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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.

Aug 16, 2012

Angel Aquino's Title Role In Psychological Horror Thriller 'Amorosa' Is Something She Can Relate With

ANGEL AQUINO joined showbiz in 1996 when she was 23 as the leading lady of Raymart Santiago in “Mumbaki”. She’s been nominated either as best supporting actress or best actress for such films as “Sana Pag-ibig Na”, “Laro sa Baga”, “Kaleldo” and won as Cinemalaya best actress for “Donsol”. She now plays her first title role in Skylight Films’ “Amorosa, The Revenge”, a family drama cum horror-thriller written by Enrico Santos and directed by Topel Lee. Now 39, she plays mother to two teenagers, Enrique Gil as Rommel and Martin del Rosario as Amiel.

“Our bond as mother and sons is put into a test because of a tragic accident,” she says. “Martin also gets blind because of defects in my genes. I had to make a choice between my sons, just like Meryl Streep in ‘Sophie’s Choice’. I can relate with my character as I also have two daughters in real life at may sakit din yung isa. Amorosa her also has a psychological problem. In addition to the conflict with my sons, I’m also haunted by hallucinations caused by a vengeful ghost in a pension house where my family moves into after the accident.”

The ghost is played by Empress, a young provinciana who was brutally raped and murdered. Also in the cast are Carlo Aquino, Jane Oineza, Ejay Falcon, Franco Daza, Nico Antonio, Richard Quan, Mosang, Jairus Aquino and child star Xyriel Manabat in a special participation.

The movie is produced for Star Cinema by Skylight Films, the same company that made the hit “Corazon, Ang Unang Aswang” with Erich Gonzales. How come their movie titles are the names of a woman? “Maganda kasi at suwerte kami sa title na pangalan ng babae,” says Enrico Santos. “The name of a woman conveys love and fear at the same time. The core of the story here is based on a real life crime that happened some years ago. Dito, yung ‘Sophie’s Choice’ dilemma is reflected three times. First kay Angel, then kay Empress, and last kay Enrique Gil. It’s really a horror-drama about life and death choices.”

Star Cinema now has two films currently showing, “The Healing” and “The Reunion”. After “Amorosa”, their next release is “The Mistress” with John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo.