Thursday, 16 February 2012

Praybeyt Benjamin (2011)

The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin is a 2011 Filipino action comedy film starring Vice Ganda, Derek Ramsey and Eddie Garcia. It currently holds the title of the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time.


Benjamin (Vice Ganda), is a gay who is born into a military family , which caused his grandfather, Benjamin Santos VI (Eddie Garcia) to hate him. He lives with his parents and two sisters named Jesamine (Angelie Urquico) and Angiemin (Abby Bautista). His father Benjamin VII, gave up being a military soldier to be to what he wants to be, being a scientist and an inventor. As a result, Benjamin's grandfather did not agree with his decision, so they were forced to leave his grandfather's home and to never come back. They now live in an antique house, where they started a new life. His father, as expected, followed what makes him happy. He invented gadgets and unique deadly weapons. Some examples are the Fart-gun, or the Utot-gun in Tagalog, a fan that shoots bullets and a tiara that can kill thousands of people.

When a civil war in the Philippines breaks out, He is forced to enlist in place of his ailing father, who was said to have high blood pressure and diabetes. With the help of his friends and deadly weapons invented by his father, will they be able to conquer the terrorists and protect his grandfather from death?

Main cast
Vice Ganda as Private Benjamin "Benjie" Santos VIII/Brandon's Fiance/Past Ancestors of the Santos Family
Jimmy Santos as Benjamin "Ben" Santos VII
Eddie Garcia as Benjamin Santos VI
Derek Ramsay as Brandon Estolas
Nikki Valdez as Lucresia Alcantara
Kean Cipriano as Emerson Ecleo
DJ Durano as Dominador "Dondi" Rosales
Vandolph Quizon as Buhawi Manay
Jojit Lorenzo as Joselito "Jojo" Makapagtagpo Jr./Remescal
Carlos Agassi as Paul Marigma
Dennis Padilla as Bentot Santos

Supporting cast
Bodie Cruz as George Carang
Tutti Caringal as Ringo Daway
Malou de Guzman as Lilibeth Santos
Ricky Rivero as Bigboy Carnate
Angelie Urquico as Jesamine Santos
Abby Bautista as Angiemin Santos
Tess Antonio as Lisa Santos
Rubi Rubi
Andrew Wolff
Angelica Panganiban as voice of Brandon's Fiance
Jasper Visaya as Ben10 Santos

Special Participation
Luis Manzano as Himself

The television trailer premiered in the talk show Gandang Gabi, Vice! where Vice Ganda is also the host. It was announced in the trailer that the film will premiere on October 12, 2011. However, during the premiere of No Other Woman, it was announced that the delayed premiere will be October 26, 2011.

It was graded "B" by the Cinema Evaluation Board of the Philippines.

Box Office
The film opened with PHP 23.6 million ticket sales during its first day and continued to break Philippine box-office records after grossing PHP 109 million on its fourth day of screening. After its seventh day on air, it reached the PHP 200 million mark. It broke the records set also by the previous Star Cinema-Viva Films produced film, No Other Woman. Based on a report from the Box Office Mojo, Praybeyt Benjamin became the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time having a total gross PHP 331,631,283.

According to ABS-CBN News, Praybeyt Benjamin II is already in works and would likely air in 2012. Vice Ganda is confirmed to be back for the sequel.

DirectedWenn V. Deramas 

Charo Santos-Concio
Malou Santos
Vic Del Rosario

Vice Ganda
Derek Ramsay
Eddie Garcia
Nikki Valdez
Kean Cipriano
DJ Durano
Vandolph Quizon
Star Cinema
Viva Films
Star Cinema
Release Date(s)October 26, 2011
Running Time
Box OfficePhp 331,631,283