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Ginugunita ka Namin Julia

Buencaminos from right: Julia, Nonie, Shamaine and MANINGNING MICLAT FOUNDATION Exec Dir. Alma Cruz Miclat. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista
from left: Angeli Kanapi hugs Julia Buencamino. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Angeli Kanapi hugs Julia Buencamino. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

Photos by

Jude Bautista

 

Poetry by

Maningning Miclat

Before anything else I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the Buencamino family for the loss of their daughter, sister Julia who passed away last July 7, 2015. Julia is herself an actress in ABS CBN’s Oh My G! An outpouring of love and support has been shown from the cast and fans online.

Buencaminos from right: Julia, Nonie, Shamaine and MANINGNING MICLAT FOUNDATION Exec Dir. Alma Cruz Miclat. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

Buencaminos from right: Julia, Nonie, Shamaine and MANINGNING MICLAT FOUNDATION Exec Dir. Alma Cruz Miclat. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

I was able to photograph her along with parents Nonie & Shamaine Buencamino last May 30, 2015. It was for the Ginugunita Kita concert where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. The family came out in support of Delphine Beuncamino who performed a dance accompaniment to one of the poems. The photos here are from that night. Maningning Miclat’s poems: Ginigunita Kita and Ginugunita Kita #2 are fitting farewell, included here.

Banaue Miclat-Janssen read the poetry of her sister Manining. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

Banaue Miclat-Janssen read the poetry of her sister Manining. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

 

GINUGUNITA KITA

ni Maningning Miclat

Marikit na tala ang tanglaw sa dilim,

Sa halimuyak ng matamis na hangin,

Sa gubat ng gabi ay hinihintay ko,

Mga kislap ng nilimot na pangako.

Al Gatmaitan provided vocals with Banaue Miclat-Janssen. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

Al Gatmaitan provided vocals with Banaue Miclat-Janssen. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

Habang may hapdi ang sugat ng kahapon,

Di maalpasan ang diwang nakakahon,

Inaawit ang kundiman ng pagsinta

Sa dalamhati ng pusong umaasa.

Ginuguni-gunita kita,

Binubuo sa alaala.

Pinapanga-pangarap ka,

Inuukit sa haraya.

left: Delphine Buencamino provided a dance interpretation (right) Banaue Miclat-Janssen. Behind them is cellist Patrick Espanto. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

left: Delphine Buencamino provided a dance interpretation (right) Banaue Miclat-Janssen. Behind them is cellist Patrick Espanto. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

Buencaminos from right: Julia, Nonie, Shamaine and Mgr Ricky Gallardo. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

Buencaminos from right: Julia, Nonie, Shamaine and Mgr Ricky Gallardo. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

GINUGUNITA KITA #2

ni Maningning Miclat

Marikit na tala ang tanglaw sa dilim,

Sa halimuyak ng matamis na hangin,

Sa gubat ng gabi ay hinihintay ko,

Mga kislap ng nilimot na pangako.

Delphine Buencamino provided a dance interpretation on the piano is composer Jesse Lucas. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

Delphine Buencamino provided a dance interpretation on the piano is composer Jesse Lucas. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

Habang may hapdi ang sugat ng kahapon,

Di maalpasan ang diwang nakakahon,

Inaawit ang kundiman ng pagsinta

Sa dalamhati ng pusong umaasa.

Ginuguni-gunita kita,

Binubuo sa alaala.

Pinapanga-pangarap ka,

Inuukit sa haraya.

left: Delphine Buencamino provided a dance interpretation (right) Banaue Miclat-Janssen. Behind them is cellist Patrick Espanto. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

left: Delphine Buencamino provided a dance interpretation (right) Banaue Miclat-Janssen. Behind them is cellist Patrick Espanto. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

Buencaminos from right: Julia, Gerson Abesamis, Nonie, Delphine & Shamaine. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

Buencaminos from right: Julia, Gerson Abesamis, Nonie, Delphine & Shamaine. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Delphine Buencamino provided a dance interpretation behind her is cellist Patrick Espanto. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino member Mario Hernando and Concert Director Roeder Camañag. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

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20 Years of France-Phil Cinematic ties

Amb Gilles Garachon; The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista
(Center) French Pres. Francoise Hollande (left) Manila Mayor Joeph Estrada &  (right) Vice Admiral Jesse Millan at the Rizal monument; during Pres. Hollande’s State visit to the Philippines last Feb 26, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

(Center) French Pres. Francoise Hollande (left) Manila Mayor Joeph Estrada & (right) Vice Admiral Jesse Millan at the Rizal monument; during Pres. Hollande’s State visit to the Philippines last Feb 26, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

This year French President Françoise Hollande visited the Philippines to commemorate 20 years of diplomatic ties. In reality France has had a longer more established relationship with the Philippines through cinema. Nora Aunor’s work made her return to Cannes through TAKLUB directed by Brillante Mendoza. Based on the story of Yolanda survivors highlighting the dangers of climate change the film earned the Ecumenical Jury Prize-Special Mention.

While Mendoza has won several awards from Cannes in recent years, Aunor’s connection to the fest goes further to BONA. The Lino Brocka directed film was screened at the Director’s Fortnight in 1981.

Nora Aunor raises her Cinemalaya Best Actress Award for HUSTISYA (Director’s Showcase Category) at the CCP last August 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nora Aunor raises her Cinemalaya Best Actress Award for HUSTISYA (Director’s Showcase Category) at the CCP last August 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Apart from the awards he won at Cannes, Mendoza also had a French co production-starring actress Isabelle Huppert and Angel Aquino in the film CAPTIVE in 2012. This year’s French film festival also features the latest co production in ABOVE THE CLOUDS directed by Pepe Diokno.

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The French Film Festival celebrates its 20th year of bringing critically acclaimed films and blockbusters to local audiences. The festival aims to promote French culture and, at the same time, support the local film industry by screening and paying tribute to classic and contemporary Philippine films.

SAINT LAUREN is a riveting biopic on one of the most influential designers of our time. It is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015 running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

SAINT LAUREN is a riveting biopic on one of the most influential designers of our time. It is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015 running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Similar to last year, tickets for each screening are priced at P100.00 to cover the operational costs of the cinema. Tickets are available at the box office or through http://www.sureseats.com.

La Famille Bélier (The Bélier Family) is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

La Famille Bélier (The Bélier Family) is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

Brillante Mendoza’s Taklub to be honored at the French Film Festival

To commemorate the two decade run of the French Film Festival, two films will be screened at the red carpet opening night on June 3 at Greenbelt 5. The opening French film, La Famille Bélier (The Bélier Family), tells the story of a provincial deaf-mute family that must deal with the desire of their daughter to study music in Paris. On the same night, Taklub, Brillante Mendoza’s latest film and the only Philippine entry to the Un Certain Regard section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, will be premiering at the festival’s red carpet opening night.

Amb Gilles Garachon; The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Amb Gilles Garachon; The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

TAKLUB will be the opening film of the French Film fest. Ambassador Gilles Garachon was very much impressed with Nora Aunor in TAKLUB, “Her performance is breathtaking. I think she personifies the Filipina, very courageous, very dedicated not showing off. The way she plays is minimal but very efficient way. She communicates emotions easily so it’s very moving.”

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Center: Amb Gilles Garachon left: Alliance Francaise de Manille Dir. Patrick Deyvant and French Counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs Michel Villar. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Center: Amb Gilles Garachon left: Alliance Francaise de Manille Dir. Patrick Deyvant and French Counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs Michel Villar. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Garachon was also very touched with how modest Aunor is in person after meeting her, “I googled her before going into the theater just to see. I saw her in google in make up. But when she visited the embassy she was very very casual. I saw the Lacoste t-shirt but she was casual and nice. It was very casual, two human beings speaking and it was very pleasant. She told me about Cannes with a very nice sense of humor. If she could be at the opening that would be very meaningful.”

Amb Gilles Garachon & Eagle Broadcasting Producer Feamor Tiosen. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Amb Gilles Garachon & Eagle Broadcasting Producer Feamor Tiosen. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

On a personal note Amb Garachon will be wrapping up his term in the Philippines by the end of June. For him his host country has been a special experience, It was a wonderful experience I’ve been here 3 and a half years. It was the first time for me in the Philippines. I’ve been to Boracay as a tourist. So it was a fascinating discovery because of the people. The country is amazing and beautiful with a lot of sceneries beautiful beaches and historical places. But the real prize is the people. The Filipino people for me is no.1. People are very nice but with a great sense of humor. Everyday here is joyful and nice a real privilege to work and live in the Philippines. The past 3 years will be absolutely unforgettable for my family and me. I think and hope we have become a part of the Filipino family. Definitely we feel at home here, we shall come back as tourists.”

