…. Marty Mendoza. A reader sent in some info about this mysterious nekkid guy who kept on appearing in two [here and here] previous posts. Apparently, he appeared as one of the blink-or-you’ll-miss-me actors in the movie Sikil. He was discovered when he won Ginoong Nueva Ecija 2003 and subsequently, Ginoong Pilipinas 2003 first runner-up. Marty Mendoza was taking up BS Nursing at the Philippine College of Health Sciences in Recto Avenue, Manila, prior to joining showbusiness.
Will Sandejas‘s career is on the upswing lately. Although the singer-actor failed to make the final cut [I think he was in the top 30] in Pinoy Idol, the Philippine version of the worldwide franchise of the reality singing competition, the moreno actor picked up a nomination at the Philippine Movie Press Club’s Star Awards for Movies. He is in the New Movie Actor of the Year category for his performance in Sikil. Other nominees from the movie include Romualdo Avellanosa [Digital Original Screenplay], Soon Lee Mi [Digital Movie Editor] and Ron Jancen Solis [Digital Movie Original Theme Song].
Here’s a couple of did-you-know-thats:  Will Sandejas of Sikil fame is now a singer. Well, actually he is devoting more time to singing these days rather than acting. This is not that surprising since the 24-year-old actor used to be the lead singer of the now-defunct Replay band before he joined the movies via the bikini contest route. Recently, he was included in the Pinoy Idol semifinalist group,but unfortunately he did not make the cut for the top 24. Currently, he is doing gigs around the country.  Sikil, which just came from a successful Visayas showing, is now back at the Robinsons Galleria for another run. Those who were not able to catch the movie [approved without cuts by the MTRCB], can see it starting tomorrow till Tuesday.
Robinsons has decided to extend the showing of the movie Sikil, starring Ken Escudero and Will Sandejas. After its successful run at the Galleria IndieSine and Ermita theater, the mall management is bringing the movie back at the Galleria IndieSine back-to-back with the Coco Martin-starrer Condo. Photo shows a scene from the movie, and I think the guy is baby-faced Ken.
…at the Robinsons Place in Manila. Starting tomorrow, January 23, the movie “Sikil” will have an extended commercial run at the Malate branch of Robinsons Malls. The movie, which recently did the rounds of the Cancun, Valencia [Spain] and Palm Springs film festivals, was written by Film Development Foundation winner Romualdo E. Avellanosa and directed by Ronaldo M. Bertubin. Sikil tells the story of “a different kind of love that brings on the true beauty, the deeper meaning of forgiveness and the joy of letting go.”
In one of the scenes in the movie Sikil, one guy stands up from a jacuzzi in all his naked glory. That was one of the frontal-nudity scenes in the indie flick, which is having its week-long run now at the Robinsons Galleria IndieSine. That guy, who carelessly dangled his dong in front of the cam, is none other than Richard Guebar , a movie and tv bit player [he has done bit parts on GMA 7’s soaps and fantasy series].
Sikil [Unspoken Passion] starts its regular run today at the Robinsons Galleria. The film. which got rave reviews at the recent Palm Springs International Film Festival, stars Ken Escudero [in photo, with a foreigner extra] and Will Sandejas. Touted as a “love story with a twist”, it is about a young male prostitute in love with his childhood friend, who has a girlfriend. It is directed by Roni Bertubin, from the screenplay of Romualdo Avellanosa. Will and Ken, together with the cast, will be at Robinsons today for a meet-and-greet with the moviegoers.
Will Sandejas aka Kristian Tanfelix was discovered in one of the bikini contests held last year. He was formerly the lead vocalist of Replay band before joining bikini opens [Metro Bar bikini open and Fashion Quest 2006]. He was in the provocative movie Troika. Tomorrow, January 16, Will Sandejas will be at the Robinsons Galleria, together with Ken Escudero, to meet and greet the moviegoers at the first day of the commercial run of Sikil [Unspoken Passion]. Sikil was approved without cuts by the MTRCB.
Two days to go before the initial commercial run of Sikil the movie. From a screenplay by Romualdo Avellanosa, Sikil was recently shown at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, where it received critical acclaim. The movie will be exclusively shown at the Robinsons Galleria. On opening day, expect Will Sandejas, Ken Escudero and the other actors of the movie to meet and greet the audience.
The movie “Sikil” [Unspoken Passion] has been approved for showing without cuts. Starting 16 January at the Robinsons Galleria, moviegoers can now see the movie in its entirety – including all the sensitive scenes of the actors. Director Roni Bertubin’s “Sikil”, which is touted as a “love triangle with a twist,” is about a young closet gay prostitute who’s obsessed with a childhood friend, who is in turn, a rentboy with a girlfriend. It stars Will Sandejas and Ken Escudero [in photos].