Apart from starring in the Kapamilya teleserye Dahil Sa Pag-ibig, Piolo Pascual has found success as executive producer of the comedy hit Kimmy Dora and The Temple of Kiyeme which he produced under Spring Films along with friends in the industry which also includes the film’s director Joyce Bernal and Shayne Sarte and Erickson Raymundo among others.
Piolo said he is happy with the feedback they have gotten after the film’s one-week run. “We’re just really thankful kasi kahit anong endeavor naman natin we want it to be successful, to be accepted, na tangkilikin. So we’re happy kasi dito sa second venture namin sa film, sabi ko nga sa mga ka-partner namin dun, kailangan kumita yung pelikula kasi dito nakasalalay yung future ng Spring Films para makagawa pa kami ng maraming pelikula. With the help of Star Cinema and ABS-CBN we were able to reach our target. I don’t know the official figure pero we reached P100M nung Saturday so hopefully before Wednesday maka-P120M, so baka paglabas ng Spider-man mga P400M na (laughs),” he said during Kimmy Dora and The Temple of Kiyeme thanksgiving party held last June 25 at the Cerchio restaurant in Quezon City.
The hunky producer admitted he did not want to have any expectations when it comes to ticket sales. “No hindi na puwede yung mag-expect ng sobra, hindi ka puwedeng umasa. Ang inaasahan mo lang yung suporta. Si Uge (Eugene Domingo) nga nahihiya ako kasi sinasabi ko sa kanya na, ‘Labs pasensiya na, ilang araw na lang bago tayo makahinga.’ Hindi kami hihinga hangga’t hindi naming nasisigurado na naka-break even o okay na. So even after one week, naka-standby pa rin kami until the weekend when we heard the news na okay na siya. It crossed the P100M mark so we just had to throw a thanksgiving party for Uge and the rest of the cast because it was a collective effort. Of course we had a target. We had to reach a certain amount para mag-break even. Close to a P100M,” he explained.
Even though the two Kimmy Dora films have done well, Piolo says it’s too soon for him to claim he is a successful at producing movies. “Hindi pa puwedeng i-claim yun eh. A day at a time, kung maging successful ka today, happy ka then you move on. Siguro for now happy ka but of course we have to move forward. Hindi ko naman puwede i-claim na made ka na or established producer ka because it never stops. I still have so much learning to do at the same time, may mga de-briefing pa. We just want to be better in what we do,” he shared. Piolo also gave a lot of credit to Kimmy Dora star Eugene. “Si Eugene may stake siya sa Kimmy Dora, para sa amin hindi lang siya binigyan ng script, she’s part of Sprint Films. Kung ano yung success ng Kimmy Dora, malaki yung pasasalamat namin,” he added.
Piolo said he is looking forward to producing more quality projects in the future. “We’re still looking at scripts and stories but hopefully one of the three projects that we are working on hindi ko pa masabi eh (laughs) and then there’s also a teen movie, then there’s another one na siyempre lahat ito dumaan sa matinding scripting planning so hopefully makagawa din kami ni Eugene. Of course we’re really inspired ngayon. Sabi nung isang producer namin hopefully maka-tatlo kaming pelikula next year. It’s a collective effort. Lahat kami from direk Joyce and Eugene, she gave more than a 100% so tulong-tulong. Kasi parang we want to inspire others also. Hindi naman puwedeng isang tao lang ang gagawa, kailangan talaga lahat may faith,” he said.
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