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Filmmaker Pepe Diokno is showing ABOVE THE CLOUDS in August locally. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Filmmaker Pepe Diokno is showing ABOVE THE CLOUDS in August locally. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pepe Diokno’s ABOVE THE CLOUDS & BROTHERHOOD

Pepe Diokno, with his film Above the Clouds, is the first recipient of the World Cinema Fund granted by the France’s Ministry of Culture and Communication, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and Institut Français. This fund seeks to provide funding for joint French and Filipino co-productions.

La Belle et la bête (Beauty and the Beast) is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

La Belle et la bête (Beauty and the Beast) is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

Moreover, the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC) signed a cooperation agreement with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) to facilitate the establishment of a National Film Archives for the conservation of Philippine film heritage.

from left: Business World reporter Zsarlene Chua, PDI Writer Bayani San Diego & Filmmaker Pepe Diokno. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Business World reporter Zsarlene Chua, PDI Writer Bayani San Diego & Filmmaker Pepe Diokno. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Diokno talked about the French role in the post production work on ABOVE THE CLOUDS starring Pepe Smith and Rue Madrid. After qualifying for a grant called Aide De Cinema Du Monde, the World Cinema Support Grant he was able to get funding to the tune of 110,000 Euros. A prestigious French production company called UNLIMITED helped with the facilities and technical expertise.

Spnsor3.5Diokno explains, “Last year I was in Paris close to 4 months to do post production on our film. We did editing, sound editing, sound mixing, color grading, mastering. It was a really really beautiful experience. It was good because the first thing our French co producer said was, they’re here not to make a French film they’re here to make a Filipino film first and foremost. It just so happened to be supported by France. That’s one of the best things working with the French to them its all about the soul of a film. Working with them was about that. My upcoming film KAPATIRAN (BROTHERHOOD) which is about lawschool hazing was just invited to the Paris co production village next month. So I’m going back to Paris to meet with co producers under NCS agents.”

Filmmaker Pepe Diokno is showing ABOVE THE CLOUDS in August locally. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Filmmaker Pepe Diokno is showing ABOVE THE CLOUDS in August locally. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

It was very much collaboration between Diokno, editors foley artists and other creative and technical people. Being exposed to the hallowed halls of the Louvre or the Cinematheque was also a source of inspiration. The people who worked with according to him are more than happy to share their expertise here in the Philippines.

Spnsor4Diokno added, “The kinds of people we worked with in France, we had someone who worked with Michelle Gondry, we had a guy who just won a French Oscar. Those were the level we were working with. But one ofthem turned to me and said you know what your actor looks like Billy Joe Crawford. Kilala pala nila si Billy Joe Crawford. They’d expressed interest to come here just to travel and do a workshop for free. I intend to hold them up to that promise.”

Alliance Francaise de Manille Dir. Patrick Deyvant invites people to attend CINEMIX a concert w DJ Oof on June 5 at 8pm at Greenbelt 3 Park. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Alliance Francaise de Manille Dir. Patrick Deyvant invites people to attend CINEMIX a concert w DJ Oof on June 5 at 8pm at Greenbelt 3 Park. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cinémix live in Manila 

In addition to the film screenings, this year’s festival goes beyond cinema with a concert on June 5, 8:00pm at the Greenbelt 3 Park. French DJ Oof will be fusing electro and cinema with the Cinémix project. Cinémix is a collection of reinterpretations of French soundtracks from the 1960s and 1970s synced to videos flashed onscreen. Entrance is free of charge.

SAINT LAUREN is a riveting biopic on one of the most influential designers of our time. It is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015 running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

SAINT LAUREN is a riveting biopic on one of the most influential designers of our time. It is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015 running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

An evening of fashion closes the 20th French Film Festival

This year’s festival ends with glamour and style with a fashion night hosted by L’Officiel Manila and the SSI Group, Inc. at the Central Square, Bonifacio High Street on June 9. Capturing the essence of France as one of the world’s fashion capitals, guests would be able to enjoy special shopping perks and discounts offered by the various brands housed by Central Square.

Amb Gilles Garachon; The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Amb Gilles Garachon; The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sked_BHSThe 20th French Film Festival is organized by the Embassy of France to the Philippines, Institut Français, the Alliance française de Manille and Cebu, in cooperation with the Ayala Malls Cinemas, Bonifacio High Street and Greenbelt. This event would have not been possible without the support of the platinum sponsors: SSI Group, Inc., Beauty Bar, Eden Park, Lacoste, L’Occitane, Oliviers & Co., and Vilebrequin; gold sponsors ThinkBIT and Chateau; bronze sponsors Delsey, Kickers, Sledgers, Peugeot, Bizu, Le Cellier, Don Papa, Monin and TWG; and media partners ANC, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, BusinessWorld, High Life, HerWord.com, L’Officiel Manila and Rogue Media, Art Plus Magazine, Expat News, Mellow 94.7 Sounds Good, and Spot.ph.

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For more information and for the screening schedule, visit www.frenchfilmfest.com.

La Belle et la bête (Beauty and the Beast) is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

La Belle et la bête (Beauty and the Beast) is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.


MARIQUINA’S Strong Women

Che Ramos-Cosio is Leonor Guevara. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo from Official MARIQUINA fb page https://www.facebook.com/mariquinathemovie/timeline
Che Ramos-Cosio is Leonor Guevara. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo from Official MARIQUINA fb page https://www.facebook.com/mariquinathemovie/timeline

Che Ramos-Cosio is Leonor Guevara. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo from Official MARIQUINA fb page https://www.facebook.com/mariquinathemovie/timeline

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By Jude Bautista

Leonor (Che Ramos): Aalis nako dito. Romeo (Ricky Davao): Ano ba namang ka baliwan yan? Leonor: Seryoso ako Romeo. Sorry talaga pero hanggang dito na lang talaga kaya ko. Nandiyan naman si Tess para alagaan kayo. Romeo: Wag mo naman ako insultohin. Alam mong tapat ako sayo. Leonor: Wala kang ginawa Romeo. Hindi lang kita mahal. Lagi ko na lang kayo iniisip. Ngayon ako naman.

5th from left: Indian Amb. Lalduhthlana Ralte, from left: Asia Society Program Coordinator Jenny Rocket, Asia Society Phil Exec Dir. Suyin Liu Lee, Belgian Consul Jan Verbeeck, Shang Rila Plaza GM & EVP Lala Fojas, MARIQUINA cast: Mylene Dizon, Ricky Davao, Bing Pimentel, Barbie Forteza, Milo Sogueco and FDCP Proj Dev Officer Joaquin Cu-Unjieng. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

5th from left: Indian Amb. Lalduhthlana Ralte, from left: Asia Society Program Coordinator Jenny Rocket, Asia Society Phil Exec Dir. Suyin Liu Lee, Belgian Consul Jan Verbeeck, Shang Rila Plaza GM & EVP Lala Fojas, MARIQUINA cast: Mylene Dizon, Ricky Davao, Bing Pimentel, Barbie Forteza, Milo Sogueco and FDCP Proj Dev Officer Joaquin Cu-Unjieng. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The storyline of MARIQUINA is supposed to be about the great shoemaker Romeo Geuvara played by actor/director Ricky Davao. But it’s the women who surround him who exhibit true grit and strength of character. Even the cameo appearance was from Iron Butterfly herself, Imelda Marcos. Her reputation as a real life advocate of the Marikina shoe industry was utilized well in the story.

Cong. Imelda Marcos has a cameo appearance in MARIQUINA. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

Cong. Imelda Marcos has a cameo appearance in MARIQUINA. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

The movie MARIQUINA starring Mylene Dizon, Ricky Davao and Cinemalaya Best Supporting actress Barbie Forteza is the opening film for the ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest. Quality films from around Asia will be screened at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. The fest is presented by Asia Society Philippines, Security Bank in partnership with the FDCP (Film Development Council of the Philippines) and Shangri-La Plaza.

Mylene Dizon (Imelda Guevara). ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

Mylene Dizon (Imelda Guevara). ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

13 films from across Asia are set to delight film enthusiasts this year with works from Australia, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, China and the Philippines. The other Filipino title in the fest is NIÑO directed by Loy Arcenas and has won Cinemalaya Best Supporting Actress (Shamaine Buencamino), Best Supporting Actor (Art Acuña) and Special Jury Prize.

from left: Bing Pimentel and Mylene Dizon at the East Atrium of Shang Plaza Mall. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Bing Pimentel and Mylene Dizon at the East Atrium of Shang Plaza Mall. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Che Ramos-Cosio is Leonor Guevara. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo from Official MARIQUINA fb page https://www.facebook.com/mariquinathemovie/timeline

Che Ramos-Cosio is Leonor Guevara. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo from Official MARIQUINA fb page https://www.facebook.com/mariquinathemovie/timeline

The cast of MARIQUINA is replete with strong female characters. Che Ramos-Cosio plays the outwardly quiet and submissive young wife Leonor. Che has appeared in a great number of Cinemalaya and Cinema One productions. If her performance were any less sympathetic it would be difficult to understand why Leonor needed to find her own way in life. But because of her subtlety and skill viewers instead felt for her.

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from right: Indian Amb. Lalduhthlana Ralte and Shang Rila Plaza GM & EVP Lala Fojas. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

MARIQUINA cast from left: Director Milo Sogueco, Mylene Dizon (Imelda), Bing Pimentel (Tess) & Ricky Davao (Romeo). ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

MARIQUINA cast from left: Director Milo Sogueco, Mylene Dizon (Imelda), Bing Pimentel (Tess) & Ricky Davao (Romeo). ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Director Milo Sogueco explained, “She needed to be honest to herself. In my movie there are no bad people and good people. Everyone is flawed just like in real life. It just takes a bit of understanding on the predicament of the person her situation. You mentioned Che (Leonor), her character she was very strong to do that. She was being strong for herself. If I’m going to stay here I’m going to die. So I choose to survive. I wana grow so that’s what she did.”

Mylene Dizon (Imelda Guevara). ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

Mylene Dizon (Imelda Guevara). ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

Mylene Dizon as the grown up version of Imelda Guevara displayed the jaded sometimes-distant figure trying to piece the whys in her life. The more introspective scenes are difficult to portray, especially since there’s not much dialogue. It’s Mylene’s maturity as an actress that allowed her to express sadness or the lack of it without words.

Mylene Dizon (Imelda Guevara). ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo from Official MARIQUINA fb page https://www.facebook.com/mariquinathemovie/timeline

Mylene Dizon (Imelda Guevara). ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo from Official MARIQUINA fb page https://www.facebook.com/mariquinathemovie/timeline

Dizon as revealed by Sogueco, originally wanted the part of Tess that went to Bing Pimentel. Tess is the shrewd business partner of Romeo Guevara that literally massages his ego. There’s so much more to her than the slutty, seductive and materialistic woman she seems to be. In spite of all that she becomes a positive influence in the teen Imelda Guevara’s life played by Barbie Forteza.

from left: NIÑO director Loy Arceñas with MARIQUINA actresses Bing Pimentel and Barbie Forteza. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: NIÑO director Loy Arceñas with MARIQUINA actresses Bing Pimentel and Barbie Forteza. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cinemalaya awardees from left: Nora Aunor (Best Actress-HUSTISYA, Director’s Showcase), Barbie Forteza (Best Supporting Actress-MARIQUINA, New Breed), Cris Villonco (Best Supporting Actress-HARI NG TONDO, Director’s Showcase) and Nicco Manalo (Best Supporting Actor-THE JANITOR, Director’s Showcase) The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cinemalaya awardees from left: Nora Aunor (Best Actress-HUSTISYA, Director’s Showcase), Barbie Forteza (Best Supporting Actress-MARIQUINA, New Breed), Cris Villonco (Best Supporting Actress-HARI NG TONDO, Director’s Showcase) and Nicco Manalo (Best Supporting Actor-THE JANITOR, Director’s Showcase) The Cinemalaya X Awards was held last August 10, 2014 at the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Barbie Forteza was herself a revelation. Director Milo had to overcome his prejudice of soaps during her auditions; she’s a popular star of GMA Network. “She had an audition in CCP and swept me off my feet. That time I met her I said this is the right choice. I ate all my words, swallowed my pride and said she’s the one. And it worked out so well because she’s a fantastic actress.”

Ricky Davao plays master shoemaker Romeo Guevara. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo from Official MARIQUINA fb page https://www.facebook.com/mariquinathemovie/timeline

Ricky Davao plays master shoemaker Romeo Guevara. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo from Official MARIQUINA fb page https://www.facebook.com/mariquinathemovie/timeline

Ricky Davao, was able to tap into his vast experience in theater and film both as actor and director. There had to be one male lead such as Davao where all these strong female characters could revolve around. Ricky was so effective it made the production go so smoothly, Sogueco said, “Ricky Davao is my one take, two take guy. Just like Mylene Dizon hey guys this is going to be a one take two take thing. You better give it your all. I won’t make you waste your tears or your anger or pain. I’m not gonna make you crazy. Let’s do this fast. You know what? They were able to deliver. If I have a perfect ensemble its not because of me its because they’re perfect for my movie.”

MARIQUINA director Milo Sogueco; ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

MARIQUINA director Milo Sogueco; ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The story is credited to long time producer and writer Gay Ace Domingo, multi awarded screenwriter Henry Burgos (who often works with Brillante Mendoza and Bing Lao) and Milo Sogueco. The screenplay however is credited to Jerrold Tarrog who also happens to be in charge of Music/Soundtrack in this film. They successfully synthesized the history of the difficulties of the local shoe industry as told through the plight of one family.

from left Ricky Davao (Romeo), Barbie Forteza (Imelda) & Che Ramos-Cosio (Leonor). ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

from left Ricky Davao (Romeo), Barbie Forteza (Imelda) & Che Ramos-Cosio (Leonor). ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

Both Philippine films MARIQUINA & NIÑO shown at the ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest are from Cinemalaya. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

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Cong. Imelda Marcos with Film Auteur Max Tessier. Photo was taken during MARIQUINA Cinemalaya gala night last August 2014 at the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cong. Imelda Marcos with Film Auteur Max Tessier. Photo was taken during MARIQUINA Cinemalaya gala night last August 2014 at the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dennis Padilla (Domeng) and Sofia Pablo (Grade school Imelda). ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

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From left: Asia Society Philippines Executive Dir. Suyin Liu Lee and Emb. of Indonesia Social And Cultural Affairs Minister Counselor R. Toto Waspodo. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ricky Davao (Romeo)  & Sofia Pablo (Grade school Imelda). ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo from Official MARIQUINA fb page https://www.facebook.com/mariquinathemovie/timeline

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from left: Mylene Dizon & CNN Phil Reporter Patricia Fernandez. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Ricky Davao (Romeo) & Bing Pimentel (Tess). ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo from Official MARIQUINA fb page https://www.facebook.com/mariquinathemovie/timeline

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Barbie Forteza won a Cinemalaya Best Supporting Actress nod for her performance as teen Imelda Guevara. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Barbie Forteza won a Cinemalaya Best Supporting Actress nod for her performance as teen Imelda Guevara. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ricky Davao plays master shoemaker Romeo Guevara. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo from Official MARIQUINA fb page https://www.facebook.com/mariquinathemovie/timeline

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Bing Pimentel plays the seductive Tess in MARIQUINA. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo from Official MARIQUINA fb page https://www.facebook.com/mariquinathemovie/timeline

Bing Pimentel plays the seductive Tess in MARIQUINA. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo from Official MARIQUINA fb page https://www.facebook.com/mariquinathemovie/timeline

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Barbie Forteza won a Cinemalaya Best Supporting Actress nod for her performance as teen Imelda Guevara. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

Barbie Forteza won a Cinemalaya Best Supporting Actress nod for her performance as teen Imelda Guevara. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

from left: Mel Kimura (Tita Erlie) and Mylene Dizon (Imelda). ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo from Official MARIQUINA fb page https://www.facebook.com/mariquinathemovie/timeline

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Ricky Davao plays master shoemaker Romeo Guevara. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

Ricky Davao plays master shoemaker Romeo Guevara. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

Sofia Pablo (Grade school Imelda); ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

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from left: Che Ramos-Cosio (Leonor) & Bing Pimentel (Tess). ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

Barbie Forteza won a Cinemalaya Best Supporting Actress nod for her performance as teen Imelda Guevara. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo from Official MARIQUINA fb page https://www.facebook.com/mariquinathemovie/timeline

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Che Ramos-Cosio is Leonor Guevara. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

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Imelda’s Genuine Love for MARIQUINA Shoes

Cong. Imelda Marcos has a cameo appearance in MARIQUINA. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.
Cong. Imelda Marcos has a cameo appearance in MARIQUINA. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

Cong. Imelda Marcos has a cameo appearance in MARIQUINA. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

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There’s no easier way to convince an audience than a celebrity endorsement. No less than Imelda Marcos herself, possibly the world’s leading shoe connoisseur, gave her endorsement of fictional character Romeo Guevara. The role played by Ricky Davao is supposed to be one of the most respected shoemakers in Marikina. The former first Lady made a cameo appearance in the Marikina Shoe Museum some of which features her vast collection.

