Described as “a comedy about six single women whose lives are shuffled when a bingo marathon is launched in their church for the coming fiesta”, Ron Bryant’s “Bingoleras” is an entry to the first CineFilipino Film Festival which is now ongoing at Resorts World, Lucky Chinatown and Gateway Cineplex theaters.
These six women are played by Eula Valdes, Charee Pineda, Lisa Dino, Mercedes Cabral, Hazel Orencio and Max Eigenmann. They are ably supported by an equally strong ensemble cast that includes Lou Veloso, Art Acuña, Cita Astals, Junjun Quintana, Angie Ferro, Angelina Kanapi, Ieth Inolino, Paolo Cabanero, Kiko Matos and Ian Lomongo.
In a recent interview with InterAksyon, producer Chantel Garcia said “Bingoleras” is “an ambitious film that was almost impossible to finish due to budget constraints”. She cited its large cast of lead and supporting actors as the main reason. Which probably also explains why it’s the last CineFilipino feature to post a trailer online.
Filmed mostly in Bryant’s hometown of Navotas, the film is one of two pure comedies (the other being Randolph Longjas’ “Ang Turkey Man Ay Pabo Rin”) in the festival.
Compared to other comedies, however, Garcia considers the humor of “Bingoleras” as “progressive”. “It intends to comment beyond its colloquial brand of humor. Not that this intent should be fed to its audience, but the boldness of its content is also aspired to be read along its punchlines,” she declared.
The trailer offers some clues as to what the supposedly progressive humor of “Bingoleras” is all about.
Max and Charee are con artists who pose as a social worker and a nun respectively in a small town in order to get approval to organize several bingo nights where the proceeds are supposed to go to a charity called “Tahanang Walang Magulang”.
Eula Valdes is the richest woman in the town who seems to be a lot closer to beautiful policewoman Liza Diño than most people think. Hazel Orencio and Mercedes Cabral are two constantly bickering neighbors who don’t know what or who they share in common.
In addition to its strong cast and intriguing storyline, the film also boasts of an original soundtrack with music composed by Direk Ron himself and arranged and supervised by Francis de Veyra.
“The soundtrack features the ‘Bingoleras’ theme song performed by Ms. Eula Valdes, Max Eigenamann, Liza Dino, Hazel Orencio, Lou Veloso, Ieth Inolino and Junjun Quintana. We also have a single recorded by Cooky Chua and a medley performed by The San Marcos Marching Band of Navotas as part of Direk Ron’s homage to his hometown,” Garcia revealed.