The script is ready. Music has been perfected. The play had a successful eight-month run.
The author, director and original actor wants to turn it into film.
His choice to play the role?
Piolo Pascual, no one else!
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Lawyer-actor-singer-director-playwright-academician Vincent Tanada said he really does not watch commercial films but saw Piolo in Dekada and that left a lasting impression on him, adding to the fact that the heartthrob is a good singer, too.
Piolo at the launch of his E! News Asia Special
“There’s no one who can play Ninoy in the film version of ‘Ako Si Ninoy.’ I have considered practically everyone and since this is a musical film, not just acting, Piolo is it,” Vince told a group of entertainment writers at his residence after a string of successful performances of Philippine Stagers Foundation’s current production, Filipinas 1941, at the St. Scholastica’s College Manila last month.
Piolo with ‘Hawak Kamay’ kids
Piolo is busy right now with Hawak Kamay, which premiered on July 21, replacing Dyesebel starring Anne Curtis.
He said working with Zaijan Jaranilla, Xyriel Manabat and Andrea Brillantes is amazing.
“It’s nice to see and watch them perform kasi puro raw, e, wala kang itulak-kabigin sa mga bata.”
Together with Piolo and the kids in the new ABS-CBN teleserye are Nikki Gil and Iza Calzado.
He’s also fresh from the success of the Star Cinema movie with Toni Gonzaga, Starting Over Again, officially the highest grossing Filipino movie of all time earning more than P450 million in its eight-week run.
Piolo with son Inigo
On the side, Piolo is a proud father to Inigo, confirmed to have been selected as member of a US boy band. Inigo is as proud, telling his friends in the US that his dad is the Brad Pitt of the Philippines.
An avowed Christian, Piolo is likewise thankful for his continuous projects with his home studio.
“I’m very thankful, of course, to the Lord our God. I’m thankful to ABS (CBN) for the continued trust. Mahirap pero (It’s hard but) there’s pressure and everything that we did there’s pressure involved, so just go with the flow, I guess,” he said.
Ako Si Ninoy had a theater run from July 2009 to March 2010.
‘Ako Si Ninoy’ poster
Ninoy’s widow, former President Cory Aquino, passed away hours after the special performance of the play honoring her husband at Ayala Musuem in Makati City.
It was something she would have loved watching, nephew Rapa Lopa, executive director of the Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Foundation (now known as Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation or NCAF), expressed.
Tanada was inspired to write Ako Si Ninoy with the launching of I Am Ninoy Movement. It’s a dream musical that he wanted to make it complete so he decided to play Ninoy himself.
In the film version, he wants to be behind the camera and run every aspect of the production.
Vince Tanada as Felipe in ‘Filipinas 1941’
The multi-slash artist that he is, Vince also added that it would be fitting then to show the film while Ninoy’s son and namesake Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III is still in office, and hopefully, during the Metro Manila Film Festival in 2015 to have wider reach.
One reviewer said of Ako Si Ninoy:
“The musical play succeeds in depicting Ninoy as an ordinary person who felt fear and struggled with himself so that he could serve the Filipino people more. A particularly striking scene was when Ninoy was in detention and began to hallucinate and question his beliefs. Eventually, he found the strength to continue to fight and the rest, as they say, is history…
“The play’s message is simple, that anyone and everyone who struggles for the truth, against tyranny and injustice even in their own little way is a hero. We do not need the blood of Ninoy to run in our veins to be able to fight for our rights. What we need is the resolve to do more for our country, and that is to join in the struggle of the majority for peace and justice.”
Ako Si Ninoy was 2009 Aliw Awards Best Musical Play. It also won Best Musical Director and Best Child Performer.
The same production gave Philippine Stagers Foundation its TAYO (Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations) recognition in 2010.
Vince also ventured into film acting last year, topbilling Otso, the comeback movie of award-winning director Elwood Perez after a decade.
Vince with ‘Otso’ director Elwood Perez
His portrayal of a balikbayan working on a script for an indie film earned him PMPC (Philippine Movie Press Club) Star Awards New Movie Actor of the Year.
Emir and I Do Bi Doo, Bi Doo have been, so far, the only Filipino full-length musical films ever produced.
Emir, starring Francesca Farr and directed by Chito Rono, tells about a girl from Ilocos who serves as nanny in a Middle Eastern royal household, then introduces her ward to Filipino culture.
I Do Bi Doo, Bi Doo is based from the songs of Apo Hiking Society with Ogie Alcasid, Eugene Domingo and Sam Concepcion as main stars directed by Chris Martinez (Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank), produced by Studio 5 and Unitel.
Meanwhile, Filipinas 1941 runs until March 2015.
Performances for the month of August are as follows:
August 1 Leisure Coast Dagupan Pangasinan 8am 11 am
August 2-3 St. Scholastica’s College Manila 8am 11am 2 pm 5pm
August 4-6 SM North Edsa Cinema 9 8am 11am 2pm 5pm
August 9-10 SM North Edsa Cinema 9 8am 11am 2pm
August 12 San Juan La Union Gym 8am 11am
August 15-16 Baguio Convention Center 8am 11 am 2pm
August 17 SM Sta. Mesa 8am 11 am 2pm 5pm
August 20 Angeles University Foundation 8am 11am 2pm
August 23-24 SM North Edsa Cinema 9 8am 11am 2pm
August 28 Claret School QC 10am 1pm
August 30-31 SM North Edsa Cinema 9 8am 11am 2pm
See related stories in this blog:
- A must-see for every Juan: ‘Filipinas 1941’ a musical stage play fusing history with bits of comedy https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/a-must-see-for-every-juan-filipinas-1941-a-musical-stage-play-fusing-history-with-bits-of-comedy/
- Dreadful August turns PNoy, Kris emotional to the core https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/dreadful-august-turns-pnoy-kris-emotional-to-the-core/
Click link to watch portions of ‘Ako Si Ninoy’