MARIQUINA cast from left: Ricky Davao (Romeo), Director Milo Socueco, Barbie Forteza (teen Imelda), Mylene Dizon (Imelda), Bing Pimentel (Tess) & NIÑO director Loy Arcenas. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

MARIQUINA cast from left: Ricky Davao (Romeo), Director Milo Socueco, Barbie Forteza (teen Imelda), Mylene Dizon (Imelda), Bing Pimentel (Tess) & NIÑO director Loy Arcenas. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The movie MARIQUINA starring Mylene Dizon, Ricky Davao and Cinemalaya Best Supporting actress Barbie Forteza is the opening film for the ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest. Quality films from around Asia will be screened at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. The fest is presented by Asia Society Philippines, Security Bank in partnership with the FDCP (Film Development Council of the Philippines) and Shangri-La Plaza.

One of the portraits of Imelda Marcos posing in front of Pres. Ferdinand Marcos’ portrait that can be seen in the Marikina Shoe Museum. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo from Official MARIQUINA fb page https://www.facebook.com/mariquinathemovie/timeline

One of the portraits of Imelda Marcos posing in front of Pres. Ferdinand Marcos’ portrait that can be seen in the Marikina Shoe Museum. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo from Official MARIQUINA fb page https://www.facebook.com/mariquinathemovie/timeline

13 films from across Asia are set to delight film enthusiasts this year with works from Australia, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, China and the Philippines. The other Filipino title in the fest is NIÑO directed by Loy Arcenas and has won Cinemalaya Best Supporting Actress (Shamaine Buencamino), Best Supporting Actor (Art Acuña) and Special Jury Prize.

from left: MARIQUINA Director Milo Sogueco, Shang Plaza GM & EVP Lala Fojas and Cinemalaya Best Supporting Actress Barbie Forteza. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: MARIQUINA Director Milo Sogueco, Shang Plaza GM & EVP Lala Fojas and Cinemalaya Best Supporting Actress Barbie Forteza. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

As one of the successful Cinemalaya entries last year MARIQUINA has recently been screened in Busan Intl Film Festival, Osaka Asian Film Festival, 65th Berlin Intl Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF), Hawaii Intl Film Festival. After the Asia On screen 2015 by Asia Society Phil MARIQUINA will also be screened in Yerba Buena Center for the Arts: New Filipino Cinema 2015 in June.

Congressman Imelda Marcos visits her collection at the opening of the Marikina Shoe Museum February 16, 2001. Photo from http://www.news.com.au/world/years-of-neglect-have-destroyed-imelda-marcos-legendary-shoe-collection/story-fndir2ev-1226479773574

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Casting the former first lady was not difficult for director Milo Sogueco. She has a true soft spot for shoes and Marikina, “You mention shoes, you mention Marikina, which is very close to her, when they were in power. If you talk to the old sapateros they would readily admit they used to gift her with shoes. That one is a fact. If you talk to the original old, sapateros, talagang binibigay nila sa Malacañang ang mga sapatos. It doesn’t amount to all her shoes, meron ding imported, meron mga local na galing sa Marikina.”

Ricky Davao plays master shoemaker Romeo Guevara. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo from Official MARIQUINA fb page https://www.facebook.com/mariquinathemovie/timeline

Ricky Davao plays master shoemaker Romeo Guevara. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo from Official MARIQUINA fb page https://www.facebook.com/mariquinathemovie/timeline

from right: Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Div. Head Marline Dualan, Asia Society Philippines Executive Dir. Suyin Liu Lee, Shang Plaza Mktg officers Mimi Tecson and Nicole Villamor. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Div. Head Marline Dualan, Asia Society Philippines Executive Dir. Suyin Liu Lee, Shang Plaza Mktg officers Mimi Tecson and Nicole Villamor. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The shoes made in Marikina have long been held in high regard. Director Milo’s research proved this started way back. His main character’s last name was also based on true historical figures. “There came a time when the Spanish era then, the family of Kapitan Moy, the first settlers of Marikina were shoe makers. They belong to that family to that clan. Guevara ang apelyido ng isa sa pamilya na gumagawa sa Marikina.”

Che Ramos-Cosio is Leonor Guevara. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

Che Ramos-Cosio is Leonor Guevara. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

Asked why he made the film Sogueco explained, “It was more of a personal thing. I just wanted to make a movie I could connect to. Years and years before I was trying to reconcile a personal affliction. I was having an identity crisis of how it is being a Filipino. Bakit may mali sa Pilipino? I was asking myself during those years. Maybe we have a problem with our own identity? Maybe we don’t know who we really are, our past and we haven’t reconciled with it also. That’s where it came from.”

from left: Milo Sogueco & Mylene Dizon. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Milo Sogueco & Mylene Dizon. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The journey of the main character is a metaphor of the whole country, “In our movie, our heroine Imelda Guevara is played by Mylene Dizon and Barbie Forteza. Their character is like a lost soul trying to find itself. Yon yung philosophy ko behind it. Parang Pinoy rin (Like Filipinos) we need to find ourselves first before we can move on and be a better country.”

Mylene Dizon (Imelda Guevara). ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

Mylene Dizon (Imelda Guevara). ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

The Marikina Shoe Museum houses 700 pairs from Imelda Marcos personal collection. They also have shoes from celebrities, political figures on display. They even have what they call a Running Heel, a motorcycle made into a shape of a stiletto. Imelda admits to having over a thousand instead of the much-publicized 5,000 pairs. She’s also quoted as saying, “They went into my closets looking for skeletons, but thank God, all they found were shoes, beautiful shoes.”

Cong. Imelda Marcos’ shoe collection on display at the Marikina Shoe Mueseum. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo from Official MARIQUINA fb page https://www.facebook.com/mariquinathemovie/timeline

Cong. Imelda Marcos’ shoe collection on display at the Marikina Shoe Mueseum. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo from Official MARIQUINA fb page https://www.facebook.com/mariquinathemovie/timeline

Cong. Imelda Marcos with Ricky Davao who plays master shoemaker Romeo Guevara. Photo was taken during MARIQUINA Cinemalaya gala night last August 2014 at the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cong. Imelda Marcos with Ricky Davao who plays master shoemaker Romeo Guevara. Photo was taken during MARIQUINA Cinemalaya gala night last August 2014 at the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Barbie Forteza tweets in front of BRIC’S Milano Italian Travel Bags in East Atrium of Shang Mall. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Barbie Forteza tweets in front of BRIC’S Milano Italian Travel Bags in East Atrium of Shang Mall. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Mylene Dizon and Bing Pimentel check out BRIC’S Milano Italian Travel Bags in Shang Plaza East Atrium. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Mylene Dizon and Bing Pimentel check out BRIC’S Milano Italian Travel Bags in Shang Plaza East Atrium. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Expat Phil writer Javelyn Ramos, Japan Foundation Prog. Coordinator Roland Samson, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg Nicole Villamor and Instituto Cervantes Deputy for Cultural Affairs Jose Fons. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Expat Phil writer Javelyn Ramos, Japan Foundation Prog. Coordinator Roland Samson, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg Nicole Villamor and Instituto Cervantes Deputy for Cultural Affairs Jose Fons. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mylene Dizon (Imelda Guevara). ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo from Official MARIQUINA fb page https://www.facebook.com/mariquinathemovie/timeline

Mylene Dizon (Imelda Guevara). ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo from Official MARIQUINA fb page https://www.facebook.com/mariquinathemovie/timeline

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CNN Phil Reporter Patricia Fernandez & Actor/director Ricky Davao. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

CNN Phil Reporter Patricia Fernandez & Actor/director Ricky Davao. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista 

Barbie Forteza won a Cinemalaya Best Supporting Actress nod for her performance as teen Imelda Guevara. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

Barbie Forteza won a Cinemalaya Best Supporting Actress nod for her performance as teen Imelda Guevara. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

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from left: Asia Society Phil Executive Dir. Suyin Liu Lee, Pete Dela Fuente, Filmmaker Lino S. Cayetano and Asia Society Phil. Prog. Coordinator Jenny Rocket. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Asia Society Phil Executive Dir. Suyin Liu Lee, Pete Dela Fuente, Filmmaker Lino S. Cayetano and Asia Society Phil. Prog. Coordinator Jenny Rocket. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

left: Sofia Pablo (Grade school Imelda) chats with Erlinda Villalobos (Cora). ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

left: Sofia Pablo (Grade school Imelda) chats with Erlinda Villalobos (Cora). ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

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from left: Mylene Dizon (Imelda Guevara) with FDCP Head of Cinema Evaluation & Coordination Wilma Isleta. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Mylene Dizon (Imelda Guevara) with FDCP Head of Cinema Evaluation & Coordination Wilma Isleta. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ricky Davao plays master shoemaker Romeo Guevara. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

Ricky Davao plays master shoemaker Romeo Guevara. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

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Ricky Davao (Romeo Guevara) and Che Ramos-Cosio. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo from Official MARIQUINA fb page https://www.facebook.com/mariquinathemovie/timeline

Ricky Davao (Romeo Guevara) and Che Ramos-Cosio. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo from Official MARIQUINA fb page https://www.facebook.com/mariquinathemovie/timeline

MARIQUINA cast from left: Director Milo Socueco, Mylene Dizon (Imelda), Bing Pimentel (Tess), Barbie Forteza (teen Imelda) & Ricky Davao (Romeo). ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

MARIQUINA cast from left: Director Milo Socueco, Mylene Dizon (Imelda), Bing Pimentel (Tess), Barbie Forteza (teen Imelda) & Ricky Davao (Romeo). ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Cong. Imelda Marcos has a cameo appearance in MARIQUINA. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.

