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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.

Oct 10, 2019


at the presscon of THE ART OF LIGAW at Max Restaurant

KZ TANDINGAN is best known for singing, after winning in “X Factor Philippines” in 2012 and producing her own hit song, “Mahal Ko o Mahal Ako”, that gave her the Aliw Award for best new artist. Last year, she made waves internationally when she joined “Singer 2018” as a guest singer in Hunan, China.

Now, she gets to foray into acting in the indie film, “The Art of Ligaw”, produced by the Davao-based company CoreMinds and directed by Jourdan Sebastian. She says she couldn’t believe it when her handler at Cornerstone told her she has a new offer.

“Pero hindi raw sa singing kundi sa acting,” says KZ. “Siempre, I couldn’t believe it. Sabi ko, totoo ba ito? Hindi naman ako artista, a.”

Direk Jourdan says they’re really looking for someone who speaks fluent Visayan. “The whole movie is filmed in Davao and the lead female character, Carisse, is a Visayan millennial provinciana working in a call center,” he adds. “Someone asked me to watch KZ singing a Bisaya song and I said, I think I found my Carisse. Epy is our choice as the male lead, Jake, and we asked KZ to do some readings with him. Doon pa lang, nagalingan na kami sa kanya.

"At ang ganda ng chemistry nila ni Epy. We asked her to take an acting workshop. As the shooting went along, we realized we made the right decision in casting her kasi she has good comic timing, she comes to the set prepared, memorized all her lines and always hits her marks. No take 2 needed. After this movie, we’re sure the industry will realize that she’s not just a good musician but also a good actress.”

KZ can’t help but cry during the presscon of “The Art of Ligaw” because of the lavish praises she got from her director. “I’m overwhelmed sa mga sinabi ni Direk,” she says. “But I also have to thank him, kasi kung okay man ang acting ko it's because he motivated me well.

"I should also thank Epy Quizon as my leading man as he is a big help to me. He being the more experienced actor between the two of us, talagang he guided me well during the shooting of the movie. We hope viewers will support ‘The Art of Ligaw’ kasi it’s a feel good romance that they will surely enjoy watching.”

KZ also gets to sing in the movie, performing her original songs “Quicksand” and “Walanghiyang Pag-ibig” that will surely captivate the audience. Direk Jourdan says “The Art of Ligaw” will show that courtship or “ligaw” could be the good tradition that we have lost now. Today, most young lovers go steady just on the basis of texting or of communicating through social media like Facebook.

“We live in an era where everything is instant,” says Direk Jourdan. “We have instant coffee, instant noodles and also instant relationships that do no last very long. The art of Ligaw will show that courtship is an integral part of a romantic relationship as this is where prospective lovers can get to know each other more deeply before they make a commitment in their relationship.”

“The Art of Ligaw” will open in theaters nationwide on November 13.