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Christian Bautista is excited about his Indonesian movie 'A Special Symphony'

'The Kitchen Musical' star Christian Bautista will come back end of June to Manila for the premiere.

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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6/4/2011 1:28 AM
Christian Bautista is excited about his Indonesian movie 'A Special Symphony'


060411-christian-main.jpgDespite having to leave the country for the next four months to work on the TV series The Kitchen Musical in Singapore, Christian Bautista is also excited about the premiere of his first international movie, A Special Symphony, which he shot for two months in Indonesia last year. In the movie, Christian plays a music teacher who is asked to be a substitute in a school for special children. “Medyo inspirational yung story. Pero it’s something new, something different para sa akin. Meron siyang mga kantahan pero that’s a scene like na merong choir na kakanta or ako kakanta. Pero hindi yung biglang kakanta habang nag-uusap, hindi siya ganung klase,” he clarified during his renewal of contract as Ink-All-You-Can’s endorser last May 31 at Max’s Restaurant in Quezon City.

The 29-year-old singer-actor, who worked with an almost all-Indonesian cast, said it was quite an experience to do a project where he had to speak three different languages. “Dito, meron akong konting Tagalog, konting English, at konting Bahasa Indonesia na konti-konti. So it’s very exciting,” he shared.

Christian also talked about how he worked with some very talented children in A Special Symphony. “Sa cast may isang special child talaga, tapos yung ibang mga bata, mga bagong actor na talagang magaling at talagang nakipag-aral with the special children para talagang makuha nila yung role. Merong autistic, merong ibang may Down syndrome. So yun yung message na pinapakita dun. Halo-halo yung movie, merong drama may action,” he explained. Christian said that there is one other Filipino actor in the cast named Maribeth, but she has always been based in Indonesia.

Although the movie will be officially shown in August, Christian will be coming back to Manila for one day just to attend the premiere. Christian said that the movie’s release came at a good time to add to his visibility despite his temporary absence from ASAP. “Sa September siya ipapalabas sa Indonesia pero babalik ako dito for one day para mag-premiere. In a way, maganda rin yung timing kasi habang wala ako dito, may nangyayari, so I’m very excited for that movie. Para kahit wala ako, at least medyo may ingay ng konti, kasi alam mo naman dito sa Pilipinas, pag nawala ka, wala ka na. Babalik ako kasi  kailangan ko rin i-promote. Sana magustuhan ng manunuod,” said the Ink-All-You-Can endorser.

After doing work abroad, Christian also noted how the working hours for actors are regulated. “Iba magtrabaho sa international. Dito, they work the artist 24 hours a day, hangga’t matapos ang magtrabaho. Doon we have cut-offs, so this means a 12 hour day. Basta ‘pag patak ng 12 hours, they will not extend because the artist will get sick. Or hindi na maka-concentrate yun ‘pag mga four am na. hindi alam ito ng mga masa eh, you know your teleserye actors are that good na kahit mga five am, iiyak yan, kayang kaya nila yan on cue. So yun ang difference,” he added.

Christian will also release a new song which will be the official movie theme of A Special Symphony. With an already strong following in Indonesia, Christian admitted he has aspirations to become to become not just a popular singer, but also a movie star in that country. “Yun yung gusto kong mangyari, sana (laughs),” he says good naturedly.