Cong. Imelda Marcos has a cameo appearance in MARIQUINA. ASIA ON SCREEN 2015 film fest will run at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 8-12, 2015.


KID KULAFU: Truthful Pacquiao Bio

Buboy Villar captured Manny’s steely-eyed determination. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/
Sardo (Cesar Montano) set up Manny (Buboy Villar) for impromptu match in his yard. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Sardo (Cesar Montano) set up Manny (Buboy Villar) for impromptu match in his yard. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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They never really said who they were dozens of men with M16 rifles; they could have been CAFGU, the military or even the rebels. To the family of Manuel (Bon Andrew Lentejas) barely 5 years old all they knew was that they should be scared when they descended on their isolated nipa hut in the mountains. The children huddled together with their mother Dionisia (Alessandra De Rossi) as the strange man (Alvin Anson) approached her. He asked for food and politely wondered if she had seen other armed men in the area. Although their own resources were scarce, Dionisia readily gave them even the fish she had been cooking for her own brood.

Alvin Anson (CHDF Leader); after KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Alvin Anson (CHDF Leader); after KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Everyone knows about the poverty in Manny Pacquiao’s childhood. But here in this latest biopic directed by Paul Soriano. We see that violence was something that surrounded him even as a child. Living in the remote areas of Southern Cotabato, the Pacquiao family was no stranger to armed conflict raging around them. They could have been one of the many people, victimized or lost their lives in the many battles between armed groups and the Philippine military (not unlike what happened with SAF 44 in Mamasapano).

Rosalio (Alex Medina) saves young Manuel (Buboy Villar). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Rosalio (Alex Medina) saves young Manuel (Buboy Villar). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Extreme poverty, violence these are just a few of the things People’s champ Manny Pacquiao had to overcome as a child. The film’s story highlights the many unknown people that have aided, molded him into who he is today. The difference between KID KULAFU and other biopics that have already been produced is that it never shirked from the difficult and painful past of Manny. It actually sheds light in even more adversities that he and his family faced.

from left: Manny Pacquiao & Director Paul Soriano; After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

from left: Manny Pacquiao & Director Paul Soriano; After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Credit should be given to writer director Paul Soriano and screenwriter Froi Medina. They sought out the many details and experiences that shaped not just the Greatest Filipino fighter but possibly the Greatest Boxer of all time. These are the seminal experiences that built his body, strength and most of all his character.

from right: Dionisia (Alessandra De Rossi), Manuel (Buboy Villar), Ruel (Patrick Carrera) and Bobby (Niño Robert Bayungan). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

from right: Dionisia (Alessandra De Rossi), Manuel (Buboy Villar), Ruel (Patrick Carrera) and Bobby (Niño Robert Bayungan). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

That’s how KID KULAFU succeeds it brings us to that time and place when his life was hard. This is his humble roots and daily problems that millions of his countrymen experience to this day. That’s why he’s become a strong symbol of hard work, love of family, the Philippines and even faith in God.

Dionisia (Alessandra De Rossi); After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Dionisia (Alessandra De Rossi); After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Struggling Parents: Alessandra De Rossi & Alex Medina

Rosalio (Alex Medina) for example has always been accused of being an absentee father to Manny and his brood in many articles. In this film however we see that he tried to be a responsible and even caring parent. Rosalio’s meager wage was never enough to provide for his family, which was a constant source of conflict.

Alex Medina is Rosalio. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Alex Medina is Rosalio. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Alessandra De Rossi’s performance as the very outspoken Dionisa was nothing less than powerful to the point of accurate realism. To call Aling Dionisia a nag would be an understatement. But considering the state they were in and her own efforts in providing for the family, you can hardly blame her for being that way too.

Before he could fight in the ring he had to fight for Aling Dionisia’s (Alessandra De Rossi) approval. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Before he could fight in the ring he had to fight for Aling Dionisia’s (Alessandra De Rossi) approval. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Due to their youth and long history of realistic portrayals in Cinemalaya you could see why Alex Medina and Alessandra were cast as Manny’s parents. Medina gave Rosalio an all too human face, especially when he could no longer bear the daily tirades and left the family. It wasn’t a justification for him leaving nor was it an attack on Dionisia but rather recognition of the dire situation they were in.

Dionisia beats Manuel (Buboy Villar) to make him stop boxing. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Dionisia beats Manuel (Buboy Villar) to make him stop boxing. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

One thing that Dionisia passed on to Manny in spite of all the poverty and ignorance was the gift of FAITH. She wanted him to be a priest, but even as a young boy helping feed his brood he knew that it was next to impossible. The Lord had other grand plans for him. So no matter the adversity Manny knew that the power of prayer was something he could rely on to overcome them.

Manuel (Buboy Villar) was knocked down on his first amateur fight but still had enough courage to get up and win the fight. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Manuel (Buboy Villar) was knocked down on his first amateur fight but still had enough courage to get up and win the fight. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Manuel (Buboy Villar) was knocked down on his first amateur fight but still had enough courage to get up and win the fight. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Manuel (Buboy Villar) was knocked down on his first amateur fight but still had enough courage to get up and win the fight. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Buboy Villar’s Steely Determination

Buboy Villar is the perfect age for Manny in KID KULAFU. He was young enough to be boyish and old enough to throw and take punches. He was on the cusp of manhood trying to survive in a very harsh and unforgiving world. Buboy was also in a boxing film in Cinemalaya that featured kids made to fight sometimes to the death by an underground syndicate. It was entitled: CHILDREN’S SHOW directed by Roderick Cabrido and written by Ralston Jover. More important than the physical preparation for that role, is the mental state of desperation that pushes someone to get into boxing or underground fighting.

from right: Dizon (Jake Macapagal), Abner (Jomari Angeles) and Manuel (Buboy Villar). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

from right: Dizon (Jake Macapagal), Abner (Jomari Angeles) and Manuel (Buboy Villar). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Buboy Villar (left) really looks like teenaged Manny Pacquiao (right). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Buboy Villar (left) really looks like teenaged Manny Pacquiao (right). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Buboy was actually a famous child star; he has a strong semblance to the Manny Pacquiao of that age, with pugilists’ nose and somewhat thick lips. His frame and body size is almost exact of the gaunt Pacquiao from old black and white photos at age 16. In spite of the not so intimidating physical features it’s the steely determination in the eyes that Buboy was able to replicate. The film rested on Buboy’s young shoulders and he more than lived up to expectations.

from left: Tio Sardo (Cesar Montano) was obsessed with boxing and was an early influence on the young Manuel (Buboy Villar). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

from left: Tio Sardo (Cesar Montano) was obsessed with boxing and was an early influence on the young Manuel (Buboy Villar). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Boxing Coaches: Cesar Montano and Jake Macapagal

Sometimes there are people in your life who change you, who set you onto a path. Usually you don’t even know it while it’s happening, you only realize it looking back. Tio Sardo (Cesar Montano) is one of those people for Manny. He is Dionisia’s cousin and for Filipinos, at least one relative or extended family always have a strong influential role. Since Dionisia’s unofficial separation, she had to seek the help of her cousin in providing for her 4 growing kids: Isidra (Iris Sanchez), Manuel (Buboy Villar), Bobby (Niño Robert Bayungan) & Ruel (Patrick Carrera). Buboy Villar’s younger brother Christian Dave played the toddler aged Ruel.

