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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.

May 6, 2015

New Local Film Producer Mrs. Baby Go Of BG Productions Believes In Making Advocacy Movies That Deliver A Valid Message

MRS. PABLITA “BABY” GO is the woman behind BG Productions International. How did she get into producing local movies? “Mahilig ako manood ng local movies noon pa, lalo na yung kina Vilma Santos at Sharon Cuneta,” she says. “Siguro, kapalaran ko talaga ang mag-produce. Ang nagkumbinsi sa’kin is Direk Joel Lamangan and my friend Romeo Lindain na executive sa UCPB na siyang bank ko. They convinced me to produce ‘Lihis’, which is about a gay love story sa mga NPA. It’s now competing in the Miami Gay & Lesbian Filmfest. After that, we did ‘Lauriana’ na nagpanalo ng acting awards for Allen Dizon and Bangs Garcia. May two films akong di pa napalalabas, ‘Bigkis’ and ‘Homeless’, both by Neal Tan. If you’d notice, the movies I do are advocacy films with valid messages. ‘Lihis’ is about a better understanding of gays in love. ‘Lauriana’ is about violence against women. ‘Bigkis’ is about congested public hospitals while ‘Homeless’ is about typhoon victims who lose their homes at nagiging biktima ng mga sindikatong ginagawa silang pulubi. We have two new films na katatapos lang i-shoot. ‘Child Haus’ ni Direk Louie Ignacio is about poor children from the provinces battling cancer, starring Katrina Halili and very talented child stars.

‘Daluyong’ is about lonely priests na nagkakasala dahil mga tao rin lang sila, starring Allen Dizon and Diana Zubiri. Now, we have ‘Tres Marias’ tungkol sa mga batang ina at ‘Tupang Ligaw’ which is anti-violence.”
A successful real estate broker, Mrs. Go is from Dumaguete and was only 15 years old when she married her Chinese husband who’s 21 years older than her. They have three daughters and one son. “Yung eldest ko, Jean, is graduate ng La Salle and now works as a hotel manager. She’s married with kids. Next is Joy, cum laude from St. Scho, married na rin and a bank manager. The third, Pamela, is a med tech from Centro Escolar and the youngest at 17, our only boy, Philip, is taking up business at UA&P. My husband and my children are all very supportive of my being a film producer. Masaya kasi ako rito.”

But does she get back her investment? “Oo naman. When we start a project, we coordinate with the networks para sure nang bibilihin nila ang TV rights. Like ‘Child Haus’, ‘Bigkis’ and ‘Tres Marias’, sa GMA yan kasi we’re using their stars. ‘Homeless’ naman and ‘Tupang Ligaw’ is with ABS as they star Ejay Falcon and Matteo Guidicelli. Ang primary target namin for ‘Tres Marias’ is to get into an international film festival kasi very daring ang subject material at tipong hindi gagawin ng mainstream films.”