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Praybeyt Benjamin is a “salute” to Vice Ganda

From being a stand-up comedian and playing supporting roles in movies and television shows, to becoming a breakout star via the ground breaking talent search “Showtime,” comedian, host and performer Vice Ganda has become today’s most popular gay icon.

Testaments to Vice’s amazing success are a hit talk show – “Gandang Gabi Vice,” product endorsements, sold-out concerts here and abroad, and a box-office motion picture.

Vice Ganda’s star shines even more with the upcoming release of his newest film “Praybeyt Benjamin.” Here, Vice plays the role of Benjamin Santos whose family has a long tradition of serving in the military. In fact, the movie’s stunning opening traces the roots of the Santos’ military service, from the dlays of Lapu-Lapu and the Katipunan, up to the current times.

Conflict ensues when Lolo Benjamin (Eddie Garcia) finds out that his apo (Vice) cannot continue the tradition because he is gay.

But when Lolo Benjamin is captured by terrorists, the grandson enters the military and musters all his masculine strength to save his dear grandfather, and the rest of the war-torn country as well.

Helping Praybeyt Benjamin in his quest are the members of a misfit platoon (played by, among others, Derek Ramsey, DJ Durano, Vandolph Quizon, Jimmy Santos, Eddie Garcia, Dennis Padilla, Carlos Agassi, Malou de Guzman, Tutti Caringal, Kean Cipriano ang Nikki Valdez).

“Praybeyt Benjamin” marks the return of Vice’s collaboration with blockbuster director Wenn Deramas, who helmed the highly successful Vice Ganda-starrer “Petrang Kabayo.”

Direk Wenn says that Vice went all-out to secure the laughs in the movie, “Kahit anong ipagawa ko sa kanya, ginawa niya!” Direk Wenn says of Vice.

The admirable comedian willingly endured physically-demanding scenes such as the trainings and the combat scenes.

“Mula noong napanood ko si Vice sa Punchline, humanga na ako sa kanya,” says Direk Wenn. “Magaling talaga siya na komedyante at very professional pa.”

Vice’s amazing ang heart-touching performance in “Praybeyt Benjamin” simply made Direk Wenn admire Vice even more.

Be thrilled and be awed by Vice Ganda when “Praybet Benjamin” opens on theaters nationwide on October 12, 2011!



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