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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.

Feb 12, 2014

Star-Studded 'Sitio Camcam' A Collaboration Between Kapatid, Kapuso And Kapamilya Director, Stars And Writer

ONE OF THE most adventurous and diligent independent producers today is Mrs. Baby Go of BG Productions. For Sineng Pambansa, she bankrolled Joel Lamangan’s “Lihis” and Mel Chionglo’s “Lauriana” that both got much acclaim. She’s currently producing three new movies that are all socially relevant. First is “Homeless”, about people who lost their homes after a killer typhoon starring Ejay Falcon, Martin del Rosario, Dimples Romana & Snooky Serna. Then there’s “Bigkis”, about teenage pregnancy starring LJ Reyes, Lauren Young, Mike Tan and Enzo Pineda. Both films are helmed by Neal Tan and supervised by Dennis Evangelista.

The latest is Joel Lamangan’s “Sitio Camcam”, an expose on the evils of patriarchy and patronage politics. Joel is a Kapatid directing “Madam Chairman” for TV5. His writer, Gerry Gracio is a Kapamilya writing scripts for ABS-CBN soaps. But their stars are mostly Kapuso stars with soaps on GMA-7, like Jean Garcia who’s in “Adarna”, Charee Pineda who’s in “Borrowed Wife”, Sunshine Dizon, Lucho Ayala and Rita de Guzman who are in “Villa Quintana” and Hiro Peralta, co-host of Kuya Germs in “Walang Tulugan”.

The story is about a local kingpin, played by Allen Dizon, used by cops and politicians in handling illegal activities in Sitio Camcam, which serves as a microcosm of the rampant corruption going on in our country. He has three wives. The first is Jean Garcia as a barangay kagawad who controls the video karera business in their sitio. Second is Sunshine Dizon who handles all the illegal water and electrical connections in their area.

Trouble comes when the third and youngest wife, Charee Pineda, wants all the illegal business for herself. Joyce Ching plays the rebellious daughter of Jean who falls in love ala-Romeo and Juliet with Hiro, the son of her mom’s foremost rival, Emilio Garcia. Also in the cast are Lucho Ayala as Allen’s only son, Rita de Guzman as the daughter of an activist, Jim Pebanco as Allen’s right hand man (and as it turns out, also his gay lover), Tony Mabesa as the leader of the religious group in the sitio and Elizabeth Oropesa as Allen’s permissive mom who tolerates all his illegal activities and all his womanizing.

Asked why she’s producing meaningful films, Mrs. Baby Go replies: “I really want to help the local film industry and give work to more people since I also have a foundation that helps the poor. I also want to help make more movies na may katuturan, gaya ng

‘Homeless’ which is based on my own story idea.”

May we have more producers like Mrs. Baby Go who supports the local film industry wholeheartedly.