Former co-stars Angelica Panganiban and JM de Guzman had a virtual reunion for a live script reading of their blockbuster film, “That Thing Called Tadhana.”
The two went live on Sunday, April 12, to participate in Lockdown Cinema Nights, a fundraising program hosted by spoken word artist and actor Juan Miguel Severo for the benefit of film workers whose livelihoods were affected by the lockdown imposed in Luzon to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
As chosen by the movie’s director and scriptwriter, Antoinette Jadaone, Angelica and JM read lines from a scene where their characters, Mace and Anthony, were seated beside each other on a bus on the way to Baguio.
“‘Yung napili kong part ng script ay yung nasa loob sila ng bus. Yung isang eksena doon, deleted. Hindi siya nasama sa pelikula. ‘Yun yung mahabang litanya ni Anthony,” said Antoinette.
Following their performance, Angelica and JM went on to answer questions from viewers, one of which asked whether they were willing to go on a spontaneous trip with a stranger just like their characters in the movie.
“Siguro kaya. Mahirap naman talaga mag-portray ng role kung hindi ka naniniwala doon sa ginagawa ng character ‘di ba? Hindi mo na alam kapag ikaw yung nandoon sa ganung sitwasyon na sobrang heartbroken ka, gusto mo lang ‘di ba may kausap ka. Talagang kahit sino puwede mong pagkuwentuhan ng nararamdaman mo. Talagang posibleng mangyari yun,” said Angelica.
JM, for his part, answered: “Posible [mangyari ‘yun] kasi yung sa storya ‘di ba yung first scene, sila lang din yung dalawang Pinoy doon sa airport? Parang [inallow talaga] ng circumstance tapos heartbroken siya tapos nag-connect,” he said.
On the topic of a possible “That Thing Called Tadhana” sequel, Antoinette revealed that she already did the “first few sequences” of the script, but has yet to finish the project.
“So siguro, like kung paano namin ginawa yung una, huwag siyang pilitin,” she added.
When asked what would be the plot of the follow-up, Antoinette said: “Hindi ko alam. Feeling ko malalaman ko yun sa time na sinusulat ko na siya. Kasi nagbabago naman ang kuwento base sa kung nasaan ka or kung ano ang paligid mo sa time na sinusulat mo.”
Angelica and JM, meanwhile, said they are open to reprise their roles as Mace and Anthony again.
“That Thing Called Tadhana”, about two people who meet at an airport in Rome and decide to go places together upon arriving in the Philippines, was released in 2014 and met with both commercial and critical success, making it one of the highest grossing Filipino independent films of all time