If you are fond of romantic comedy flicks, this February 4, Star Cinema distributes a film written and directed by Antoinette Jadaone, titled ‘That Thing Called Tadhana’ with Angelica Panganiban and the come-backing actor—JM De Guzman.
Such film is reminiscent of American romantic movies like ‘Serendipity’ (2001) with leads John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale, ‘Before Sunrise’ (1995), ‘Before Sunset’ (2004), and ‘Before Midnight’ (2013) with Ethane Hawke and Julie Delpy. Though not entirely of the same tone, Jadaone attempts to answer the question of hapless lovers throughout the ages and is capsulized in the song titled ‘Where do Broken Hearts go?’ as released and popularized by the late Whitney Houston in February 1988.
‘That Thing Called Tadhana’ is about two broken hearts in the characters of Mace and Anthony, played by Panganiban and De Guzman, respectively. Both met in an airport in Europe and eventually develop a liking toward each other that led them to a journey to the Northern Philippines. Together they explore Manila, Baguio, and Sagada as the locations of the film.
Despite the simplicity of Mace’s character, Panganiban essayed the role effectively that it earned her the Best Actress by GAWAD Tanglaw, an academic-based group that recognizes the most exceptional achievements in local filmmaking. Also, Angelica was also named Best Actress when the said film competed in Cinema One Originals Film Festival in 2014.
Jadaone also admitted before the press when asked if what film is her favorite among the films she did, and without any hesitation she mentioned the Panganiban-De Guzman starrer romantic comedy flick.