"'I'll send you a box of some stuff I've written. Some of them are scripts, some are treatments and some are synopses. Go through them and pick one you think you feel confident you can direct.'
"'I don't have experience with the technicals,' I said. 'That's no problem,' he said. 'Get the best technical and production people and you won't have a problem. You can concentrate on directing.'
"He then recommended their names to me. 'Who will produce the film?' I asked him.
"He also suggested the producer I should approach. The following day, the box of scripts arrived. Most of them were 'very Mario stuff.'
"And I found one that I would fit into. It was titled 'Bukas Ang Kasal.'
"After choosing the script, I did exactly as he had advised— inspired and encouraged by his confidence in me.
"That's how I got to direct my first film and transition to being a director. I owe them to Mario..."
Isang malakas na palakpakan, bilang pagtanggap, ang sumunod matapos ang bahaging ito ng talumpati ni Direk Laurice.
Sa mga masugid na tagasubaybay ng pelikulang Pilipino, at sa mga manunulat at tagapag-saliksik ukol dito sa makabagong panahon, ang kontribusyong nabanggit ni Direk Laurice, mula kay Mario O'Hara, ay hindi nga matatawaran.
Agad na nagkaroon ng puwang sa industriya ang pagiging female director ni Laurice Guillen, sa pagsisimula niya sa larangan bilang filmmaker, sa pamamagitan ng kanyang Kasal? (1980), na ginawang mas "intriguing" na title ng 'Bukas Ang Kasal,' ang screenplay ni O'Hara.
Tungkol sa apat na magsing-irog (Hilda Koronel, Christopher de Leon, Mia Gutierrez, Jay Ilagan), at sa isang misteryosang babae (Chanda Romero) ang buod ng kuwento ng pelikula, kasama ang mga beteranong aktor at aktres, tulad nina Bobby Ledesma, Johnny Wilson at Ms. Gloria Romero. Kumita sa takilya ang Kasal? isang independently produced sophisticated romance drama na ni-release ng Trigon Films.
NOT LOSING FAITH IN CINEMALAYA. "It is this same inspiration that helps me, personally, not to lose faith in Cinemalaya—in Cinemalaya's vision.
"Hopefully, that same spirit will be generated by the new breed of filmmakers."
Laurice then went on to share another anecdote on O'Hara, about the latter's participation in the Director's Showcase competition, which was launched in July 2010.
"At the closing ceremonies of the 6th Cinemalaya Film Festival, when his (O'Hara's) film, Ang Paglilitis Ni Andres Bonifacio, had not won a single award, Mario said, 'Ako na yata ang pinaka-bobo rito...'