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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 21, 2012

Director Lem Lorca Of 'Intoy Syokoy' Filmed It In The Story'S Actual Location In Cavite

ONE OF DENNIS’ rivals as best actor is JM de Guzman who also plays a title role performance in “Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino”. Director Lem Lorca says JM captured all the nuances of the role as written in the Palanca Award-winning short story of Eros Atalia and the script of Jerry Gracio. “He’s called Intoy Syokoy as he can stay underwater for a long time habang nagtatanim ng tahong in Cavite,” he adds.

Eros Atalia (also the writer of last year’s “Ligo na U, Lapit na Me” that won the Cinemalaya best actor award for Edgar Allan Guzman) grew up in Kalye Marino when it was still part of the U.S. naval base Sangley Point. “Mayaman ang mga taga-Kalye Marino noon kasi nabubuhay sila mula sa mga marino staying in the base. But when the base was closed down, naghirap sila at nagtanim na lang sila ng tahong. The movie is about Intoy Syokoy and his friends, LJ Reyes as Doray Langaw, Joross Gamboa as Bertong Baka, Arnold Reyes as Boyet Bagol and Kenneth Salva as Yeyeng Ticol. All of them dream of leaving their life of poverty in Kalye Marino.”

They almost didn’t make it as an official entry. “We’re in the semi-finals but we didn’t make it to the final 10. When the entry ‘MNL143’ left, we were reconsidered. We sent the script to Sir Boy Abunda and he agreed to produce it. We were officially an entry only in April at nag-shoot na kami agad.”

Lem is 31 years old and grew up in Mauban, Quezon. He took up marketing in San Sebastian then studied for four years in Atlanta, Georgia. When he returned to Manila, he took up filmmaking in Mowelfund then wrote and directed Cory Quirino’s show on Studio 23. He earlier directed the pink films “Oliver, Kung Ako’y Ikaw” and “Bola” starring Arnell Ignacio. He now works as writer-segment producer for the webisodes of “Protégé: The Search for the Big Artista Break” hosted by Maxene Magalona.