Actor-producer Piolo Pascual couldn’t be any prouder that he and his co-producers in Spring Films were able to come up with an offbeat love team composed of Alessandra de Rossi and Empoy Marquez.
Now billed as AlEmpoy, the romantic millennial film about OFWs Kita Kita was shot in full in Hokkaido, Japan under the direction of Ang Huling Chacha ni Anita director Sigrid Andres Bernardo.
“Ako kasi risky akong tao eh. Kapag naniwala ako sa isang proyekto, kasama pati batok,” started Piolo during the movie’s press conference.
“So, regardless of the outcome. Of course you want it to succeed, basta naniwala ka sa isang konsepto paninindigan ko ‘yun to the end, especially with people working with you who believe in the project,” he quickly added.
The Ultimate Heartthrob believes that, he too, as an artist, has to gamble sometimes whenever he takes on projects. That said, he underscored that it’s only but natural for him to gamble for a film like that of AlEmpoy’s.
More than that, as someone who’s been in the business for two decades now, Piolo is convinced that he ranks among the artists who already have an unspoken responsibility of furthering the local entertainment scene.
“‘Yun nga sa pelikulang ito, kasama na sa responsibilidad natin bilang miyembro ng entertainment industry na gumawa ng mga pelikula na pwede nating ipagmalaki hindi lang dito, kundi sa ibang bansa,” Piolo explained.
Piolo even bluntly claimed that the film could very well rank as his legacy for the business.
“And siguro, sabi nga ni Direk Joyce (Bernal), ito na ang pwede naming contribution sa pelikulang Pilipino, na makagawa ng mga pelikula na hindi siya nakakahon o hindi siya limitado,” he explained. “So we’re just really happy that we’re able to come up with concepts like this na pwede nating paglaruan.”
What would be Kita Kita’s edge over other romance films featuring far more popular tandems?
“Bago ‘yung love team, bago ‘yung story. Ang sarap rin niyang panoorin. Wala siyang pretentions, wala siyang pinapatunayan,” he said.
In the end, Piolo once again reiterated how proud being part of the said project.
“Happy ako na nakagawa ako ng isang pelikula na disente and pwede nating ipagmalaki,” he ended.
Kita Kita competed under the Grand Prix and Most Promising Talents category at the Osaka Asian Film Festival last March.
Kita Kita starring Alessandra de Rossi and Empoy Marquez is set to hit the theaters starting July 19.