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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.

Sep 13, 2019


the 31-year old writer-director darryl yap

from L to R - chad kinis, cai cortez, director darryl yap, kim molina, jerald napoles, candy pangilinan

direk darryl yap

DARRYL YAP is the 31-year old writer-director of "Jowable”, produced by Viva and the Facebook page VincenTiments. Darryl started with his own theater group in Olongapo called Sa Wakas that has staged various productions from one act plays to a stage adaptation of the film “Himala”.

He then shifted into short films and won award for films like “Squatterina”, “Oyayi”, “Bago Ako Lumipad”, “KPL”, “Mga Bagay na Hindi na Dapat Pag-usapan”. He has a degree in masscomm from Centro Escolar U and in public administration from Nanyang University Singapore. 

He started “Jowable” as a short film about a woman begging the Lord to give her a boyfriend or jowa while drinking beer inside the church. He uploaded “Jowable” on FB’s VinCentiments page at 2 AM and by 7 AM, it already got 1 million viewers who obviously enjoyed its irreverent humor. It had two sequels that proved to be hits also so he turned into a full length novel, published last March and also an instant hit.

Did he really cast Kim as the lead character in “Jowable”? “Actually, when Viva told me they’re giving her a break, naisip ko, I’m launching her but she’s also launching me kasi first full length film ko ito and first lead role naman niya. When we started shooting, that’s when I realized we hit the jackpot with her. She is sharp like an eagle and like a chameleon, ang galing niyang magpabago-bago ng emosyon from one scene to another.”

He is surprised that the trailer was given by the MTRCB a PG rating. He now doesn’t want to sanitize the actual movie and is hoping they’ll get an R-13 rating. Let’s now hope that he will be able to translate the success of his short films on the small screen and on the printed page to that of a full length movie on the big screen where people will be required to pay for their tickets.