This 2011, Marvin Agustin was able to achieve his goal of becoming a concert producer by becoming part of Futuretainment, a newly established company that will bring Bruno Mars for a two-night concert this April.
The R&B singer-songwriter will perform at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu on April 7 and at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City on April 8.
In a previous interview, Marvin narrated, "Yung kaibigan ko sa America, sila yung agent na nanalo ang bid for the concert, tapos in-invite niya ako dahil alam niya na talagang sobra akong eager magkaroon ng negosyo dito sa showbiz industry."
Bruno Mars is the featured vocalist in the hit songs "Nothin’ On You" by B.o.B. and "Billionaire" of Travie McCoy.
Bruno (real name: Peter Hernandez) was born to a musical family in Honolulu, Hawaii. His mother is a vocalist who hails from the Philippines while his father is a percussionist from Puerto Rico.
Marvin says of his new venture: "I’m very excited, isa ’yan sa matagal ko nang pinapangarap, e, ang magtrabaho sa production and at the same time dito ako nagsimulang magkaroon ng magandang buhay at trabaho sa industriyang ito. This my way of actually giving back, parang sa mga restaurants ko nakakapag-provide ako ng employment. Parang dito, gusto ko rin mag-create ng trabaho, sa industriyang kung saan ako natuto at nabigyan ng magandang buhay."
"SOUL" OF PATIKUL. Aside from being a hands-on concert producer for the much-awaited Bruno Mars concert this April, Marvin is also busy working on a socially-relevant film titled Patikul.
The GMA-7 actor will portray the true-to-life story of a principal beheaded by rebels in Mindanao. Patikul refers to the actual town where the heinous crime took place.
Directed by Joel Lamangan from a script by Kristopher Brugada, this indie film is produced by XITI Productions in cooperation with the Cinemalaya Foundation and Sineng Totoo Productions.
Michael (Marvin Agustin) is the principal of a remote school in Sulu. He takes the time to train two young students who are about to join a spelling bee. These are Fahad (Martin delos Santos) and Alelie (Angelie Nicole Sanoy of Magic Palayok fame).
Unfortunately, Michael is kidnapped by rebels who demand a huge ransom. When their demands are not met, they execute Michael, causing the teachers to become fearful of returning to Kan-Ague Elementary School.
Fahad’s parents (portrayed by Allen Dizon and Dimples Romana) are illiterate coffee farmers who want their son to continue his education. Together with Alelie’s mother (Ciara Sotto), the parents ask the local government to provide military escorts to the teachers to guarantee their safety.
Their request is not granted, which is why Amman (Allen Dizon) convinces the other parents to take up arms themselves and personally escort the teachers.
Glaiza de Castro is cast as Elsie, a member of the NGO group Teachers Without Borders who will help fill in the place of Michael. Completing the cast are Richard Quan, Mengie Cobarrubias, Benjie Felipe, Rubirubi, Althea Vega, Jim Pebanco and Rico Barrera.
Since the life and death of Marvin’s character provides the catalyst for reforms in the predominantly Muslim community, Direk Joel refers to Michael as the "soul" of the movie.
Marvin says of this project, "Napakaganda nga, it’s not just the character pero yung buong pelikula, e. Sa kahalagahan ng edukasyon, sa kahalagahang mabuhay. Sinasabi nga ni Direk Joel na ang hirap maging mahirap kasi pag mahirap ka, hindi ka na halos nangangarap. Ang gusto mo lang mangyari, maka-survive ka for that day.
"Nung naranasan ko yun sa buhay ko, isa yun sa line ko dati, e. Nasabi ko sa buhay ko na parang mahirap maging mahirap. Kasi pag mahirap ka wala kang halos karapatan mangarap. Kailangan mo mabuhay para sa araw na iyon para makatawid ka sa susunod na araw. Mabigat, kaya tumagos sa puso ko yung pelikula. It’s survival, e, not just for the children, but for the people, especially in Mindanao."
How is he preparing for his role as a teacher?
"Kailangan ko mangitim, and thank you, Lord, hindi ko kailangan magsalita ng Tausug. Ako’y Kristyano sa pelikula. Siguro sa mga bata naman, mahilig ako sa mga bata. Sa mga kakulitan ng mga batang anak ko, e, sanay na sanay ako. Yun kasi, principal ako at mahilig ako sa bata kaya napakalapit sa puso ko nitong script na ito."
Patikul will be screened during the 7th edition of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival that will run from July 15-24 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
FUTURE FILM PRODUCER. Another dream that Marvin would like to fulfill in the future is to become a film producer someday. He admits though that he still hasn’t found the right material.
"Actually, yun talaga ang dati pang gusto kong gawin," says Marvin about producing his own movie. "It’s just that, minsan ang script parang paghahanap ng asawa ’yan, e. Hindi mo puwedeng gawin ang isang bagay nang hindi ka naniniwala o hindi bukal sa puso mo o hindi galing sa puso mo yung ikukuwento mo, kahit producer ka lang.
"Kasi mahirap mag-produce. Magastos mag-produce. Sometimes, hindi mo na iisipin yung kita, e. Pag may nagawa kang gusto mo at napasaya ka, parang return of investment na. So, parang hindi ko pa nakikita yung tamang materyal na gusto kong gawin at pagbuhusan ko ng oras."
Despite his heavy workload, Marvin finds fulfilment in knowing that his efforts are not in vain, just like his character Michael in Patikul.
"Nung nasa Cebu ako, nagpromote kami ng Bruno Mars [concert], pagod na pagod ako, tapos dikit-dikit na yung schedule. Nasa van na ako, and then I realized na marami na namang magkakaroon ng trabaho sa production na ito. Then parang napangiti ako, napasaya ako na, oo, hindi ko lang ginagawa ito para sa sarili ko."
(With reports from Raymond Reinoso)