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Robin Padilla admits he is saddened by the lack of support in the Pinoy movie industry

Tum: My Pledge of Love star Robin Padilla plans to work on doing more action films this year.

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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3/6/2011 9:00 PM
Robin Padilla admits he is saddened by the lack of support in the Pinoy movie industry


030611-robin_main.jpgAs he prepares for the upcoming play date of his movie Tum: My Pledge of Love, which also stars wife Mariel Rodriguez and daughter Queenie Padilla, Robin Padilla admitted that he never really planned to make a movie. But the inspiration came to him when he was doing a pictorial for StarStudio magazine in India last year. “Ang pagkakagawa ng Tum ay wala sa plano. Noong nag-pipictorial ako para sa Idol ng StarStudio, may mga pangyayari doon na nagkaroon ng mga romantic moments habang nasa India kami na hindi ako maka-concentrate sa aming pictorial,” he said.

The action star said that his blossoming relationship with Mariel played a big part in the movie’s conception. ”Ang nangyari, akala ko kasi, ang aking pag-ibig ay hindi tinanggap ni Ms. Mariel. Sumunod siya doon. Nung sumunod siya doon, nag-biyahe kami mula New Delhi papuntang Agra. Limang oras kami sa kotse at napagkuwentuhan namin nila Jun De Leon hanggang sa nabuo yung storya,” he said.

Robin said that even without any support, he was already determined to make the movie. Robin’s own Liwanag ng Kapayapaan Foundation along with some foreign partners in India were able to finance the movie, with Star Cinema being the local distributor.

Hindi ko na nakalimutan yung pinag-usupan namin hanggang umuwi kami sa Pilipinas hanggang sa nakipag-meeting na ako sa Star Cinema para sa isang proyekto. Hindi nawawala sa isip ko yung napag-usapan naming storya. Hanggang sa ipinaglaban ko na sa sarili ko yung storya. Ako na ang humanap ng mga mag-fi-finance at hiningi ko naman yung go-signal ni Ms. Malou Santos. Sabi ko may gagawin akong pelikula, suportahan mo ako. Kaya ang Star Cinema ay ka-partner namin sila ngayon,” he explained.

After he had finished shooting the film and was ready for post-production, Robin couldn’t help but admit his dismay at the response he got from the people from the film industry that he approached. The 40-year-old actor says that he discovered that commercial and advertising projects were now being prioritized over local films.

Kasi ang nangyayari, walang gustong tumulong. Experience ko ito, sumasama ang loob ko sa mga kababayan natin na ang gagaling sa computer. Kasi ang nangyayari, nakalimutan na nila ang pelikula. Lahat sila nakasentro sa commercials. Lahat ng magagaling na Pinoy, ayaw gumawa ng pelikula. Kaya ang pelikulang Pilipino, pagdating sa action, huli. Kasi wala eh. Katulad ko, nakakagawa lang ako ng magandang CGI ‘pag gumagawa ako ng commercial. Ngayon nung kumukuha na ako ng mga tao kasi may gusto akong gawin na talagang matindi, ang sagot sa akin ng lahat, hindi lang isa ha pero lahat, is ‘Busy kami, andami naming commercial na ginagawa.’ Malungkot yun para sa akin. Tapos pupunta naman ako sa isang kompanya, and sasabhihan nila, ‘Ay hindi po namin ibibigay ito kasi naka-oo na kami sa iba.’ Ang nagiging choice na lang, pupunta ka sa ibang bansa. Pupunta ka Hong Kong, Thailand para magpa-CGI ka, eh triple presyo dun eh,” he shared.

Being a staunch advocate of local action films, Robin said he has learned to slowly accept the fact that the era of stuntmen is slowly being edged out by the use of computer-generated imagery or CGI technology, which is what is most commonly used in Hollywood films today. “Tanggap ko na kasi kahit anong gawin natin, wala na tayong magagawa kundi samaan ng loob. Kaya lang ngayon, nung binuksan ko yung sarili ko sa ganun, wala kami makuha na gagawa. Alam mo umabot sa punto na kelangan ko pang magpa-aral para dun. Kasi