After appearing in a string of supporting roles, Rufa Mae Quinto’s innate comic skills was first put to good use in the Gloria, Gloria Labandera (1997), her first starring role.
After which, she became a favorite sexy leading lady to showbiz’s stable of action stars.
In 2001, Joyce Bernal and Viva Films decided to relaunch her comedy film career via Booba, the film that cemented her status as a junior comic royalty and would also serve as her most unforgettable screen character. So unforgettable that it has stuck to her even to this day.
Even she acknowledges that she owes it all, her fame and fortune, to Booba.
Now, you have a chance to get reacquainted with Booba as Viva Films releases it anew—and for free—on YouTube.
Booba is about an ultra naïve barrio lass whose innate goodness and innocence are often mistaken for her being ditzy. A lola’s girl, she acquires the deep-seated ire and jealousy of her elder sister Gretchen (Ai-Ai delas Alas). Driven by ambition and hatred for the “mag-lola,” Gretchen went away to live her desired life.
When the lola died, Booba set for the city to locate her sister and to fulfill her lola’s dying wish. By then, Gretchen was already the sinister leader of a kidnap-for-ransom syndicate. Making matters worse, Booba gets romantically involved with a policeman (Gary Estrada) who is in charge of solving the kidnapping cases.
The plot may sound teleserye-ish. But with Booba’s “slowness” and scatterbrain personality sprinkling all the twists and turns with a lot LOL moments, you’ll realize why this role made Rufa Mae a household name.
Join Booba in her funny misadventures in the city by rewatching this modern comedy classic by clicking the link below:
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