THE “P” TALKS!
BY: Pilar Mateo
IS THERE a “connection”?
CoreMinds brings to fore the “connection crisis”, a crisis in both social and intimate relationships, acknowledging the “hugot” trends circulating in social media newsfeeds.
At a time when connectivity is seemingly “instant” CoreMinds presents Jourdan Sebastian’s film, “The Art of Ligaw“. The story offers a perspective where “Ligaw” (courtship) could be the tradition that we may have lost in the era of instant coffee, instant noodles and instant relationships.
This is KZ Tandingan‘s debut film. The trailer speaks for itself. She’s got the Bisayan charm which was an important ingredient in the movie. And because of the movie, the story, she was able to write a song called “Walanghiyang Pagibig”.
The leading man who’s been in the business tackling more of kontrabida roles, Epy Quizon portrays the character of Jake Esguerra, who as his producers and director says is the embodiment of “Landian”. Epy starred on the mini-webseries called “The Jake Chronicles” which showcases the art of seduction he mastered through his character’s years of experience.
The producers and director beg to disagree.
“The first time I was told parang hindi ko ma-imagine. Alam ko singer, eh. Kaya nung sinabi sa akin na siya ang leading lady, isa lang ang hiniling ko kina direk. Workshop! Ayun. Nagulat din ako. Kasi, marunong umarte. Habang tumatagal, she reminded me of Ate Guy (Nora Aunor). Pero ayaw ko ikumpara syempre. Kasi perite. Pinay ang dating. Kumakanta. Expressive eyes. Aaminin ko nung una, sinabi ko kay Direk baka mahirapan tayo. Eh, nung unang eksena namin, kinain na ako. Dumadating sa set alam na ang lines. May timing. Kaya sabi ko lang sa kanya, just be herself.”
Direk Jourdan admitted that Epy was not even his first choice for Jake’s character.
Said Epy, “Nalaman ko naman. Schedule lang ang naging problema. May nag-suggest na ako na lang ang kunin. Bagay daw sa akin ‘yung role. Kaya nung sa leading lady na lahat pumalag. Hindi rin ako music-oriented kaya hindi ako familiar. Our producer Anna sent me a copy of her song para pakinggan. “Rolling in the Deep”. Ipina-Google sa akin nung sumali siya sa isang contedt at kumanta in Mandarin at nagiiyaka ang mga tao. Wow! Kaya sabi ko, eh artista ito. And nung script reading na kami, kinikolig ‘yung mga nakakarinig sa dine-deliver naming dialogues.”
Is Jake close to his real self?
“Parang oo! Parang dinaanan ko. But now am different na. Am I the marrying kind? I don’t think so. But I am in a relationship now. And we are comfortable with what we are sharing in the relationship. Maraming matututunan sa encounter ng dalawang characters.”
KZ after seven years in the business. And the acting bug has bitten her. And be told she is like the Superstar during her beginnings.
“I am taking it as a challenge. It just makes me work harder and harder. Nung una, hindi rin ako makapaniwala na I can do this. Act!”
At one point in their press conference, KZ became emotional. Because she remembered the not so good things said of her.
The production is impressed with KZ and Epy’s work.
ROXANNE BARCELO portrays the part of Jake’s (Epy) past.
“Pero wala sa totoo’ng buhay, ha!”
She was praised though in her win in “It’s Showtime’s” Tawag ng Tanghalan or TNT. Thbis where Roxanne’s emotions broke.
“I did not expect the win. Naalala ko ang Dad jo. Kasi, siya ang nagsabi sa akin noon pa to sing. And nefore he passed away ‘yun ang nasa text message niya sa akin. That was in June. Nakalimutan ko na. Then, TNT came nga. Hindi nga ako sure kung maitatawid ko. May nagsabi lang sa akin to do it for my father. Sabi ko pa sa kanila, sure kayo? Kaya ang laki ng pasasalamat ko sa It’s Showtime and my new manager. Kaya alam ko napasaya ko si Tatay.”
As KZ acts, Epy sings with her the theme song!
The modern daw Casanova Jake turns modern millennial probinsyana Carisse’s world around!
On November 13, 2019, take a tip or two from Jake’s take on “The Art of Ligaw”.
Ligaw na courtship or did he get lost as in Ligaw?
Paano ba talaga?