Pacquiao brothers from right: Ruel (Patrick Carrera), Manuel (Buboy Villar) and Bobby (Niño Robert Bayungan) watch boxing intently on Tio Sardo’s TV. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Pacquiao brothers from right: Ruel (Patrick Carrera), Manuel (Buboy Villar) and Bobby (Niño Robert Bayungan) watch boxing intently on Tio Sardo’s TV. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Tio Sardo was obsessed with boxing. Manny’s first glimpse of the sport was through an old Betamax tape of an aging Mike Tyson about to be KO’d by Buster Douglas. Sardo’s passion was infectious and needless to say was fire in the eyes of an adolescent Manuel. Jake Macapagal’s role Dizon on the other hand was the very first real boxing coach whose son Abner (Jomari Angeles) became Manny’s teammate and close friend.

Tio Sardo (Cesar Montano) was obsessed with boxing and was an early influence on the young Manuel. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Tio Sardo (Cesar Montano) was obsessed with boxing and was an early influence on the young Manuel. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Given the limitations of running time we know that not all details could be included. Congressman Lito Atienza however is an undeniable figure and influencer in Manny’s life that was omitted. His youth boxing program as Manila mayor was one that saved him from the streets. Manny openly considers Atienza as a second father. Perhaps it could be rectified with the sequel.

Archi Adamos (Mang Ising); After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Archi Adamos (Mang Ising); After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

The cast is actually composed of great character actors much loved on stage, TV, movies and the indie scene: Lou Veloso (Mang Polding), Ruby Ruiz (Midwife) Jess Evardone (Boxing Promoter), Garry Lim (Mang Boy), Flor Salanga (Miss Remy), Archi Adamos (Mang Ising), Leon Miguel (CHDF Soldier), and Mel Kimura (Mrs. Farcon).

Mang Boy (Garry Lim) is owner of the neighborhood Betamax Rental shop. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Mang Boy (Garry Lim) is owner of the neighborhood Betamax Rental shop. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Lou Veloso (Mang Polding); After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Lou Veloso (Mang Polding); After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Two distinguished film directors are also in this prestigious list, also as actors: Jun Urbano (Mang Emong) and Efren Reyes Jr. (Mang Ben).

Efren Reyes (Mang Ben); After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Efren Reyes Jr. (Mang Ben); After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

From his humble roots to one of the top endorsers in the country here’s an ad from Rexona Men. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rexona-Men/470852596347707?fref=ts

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IF only to witness the greatness that is to be Manny Pacquiao, fans should see this film. The information is accurate and detailed enough to be a resource for all sports writers and biographers alike.

KID KULAFU will also be distributed to theaters in CANADA and U.S.. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Manny Pacquiao as The Fighter of the Decade giving thanks to God. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Manny Pacquiao as The Fighter of the Decade giving thanks to God. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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Eugene (Khalil Ramos); After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Eugene (Khalil Ramos); After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Dizon (Jake Macapagal) trains Manuel (Buboy Villar). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Dizon (Jake Macapagal) trains Manuel (Buboy Villar). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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The film showed footage of the Kalilangan Festival- photo From ALIWAN 2013 #3 Gaile Anne Surriga of General Santos City (Kalilangan Festival). Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta 2015 from April 23-25, 2015 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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Two directors: Jun Urbano and Efren Reyes Jr. are part of this very prestigious cast as actors. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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from left Abner (Jomari Angeles) and Baste (Igi Boy Flores). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

from left Abner (Jomari Angeles) and Baste (Igi Boy Flores). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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from left: Abner (Jomari Angeles) and Manuel (Buboy Villar) jog in the hills of Gen San. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

from left: Abner (Jomari Angeles) and Manuel (Buboy Villar) jog in the hills of Gen San. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

From his humble roots to one of the top endorsers in the country here’s an ad from Rexona Men. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rexona-Men/470852596347707?fref=ts

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The real Manny Pacquiao in his teens. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

The real Manny Pacquiao in his teens. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Digos teammate Abner (Jomari Angeles) also wins.  After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Digos teammate Abner (Jomari Angeles) also wins. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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Manny (Buboy Villar) had to be part of the DIGOS team instead of his native Gen San. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Manny (Buboy Villar) had to be part of the DIGOS team instead of his native Gen San. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Manuel (Buboy Villar) had a providential dream. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Manuel (Buboy Villar) had a providential dream. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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The whole town watched Manny (Buboy Villar) win his first international belt on TV. Manny defeated Chokchai Chockvivat to earn the OPBF Flyweight title. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

The whole town watched Manny (Buboy Villar) win his first international belt on TV. Manny defeated Chokchai Chockvivat to earn the OPBF Flyweight title. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

The whole town watched Manny (Buboy Villar) win his first international belt on TV. Manny defeated Chokchai Chockvivat to earn the OPBF Flyweight title. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

The whole town watched Manny (Buboy Villar) win his first international belt on TV. Manny defeated Chokchai Chockvivat to earn the OPBF Flyweight title. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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1st victory in the amateurs by Manuel (Buboy Villar). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

1st victory in the amateurs by Manuel (Buboy Villar). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

One of the many biblical quotations that have inspired Manny Pacquiao. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

One of the many biblical quotations that have inspired Manny Pacquiao. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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Buboy Villar captured Manny’s steely-eyed determination. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Buboy Villar captured Manny’s steely-eyed determination. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Tio Sardo (Cesar Montano) takes a swig of KULAFU. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Tio Sardo (Cesar Montano) takes a swig of KULAFU. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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from left: Eugene (Khalil Ramos) & Manuel (Buboy Villar); After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

from left: Eugene (Khalil Ramos) & Manuel (Buboy Villar); After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Manny (Buboy Villar), Abner (Jomari Angeles) rode on top jeep to get from Gen San to Digos. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Manny (Buboy Villar), Abner (Jomari Angeles) rode on top jeep to get from Gen San to Digos. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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from left: Abner (Jomari Angeles) and Manuel (Buboy Villar) jog in the hills of Gen San. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

from left: Abner (Jomari Angeles) and Manuel (Buboy Villar) jog in the hills of Gen San. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

One of Manuel’s (Buboy Villar) early victories in Manila. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

One of Manuel’s (Buboy Villar) early victories in Manila. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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The real Manny Pacquiao in his teens. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

The real Manny Pacquiao in his teens. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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Arnold Reyes is ON FIRE!

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista
Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente): No puede aqui. Hindi ko magagawa ang iyo na kagustohan. Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita): Bakit hindi? Señor Vicente: Dahil napaka dali ng gusto mo na gawin ko. Kahit na sinong hombre na may libog ay kayang gawin ang misyon na yan! Ilan taon na ba si Cecilia he? Quince! Walang ka hirap hirap na susuko yan sa unang lalaki na magbibigay sa kanya ng mapupulang rosas! At sinisiguro ko sayo na hindi ko pa na bababa ang aking calzoncillo hihilata na yan sa aking kama!

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

The accent is Spanish speaking Filipino, in the 19th century, never mind that historically the bourgeoisie at the time didn’t really speak that way. Tagalog was in no way a basis for the national language until Pres. Manuel L. Quezon came along, that’s why he has the title ‘Ama Ng Wikang Pilipino’. Both characters, Señora Margarita and Señor Vicente didn’t even consider themselves Filipino—with references of going home to Madre España.

from left: Vin Abrenica (Daniel), Lighting Designer John Batalla, Adrienne, Dramaturg Giselle Garcia, LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), Director & Set Desgner Tuxqs Rutaquio, Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente), Elmer, Sheenly Gener, Sound Designer Jed Balsamo, Lharby Policarpio (Daniel) & TP Artistic Dir Nanding Josef. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Vin Abrenica (Daniel), Lighting Designer John Batalla, Adrienne, Dramaturg Giselle Garcia, LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), Director & Set Desgner Tuxqs Rutaquio, Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente), Elmer, Sheenly Gener, Sound Designer Jed Balsamo, Lharby Policarpio (Daniel) & TP Artistic Dir Nanding Josef. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

We get it historical accuracy had to be compromised with communicating to today’s audience. Playwright Elmer Gatchalian’s dialogue succesfully walked that fine line between being true to the characters / their era and being understood by viewers. Just as he did with ROSARIO in the MMFF, which was also, a period piece, an homage to Manuel V. Pangilinan’s family matriarch. JUEGO was thoroughly researched, with Gatchalian consulting with the likes of Dr Nick Tiongson (Prof Emeritus U.P. Film Institute and former Dean of College of Mass Communication U.P.). Elmer currently works as Creative Consultant for TV5 and helped develop shows like: BABAENG HAMPAS LUPA, FACE TO FACE, SA NGALAN NG INA, PINOY EXPLORER and POSI+IVE.

from left: Noel Ferrer, Playwright/Filipino Adaptation Elmer Gatchalian, Natl Artist for Literature Bien Lumbera, Director & Set Desgner Tuxqs Rutaquio, Dr Nick Tiongson and JUEGO Sound Designer Jed Balsamo. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Noel Ferrer, Playwright/Filipino Adaptation Elmer Gatchalian, Natl Artist for Literature Bien Lumbera, Director & Set Desgner Tuxqs Rutaquio, Dr Nick Tiongson and JUEGO Sound Designer Jed Balsamo. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Going beyond the dialogue lies the real power of the performer. For me, even if one reads the line above from the ultimate lover Señor Vicente its not a spoiler. It’s not one tenth as moving or powerful versus the delivery of Arnold Reyes. He convinces us, he becomes the Don Juan, the unfailing charmer and romancer of hundreds of women.

