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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.

May 20, 2020




KYLIE VERSOZA, Miss International 2016 winner, has shown that she is also an effective actress in films like “Kasal”, “Abay Babes” and “Ang Panday”.

She’s now the leading lady of her real life sweetheart, Jake Cuenca, and they admit that they enjoyed working with each other in doing the first-of-a-kind movie, “Love Lockdown”, now showing on iWant streaming.

Jake and Kylie met each other when they did the TV soap, “Los Bastardos”, where their love affair bloomed.

Kylie says: “It was a one of a kind experience doing 'Love Lockdown' as we did everything ourselves, not just acting but also including the behind the scenes work. We even had to be the production designers ourselves.

"Siyempre for me, even if Jake and I have decided to do the quarantine in his apartment, siyempre parang nakaka-pressure din sa akin na umarte next to him kasi he’s much more of a veteran actor compared to me. So nakakakaba siya, but it was a very unique experience.

I’m just glad to be doing work at this moment and I’m glad that this is such a good concept. Despite everything that’s happening now, we were still able to work and produce this masterpiece.”

Kylie says doing behind the scenes work helped her in understanding the work of the production staff even more. “It made me realize how difficult production work is and it also gave me a new found respect for people working behind the scenes. Ang dami kong natutuhan dito and I also want to thank Jake as I learned so much from him while were doing this movie.”

She also gained some realizations about herself. “Ang dami ko ring na-realize sa sarili ko about my craft na, for me, kaya ko pa palang i-improve. Three days kaming nag-shoot using our own I-phones. So nandun ‘yung feeling of accomplishment and success.”

The movie also gave her the chance to get to know Jake better. “It gave me an in-depth perspective of how Jake worked and I realized he’s just so professional. He turns into this different kind of Jake when he works. Hindi na siya ‘yung sweet na he’ll hold your hand.

"Parang he becomes this very professional person na kahit konting lambing hindi mo mahingi sa kanya. It just gave me more respect for Jake dahil sa commitment niya as an artist and it gave me more respect for the whole craft of acting and movie making.”

Also in the cast of “Love Lockdown” are Angelica Panganiban, JM de Guzman, Sue Ramirez, Arjo Atayde and Tony Labrusca. This is the first digital film shot during the corona lockdown and about the effects of the lockdown.

It’s also one of the three movies that will be streaming on iWant. The other two are “Belle Douleur” (starts streaming on May 20) and “Malaya” (starts on May 28).

The first one is the directorial debut of Quantum Films’ producer Atty. Joji V. Alonso starring Mylene Dizon and Kit Thompson in a touching May-December romance.

“Malaya” stars Lovi Poe and Zanjoe Marudo, shot on location in Italy, and directed by Connie Macatuno who did the hit iWant movie, “Glorious”.

New documentaries will also be shown on iWant, like “Wreck Hunters” about underwater adventurers looking for missing treasures, “Ranger G” about Matteo Guidicelli’s experiences as a soldier, and “The Kingmaker” focusing on former First Lady Imelda Marcos and her extravagant lifestyle.