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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 18, 2016

Hermano Puli' Opens On Wednesday And We Wish It Would Get Back Its Investment As New Producer Rex Tiri Spent So Much For The Production Of This Historical Period Movie

DIRECTOR GIL PORTES’ historical biopic, “Hermano Puli”, about the religious leader, Apolinario de la Cruz, who led a revolt against Spain, is opening this Wednesday. They’re hoping it will be as successful as last year’s hit filmbio, “Heneral Luna”, and it’s good they’re no longer facing tough competition against the Venice Filmfest best picture award winner, “Ang Babaeng Humayo”, starring Charo Santos, as its playdate was moved to September 28. Otherwise, no doubt they'll be clobbered by "Humayo".

No doubt this would increase the chances of “Puli” hitting it big at the box office as Charo’s movie has just hit the headlines of all newspapers and news programs, and its international victory is still very fresh in the mind of the public and we know of a lot of people who are eager and curious to watch it.

We hope the producer of “Hermano Puli”, the amiable Rex Tiri of Limbaga 77 resto, will be able to recover his investment because we know he shelled out so much money for the film’s production, which is truly quite expensive as they spent so much for the period costumes and production design. Rex is a new producer and he deserves encouragement for agreeing to bankroll a historical movie like this. If this would earn money, he could go on making more film projects about our country’s rich history. After this, he also financed the romance-drama, “Moonlight Over Baler”, meant for the December Metro filmfest.

We also wish that “Hermano Puli” would make money for the sake of its director, Gil Portes, who turned 71 years old just a few days ago. My best wishes for Rex, Direk Gil and “Hermano Puli” that stars Aljur Abrenica, Louise de los Reyes, Enzo Pineda, Vin Abrenica, Markki Stroem, Menggie Cobarrubias, Kiko Matos, Simon Ibarra, Alvin Fortuna, Diva Montelaba and a cast of thousands.