Culion the Movie in Full Throttle!

pilar mateo sni THE “P” TALKS!

BY: Pilar Mateo

WHAT might be considered big in magnitude of a movie under Shandii Bacolod‘s #TeamMSB is now filming in the historic “Culion” in Palawan.

Master and genius in Scriptwriting Ricky Lee got inspired with an unfinished work in the past about people with Hansen’s Disease. Collaborating with Direk Alvin Yapan and Director of Photography Neil Daza gave producer Gillie Sing the nod to do the project.

Actress Iza Calzado who portrays one of the lead came in as an investor. Foe as long as the producer’s wish that Joem Bascon be part of the big project.

On their first day of filming, Shandii shares some thoughts.

“I arrived in CULION exactly 8 days ago. The three days before our Day 1 Shoot were freakin’ tough and nerve wracking because of the typhoon. The actual 1st 3 days of shoot were rough and consistently tiring. We started on a high note (LOL) because we have been solving problems and managing logistics but thankfully we survived, we managed, we delivered.

“It’s never easy to make movies. And it’s always hard to run a huge production of a big movie project. My amazing Cast and hardworking Staff have been working their butts off – they are beyond amazing. My Director (Alvin Yapan), our Captain of the ship, have been consistently patient and giving. My heart is full. I am beyond grateful for the amount of work, patience and determination that each one of us is giving – a community film deserves a powerful collaboration of talent and energy.

“Majority of the staff and crew have not been getting enough decent sleep and we have been shooting for 6 consecutive days. Again, my heart is full. They are amazing. No complaints, just pure handwork.

“I have been sleeping for only 1 hour daily for the past few days (blessed for 3 hours of sleep) and today, I vomited and felt dizzy. My mind is telling me “di na kinakaya ng katawang lupa mo besh”. But I can’t complain, I am not alone on this project. I will never complain, this is the job I chose.
“It’s our much awaited Rest Day tomorrow. I truly hope everyone get to sleep and rest and recharge. I have 2 Lechons arriving for everyone to enjoy tomorrow and some beers 😊

“Before Iza Calzado left the set, she kissed me and whispered “THANK YOU FOR TAKING CARE OF ALL OF US”. And that’s more than enough.



“Para mas higit na mabigyang buhay ng mga artista ang kanilang papel sa pelikula, binisita nila Iza Calzado, Meryll Soriano, Jasmine Curtis-Smith at Joem Bascon ang Culion Museum kung saan matatagpuan ang iba’t ibang mahahalagang relic na naging parte ng kasaysayan ng bayang ito.

“Matapos marinig ng cast ang totoong kwento ng bayan ng Culion, mas handa na ngayon silang gampanan ang iba’t ibang katauhan na bubuo ng istorya ng pelikula.

#movie #film #mmff #culion #culionformmff2019 #palawan #philippines #Culiomuseum

This is how it’s done. This is how #TeamMSB is working. This is how the collaborative imaginative and amazing minds work.

I am in Culion. To explore. Discover. And to watch how a movie of this magnitude is being made.

More kwentos soon!

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