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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.

Sep 7, 2012

Dingdong Dantes Says His Movie 'Tiktik: Aswang Chronicles' Is A Step Forward For Philippine Cinema

DINGDONG DANTES not only stars in “Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles” that has a budget of P80 million. He’s also one of its producers. Despite this, Director Erik Matti says Dingdong remains so unassuming.

“He never demanded na alagaan ko yung role or yung shots niya,” says Erik. “He’s so good-natured, walang kayabang-yabang sa katawan, so humble and nice to work with.”

Even RJ Salvador, who plays one of the aswangs who attack Dingdong, has nothing but praises for him. “I was so nervous in our scenes together as he’s such a big star. But he’ll never you make you feel that. He doesn’t throw his weight around at all.”

“Wala naman akong dapat ipagyabang,” says Dong. “We’re all in this together and our goal is mapaganda ang movie. It’s very demanding to act on a green screen kasi hindi mo alam what’s around you. You just imagine it and they just supply all the details later through computer imaging. This is a pioneering effort in local film history and it helps that so many artistic minds are working together to make sure we come up with a movie worth the viewer’s money and time. The first time I read the script pa lang, it’s already perfect. We’re all excited during the filming kasi nga the process is something new. And now that we’ve seen the finished product, wow! We’re all just proud to be part of this film that’s 2 years in the making due to the meticulous special effects. We shot in a special studio. It’s definitely a step forward for Philippine cinema as the computer software we used is also the one in Hollywood blockbusters like ‘Avatar’ and ‘300’, but with 80 Filipino craftsmen working on it.”