"Unti-unti, maibabalik natin ‘yan, kasi mahal na mahal natin ang industriyang ito."
These were the words of Dingdong Dantes expressing his confidence that Filipino cinema viewing will thrive again soon after it was massively affected by the pandemic.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, the actor, whose movie A Hard Day is an official entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival, remarked that the festival is a sign that Filipino cinema viewing is slowly returning.
"The answer is here. Bumabalik na tayo, although slowly, not totally yet. At least, nagsimula na tayo dito sa MMFF this year. I guess because of so many opportunities later on," he stated.
He added, "Gagawin nating lahat para mabuhay ulit ito at marami pang Pilipino ang magka-confidence na manood ulit ng sine."
Dingdong said that now that the COVID-19 cases in the country have been declining, it's an opportunity to start producing local films again to revive the industry.
"More than anything, I’m more worried na hindi na tayo makakabalik. We got to start somewhere and now is a very good opportunity because everything is opening up. Thank God, bumababa na ang mga [COVID] cases," he said.
The actor continued, "Mas natuto na tayo on how to really manage this pandemic. Hindi naman pwedeng hindi na bumalik ang mga dati nating ginagawa. Kailangan nating mabuhay at magkwento. Kailangan nating magpakita ng ganitong klaseng pelikula."
Dingdong remarked that he is ecstatic that his movie A Hard Day is being shown in the Metro Manila Film Festival.
"After everything that has transpired, after more than a year, we’re just really happy to be sharing this project with everyone. Especially dito sa MMFF, maipalalabas na ang movie. Simbolo na bumabalik na ang movies, kahit slowly," he stated.