More than a decade after he made his onscreen debut as part of the Kim Chiu’s TV series My Girl, David Chua has certainly come a long way in showbiz. From his modeling roots to acting and making the transition into a director last year, the 32-year-old Dark Carnival Productions creator marked another milestone in his career as a full-fledged Regal Baby along with fellow ALV Talent Circuit artists.
This year’s batch was launched last month along with renewing artists Kris Bernal; Teejay Marquez; Kiko Estrada; Miss World Philippines queens Casie Banks, Shannon Kerver, Katrina Llegado, Roberta Tamondong and Daena Resurreccion; RJ Agustin; JB Saliba; Carlo Galano; and Julian Roxas.
After signing the two-year, eight-movie contract with Regal Films, David said it was a dream come true to finally be part of the country’s most established film companies. “I remember watching some of Regal Films’ most iconic films during when I was growing up. I think that had such a profound influence on me and I’m sure those films affected me immensely, to the point where I vowed to be an actor someday. I’m a huge fan of the Regal Shocker movies,” he said.
As part of the Regal family, David hopes to get the chance to do projects for them behind the camera as well. “I was chatting with Ms. Roselle (Monteverde) and I told her that I’d like to try my hand at directing maybe one or two of their films someday. She asked me what genre I’d be most comfortable with, and I said horror. I’m crossing my fingers and pray that happens soon!” he revealed.
The Regal Babies contract signing also doubled as a post-birthday celebration for well-loved Regal matriarch Mother Lily Monteverde who turned 83 years old the day before.
“I couldn’t help but still be awestruck not just by her legacy as a filmmaker, but by her innate charm and lovable personality as well. It’s amazing how she’s still so vibrant and healthy. I think her naturally positive disposition, her passion for music, and of course, the continuous outpouring of love from family and friends always keeps her young, despite the lingering health crisis. I think she deserves a lifetime achievement award for her role in discovering and mentoring some of our biggest stars,” he said.
Currently busy working on several projects including occasional behind-the-scenes work for Rated K, David revealed that he is looking forward to opening his own film production studio in Chinatown in Manila which will be a 670-square meter facility which will also double as a convenient location for film shoots and post-production work.
“I’m very excited about the birth of this new baby of ours. We figured it would be more cost-effective to have our own space, and have something to offer as well to our brothers in the industry,” he added.