Sef Cadayona and Yassi Pressman’s favorite Francis Magalona hits included in Kaleidoscope World

Tagged as the first hip hop dance film, Kaleidoscope World pays tribute to the music of master rapper Francis Magalona. This Metro Manila Film Fest entry stars Sef Cadayona and Yassi Pressman.


Just by the title of the movie Kaleidoscope World, one already knows whose songs are featured in this official entry to the 39th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) that will be screened starting December 25.

The film pays tribute to the music of master rapper Francis Magalona, who started out as a breakdancer in the ‘80s and rose to fame in the ‘90s with the hit song “Mga Kababayan Ko.” In 1995, he released the song “Kaleidoscope World” and reaped multiple awards. Francis succumbed to leukemia in 2009.

“Halos lahat po [ng songs ni Francis M] na kilala ng tao ay nilagay po namin dito,” says lead star Sef Cadayona who teams up with real-life girlfriend Yassi Pressman. Aside from "Kaleidoscope World," other songs featured in the movie are “Man from Manila” and “Cold Summer Nights”—the couple’s favorite Francis M hits.

“Bawat isang song [na ginamit], meron talaga siyang statement. Hindi lang po siya basta na lang dinaan sa movie,” adds Yassi who plays the role of Elsa. “Noong bata ako, nanonood lang ako ng sine pero hindi ko akalain na magbibida ako sa isang pelikula na MMFF entry na, for Francis Magalona pa, tapos pagsasayaw pa [ang theme].”



Yassi Pressman

As with all the songs of Francis M we’ve come to love, the movie Kaleidoscope World is also filled with lessons. According to Sef, “[Sa role ko as] Lando, maraming matututunan dahil siya ay wala sa mataas na ranggo ng pamilya. Nanggaling siya dun, bumaba sila, pero nagsusumikap siya. Meron tayong lahat na Pilipino [ng attitude na yan]. Sabihin man nilang mahirap tayo, masaya tayo kung nasaan tayo.”

He adds: “Lahat ng Pilipino nagsusumikap, ganun kabilib si Francis M sa Pinoy at ganun ang gusto naming ipakita sa pelikula.”


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