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Ken Chan opens up on filming upcoming movie ‘My First and Always’ amid COVID-19

/ 01:25 PM September 03, 2020
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Rita Daniela (left) and Ken Chan (Image: Instagram/@akosikenchan)

Kapuso actor Ken Chan admitted that he and the crew went through a lot of struggles in shooting a film while adapting to the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chan is set to star alongside singer-actress Rita Daniela in their first film together titled “My First and Always” by director Louie Ignacio, who wrapped up shooting on Aug. 31.

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“Maraming proseso ang pinagdaanan para sa pelikula namin ang ‘My First and Always’,” the actor disclosed to fans on Instagram yesterday, Sept. 2. (We went through a lot of things for our movie, “My First and Always”.)

Following COVID-19 health protocols, those involved in the movie also had to undergo swab testing as they visited several locations and filmed outdoors.

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“Dumaan sa SWAB test ang lahat ng aming cast & crew. Sa bawat shooting days naman may mga nakabantay na DOH at IATF para sa kaligtasan ng lahat,” he added.

(The entire cast and crew underwent swab testing. All of our shooting days were closely watched by the Department of Health and the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases.)

The actor also thanked production company Heaven’s Best Entertainment for making it possible to make a quality film even in the middle of a pandemic.

“Sobrang blessed kami dahil sa Heaven’s Best Entertainment @hbeproduction Sa kalagitnaan ng pandemya ay nakagawa kami ng isang kalidad na pelikula,” he said.

(We are so blessed to have Heaven’s Best Entertainment that even in the middle of a pandemic, we were still able to make a quality film.)

He also expressed his gratitude to everyone who helped make the film possible, especially the director and his “RitKen” love team partner.

“[Sa] aking ‘Choy’ @missritadaniela, isa lang masasabi ko, napakahusay mong aktres! Salamat din sa pagaalaga mo sa akin ah…mahal kita alam mo yan!” Chan emphasized.

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(To my Choy, Rita Daniela, I only have one thing to say, and it is that you are a great actress! Thank you also for taking care of me. I love you, you know that!)

Ignacio, meanwhile, described their last day of shooting as “bloody” as he updated fans of the crew’s journey in Pagsanjan, Laguna, via several Facebook posts.

Last Shooting day big set up🎬 ang dugooooooo!😊🎬 #heavensbestentertainment #MyFirstYourLast #buhaypelikula 17 bancas set up🎬

Posted by Louie Ignacio on Sunday, August 30, 2020

Despite the “10 long days” of shooting, the director seemed to have enjoyed creating the film as seen in several clips and photos he shared of their shoot in the serene waters of Pagsanjan.

#ShootingTheRapids #lastshootingday #heavensbestentertainment #MyFirstYourLast

Posted by Louie Ignacio on Monday, August 31, 2020

The premiere date of “My First and Always,” which was initially titled “My First, Your Last (Luis Loves Luisa),” has yet to be announced.  /ra

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