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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 5, 2016

Mother Lily Shocked That Shooting Piolo Pascual's 'Once In A Lifetime' In New Zealand Is Six Times More Expensive Than Shooting In The U.S.

MOTHER LILY MONTEVERDE says the retinue of Piolo Pascual and Director Dondon Santos who shot the movie “Once in a Lifetime: Northern Lights” in Queenstown, New Zealand is now back after two weeks. “Grabe pala,” she says. “It’s so expensive to shoot in New Zealand. Six times more expensive than shooting in the States. Kaya dapat, this movie should be a superblockbuster para makabawi naman kami sa gastos namin dito.”

Her daughter Roselle says the expense is worth it as all the scenes shot in New Zealand are so beautiful. “Magastos nga pero napakaganda naman talaga roon,” adds Roselle. “I’ve seen the scenes they shot there at naiiba talaga. Our viewers will be awed by the beauty of the place.”
“Naloloka si Roselle kasi I told her we’ll be producing 30 movies,” says Mother Lily. “Kasi our library of films, hindi lang dito sa atin pinalalabas kundi pati na rin sa other Asian countries like Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia. May demand talaga, so tuloy-tuloy kami sa pag-shoot ng bagong movies.”

Their next release is the rom-com, “My Rebound Girl”, opening on September 28, with Alex Gonzaga, Joseph Marco, Martin Escudero, Nathalie Hart, Carl Guevarra, Helga Kraft, directed by Emmanuel de la Cruz. This will be followed by the sexy drama, “The Escort”, with Lovi Poe, Derek Ramsay, Christopher de Leon, Jean Garcia and Rommel Padilla, directed by Enzo Williams.

For the coming Metro-Manila Filmfest, they have three prospective entries: “Our Mighty Yaya” with Ai Ai de las Alas, Megan Young and Zoren Legaspi, directed by Joey Reyes; “Mano Po VII: Chinoy” with Richard Yap, Jean Garcia, Jake Cuenca, Enchong Dee, Janella Salvador, Jessy Mendiola, directed by Ian Lorenos; and “Pwera Usog”, a horror movie. Also currently shooting are two more rom-coms: “Never Been Kissed, Never Been Touched” starring Angeline Quinto, Jake Cuenca, Tommy Esguerra and Miho Nishida; and “Recipe for Love” starring Billy Crawford and Megan Young.