The lead stars of Write About Love, an entry to the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), belong to rival networks.
Miles Ocampo and Rocco Nacino, who play the central characters in the movie, are homegrown talents of ABS-CBN and GMA-7, respectively.
But the difference in network affiliation doesn’t affect their working relationship, according to Miles.
“Wala pong ilangan,” the 22-year-old actress told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at the movie’s premiere night held last December 2 at SM Megamall.
“Sobrang kumportable namin sa isa-isa. Naglolokohan lang po kami,” she added, also referring to their other co-stars Yeng Constantino and Joem Bascon, who are likewise Kapamilya talents.
“Kasi merong isang beses na parang nag-promo kami. Sabi ko, ‘Eto na lang ang sabihin natin, dapat sabay-sabay tayo: Rocco, kumusta sa Kapamilya network?’
“’Yong gano’ng biruan. Ang tawag niya sa akin, si Kapuso Miles.”
However, Miles and Rocco will not be able to jointly promote their movie in either Channel 2 or Channel 7.
“Sa huling balita ko, hindi po kami puwede,” she explained on why they can’t be together in one TV station.
So, while the Kapamilya stars can share the load in promoting their movie in their mother network, the lone Kapuso in the cast will have to do it alone in his own turf.
“Kaya na po ni Kuya Rocco,” Miles said, smiling.
Thankfully there are other venues, like mall shows and campus tours, so they can promote all at once.
After Rocco, Miles said that she hopes to work with other Kapuso stars, particularly the power couple Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes.
“Pag nabigyan tayo ng chance,” she said with a smile.
Meantime, Miles is focused on Write About Love, which will compete with seven other MMFF entries when it opens on December 25, Christmas Day.
She tackles her first lead role in an MMFF movie, and this is produced by TBA Studios and helmed by debuting filmmaker Crisanto Aquino.
The female lead stars in the other MMFF 2019 entries are Judy Ann Santos (Mindanao), Iza Calzado (Culion), Anne Curtis (The Mall, The Merrier), Jennylyn Mercado and Ai-Ai delas Alas (3pol Trobol: Huli Ka, Balbon), Carmina Villarroel (Sunod), Bela Padilla (Miracle in Cell No. 7), and Maine Mendoza (Mission Unstapabol: The Don Identity).
In Write About Love, Miles plays a newbie movie scriptwriter, whose work is being considered for production by a film outfit, but has to be mentored first by a veteran in the field (played by Rocco).
While they work on her script, the characters there (Yeng as Joyce and Joem as Marco) come alive onscreen for the movie’s audience to appreciate.
The writers played by Miles and Rocco then discover and learn more about love through the course of their collaboration.
“Excited ako kasi hindi masasabi na rom-com lang kami,” Miles pointed out. “It’s about all kinds of love—sa passion mo, family mo, sarili mo.
She’s also excited that her movie got a “G” rating from the Movie and Television Rating and Classification Board (MTRCB), which means audiences of all ages can watch it.
The newbie writer role is said to be tailor-made for Miles as she has attended one of the scriptwriting workshops given by esteemed writer Ricky Lee and she really aspires for her first script to be produced someday.
“Di po kasi ako pinag-audition ni Direk, e,” said the actress, whose career is being handled by ABS-CBN’s talent agency, Star Magic.
She then recounted her online chat with her director, nicknamed Cris, who had worked on various posts, from production assistant to script continuity (also known as script con), and assistant director.
“Sabi niya, ‘Meron akong gagawing movie, gusto ko ikaw ang gumanap.’ Sabi ko, ‘Sige po. Pabasa po ako ng synopsis.’
“Pag basa ko—di na ’ko dumaan sa Star Magic or ano—kasi sa akin unang pinabasa, sabi ko, ‘Direk, gusto ko itong gawin. Gawin natin ’to.’
“Very thankful ako kasi si Direk Cris, nakatrabaho ko na siya, script con pa lang siya. Mga 10 years ago po ’yon, e.
“Ever since, ramdam ko na may tiwala si Direk sa akin. Sabi po ni Direk Cris, habang sinusulat niya daw po, ako ang nasa isip niya.”
Miles couldn’t help comparing her own experiences as an aspiring writer to what her character goes through in the movie.
“Nang pumasok po ako kay Sir Ricky Lee, wala po ako kahit anong expectation,” she recalled. Pumila lang po ako sa U.P. no’n sa parang screening nila. Gusto ko lang po ma-try.
“Pag dating ko do’n, ‘Ah, may kuwento na ’ko, madali na ’to.’ Hindi pala. Kasi marami po palang revision, maraming mga butas na hinahanap.
“’Yon ang pagkakaparehas namin sa movie. Akala ko pag may nabuo na istorya ’yon na ’yon. Binara po lahat ni Kuya Rocco.
“Sinasabi din po sa movie na ang buhay ng writer ay hindi basta-basta.”
She added that she definitely has more respect and admiration for writers now.
“Lalo na po bilang manonood,” she said. “Sabi nga po ni Direk Cris, ‘Pag nanood tayo ng isang pelikula, sino ang direktor? Ah, si Cathy Garcia-Molina. Sino ang artista? Si John Lloyd.’
“Do’n na po natatapos ang mga questions mo. Ang gusto ni Direk, ang aim niya sa pelikula, na after mo manood ng maraming pelikula, ‘Sino ang nagsulat nito?’
“Para may respeto ka na rin sa mga writers na gumagawa ng script.”