IN line with its on-going 20th anniversary, Star Cinema together with Regal Films in Pagpag, Siyam Na Buhay – the only horror film to participate in the highly anticipated 39th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) this December. It should be noted that Pagpag is the debut MMFF entry of film and television director Frasco Mortiz whose previous credits include some of Star Cinema’s top-grossing films namely The Reunion and 24/7 In Love as well as ABS-CBN’s top-rating kiddie gag show Goin’ Bulilit.
The film assembles the country’s finest young actors as headlined by Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo who are considered as the reigning teen royalty of the industry, as well as Shaina Magdayao and Paulo Avelino two of ABS-CBN’s most talented dramatic actors with the support of Matet De Leon, Dominic Roque, Miles Ocampo, Clarence Delgado, CJ Navato, Michelle Vito, Janus Del Prado, and Marvin Yap.
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Direk Frasco further explains that fans can look forward to a different kind of movie experience, as Pagpag is the very first horror film of Daniel and Kathryn, “The movie’s unlikely heroes will embark on a terrifying race against time to save their family and friends. Of course, the movie will also offer a pinch of romance and humor. Aside from being a horror flick, Pagpag is also an adventure movie for the whole family to enjoy this holiday season.” Pagpag, Siyam Na Buhay is showing in mainstream cineams nation nationwide beginning December 25. The movie is directed by Frasco Santos Mortiz. Screenplay by Joel Mercado.
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Direk Frasco also expressed how proud he is of his lead actors, “I have seen Kathryn grow to be a very fine actress since her days as part of the cast of Goin’ Bulilit while Daniel on the other hand steps up to the plate with his role as the movie’s accidental hero of sorts. Shaina and Paulo also delivered riveting and unforgettable performances. The rapport of the cast is so palpable when you see them on the big screen.”
Likewise, both Daniel and Kathryn revealed how wonderful it is to work with Direk Frasco. “The concept of Papag is very different from Goin’ Bulilit when I used to work with Direk on TV,” says Kathryn. “Our movie is very serious but the atmosphere on set is very laidback and relaxed. Direk always makes sure that we are all comfortable on set and since I myself get scared easily, he makes it a point to remind everyone that we should all be having fun while making the movie. We are all laughing and giggling in between takes.”
Daniel says that Direk Frasco is very instrumental in ensuring that everyone has the right chemistry on set, “We all meshed with each other because Direk treated us like family on set. We all bonded and hanged with each other during breaks. The result on screen is great because we all got to know each other very well.”