Award-winning actor and “One More Try” lead star Dingdong Dantes did not expect but was truly delighted when he received a second movie offer from Star Cinema, especially that it is another entry to the annual Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
“Fresh from ‘Segunda Mano’ sinabihan na agad ako na I’m gonna do another project with Star Cinema. Hindi ko naman ini-expect it’s for MMFF again kaya parang nostalgic ‘yung experience,” narrated Dingdong. “Star Cinema gave me a very good experience sa first project ko with them kaya nung nalaman ko na may isa pa, syempre natuwa ako and I was looking forward sa new memories na mabi-build ko doing ‘One More Try’ na true enough naman ay isa namang pelikulang talagang hinding-hindi ko malilimutan.”
Under the direction of award-winning director Ruel S. Bayani, “One More Try” features a modern family drama about a mother’s immeasurable love to her son who is dying. In the story, Dingdong will play the character of Edward, a dedicated husband to Jacq (Angelica Panganiban), whose courage and character will be tested when her old friend Grace (Angel Locsin) re-enters his life with their son who is desperately in need of his father’s help.
According to Dingdong, aside from the unique beauty of the plot of “One More Try,” he immediately accepted offer because of the top caliber actors who are part of it, including former Kapuso star Angel.
“First time ko nakasama si Angel. Kasi kahit na noong nasa GMA pa siya, hindi kami nagkaron ng pagkakataon na magkatrabaho. And although si Angelica nakasama ko na sa ‘Segunda Mano’ at si Zanjoe (Marudo) sa ‘Kimmy Dora,’ first time namin magsama-samang apat sa iisang pelikula,” said Dingdong who revealed that he learned so much while doing the film. “Everyday I learn so many things from different people–kung papano sila sa set, kung gaano ka sila kaprofessional towards their work, how much they love their work, and how to make an awesome product while you’re having fun.”
Dingdong is also proud of the extraordinary and courageous plot of “One More Try.” He said, “Kung gaano siya kabilis mag-evolve as a story, ganoon din siguro kabilis ang magiging impact niya sa audience. Dahil sa pagkakaron ng isang bata eventually it turned out to be more of a family drama film than an adult type of movie na alam naman natin na karamihan nang pinalabas this year ay may ganoong tema.”
“Natutunan ko na minsan kasi may mga choices ka na gagawin na maaaring hindi tama sa nakararami pero para sa ‘yo morally and spiritually ay para sa ikabubuti ng taong mahal mo,” said the actor. “In the film, they will realize na beyond the conflicts of relationships, ultimately ay uuwi ka pa rin sa family mo which is perfect para sa isang film festival dahil panahon ang Pasko kung kelan nagsasama-sama ang mga pamilya.”
Aside from the first team-up of Angel, Angelica, Zanjoe and Dingdong, also featured in “One More Try” are Carmina Villaroel, Agot Isidro, Edward Mendez, and Ms. Gina Pareño.
Experience love that makes you do the impossible and accept the unacceptable, don’t miss “One More Try,” which will be shown on cinemas nationwide starting December 25.