Krista Miller says her love scenes with Kiko Matos look "realistic" in Hukluban

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Kiko Matos once told Krista Miller while taping for Gil Portes's Hukluban: "Isipin mo lang tayo lang yung magkakampi dito." In this Sineng Pambansa entry, Krista portrays a beautiful cursed woman who turns into a crone, a witchlike old woman.



Krista Miller and Kiko Matos star in the unconventional horror film Hukluban, directed by Gil Portes.

In the movie, Krista portrays Mira, a young lady whose “fairy-like” beauty deteriorates when the sun rises, turning her into an “old hag” or in Tagalog, “isang hukluban.”


In folklore, hukluban is the Tagalog metamorphic goddess of death. In the movie, Krista's Mira is a beautiful woman who romances three men across six generations in an effort to break her curse.


On the other hand, Kiko plays three roles: Pepito from the 1940s, a boxer “in despair;” crippled communist rebel Kandro in the 1970s; and the modern-day Homer who is an adventurous mountaineer.

Krista admits feeling intimated when they first started filming, she narrates: “Sobrang takot ako nung una kay Direk Gil [Portes,] kasi syempre master film maker yan, and at the same time marami akong naririnig about sa kanya na pag-work, work.”

The actress/real estate agent cites an example when she first trembled in fear during tapings, one of which Direk Gil apparently yelled at her.

Krista recounts, “Sabi ko, unang dasal ko talaga, sana hindi ako mapagalitan. Hangga’t maaari hanggang lima lang ako pwede sigawan ni direk, una palang na parang sinigawan ako, kinakabahan na ako.”

Kiko also admits pushing himself to his limits while working with the veteran filmmaker.

“Direk [Gil Portes] is a challenge, direk is very much a challenge, you can tell by his personality.

“When we first met, he was nice, but everybody is telling us na you have to follow his instructions talaga to the letter.

“Kung ano yung gusto niya, gawin mo, wala nang reklamo. So I got that in mind na ganun yung gusto niyang makatrabahong actor, walang reklamo.

“So, ang dami naming adjustments with direk, ang dami niyang ayaw na ginawa ko. Pero everytime he would tell me, I just say, ‘yes direk, opo.’

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“Because he’s a very honest man, he will tell you what he thinks. And sometimes what he thinks, it hurts, but you just have to take it, tapangan mo yung loob mo, gawin mo yung gusto niya.

“Kasi at the end of the day, it’s nothing personal. It’s all about the work, and that’s his style, he’s not degrading you as a person, he’s not taking it personally.

“After the shoot, nagawa niyo na yung gusto ni direk, kakain kayo, iba na yung paguusapan niyo, hindi yung kung ano nangyari. Moving on na.”

Working together brought the two actors closer together. Krista recalls how Kiko’s words comforted her whenever she felt down.

“Si Kiko, parang ganun din, nasisigawan din siya. Nung time na yun, wala pa kaming bonding ni Kiko. Tapos biglang sabi sa akin ni Kiko, ‘Ok lang yan. Isipin mo lang tayo lang yung magkakampi dito.’

“[Kaya] pag may nararamdaman ako, may nararamdaman siya, sa akin niya lang sasabihin, sa kanya ko lang din sasabihin.

“Kaya ang bilis namin naging close, kaya yung love scene, naging ano siya, mukhang realistic talaga, na hindi naging parang inaarte mo lang, nakita naman, di ba? Nakita kung gaano ko kamahal siya doon sa character niya.”

LOVE SCENES. Krista admits that it was difficult for her to film the steamy love scenes required for the film, but having Kiko as her partner made it a bit easier for her.

“Siguro yung pinakamahirap na ginawa ko sa movie, yung mga love scene lang.

“Kasi alam naman natin na awkward ang love scenes and uncomfortable sa mga taong involved. Lalo na sa mga performers, sa amin ni Kiko, and yung mga cameraman nandiyan, lahat ng nakakapanood.

“Mahirap lang kasi siyempre mag-make love ka sa taong di mo naman talaga love, parang ang hirap hirap nun, di ba?

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“Pero kay Kiko, hindi naging ganun ka-hirap ng sobra-sobra sa akin. Naging mahirap lang siyempre kasi, ano ka, exposed ka sa mga taong nanonood.

“Pero nung ginagawa ko siya, naging madali kasi after nung love scene with our clothes back, feeling mo parang you played your part well talaga, tapos yung partner mo he’s taking care of you, and the director talagang yung trust mo sa kanya, alam mong yun, nakuha niya [yung trust,] and then nakuha mo rin yung tiwala.”

Kiko also felt a “connection” with his leading lady as he stated: “With Krista, I was excited, because siya yung makaka-partner ko. I’ve always wanted to get to know her personally, and the time came na magkakatrabaho kami, shooting.”

“Then again, another challenge for me is to become a leading man. Kasi ang kailangan ng isang leading man, ay yung makuha yung trust leading girl niya.

“At hindi yun naging mahirap. It was easy for me to get along with Krista, sobrang game siya. Wala siyang arte sa katawan or anything.

“Lahat naman ng araw namin na magkasama, laging masaya, laging nagbibiruan, so it was easy for us to connect in front of the camera na magmukha ng parang kami or that we fell in love three times.

“I saw it, and I’m happy that she’s my partner.”

With their team-up, the two were able to get a “thumbs-up” from Direk Gil Portes.

“Maganda yung kinalabasan and sobrang thankful kasi yung sabihin ng director sa 'yo na ngayon lang ulit ako nakagawa ng ganitong klaseng film, ganito ka-passionate na film na napaka-coopertative nung mga artista. Sarap sa feeling,” Krista relates.

“And yung talagang ma-ve-very good ka niya sa mga ibang eksena mo, parang wow, isang magaling na director sasabihan ka ng ganun.

“Sobrang thank you ako ng thank you kay Lord. And ina-update ko lagi yung parents ko, yung family ko, yung manager ko, na ganito yung mangyayari. Sobrang saya lang.”


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Gil Portes' Hukluban is one of the four entries of the Sineng Pambansa Horror plus Film Festival organized by the Film Development Council of the Philippines.


The other entries are T'yanak by directors Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes, Bacao by director Edgardo Vinarao, and Sigaw sa Hatinggabi by director Romy Suzara.


(To learn more about this year’s entries, CLICK HERE)

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