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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.

Feb 2, 2019

Vance Larena Of 'Bakwit Boys' Gets Another Lead Role In 'Dead Kids'

Vance Larena
VANCE LARENA is a theatre actor who got favorable notices when he played the eldest brother of four impoverished boys in the musical, “Bakwit Boys”, an entry in last year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. Because of that, he was noticed by ABS-CBN and got him to guest in an episode of “Ipaglaban Mo”. The new year is starting well for him as he now plays a regular in a new soap but also a new movie.

In ABS-CBN’s new teleserye, “Nang Ngumiti ang Langit”, he gets to work with Cristine Reyes, Enzo Pineda, RK Bagatsing and veteran actors Dante Rivero and Pilar Pilapil.  And in Globe Studios’ first solo venture in film production, “Dead Kids”, he plays one of the lead roles.

“I’m really thankful for these good breaks that I’m getting,” he says. “In ‘Dead Kids’, I play Blanco, the leader of our group in school who kidnapped one of our classmates, played by Markus Paterson. I’m excited kasi ngayon ko pa lang makakasama ang director namin, si Mikhail Red, and my co-stars na sina Markus, Khalil Ramos, Sue Ramirez, Gabby Padilla and Jan Silverio. When I auditioned for the movie, akala ko hindi ako makukuha so I’m so glad when they informed na kasama pala ako sa cast.”

Globe Studios exec, Quark Henares, says they’re so excited with “Dead Kids”. “This will be kind of a game changer,” he says. “We love Mik as he’s one of our most talented young filmmakers today and we have a great cast choen on the basis of their talent and not about how famous they are or how many their fans and followers are.”

Mik himself says the film is his personal letter to his contemporaries. “This is a coming-of-age movie and I want to expose the feelings of entitlement as well as the insecurities of the instagram generation who grows up in a country of extreme social disparities,” he adds. “It’s very personal to me as many of the characters and what they experience in the movies are based from my own high school experiences. It’s a very different kind of barkada movie as it’s also a crime story in the age of social media that will show the intricacies of today’s young people.”