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Brillante Mendoza reveals that he wants to do movies with Vilma Santos and Sharon Cuneta

MMFF’s ‘Mindanao’ director Brillante Mendoza also reveals his favorite actresses to work with in the industry.

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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12/12/2019 11:02 AM
Brillante Mendoza reveals that he wants to do movies with Vilma Santos and Sharon Cuneta


During the special press screening for his latest Metro Manila Film Festival entry Mindanao last December 9, director Brillante Mendoza admitted that he had invited showbiz royalty like Vilma Santos and Nora Aunor to watch his film.” Si Ate Vi nag-text nga dapat andito siya nagyon kaya lang may session daw ngayon Monday eh. Si ate Guy nasa Bicol ngayon. Pero kinongratulate nila pareho si Judy Ann (Santos),” he shared.

The Mindanao director said he has just been waiting to do a film with Vilma Santos when the timing is right. “Merong mga usapan. Schedule lang talaga. Siyempre iba na talaga ngayon ang priorities niya. Ano na siya politician na siya so yun ang priority niya. Gusto rin niya. Ayaw lang niya na magtrabaho kami na half-hearted or hindi talaga siya nakabuhos ang concentration niya sa akin. Iba iba yung project kasi nag-e-evolve na rin eh,” he explained.

With Juday’s win as Best Actress in the 41st Cairo International Film Festival, Brillante said he has enjoyed working with all his award-winning stars. “Lahat sila nagkaroon na ng Best Actress okay. Si Cherry Pie (Picache) dalawa ang pelikula ko sa kanya, tig-da-dalawang best International Actress awards sa South Africa at sa Kazakhstan nanalo siya at ang napanalunan niya for Foster Child and Kaleldo. Si Anita Linda sa Lola nanalo sila sa Spain ng dalawa at saka nanalo sila sa Iran. Si Gina Pareno nanalo siya sa Russia at sa Hong Kong. Dalawang Best Supporting Actress award. Si Ate Guy nanalo siya ng tatlong Best International award sa Hong Kong, sa Asia Film Academy, at saka sa Russia. Si Jaclyn Jose nanalo apat pero pinakamalaki naman yung sa kanya dahil sa Cannes. And then of course naman si Juday,” he explained.

The acclaimed director also said he is open to working with other showbiz veterans like megastar Shaorn Cuneta. “Alam mo lahat sila sabi ko nga lahat sila mga icon, ang laki ng na-contribute nila sa industry, from Sharon and until the young actors now, sobrang interesting talaga makatrabaho sila. Kung meron nga sana akong project para sa kanilang lahat eh. Kaya lang siyempre, katulad ni Judy Ann, it took some time. Si Tito Alfie (Lorenzo, Juday’s original manager who passed away in 2017) pa yung usapan namin nung buhay pa siya. May bata pa si Juday tapos wala pang project na nababagay so ayan dumating. Si Cherry Pie nun magkaka-sunod sunod tapos ang tagal bago dumating si Jaclyn. Pero nung dumating siya, best actress kaagad. Si Ate Guy wala siya for the longest time nung pumasok siya sa Thy Womb puro Best Actress ang kanyang nakuha di ba? So I think it’s just a matter of timing,” he shared.