Where are the Visayan movies?


ABRENICA. No slouch at acting.

Steven Dy, 36, businessman: “I’m from Cagayan de Oro, and I wonder why there aren’t a lot of ‘pure’ Visayan films these days. I know some indie filmmakers from the south, and I challenge them to tell their stories in Hiligaynon, Waray or Cebuano. I am sure there’s a market for them, and our place is a goldmine of rich stories just waiting to be told!”

Other notes:

Vicky Montalvo, office employee:  “‘Princess and I’ had an original plot that we hear was changed, especially during its last two weeks, to favor the character played by Daniel Padilla. Bottom line: The radical shift made a mockery of the series’ 10-month run!”

Eboy Donato, film-theater enthusiast: “It gladdens me to see many theater productions showing simultaneously this love month, and more shows are lined up for the rest of the year. Let’s hope that the successful run of ‘Katy’ last month was only the beginning for Filipino-crafted productions. It proved that, even with no major sponsors, great theater will find its audience!”

Love interest

Ricky Macaraig, televiewer: “Recently, I had a difficult time watching the scenes between Derek Ramsay and his love interest in ‘Kidlat.’ In a previous scene, the actress was with Derek in his pre-‘Kidlat’s persona, as Voltaire.

“It was hard to control my laughter when the same actress was rescued by Derek, now in his superhero costume, with only a mask to cover his face. She must have very poor eyesight, not being able to see that Voltaire and Kidlat are one and the same!”

Sarah Sioson, housewife: “As a newbie in the acting department, Vin Abrenica doesn’t disappoint. In my view, he holds his own in his scenes with Nora Aunor on ‘Never Say Goodbye.’”


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