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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 19, 2021




DANTE BASCO is a Fil-Am actor born and raised in California best known for his role as Rufio, the leader of the Lost Boys in “Hook” starring Robin WiIlliams and directed by Steven Spielberg. 

He also did “The Debut” with Eddie Garcia and Gina Alajar, “But I’m a Cheerleader” with Natasha Lyonne, “Take the Lead” with Antonio Banderas, “Blood and Bone” with Michael Jai White, and appeared in various hit TV shows. 

He now writes and directs his first movie, “The Fabulous Filipino Brothers”, which he also stars in along with brothers Derek, Dionysio and Darion and is now streaming on Cignal and KTX.ph.. 

Each brother has his own story in the heartwarming romantic comedy that shows the ups and downs in the lives of Filipino immigrant families living in the States. 

It is also a fun celebration of Filipino-American culture that highlights the colorful diversity among Asian Americans. 

“Being a part of the film industry for over 30 years, I would say that this is the perfect time to represent the Asian community,” says Dante. “We are now entering this new era of storytelling with a new media so we have to create more stories that are told from our own Asian perspective. 

We put a lot of heart into the preparation of this film and it feels like I am sharing my family with the whole world so I hope the people will find it entertaining and enjoy it.” 

The film revolves on the coming wedding of eldest brother Deo (Derek Basco) who has to get enough money to pay for the food at their reception. 

His is the first story and it’s quite funny as he loses money in gambling in his efforts to get more funds for his wedding. 

The next story is about Duke (Dante) who goes on a business trip to Manila and reconnects with his former high school sweetheart (Solenn Heussaff). 

The third story centers on David (Dionysio Basco) and his hilarious sexual dalliance with a wedding guest. 

The last story is about Dannyboy (Darion Basco) who goes out on a date again after a long time of being alone with Teresa (Liza Lapira, who has appeared in many TV shows like “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Dexter”, “The Sopranos”, “NCIS”, etc.) 

Also appearing in the movie are Tirso Cruz III, R&B prince Jay-R, online singer AJ Rafael and hiphop maven Ruby Ibarra.

Now, Cignal Entertainment, gives you the chance to watch “The Fabulous Filipino Brothers” via pay per view on Cignal for only P200 or on KTX.ph for P249. 

“Cignal Entertainment is honored to bring an impressive line-up of high-quality movies to Filipino audiences,” says  Cignal TV Inc. CEO and President Robert P. Galang.

 “With Dante Basco’s ‘The Fabulous Filipino Brothers’ leading our new batch of movie offerings, we are confident that this humorous yet heartwarming family comedy will give viewers a wider understanding of the unique Filipino culture that binds us wherever we are in the world. 

"We are also proud to announce that we will soon be presenting two more internationally recognized Filipino films from award-winning directors, Brillante Mendoza’s “Resbak (Payback)” and Jun Lana’s “Big Night”.

The film “Resbak (Payback)” by Brilliante Mendoza, an entry in the Tokyo International Filmfest, depicts the life of a man named Isaac (portrayed by Vince Rillon), who steals motorcycles and works for a local syndicate to pay for his father’s debt. 

In the middle of a transaction, the police entrap Isaac who is a subject of its investigation, and what follows is a hot pursuit that leads to a riveting ending.

 On the other hand, Jun Lana’s latest film, “Big Night” that is an entry in the Tallin Filmfest in Estonia, gives a different perspective on the country’s drug war as the story revolves around a gay hairdresser named Dharna (Christian Bables) who finds out that his name is included in his barangay's watchlist for drug users. 

In an effort to remove his name from the list, he tries to ask help from the town officials who make him do favors and tasks in return. Stay tuned for more updates as “The Fabulous Filipino Brothers” will be coming soon on Netflix and Cignal Play.