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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jul 11, 2012

Dawn Zulueta Thrilled To Do Cinemalaya Indie Film 'Ang Nawawala'

DAWN ZULUETA now plays mother roles, with Coco Martin as her son in “Walang Hanggan” and Felix and Dominic Roco as her twins in the Cinemalaya entry, “Ang Nawawala”, but at 43, she remains an ageless beauty. She has much older sons on screen (Coco is 30 and the Roco twins are 22), but her real son Jacobo is only 7 and her daughter Ayisha is 3.

“Okay lang naman with me to do mother roles,” she says. “I accepted my role in ‘Ang Nawawala’ kasi ang ganda ng script ni Direk Marie Jamora. After I read it, I was thrilled, I said, I have to do this. It’s hard lang as I’m busy taping ‘Walang Hanggan’ four times a week, so sinisingit lang namin itong movie. I shot for them for six days in a span of two months.”

“Ang Nawawala” is about a family that became dysfunctional after one of the twins died. The remaining twin, Gibson, refuses to talk anymore after the tragedy, affecting all the other members of their family. Playing Dawn’s husband is Boboy Garovillo, with Jenny Jamora and Sabrina Man as their other children. Also in cast are Mercedes Cabral, Alchris Galura, Kelvin Yu, Marc Abaya and Annika Dolonius as Dominic’s love interest. The story happens one Christmas season and is the dream project of Marie Jamora, who studied Film at Columbia University and has directed many music videos. The film is reminiscent of Robert Redford’s “Ordinary People” about a family hurting from the death of a son, but Marie says her film has a very local feel as Filipino families are definitely different from those of Americans. Her film makes use of the music of local bands. It’ll have its premiere at the CCP Main Theatre on July 21, 3:30 PM.