Zanjoe Marudo took to social media on Saturday, May 22, to congratulate Bela Padilla on her directorial debut 366.
On Instagram, Zanjoe posted a photo of himself previewing 366 with Bela, who, aside from directing the film, also wrote and starred in it.
In the caption of his post, the actor wrote: "Nag-preview kame ni Direk, ng Writer, at ng Bida ng pelikula ng '366'. Congratulations sayo! Nakaka-proud."
Responding to Zanjoe, Bela simply wrote: "(laughing emoji) Thank you only Zanjoe!!!"
Fans, meanwhile, could not help but tease the two, who were previously romantically linked, although neither of them confirmed being an official couple at any point.
Aside from Bela, Zanjoe, as well as JC Santos, will also be starring in 366.
In a previous Instagram post, Bela thanked her co-stars for saying yes to the project and for going beyond her expectations.
"To Zanjoe and JC... you two have always been my favorite actors to have worked with and saying yes to doing this project made me want to do this better, even more. I was blessed to have worked with you two again and I hope I met your expectations because you both clearly have met mine, and then some. Thank you for the trust and support. I will remember this kindness forever," she said.
Cameras started rolling for 366 back in January.
In her guest appearance on The Third World Cinema Club podcast last April, Bela happily shared that her directorial debut is already more than halfway done.
“Right now it’s not yet finished. Meron kasi kaming Manila leg. Ideally, nung sinulat ito kasi dapat parang a big portion of the script could have been shot in Europe tapos nagka-pandemic, nagka-lockdown, ganyan ganyan. So binaliktad ko lang yung script na mas mahaba na yung part sa Manila and yung start ang magiging Europe. So naghihintay lang kami ng balita kung kelan kami makakalipad. Yung theatrical release or platforms, wala pa kami dun. Nandun kami sa tatapusin pa lang yung project. But we’re about 60 to 70% finished with the film,” she said.
In the same episode, Bela, who wrote films such as Camp Sawi, Luck At First Sight, Last Night, and 10,000 Hours, also shared some insight on her new movie.
“Parang paglaruan niyo lang yung, ‘if you had one more day in a year, how would you use it? Would you use it na iiwasan mo yung taong mahal mo or would you use that one day to declare your love even more?’ Parang ganun. Based sa title, that’s what it plays around. Pero parang the story starts with death. It’s also about how you move on from grief, from something tragic,” she said.