Miles Ocampo, who is set to headline a big screen project for the first time via the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry Write About Love, charms her way in the first trailer of the romantic-comedy film.
Set to play the role of an aspiring young writer, Miles Ocampo’s character is forced to work with Rocco Nacino’s who happens to be a seasoned indie writer for film. Together, the two will help each other to make the next blockbuster hit.
Watch the trailer below:
Director Crisanto C. Aquino, who marks his directorial debut, took us back to the moment he found out that the film made it to the competition in an intimate press conference held Tuesday, November 5.
“Nakakatuwa kasi nung day ng announcement alam ko kasi 2PM ‘yung announcement, 10am deliberation, nag-off ako ng internet. Nate-tense talaga ako. Hindi ako nakatulog that night. Kasi sino ba naman ako para mag-expect na papasok eh starter lang ako sa sa pag-didirek. First movie ko,” he shared.
He went on: Ang mga kabangga ko ang laki-laki ding production, ang lalaking artista. So ang liit liit lang talaga ng hope ko. Ang sabi sa akin 3:45 PM, may nagtext sa akin na I got in. We got in. Napatalon talaga ako. As in sobrang surprising. ‘Di ko inexpect. Kaya sobrang thankful talaga ako sa nangyari. Sobra siyang surprising. Nakakatuwa.”
As seen in one of the scenes from the trailer, Miles Ocampo re-enacted one of Angelica Panganiban’s lines in That Thing Called Tadhana but in reverse. She even referenced the indie-turned-mainstream director in the previous teasers of the film.
It turns out, he reached out to Antoinette Jadaone, a good friend of his, to have the latter’s name included in the film.
“‘Teh, may pelikula ako. Kailangan kong banggitin ‘yung pangalan mo. Kasi ‘yung character ko kasi isang writer. Tapos fan siya ng That Thing Called Tadhana’,” he said, narrating how asked permission from Antoinette Jadaone.
“Sabi niya: ‘Seryoso ka ba, teh?’ Sabi ko ‘Oo seryoso ako’ ‘O sige, pabasa ako ng script. Binasa niya ‘yung script. ‘Teh, nakakatawa. Ang ganda.’, ‘Yun nagustuhan naman niya din. So I’m grateful na ‘yung nirerepresent ko may approval,” he shared.
While the film is the lone romantic-comedy contender in the lineup of films for this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival, Aquino believes the Filipino audience deserves to see something new.
“‘Di ba ang audience natin karamihan, they’re always asking for something new. Pero may iba, na ‘yung nakikita nilang something new, hindi pasok sa taste nila. Alam naman natin ‘yun. This one, ‘yung pagka-something new na, it will enter your heart and your soul.
He added: “Kasi ‘yung ginawa kong buildup ng story about love, unti-unting papasukin ka niya. Tatawa ka, tatawa ka, makaka-relate ka, maya-maya mapapaisip ka, maya-maya umiiyak ka na. Kasi ikaw ‘yung pinapanood mo eh. Istorya mo ‘to eh. Nanay mo, istorya ‘to ng kapatid mo, istorya ko ‘to. it’s very relatable. Tsaka when it comes to love story, everybody can relate talaga. So I’m really positive na sobra siyang relatable sa ating mga audience who love love stories. Hindi ako nag-woworry masyado na formulaic ba ‘to?”
When asked if he feels pressured about the box office success of the film, Aquino immediately said that the only thing he wants is for the moviegoers to enjoy and love the film.
“Hindi naman mawawala ‘yung pressure. Alam mo na Vice Ganda ‘yan. Alam mo na na Coco na ‘yan. Alam mo na na Vic Sotto na ‘yan. Umaasa na lang ako na sana kami sana ‘yung lumapit ng konti sa kanila. Sana makuha namin ‘yung audience namin. Well, ‘pag nakuha namin ‘yung audience namin, sila mismo ‘yung magsasalita na hindi lang para sa amin ‘to. Pwede rin sa inyo ‘to. Try niyong panoorin. Magugustahan niyo.”
Write About Love, which also stars Joem Bascon and Yeng Constantino, is set to hit theaters on December 25.