What does "DOTGA" mean?
The horror-comedy "DOTGA: Da One That Ghost Away," did a playful wordplay on the popular phrase "the one that got away," which is a common term we use for people who we still love dearly but had to let go. The meaning of "DOTGA" doesn't fall far from that.
During the Grand Media Launch of "DOTGA," last April 12, the cast was asked if they have experienced "getting away" from someone, or are they more like a person who "gets left" behind. Hence, nang-DOTGA o na-DOTGA?
Edward Barber answered, "I guess I would say na, I was the one who was left behind. Kasi, andito na ako sa Pilipinas, kasama ko lang 'yung Mama ko. 'Yung kapatid ko nasa England, 'yung Papa ko nasa Germany. So, my family was split up. 'Yun ang hugot ko, wala akong experience sa pag-ibig."
Maymay Entrata, on the other hand, has experienced both.
She said, "DinOTGA ko po 'yung mga kaibigan ko dun sa Davao, Cagayan, saka Camiguin. Kasi palipat-lipat po kami eh. Na-DOTGA ko 'yung mga kaibigan ko dun, bigla na lang akong nawala," she continued, Tapos po, na-DOTGA na din po ako, sa pag-ibig man, sa pagkakaibigan, at saka sa pamilya."
Meanwhile, Pepe Herrera shared a realization, "I was the one who was left behind, and I have also left someone behind. I think it's just natural."
While answering the question, Moi Bien has opened up about something in her life.
"Feeling ko ako 'yung na-DOTGA, kasi single pa rin ako, sinong available diyan?" she joked. Then continued, "Nawala na lang 'yung ex ko eh tapos may anak ako, iniwan niya ako."
Lassy Marquez took the humor route, saying, "Ako na-DOTGA na rin ako. Madalas talaga, pero ngayon may ipon na, hindi na!"
Chokoleit, meanwhile, has a serious answer. He said, "Ako palagi, 'yung savings 'yung naga-'got away'. [Pero] seriously, meron talaga. Nasa London na siya, nurse. Late ko na na-realize, [siya] lang pala talaga ang nagmahal sa akin. The rest, wala. Tapos nung gusto ko na, ayaw niya na."
Enzo Pineda gave a straightforward answer, saying, "Ako naman po na-experience ko na iwanan ako. Ako pa 'yung na-DOTGA."
Ryan Bang, Kim Chiu's leading man in the movie, revealed that Kim is his DOTGA!
"Ako, wala ng iba kundi si Kim Chiu lang. Kasi after ng 'Pinoy Big Brother' [stint ko], nagkasama po kami sa 'I Dare You,' kami 'yung teammates. Tapos after ng trabaho, sa taping ng 'I Dare You,' siyempre humingi po ako ng number niya. Akala ko crush niya din ako eh. Akala ko lang pala," he shared.
And as for Kim Chiu, her DOTGA is her mother, who wasn't around when she was growing up. And when they finally met again for the first time in 2013, her mother, unfortunately, succumbed to brain aneurysm.
"DOTGA" starts with the story of paranormal expert Carmel Monseratt (Kim Chiu). Wanting to save the house of her beloved grandmother from being sequestered, Carmel and her “bebest” best friend Jerald “Jeje” Zee-Yan (Ryan Bang) have decided to form a squad of ghost busters with their misfits buddies Bagang (Pepe Herrera), Ponzi (Lassy Marquez), and Basha (Moi Bien) in order to meet both ends.
One day, when they no longer have customers due to their modus going viral, Carmel meets a rich architect and dashing eligible bachelor Jack Colmenares (Enzo Pineda) who wants her and her squad to exorcize his house of all the ghosts inside it – real malevolent ghosts! – in exchange for a hefty amount of money.
Despite the fear, Carmel and Jeje together with their squad accept the job offer as their last act. Little do they know this will lead to all of them being entrapped inside Jack’s house with extremely pesky and spiteful ghosts, screaming and running for their lives, and with Carmel ultimately facing the horror of the truth long hidden from her.
"DOTGA" is directed by Tony Y. Reyes. Catch it in cinemas today!
Watch the teaser here: