BY: Rohn Romulo
MANILA, Philippines — Write About Love, a new romantic comedy starring Miles Ocampo (Maledicto, The Debutantes), Rocco Nacino (Bar Boys), Joem Bascon (Heneral Luna) and Yeng Constantino (The Eternity Between Seconds) finally has an opening date: December 25, 2019.
It is TBA Studios’ official entry to the 45th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
Present at the media thanksgiving luncheon fêted by TBA Studios at Café Ysabel in San Juan, were Chairman Fernando “Nando” Ortigas, CEO Eduardo “Ed” Rocha and President Vincent “Ting” Nebrida.
Also, in attendance: Writer and director Crisanto B. Aquino, executive producer Daphne Chiu and TBA’s newly appointed global marketing chief & special projects head, Joyce A. Ramirez.
They took the opportunity to thank the top entertainment editors and writers for getting the film significant buzz and media attention, which allowed it to be selected as one of the top 4 finished film submissions at the MMFF 2019 Official Entries Announcement Ceremony organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) last October 16.
Write About Love is co-written by first time director Crisanto B. Aquino and Janyx Regalo with music helmed by Jerrold Tarog.
Direk Cris also wrote the lyrics to the original song “Ikaw Ang Akin” beautifully interpreted by popular singer Yeng Constantino as part of the movie’s original music soundtrack. The track is set for release by Star Music.
“Write About Love is a film of many firsts. Aside from it being my first directorial assignment, it is also the first major starrer of (former Goin’ Bulilit star) Miles Ocampo,” says Direk Cris.
“I am truly grateful to TBA Studios for allowing me to write, produce and direct this beautiful film.”
Prior to Write About Love, Direk Cris is known for being the country’s most sought-after Assistant Director and has worked with the likes of directors Chito Roño, Olivia Lamasan, Rory Quintos, Laurice Guillen, Cathy Garcia-Molina and Jerrold Tarog for both Goyo and Heneral Luna.
“Being selected in this year’s 2019 MMFF validates my more than 14 years in the film industry. I started as a Production Assistant and over the years I helmed my craft as a First Assistant Director. I am truly humbled and grateful to all those who supported my filmmaking journey.”
Write About Love tells the story of a young female writer (played by Miles Ocampo) who is paired up with a seasoned indie film writer (Rocco Nacino).
They are forced to collaborate and rewrite the script of an unfinished love story (with characters played by Yeng Constantino and Joem Bascon).
“Despite their clashing personalities and different perspectives on relationships, their writing process leads them towards a path of self-discovery, realizing in the end what it truly takes to write about love,” explains Direk Cris.
“Plus there’s the undeniable kilig factor of first time love. The character played by Miles must prove to the older, dashing male writer that she can write a genuine love story even if she has never been in love before.”
“Bagay na bagay ang pelikulang ito para sa mga gustong ma-in love ngayong pasko.”
Direk Cris further adds: “Miles is perfect for the role because of her authenticity. She is currently taking up Creative Writing at UP Diliman and like her character is also an NBSB (No Boyfriend Since Birth). The movie will make you feel as if the role was specifically written for her.”
“TBA Studios is confident that ‘Write About Love’ is going to be a success because aside from it being the only romantic, feel good entry at the 45th MMFF, the film was made in honor of the 100 Years of Philippines Cinema,” says Ting Nebrida, President & Executive Producer.
“We are thankful to the MMFF Selection Committee. This is also our third time at the MMFF after Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo (2014), Sunday Beauty Queen (2016) and now Write About Love (2019).”
Write About Love opens on Christmas Day, December 25, 2019.
Prior to its opening date, the whole cast is expected to join the TBA Studios float at the annual MMFF Parade of Stars on December 22.
Meanwhile, film marketing & promo will be helmed by the Philippines’ leading entertainment and celebrity firm PUBLICITYASIA with cinema distribution under AXINITE DigiCinema Inc.