It was way back in 2013 when film and TV director Joel Lamangan worked on Lihis, a screenplay by Ricky Lee, which brought together three equally gorgeous and intense actors–Jake Cuenca, Lovi Poe, and Joem Bascon.
Viva Films’ latest offering Hindi Tayo Pwede brings together Lamangan and Lee with Poe as the leading lady to two of the country’s young, hunky sought-after actors–Marco Gumabao and Tony Labrusca.
Gumabao made headlines when he paired with Anne Curtis in another Viva Films’ production Just a Stranger (2019), while Labrusca became viral with his scenes in the iWant film Glorious (2018) with Angel Aquino.
In this latest Lee’s story, it revolves around three main leads–Gabby (Poe), Gabriel (Labrusca), and Dennis (Gumabao). Both Gabby and Gabriel is a picture-perfect of a happy couple until the night before their wedding day, Gabriel met a fatal car crash. Amid the pain and devastation, Gabby finds comfort in the arms of her best friend, Dennis. That’s when the conflict starts.
During the grand press conference of the film, Poe shared her thoughts about being able to work again with two young desirable actors in this generation, “I am very grateful to be allowed to work with fantastic actors. To make a good film, you have to be surrounded by the best team. I have Direk Joel, Sir Ricky… and now to share the screen with these guys, I can’t even explain jow excited I am about this film.
“I keep saying that this movie, I am very proud of. The fact that I worked with Tony and Marco is truly a blessing. I feel like I was given the best cast.”
Lee, on the other hand, remarked that writing the story of this latest screenplay came in too easy.
“Madali ang pagsulat sa ‘Hindi Tayo Pwede’ kaysa ‘Lihis’ kasi ang characters nila Jake at Joem, political ang slant.
“Dito mas pasok sa loob, ang emosyon. That made it easy to develop the characters. Ang takbo ng narrative nito ay inward at ang ‘Lihis’ ay outward.”
Hindi Tayo Pwede opens in cinemas nationwide on March 4.
The film stars Xian Lim and Cristine Reyes and is set to open in cinemas nationwide on Wednesday, February 19.
During the Q and A, Bernardo shared her process of directing the film since her background in theater, “It involves pre-production and script analysis. There’s script reading with the actors and the staff so the whole team will be in one heart and in one mind.
“I believe that such a process is an effective way that should be applied in directing a film.”
As a filmmaker, she is known to be too meticulous and even have moments where she blew her tops, but what matters the most to her is that the ‘drama’ between her actors should be translated onscreen and not off-screen.
She appreciated her two lead stars for their professionalism since both are willing and committed to giving what is required of them in order to finish the film. She thought that the 10-day workshops have helped her two actors do well with their roles.
She added that the ‘rawness’ will not diminish even if her actors have overrehearsed certain scenes. For her, there will always be room for experimenting and that’s where the ‘rawness’ comes in.
“That time, mas vibrant and full of colors. Even the story is light, but with Georgia as the backdrop of UNTRUE, I was drawn more of the mystery of it.”
As a filmmaker, Bernardo is known to do rrisqué films, thus for her future film–she thought of pairing Liza Soberano and Daniel Padilla in one project.
Starting February 24 on GMA Afternoon Prime, the newest TV series will hit the screens with three of the country’s brightest female stars to headline the remake of Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit.
Philippines’ Superstar Nora Aunor returns as Mercedes ‘Cedes’ Ignacio-Dela Cruz (no longer as Magnolia ‘Noli’ Dela Cruz vda. de Zulueta to which she breathed into the 1989 film by Elwood Perez) in the series. Portraying Aunor’s former role is Mylene Dizon as Magnolia ‘Nolie’ Dela Cruz-Santos. Meanwhile, Kapuso Breakout Star Kyline Alcantara is Margarita ‘Maggie’ Dela Cruz in this generation’s retelling of a classic story of love, persistence, and revenge.
Though different from the previous story, the very essence is still intact as envisioned by the creative director Aloy Adlawan and creative head Suzette Doctolero. The series creative consultant Kit Langit along with head writer Geng Delgado and writers Ken De Leon and Jmee Katanyag; as well as brainstormers Bylle Tabora, Milo Paz, and Jake Somera–make sure that the story will excite the afternoon viewers.
The series takes pride in its star-studded cast.
Zoren Legaspi is Anselmo, Martina (Isabel Rivas) and Ramon‘s (Dante Rivero) conceited son. He has his ways around women. He pursued Nolie for his selfish gains.
Gabby Eigenmann is the eligible bachelor Arthur, a promising entrepreneur (who has eyes for Nolie).
Ina Feleo is Margaux, the classy and self-absorbed wife of Anselmo.
Jun, the charming and carefree son Anselmo and Margaux–is portrayed by Yasser Marta. He falls for Maggie, eventually.
Also in the cast are Divina Valencia as Editha, a rich widow who crosses paths with Cedes and takes her in and Candy Pangilinan as Connie, Nolie’s confidante who sticks to her through ups-and-down.
In the series, Ricky Davao is Damian, Cedes’ calm and charitable husband. He acts as the leader of the town’s small-time grape farmers.
Taking the helm of the series is Laurice Guillen.