<script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script> <!-- Showbiz Portal Bottom 1 300x250, created 10/15/10 --> <ins class="adsbygoogle" style="display:inline-block;width:300px;height:250px" data-ad-client="ca-pub-1272644781333770" data-ad-slot="2530175011"></ins> <script> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script>
Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Aug 29, 2017

Director Bona Fajardo Wants Viewers To See The Our Country's Beautiful Scenery In 'I Found My Heart In Santa Fe'

DIRECTOR BONA FAJARDO of “I Found My Heart in Santa Fe” is optimistic that their movie will be a crowd pleaser that audiences will love. “Feel good movie ito about finding your one true love,” he says. “Perfect nga para kina Roxanne Barcelo at Will Devaughn ang lead roles nila as Jennifer and Viktor in the film, kasi sweethearts naman talaga sila in real life. Tapos, ang ganda pa ng setting namin, the virginal Santa Fe in Bantayan Island with its beautiful beaches perfect for nature lovers.”

Director Bona Fajardo first worked as art director and production designer of the late Marilou Abaya in such prestige, award-winning films as “Jose Rizal” and “Muro Ami”. In 2002, he won the best production design award in the Metro Filmfest for the film “Utang ni Tatang” directed by Jon Red and starring Joel Torre.

He also worked as production designer for the movie “Astigmatism” with Robin Padilla in 2004 that won the Silver award in the Hong Kong International Filmfest. He first directed a movie in 2005, “Miss Pinoy”, an advocacy film about OFW’s in Hong Kong starring Judy Ann Santos. This was followed by “Iliw”, a period film set in Vigan and Baguio during World War II and starring Kaye Abad with some Japanese actors. 

It won the NCCA or National Commission for Culture and the Arts Competitive Grant as an entry in the Cinemanila Filmfest in 2009. He was also the line producer of last year’s hit with Viva, “Camp Sawi”, that was also shot on location in Bantayan Island off Cebu.

“Iba yung mga lugar na ipinakita sa ‘Camp Sawi’ at iba rin yung mga ipapakita naming backdrop ng love story nina Roxanne at Will dito sa ‘I Found My Heart in Santa Fe’, not yet shown in any other movie,” he says. “We chose to shoot in Santa Fe para maipakita naman sa viewers ang kagandahan ng Pilipinas. My advocacy is to show on film yung breathtaking scenery sa bansa natin na hindi pa naipapakita in other movies.”

“I Found My Heart in Santa Fe” opens in SM Theatres as part of CineLokal on September 15. Don’t miss it!