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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.

Jun 19, 2017

Quality Movies To Watch Out For In The 2017 Metro Manila Filmfest Include 'Larawan' By Nick Joaquin & 'Citizen Jake' By Mike De Leon

SO MANY MOVIES have expressed their desire to join the 2017 Metro-Manila Filmfest in December. So far, we know of only one entry that has been completed in principal photography and post-production, “Ang Larawan”, the musical adaptation in Filipino of Nick Joaquin’s acclaimed “Portrait of the Artist as Filipino” with Rachel Alejandro, Joanna Ampil and Paulo Avelino, directed by Loy Arcenas.

Shooting right now is Regal and IdeaFirst Company’s “My Fairy Tale Story”, a fantasy love story about a mermaid played by Janella Salvador with Elmo Magalona as leading man, directed by Percival Intalan. Then there’s Star Cinema’s two big projects with Coco Martin and Vice Ganda, who were together in last year’s “Super Parental Guardians”.

Now, Coco is directing his own solo entry, the nth reboot of “Ang Panday”, while Vice Ganda is teaming up with Daniel Padilla and Pia Wurtzbach in her first movie after winning the Miss Universe title. Their project is tentatively titled “Super Heroes”, directed by Joyce Bernal. Both film projects have yet to start shooting.

With these projects already on the drawing board, we don’t think Star Cinema will still field their new version of “Darna” starring Liza Soberano in the 2017 filmfest, what with its director, Erik Matti, still busy directing other projects, like Anne Curtis’ “Buy Bust” and the “On the Job” TV series for HOOQ.

Another much awaited entry in the Metro filmfest is the comeback project of iconic filmmaker Mike de Leon, the political film “Citizen Jake” with broadcaster Atom Araullo in his first acting job playing the title role, supported by Gabby Eigenmann, Max Collins, Cherie Gil, Luis Alandy and Teroy Guzman.

The late director, Gil Portes, had expressed his intention to join the filmfest with his socially relevant, “Mindanao”, about a young doctor who choose to practice his profession in an indigent rural community. But now that he has left us, we suppose this project would have to be shelved now.