Jasmine Curtis-Smith Completes the “Culion” cast

pilar mateo sni THE “P” TALKS!

BY: Pilar Mateo

THE Executive Lounge at the 33rd floor of The Malayan Plaza in Ortigas Center was a-buzz with meetings, pictorials, media interviews, costume measurements, skin tests for the prosthetic, and other important Saturday evening.

This was also the night that the final actress to come on board was announced.

And the role that Anne Curtis dreamed and prayed for went to her sister Jasmine Curtis Smith. “CULION“s Ana!

Everyone who went through auditions and call backs and were finally chosen were present. To be seen and bears by the scriptwriter Ricky Lee and director Alvin Yapan.

Producers Shandii Bacolod and one of the lead stars Iza Calzado shares in the happiness of meeting theater and indie actors who will work with Team MSB as they start the filming on July 15, 2019 in the place where the rich and glorious history of its past will be shared to the moviegoers for the first time.

To create an awareness and share the beautiful and memorable stories of the people of Culion.

Producer Shandii had this to share:

This has got to be my biggest Story Conference ever! Overflowing Snacks and Dinner by Team Malayan, there’s just so much food and drinks for everyone!

“The Cast Assembly was followed by a Skin Test by the Prosthetic Team and Members of the Media joined us for dinner and then, the super fun Meet & Greet.

“I have been working my ass off since Monday attending 3 to 5 meetings everyday + office works + jumping from preprod to preprod to preprod. I am so “f” grateful to my 2 bosses at Black Maria Pictures – Sarah Santos and Angelo Santos, you guys are heaven sent!

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for always understanding, supporting and checking on me every time!

“I was not feeling well yesterday, feverish + cough + headache, but we do what we are tasked to do right? Haha. The show must go on!

“Yesterday was just amazing! I have an amazing Cast and Crew! My heart is full. I am beyond grateful. I can honestly say that I truly love my job! The Power of Cinema is truly magical!

“Mader Gilie Sing, Sir Peter and iOptions Venture Corp. – Thank you so much! God Bless all off you!

“#teamMSB for keeping with up me and doing magical things, the amount of work renders me speechless – Max Ganda Chichi Cardona Jayme II Candy Manalo Nagrampa Lloyd Ara III Marites Handang Mimi Mao and Qhris Lang! THANK YOU!

“We start shooting JULY 15 and I am thankful that I get to work again with two of my favorite people in the industry! Sir Ricky Lee – my tatay, mentor, teacher and inspiration – thank you for the gift of writing. Thank you for sharing your heart and soul to me, to us. Direk Vim Yapan, I will always and forever be here for you and with you… no matter what! The Power of Cinema!!!


“And to end this dramarama, i just wanna say:


“I Thank You.”


In the main cast are Iza, Jasmine, Meryll Soriano, Joem Bascon and Mike Liwag.

It is a huge cast with Suzette Ranillo, Simon Ibarra, Joel Saracho, Mai Fanglayan, Yam Martinez, Jack Falcis, Lee O’Brien, Tommy Roca, Nico Locco, Erlinda Villalobos, Upeng Fernandez, Andrew Figueroa, Mayen Estañero and a hundred more! Plus the Culion Kalinangan Ensemble.

Targeted to be part of the MMFF (Metro Manila Film Festival) 2019, “Culion” boasts of its historical genre, set in the time of love and hope for the people of its once dark period.

Said one member of the productiom team, “Walang hindi marunong umarte sa cast. Wala ring maliit na role. It’s a dream ensemble! We are thankful and grateful to be given this amazing cast!”

Neal Daza is the Director of Photography.

Get excited with “Culion” as you meet the three damsels and their stories of love and hope-to tug at your heartstrings!

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