Bimby joins Vice Ganda in Praybeyt Benjamin 2

James “Bimby” Aquino-Yap Jr. will join Vice Ganda in the upcoming movie, The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin 2, set to be released on December 25, 2014 as an official entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

Bimby’s mother, Kris Aquino, shares a behind-the-scenes clip of the upcoming film on Aquino & Abunda Tonight last Friday.  When it was announced that her son would join the cast of Praybeyt Benjamin, Kris warned her friend Vice she will be watching over the taping of the scenes involving her son.

This film will be Bimby’s second for the MMFF, having starred in last year’s blockbuster film, My Little Bossings.  It will be Vice’s third consecutive MMFF entry, having starred in “Sisterakas” and “Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy”.

Wenn Deramas, who directed the first Praybeyt Benjamin movie, will also direct the sequel to the gag film.  It was also Deramas who directed Vice Ganda’s previous MMFF entries.

Photo credit: Screenshot of the clip as shared by Kris on "Aquino & Abunda Tonight"
Photo credit: Screenshot of the clip as shared by Kris on “Aquino & Abunda Tonight”

Kris had previously revealed her excitement that she will be “competing” with Bimby at the MMFF this year, as she stars in the sequel for Chito Roño’s 2004 horror film, “Feng Shui”.  The Feng Shui movie will also star ABS-CBN teleserye king, Coco Martin.

As for Bimby starring in Praybeyt Benjamin 2, Kris revealed it was actually her son who wanted to do a movie with the “It’s Showtime” host.  Last year, their MMFF entries (“Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy” vs “My Little Bossings”) were neck-to-neck at the race for box office domination.

About Praybeyt Benjamin

So, who really is Praybeyt Benjamin?  The gag film tells the story of a family of Benjamins (most, if not all, of the guys are named Benjamin), all of whom had a place in history as warriors and soldiers – even dating back to the time of Lapu Lapu and Magellan.

His grandfather was angry when he learned his son wanted to be a scientist instead of becoming a soldier.  He later outcasts his son’s family upon learning that his grandson is gay.

When a civil war broke out, it was the gay “Benjie” who trained as soldier in place of his ailing father.  It was at the war that he gained the respect of his grandfather, after he led the rescue of the army battalion ambushed by terrorists.  The army was led by his grandpa.

The movie is full of crazy antics and slapstick humor.  It was widely embraced by fans, quickly becoming a box office hit despite critics saying it features outdated humor and an overly simplistic story.