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AJ Raval recalls how Jeric Raval taught her self-defense when she was younger

“Okay po ako sa mga actions na ginawa dito. Andiyan po sila Direk James, talagang tinuruan po kaming mag-knife. Tsaka talagang gusto ko pong i-push ‘yung knife, kasi, unang-una, ito po ‘yung original martial arts ng Filipino, ‘yung knife po, so na-enjoy ko. Mayroon po akong balisong sa movie.”

On August 11, Viva artist AJ Raval talked about her preparations for her role and action scenes in Sitio Diablo. 

At the media conference for the urban sexy action thriller Sitio Diablo, with the press, including LionhearTV, Raval said she pushed for her knife fight scenes in the Vivamax film.



“Okay po ako sa mga actions na ginawa dito. Andiyan po sila Direk James, talagang tinuruan po kaming mag-knife. Tsaka talagang gusto ko pong i-push ‘yung knife, kasi, unang-una, ito po ‘yung original martial arts ng Filipino, ‘yung knife po, so na-enjoy ko. Mayroon po akong balisong sa movie.”

Cult director Roman Perez Jr. highlighted that action is in Raval’s blood.

“Siyempre nasa dugo po niya. Nasa dugo po ng mga Raval ‘yung action no. Hindi naman natin maiaalis ‘yun na ang galing niya sa knife.” 

He then revealed that Raval studied the Pekiti Tirsia martial arts and gun handling for her role.

“Nag-aral siya ng knife fighting, Pekiti Tirsia si AJ. Nag-aral ng stunts, nag-aral ng mga–‘yung barilan. Nag-aral pa sa Crame ‘yan. 

“Pero, nag-aaral naman yata talaga sila ni Kuya Jeric eh. Pero, nag-aral siya sa project na ‘to. Nakaka-proud si AJ dito, nanaksak basta-basta, ang daming kalaban, ang daming stunts, pero kinakaya niya.”

Raval recalled how her father, the action star Jeric Raval, taught her self-defense when she was younger.

“Wala naman siyang masyadong binigay na advice, pero bata pa lang po ako, tinuturuan na po ako noon na like kunwari sumipa po ng mataas. Siya po ang unang beses na nagpahawak sa akin ng baril. ‘Yun pong ganong mga bagay. Tinuturuan niya po ako ng tamang pag-handle ng mga–yan mga baril, mga knife.”

Earlier, rumors surfaced claiming that Raval did her action movie to dispel rumors about her pregnancy. 

Now, Raval stars in the Urban Action Sexy Thriller, Sitio Diablo, alongside fellow Viva artists Kiko Estrada and Benz Sanggalang. 

The cast includes actors and rap artists such as Joko Diaz, Ruby Ruiz, Karl Aquino, AJ Oyteza, Shiena Yu, Azi Acosta, Massimo Scofield, Pio Balbuena, Because, Cean Jr., and Ace Raval. 



Directed by cult-director Roman Perez Jr., Sitio Diablo premieres worldwide on Vivamax on August 26. 

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