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JP Laxamana on writing ‘Ang Henerasyong Sumuko sa Love’: ‘It’s for millennials to understand themselves more’

After doing romantic drama, Jason Paul Laxamana follows it up with a realistic take on life after college graduation.

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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10/3/2019 12:08 PM
JP Laxamana on writing ‘Ang Henerasyong Sumuko sa Love’: ‘It’s for millennials to understand themselves more’


After the success of Just a Stranger, director Jason Paul Laxamana follows it up with a film that tackles the real life problems of a typical college barkada. “It features millennials being the people who grew up without internet sa simula pero midway na-expose sila sa internet, sa social media. The movie is more for millennials to understand themselves more, kung bakit sila nagkakaganyan. Kasi ang dami kong research na ginawa dito sa pelikulang ito para makuha ko kung paano mag-isip yung mga ka-generation ko. So walang singular message kasi iba iba eh. Sa character naman ni Jane, dahil sa kultura ng vlogging or social media. Itong mga millennials and generation Z, mini-measure na lang yung buhay namin sa kung gaano karaming likes at saka shares. Nagiging about the numbers yung tingin namin sa sarili namin. We measure our self-worth based on how many likes and shares that we get from people sa social media,” he explained.

Direk JP said the gay character Denzel played by Jerome deals with the downside of dating apps. “Si Jerome nung una ayaw niya, parang natatakot siya sa role. Gusto niya yung ibang role. Sabi ko, ‘Feeling ko ikaw lang kasi makakagawa nito.’ So nabudol ko rin siya (laughs). I told him I really saw him as a good character actor and I think pang-level up sa kanyang acting and I’m very glad na nagpa-budol naman siya sa akin. Yung character ni Jerome it tackles the issue of hook up, na parang dahil sa social media, ang daming choices para sa pag-ibig. Pero sa sobrang dami ng choices, ang hirap pumili, gusto na tikman lahat,” he said. 

Out of all his characters, direk JP admitted he relates to Tony Labrusca’s character the most. “Yung mga millennials ngayon napaka-competitive, kaya lagi silang work ng work, at the expense of other factors sa buhay nila like yugn character ni Tony. Lagi silang busy to the point na minsan wala na silang time for relationships. Not just love, pati family, even for loving themselves wala na silang time. Ang dami sa mga millennials na products ng broken families, nagkakaroon na sila ng cynical point of view when it comes to love, na sobrang taliwas sa mga pinapakita sa mga pelikula ng generation ahead of us na laging happily ever after, laging happy ending. Yung character naman ni Albie (Casino) exposed siya sa ganung klaseng media na puro everything is romantic. So clash yung pananaw nila pagdating sa pag-ibig. In general, gusto ko ipaintindi sa ibang generations kung bakit kami ganito,” he said.

If there was one takeaway JP hopes the audience can get from watching his film, it’s to be a more positive and considerate of others. “Ang bottomline is the world is not going to get kinder, life is not going to get any easier and all we can do is look out for one another. Yun ang feeling ko pinaka bottomline ng pelikulang ito,” he added.