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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.

Mar 29, 2015

Why Inang Olive Lamasan Has To Give Up Directing Vilma Santos-Angel Locsin Movie To Joyce Bernal

GOV. VILMA SANTOS finally had her long delayed story conference for the yet untitled movie she's doing with Angel Locsin, produced by Star Cinema. In the story, she plays a rich woman who's suffering from an infirmity and Angel is assigned to be her caregiver. Playing her son is Xian Lim, because her own real life son, Lusi Manzano, refused to do the movie on grounds that their personal lives might be affected adversely when they all work together in one project.

"Maraming scenes na tinatarayan ko si Angel kasi mayaman yung character ko rito, medyo mayabang and authoritative," says Gov. Vi. "But this is not very heavy drama. It's about relationships, pero mas light lang ito but marami ring touching scenes."

The movie will start shooting in April and is slated to be released later this year. We're sure Gov Vi's fans are very pleased and will eagerly anticipate its release as she didn't have any new movie last year. Her last film was the Cinemalaya indie flick "Ekstra, The Bit Player", that won her several best actress awards, including an international award from Dhaka International Filmfest.

Earlier, it was announced that Inang Olive Lamasan will be directing the film, but now, the director is officially Joyce Bernal. We asked Inang why she decided to give the project to Joyce and she said she is really sad to give it up but she will be studying abroad for a few months so she has to sacrifice and won't be able to do the project.

"Siempre, we have to work around the availability of Gov. Vi kasi sobrang busy siya," says Inang Olive. "I'd really like to direct her again after we did 'In My Life', kaya lang, yung months na available siya, wala naman ako at nasa America so I have no choice but to give it up. Okay naman sa lahat na si Joyce Bernal ang magiging kapalit ko. We know Gov. Vi and Angel will be in good hands with her as the director of this big film project."

What will she do in the U.S.? "ABS-CBN kasi will soon be putting up our own sound stages. As one of their executives, I'm assigned to study the set up of the various sound stages that they have in the big studios in California para magamit naman natin dito sa Pilipinas."

To Inang Olive, have a safe and truly productive trip in the U.S.