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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.

Dec 20, 2016

Writer-Director Chris Martinez Ends 2016 With 'Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2' & Starts 2017 With 'Extra Service' Whose Cast Pays Tribute To Him

WRITER-DIRECTOR CHRIS Martinez ends 2016 as a scriptwriter with the highly acclaimed Metro Filmfest satire on the making of romantic-comedies, “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2”, that opens on Christmas Day. He starts 2017 with a sexy action-comedy, “Extra Service”, that opens in theaters on January 11.

The first “Septic Tank” movie won best picture, best actress for Eugene Domingo, best director for Marlon Rivera and best screenplay for Chris in the Cinemalaya Filmfest 2011. Will they duplicate this feat in the Metro-Manila Filmfest Awards night on December 29?

“Sana,” says Direk Chris. “But more than the awards, I think we all prefer that people will really go out and watch our movie in the theaters. Mas gusto kong marinig ang comments nila, ang halakhak nila while watching ‘Septic Tank 2’. Pero kung magkaka-award din, why not?”

We’ve seen “Septic Tank 2” and we guarantee you that you’ll laugh out loud in this movie. Direk Chris has written an ingenious script where Joel Torre and Jericho Rosales play the same character, Cesar, the husband of Eugene as Romina. Of course, Joel and Jericho are poles apart in being so different from each other and how they interpret the same role assigned to them is part of the fun.

In “Extra Service”, it’s the first time for Direk Chris to work with his cast and we ask each of them how is it working with him. They practically give him a tribute. Jessy: “Sobrang bait ni Direk, very patient sa aming lahat. Kahit pagod na, nakangiti pa rin.”

Arci: “Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to work with you, Direk. Sa soap, lagi akong heavy drama. Pero dito, comedy, kaya napakagaan, at napakagaan mo ring katrabaho.”

Coleen: “When I learned I’ll do comedy, sobrang kaba ko kasi I have no previous experience doing it at sobrang mahiyain ako. But Direk Chris guided me, magaling talaga at ang bilis pang magtrabaho.”

Ejay Falcon: “Very considerate. Sa iba kasi, okay lang kahit paghintayin ka ng matagal sa set. Siya, nagulat ako, sabi sa’kin, yung double mo na lang ang kukunan namin. You can go home.”

Vin Abrenica: “Nagulat ako kasi natandaan pa niya kung kailan kami first time nagkatrabaho. May ginawa akong commercial several years ago, siya ang director. Eto, katrabaho ko uli siya, pero yung commercial ko, hindi na nasundan.”

Enzo Pineda: “So easy to work with. Never nagalit sa set.”

So what can Direk Chris say about all these declarations? “Totoo naman lahat yan.”