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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.

Nov 21, 2018

Eddie Garcia Used To Be Gina Pareno's Dad During Their Sampaguita Pictures Days, They're Now Paired In The Movie About Life After Death, 'Hintayan Ng Langit'

EDDIE GARCIA and Gina Pareno’s movie about the after life, “Hintayan ng Langit”, won the Audience Choice Award in the QCinema Filmfest last month, and also the best actor award for Eddie. “We’ve never been paired romantically before,” says Gina. “Mas una naman kasi siya sa’kin sa industry. 1949 daw siya nagsimulang mag-artista at ako naman, early 60s na nang kunin ako ng Sampaguita Pictures. Nagkasama kami sa pelikula before, but he played my father. Pero dito sa ‘Hintayan sa Langit’, kami na ang magkapareha.”

“Hintayan ng Langit” is a place where the souls of dead people are waiting to be taken to the next level, which is heaven. Gina as Lisang has been waiting for two years and doesn’t know when she’ll get her go signal to go to heaven as she’s troublesome. Eddie as Manolo then arrives. It turns out they have a past love affair here on earth that was aborted when they married other partners. This romance is now rekindled while they’re waiting in “Hintayan ng Langit”. Will they get to prove that love is lovelier the second time around even if you’re in purgatory?

So how is it working with Eddie as her love interest? “Masaya siyang katrabaho ever since,” says Gina. “Who would have thought na sa edad namin ngayon (he’s 89 and she’s 69), we’ll still get the chance to do a movie like this? At his age, Eddie has not lost his sense of humor. Lagi pa rin siyang naga-adlib sa harap ng kamera kaya kung minsan, nawawala ako kasi tawa ako nang tawa. It's fun and we had a great time shooting this movie that delves into the topic na what happens kaya after we die? Ako, naniniwala akong, may ganitong lugar sa purgatoryo where you can wait. Pero bahala na ang viewers kung ano ang paniniwalaan nila after watching our movie ‘Hintayan sa Langit’.”
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