast members consist of seasoned singers and actors (Zsa Zsa Padilla, Gary Valenciano, Ogie Alcasid and Eugene Domingo) as well as promising young stars (Sam Concepcion and Tippy Dos Santos).

The film’s director, Chris Martinez is also the writer of the smash indie comedy, “Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank” that was also recently honored with the prestigious NETPAC Award at the 2012 Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Brisbane, Australia last week.

Founded in 1851, The New York Times is one of the oldest daily newspapers in the United States and has won 198 Pulitzer prizes, more than any other news organization. With more than 30 million unique visitors every month, it has an even stronger presence online.

As posted in the film’s official Facebook page, “I Do Bidoo Bidoo: Heto nAPO Sila” is currently showing at the IndieHouse Royal Cinema Producers’ Club Theatres at 358 W 44th St. in Manhattan, New York City and at Gaslamp Stadium Cinemas at 705 5th Ave. in San Diego, California.

It will open on December 7 at the Pearlridge West 16 Theater at 98-1005 Moanalua Road, Aiea, Hawaii.