When asked what viewers can learn from watching his Metro Manila Film Festival entry Kun Maupay Man It Panahon, Daniel Padilla said there is a lot to learn from the film that is the story of a young man searching for his family as another storm approaches in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city.
“Sa film sila makakakuha ng lessons towards life, pag dumating yung panahon na binigyan ka ng ganyang sitwasyon, anong gagawin mo? Kaya nga itong mga waray-waray nating kababayan is unbelievable ang nangyari diyan ‘di ba? Wala pang nakaka-experience niyan kundi sila lamang. Sa buong mundo, sila lang. Pangalawa, malapit ito sa atin kasi dugo natin ito, kapwa natin Pilipino itong mga ‘to,” he shared.
The 26-year-old actor also talked about the unforeseen circumstances that brought about the calamity that hit Tacloban in 2013. “I think the lessons na makukuha nila is about life. About life, family, survival pagdating sa sitwasyon na hindi mo alam yung gagawin mo, how would you react? So mas ganun, lalo na Mother Nature ang kalaban natin dito. Wala tayong puwedeng sisihin. Mas ganun yung lessons niya. Also, Mother Nature is connected sa ating environment. Why do these things happen? Maybe it’s also because of us. We’re doing something wrong. So mas ganun siya. Kaya gusto ko rin gawin yung pelikula kasi eye-opener eh,” he added.
Playing the role of DJ’s mother in the film is veteran actress Charo Santos and working with her was an unforgettable experience for him.
“Masarap makatrabaho si ma’am Charo eh. Magaling magbigay si ma’am Charo. Ako pagdating sa acting eh gusto ko may nakakabatuhan din ako. I’m not saying na mahusay ako umarte, pero alam mo mas huhusay ka kung magaling yung kasama mong umaarte. Tapos nagbabatuhan lang kayo, ng-fi-feed kayo sa isa’t isa. Kasi si ma’am Charo ay napakahusay na aktres at saka very welcoming. Nung una I was intimidated. Kasi siyempre si ma’am Charo yun, boss yun. Tapos ngayon co-actor ko siya so parang grabe ang hiya ko. Pero she was very giving and very welcoming,” he recalled.
Kun Maupay Man It Panahon stars Daniel Padilla and Charo Santos and is a joint project of Dreamscape, iWant, Quantum Films, Black Sheep, and Globe Studios, with international partner studios in France, Singapore, Indonesia, Germany, and Qatar. The movie is directed by Carlo Francisco Manatad, whose short film, Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month, was nominated in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 2017.