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tanghalang Pilipino’s JUEGO DE PELIGRO had a successful run at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino in the Cultural Center of the Philippines. For the hundreds of people who saw it, laughed, was moved and charmed, many more can watch it IF we raise enough clamor for a second run. Somehow I don’t doubt that people who already saw it WILL do so because it is THAT good.

TV5 beauties from left: Malak So Shdifat & Eula Caballero with Vin Abrenica (Daniel). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

TV5 beauties from left: Malak So Shdifat & Eula Caballero with Vin Abrenica (Daniel). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

A lot of it rests on the lead star Arnold Reyes, this article is only following the dozens already written in praise of this young actor’s actor. Just to give an idea of his versatility his film role immediately before JUEGO was for Cinemalaya, which undoubtedly had the most torrid gay love scene with Oliver Aquino (KASAL) in the fests history.

from left: Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia), Angel Aquino, LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), Iza Calzado & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia), Angel Aquino, LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), Iza Calzado & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

KASAL is the story about the contrasting acceptance between the families of a gay couple. Oliver as Paolo had a more modern and open-minded family while it was Arnold’s (as Sherwin) who was more conservative. Directed by Jay Altarejos it won Best Picture, Best Cinematography (Mycko David), Best Production Design (Harley Alcasid) and Best Musical Direction (Richard Gonzales) in the Director’s Showcase category.

Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Vin Abrenica (Daniel). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Vin Abrenica (Daniel). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Costume Designer James Reyes, Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), Angel Aquino & Playwright/Filipino Adaptation Elmer Gatchalian. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Costume Designer James Reyes, Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), Angel Aquino & Playwright/Filipino Adaptation Elmer Gatchalian. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

There was no doubt in people’s minds that Arnold Reyes and Oliver Aquino’s performance in KASAL was excuse the pun a coming out party in terms of their acting prowess. Arnold has been around for a while doing a lot of notable work. In Cinemalaya alone he’s done: PISAY, ASTIG, PUROK 7, BIG TIME. He’s done several commercial films like SHE’S DATING THE GANGSTER, KALEIDOSCOPE WORLD and has seen a lot of roles in MAALAALA MO KAYA, MOON OF DESIRE, WANSAPANATAYM and countless more on TV.

from left: LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Seeing him live however, doesn’t compare to his on screen work. There’s magnetism to Arnold especially in this role as Señor Vicente. The comparison to DANGEROUS LIAISONS the film which was also adapted from the same novel as the play is inevitable. John Malkovich was in the same role and Arnold felt intimidated while doing research for the role. “Pumayag akong gawin yung role not knowing napaka hirap pala ng piyesa na gagawin namin. Nung na pa nood ko yung DANGEROUS LIAISONS, na takot ako. Ang hirap pala nitong pinapagawa sa amin. Sinabi ko kay Tad (Jonathan Tadioan) napaka hirap ng trabaho natin pero mahal na mahal naman natin. Kasi bago matapos yung play talagang lupaypay nako.”

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

He was practically in 70% of the scenes if not more. So this took a physical toll considering it had a running time of nearly 3 hours, “Nakakapagod talaga siya. Yung adrenalin nandun kung photo op na pagod na pagod nako. Pag na rinig ko na yung national anthem ayan na naman ako. Medyo na hilo yata ako nung oras na yon.   Emotionally ang hirap ng transition, pagka hiwahiwalay ng emosyon. Ang hirap hirap niya puntahan ng instant lagi. Break lang noon pupunta lang backstage magpapalit ng damit pag pasok ibang emosyon na agad e yon ang challenging talaga”

Lhorvie Nuevo (Elena) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lhorvie Nuevo (Elena) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

What Malkovich never had is the dashing looks of Arnold Reyes and his muscular physique and that was what a lot of female and yes, gay fans were hoping to see. There were quite a few raunchy and nude scenes that were here in JUEGO. His butt was definitely bare in more than one sex scene. As photographer shooting during the play, I received a few requests for the photo of the ‘crucial’ scenes. Alas I was luckier capturing Jonathan Tadioan’s backside that was bared nearer the audience.

from left: Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) and Jonathan Tadioan (Anton). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) and Jonathan Tadioan (Anton). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Although it was the interplay with Señora Margarita according to him that was initially more challenging than the sex scenes. His challenge was working with Shamaine Buencamino whom he admired so much as an actress, “Inalalayan niya ko. Tinuruan niya ko actually. Naging madali yung mahirap dapat na eksena. Hanggang sa eto na ginagawa na namin. Pumapasok na sa systema namin. Nagiging automatic na lahat yon. Para sakin isang magandang experience itong Juego De Peligro bilang isang actor kasi ang dami ko talagang na tutunan.”

from right: Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Racquel Pareno (Señora Violeta). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Racquel Pareno (Señora Violeta). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

He approaches each role starting from scratch whether its for TV film or the stage, “Kailangan ma buo ko yung element at yung proceso para ma buo ko yung character ginawa ko sa KASAL, ginawa ko sa Juego De Peligro. Definitely ibang iba si Señor Vicente doon sa huling ginawa ko doon sa KASAL. Happy naman ako na iiba iba ko siya. As an actor malaking bonus sakin kung na iiba iba ko yung role at character na ginagawa ko e. Yon yung fulfillment ko na ibahin siya physically, emotionally, mentally. Challenge yon lagi.”

from left: Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Vin Abrenica (Daniel). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Vin Abrenica (Daniel). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold has always been modest and accommodating even in the face of adulation after his performance. Immediately after the premiere of KASAL last year classical music writer and film reviewer Adrian Lontoc requested I shoot a pic with lead stars Arnold and Oliver Aquino. As evidence of their comedy improv skills the two lifted their legs up and Arnold stuck his tongue near Adrian’s ear simulating a weird sex trio. I posted it on facebook and in the caption identified Adrian as the mysterious third party (not seen in the film) that was a source of conflict for the onscreen couple. Arnold shared it on his own fb page and it quickly went viral.

Presenting the Mysterious 3rd Party (Center) Adrian Lontoc was not shown in KASAL but he was the source of jealous fights between lovers from left Oliver Aquino (Paolo) and Arnold Reyes (Sherwin). Looking at Adrian I now understand director Jay Altarejos’ decision to NOT include him in the film. Photo was taken after the KASAL gala at the CCP main theater August 5, 2014 by Jude Bautista.

Presenting the Mysterious 3rd Party
(Center) Adrian Lontoc was not shown in KASAL but he was the source of jealous fights between lovers from left Oliver Aquino (Paolo) and Arnold Reyes (Sherwin). Looking at Adrian I now understand director Jay Altarejos’ decision to NOT include him in the film. Photo was taken after the KASAL gala at the CCP main theater August 5, 2014 by Jude Bautista.

For JUEGO DE PELIGRO they produced signs from the chosen lines of the actors. Adrian requested Arnold to duplicate the pose from last year’s photo while holding up ‘Hindi ko kasalanan’. Sound Designer and MANHID Musical Director Jed Balsamo responded beside them with the sign: Que Horror! From a gay role to a Don Juan to wacky snapshots, whatever the medium Arnold Reyes’ acting career is on fire!

from right Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) recreates his KASAL pose w Adrian Lontoc, JUEGO Sound Designer Jed Balsamo expresses his disdain. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) recreates his KASAL pose w Adrian Lontoc, JUEGO Sound Designer Jed Balsamo expresses his disdain. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Aldo Vencilao (Anton) & Lhorvie Nuevo (Elena). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Racquel Pareno (Señora Violeta) & Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Adolf Alix & LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Adolf Alix & LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Vin Abrenica (Daniel); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Vin Abrenica (Daniel); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia), Jerald Napoles and Phil Star Editor Tim Yap. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Jonathan Tadioan (Anton) & Sasa Cabalquinto (Adela). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015, watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jonathan Tadioan (Anton) & Sasa Cabalquinto (Adela). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015, watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Pal Roderick Paulate hugs LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa) after the last show. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pal Roderick Paulate hugs LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa) after the last show. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Vin Abrenica (Daniel), Racquel Pareno (Señora Violeta), Lhorvie Nuevo (Elena) & Sasa Cabalquinto (Adela). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Sasa Cabalquinto (Adela); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), Vin Abrenica (Daniel), TP Artistic Director Nanding Josef, Lhorvie Nuevo (Elena), Sasa Cabalquinto (Adela) & Dramaturg Giselle Garcia. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Sultry Shamaine

Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) seduces Lharby Policarpio (Daniel). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista
Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita): Una pa lang kita na kita pinag nasahan na kita. At nung nagtapat ka sakin ng pag ibig lalo kitang pinagnasahan. Ang pagnanasang iyon ang nagdulot sakin ng di masukat na kaligayahan. La boca habla lo que el corazón desea. Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente): (Kisses her). Señora Margarita: (Pushes him away) Larga na tapusin mo na iyong misyon! Señor Vicente: Diyan ka magaling ang mambitin! Señora Margarita: Akong iyong reyna! Señor Vicente: Si! Reyna Margarita!

Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shamaine Buencamino is one of the most respected and distinguished actresses, with countless roles in MAALALA MO KAYA and WAGAS. In Cinemalaya she’s done it all. For director Loy Arceñas alone her roles ranged from a manipulative wife (ReQUIEME) to a closet lesbian in NIÑO.

from left: Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia), Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), Lharby Policarpio (Daniel), Phil Star Editor Tim Yap, LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), Jerald Napoles and Alex Medina. Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia), Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), Lharby Policarpio (Daniel), Phil Star Editor Tim Yap, LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), Jerald Napoles and Alex Medina. Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

No one, however, has ever seen Shamaine the way she is in Tanghalang Pilipino’s JUEGO DE PELIGRO running at the CCP until March 8. She is the smoldering temptress Señora Margarita, able to seduce a man in more ways than one. There’s something even more attractive when an older woman is with younger men both of them in various stage of undress.

Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) seduces Lharby Policarpio (Daniel). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) seduces Lharby Policarpio (Daniel). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Of course there is the fresh-faced LJ Reyes as the virtuous and married Señora Teresa and pretty young thing in Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia). The difference here is that while Arnold Reyes as the ultimate Don Juan– Señor Vicente seduces them all, it is Margarita who takes the reins in seducing and controlling him. Her guile makes her even more attractive. Her passion and lack of conscience is not any less comparing with men. Physically Shamaine is the most voluptuous in the cast, making her convincing along with her impeccable acting abilities. This is an achievement considering that the sexy Valerie Concepcion is an alternate to the Señora Teresa role.

LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa); Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa); Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Seeing the leads do well is no surprise. Shamaine and Arnold Reyes have been stalwarts of the Philippine independent scene. They have more than a dozen Cinemalaya titles among them. LJ appeared in THE LEAVING with Arnold in 2010 and also did INTOY SHOKOY and THE JANITOR all from Cinemalaya.

from left: Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente), Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), Lharby Policarpio (Daniel) & Racquel Pareno (Señora Violeta). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente), Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), Lharby Policarpio (Daniel) & Racquel Pareno (Señora Violeta). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Incidentally both LJ Reyes and Valerie Concepcion who have seen acclaim on TV and films have made a fantastic account of themselves in one of the most revered companies in Philippine theater. Getting cast and performing well in Tanghalang Pilipino is no joke as these two lovely and famous names will tell you.

from left: Sherry Lara (Señora Remedios), Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Sherry Lara (Señora Remedios), Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

DANGEROUS LIAISONS

Les Liaisons Dangereuses is the French novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos published in 1782 from which JUEGO is based on. The adaptation to Spanish 19th century Philippines by Elmer Gatchalian is genius. The mores, culture although from a different time and place translates perfectly. Separated by a century there were also two parallel upheavals that were part of the story; the French revolution (in the novel) and our own struggle for independence, the Philippine Revolution (for the adaptation). When you watch the play you’ll find that the thinking from that era, isn’t really too far from the thinking of today.

from left: Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia), Tuxqs, Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa) & Elmer Gatchalian Playwright/Filipino Adaptation. Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia), Director & Set Designer Tuxqs Rutaquio, Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa) & Elmer Gatchalian Playwright/Filipino Adaptation. Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

My own introduction to it was seeing DANGEROUS LIAISONS the movie as a teenager released in 1988, of which I am a huge fan. It had the most spectacular cast Hollywood could produce at the time no less than Oscar winning John Malkovich as Vicomte Sébastien de Valmont and Glenn Close as Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil and Michelle Pfeiffer as Madame de Tourvel. The movie met with a lot of critical success and actually won 3 Oscars: Best Adapted Screenplay-Christopher Hampton, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration–Stuart Craig and Gérard James and Best Costume –James Acheson. Glenn Close and Michelle Pfeiffer were also nominated for their roles.

Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Based purely on looks even at the height of their Hollywood careers, I sincerely believe that Shamaine Buencamino is far more attractive than Glenn Close without giving anything away in terms of acting ability. The same can be said with our own Arnold Reyes, while being too young to be compared to the legendary career of Malkovich, he’s certainly more convincing as a striking seducer of women. Malkovich in the film was more of forcing his way into the hearts and bedrooms of women as opposed to the charms and looks that Reyes has in spades. LJ Reyes also has a more angelic face than Michelle Pfeiffer in similar roles. It’s this virtuous quality that Señor Vicente tries to break through out the story.

Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Lharby Policarpio (Daniel), LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), TP Artistic Director Nanding Josef, Jerald Napoles, Nicco Manalo and Alex Medina. Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Lharby Policarpio (Daniel), LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), TP Artistic Director Nanding Josef, Jerald Napoles, Nicco Manalo and Alex Medina. Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Younger Cast

Also in the film featuring younger roles are Keanu Reeves as Le Chevalier Raphael Danceny and Uma Thurman as Cécile de Volanges. Both of whom had flourishing careers after. DANGEROUS LIAISONS was before the breakout films of SPEED and THE MATRIX from Reeves. Uma not long after did PULP FICTION.

Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia); Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia); Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Adrienne Vergara as Cecilia in JUEGO certainly had the most revealing scenes. She has a sexual awakening after being seduced by Señor Vicente. Vin Abrenica and Lharby Policarpio who alternate the role of Daniel are definitely more macho or manly than the geeky version of Reeves in DANGEROUS LIAISONS. All young cast members from Vergara, Abrenica and Policarpio have tremendously bright futures as actors. I’m 100% sure we’ll be seeing more of them in TV and film roles as well as theater after JUEGO.

LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Costume by James Reyes

More than any other play costume has an indispensible function here. They are an indication not just of the time period but also add an insight to the characters. In spite of many occasions where the costumes do come off in bed scenes we have an immediate impression to character by what they wear. James Reyes has an ability to design costumes that capture the essence of an era. From the colorful, whimsical in SANDOSENANG SAPATOS with Tessa Prieto Valdes Reyes is able to shift to the classic, traditional piña and jusi of JUEGO DE PELIGRO.

from left: Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Racquel Pareno (Señora Violeta). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Racquel Pareno (Señora Violeta). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Spanish Language, Pinoy Humor

The adaptation has a strong Spanish influence and generous smattering of Spanish words like mujer, esposo and even Spanish lines. What makes it entertaining though is the unmistakable touch of Filipino humor that was not present in the film.

Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia): Pero Madrina di po ba yon pagtataksil? Señora Margarita: Hindi pagtataksil ang tawag doon. Ang tawag doon abilidad. Maari nating mahalin kahit sino, kahit ilan pa sila, kahit sabaysabay! Mag ingat ka kaunti ang mga opornidad para sa ating mga babae. Kaya kung ano ang meron tayo kailangan natin gamitin at samantalahin! Cecilia: Madrina, muchos gracias!

from left:  Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Aldo Vencilao (Anton), Jonathan Tadioan (Anton), Sherry Lara (Señora Remedios), Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia), Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente), Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), Lharby Policarpio (Daniel), Racquel Pareno (Señora Violeta), Lhorvie Nuevo (Elena) and Sasa Cabalquinto (Adela). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Aldo Vencilao (Anton), Jonathan Tadioan (Anton), Sherry Lara (Señora Remedios), Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia), Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente), Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), Lharby Policarpio (Daniel), Racquel Pareno (Señora Violeta), Lhorvie Nuevo (Elena) and Sasa Cabalquinto (Adela). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Jerald Napoles takes USIE (Group selfie) w pals LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa) Nicco Manalo and Alex Medina. USIE is pronounced 'uss-ee', rhyming with 'fussy'. Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Lhorvie Nuevo (Elena) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) pleads w Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) writes on Lhorvie Nuevo’s (Elena) back. Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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