'Major major' viral video inspires comedy flick
MANILA, Philippines -- The viral video of four men going "wild" over the Philippines' Top 15 feat in the 2010 Miss Universe pageant has inspired a comedy movie, aptly titled "Slumber Party."
An entry to the 2012 Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival, the Emmanuel dela Cruz film is a comedy about fraternity initiations and homosexuality.
Its official website describes the movie as a "true blue Filipino satire."
"On the eve of the Ms. Universe Pageant – the boxing main event for all gays in the Philippines, three friends decide to throw a slumber party as part of their yearly vigil to support our representative," the website said.
"Set on the eve of Aug 23, 2010 of the new Noynoy administration when 2 'major major' events are underway: the heated bus hostage-taking of Hong Kong nationals in Quirino Grand Stand, and Phil. Candidate Ms. Venus Raj pressured to bring home the coveted crown to vindicate her country mired in shame in the international community," it added.
In a teaser trailer released Wednesday via the film's official YouTube page (above), Kapamilya talent Markki Stroem is seen as among the four actors recreating the real-life and now famous "slumber party."
The original video, titled "We Love You Maria Venus Raj 22 Philippines," was posted a day after the live telecast of the Miss Universe 2010 pageant. In it, four friends -- Veejay Floresca, Martin Bautista, Lex Librea and Aleq Africa -- are seen "going crazy" after Venus Raj is announced as among the Top 15 finalists in the yearly competition.
To date, the YouTube video now has over 3.4 million views.
"Slumber Party" is one of 13 films set to compete in this year’s Cinema One Originals film festival. The entries are expected to be screened this month.