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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.

Apr 30, 2017

Director Dan Villegas Today's Busiest Young Director With New TV Show, 'Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin', And New Movie, 'Luck At First Sight'

DIRECTOR DAN VILLEGAS is truly the busiest young director working in showbiz today. He has a new TV show, “Ikaw Lang ang Iibigin”, that starts airing today on ABS-CBN and a new movie, “Luck at First Sight” that opens in theaters on May 3. He will direct yet another movie, a Metro Manila filmfest entry reuniting his “Walang Forever” stars Jericho Rosales and Jennylyn Mercado.

He has really come a long way from being a director of photography for indie films where he started. He feels lucky to have been tapped to direct the reunion of the Kimerald love team in “Ikaw Lang ang Iibigin”, which is about triathletes. “Nandun pa rin ang chemistry nila, matindi pa rin,” he says. “Mabubuhay uli lahat ng fans ng love team nila rito.”

He also considers himself lucky to direct Viva’s “Luck at First Sight”. “It’s different from past films I did na realistic. Dito, may element of magic. I found it challenging kaya na-excite ako directing Jericho Rosales and Bela Padilla in this rom-com na mas maraming comedy scenes kaya mas dapat siyang tawaging com-rom. Talagang ang saya naming lahat while shooting this movie which is about two people who rely so much on

luck and eventually fall in love. Echo remains fun to be with after we did ‘Walang Forever’. Very humble pa rin, generous, a true professional. First time ko to work with Bela and she’s very focused. Magugulat ka, ibang level ang seriousness niya sa bawat eksena to make sure it will work. Ang maganda, they have a real connection with each other and this works wonders for the movie.”