Getting cancer is one of the most dreaded things to happento a person. Since modern science still has no cure for this disease, cancerpatients have to deal with chemotherapy sessions in order to delay theinevitable.
When a female cancer patient finds out that she has onlythree months to live, she decides to live life to the fullest and make everyday count. This is the premise of the indie film 100, which is one ofthe ten full-length films competing in the 2008 Cinemalaya PhilippineIndependent Film Festival that will begin this Friday, July 11.
During the 35th birthday celebration of John "Sweet" Lapus,PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was able to talk with Eugene Domingo, oneof the lead characters of this indie film directed by Chris Martinez.
"Maganda siya kasi marami silang makikita para ma-realize namasarap talagang mabuhay. We dared ourselves to do things that we don't usuallydo. 100 is about 100 things to do before you die. Si Mylene [Dizon],siya yung mamamatay dun. I play her best friend and her schoolmate.
"Na-realize ko sa pelikula, habang buhay ka, samantalahin molahat para mas marami kang maramdaman," advises Eugene.
The comedienne, who can be seen regularly in the GMA-7 show Akosi Kim Samsoon, says that she learned to appreciate life while she wasshooting this indie film. "Natutunan kong ma-enjoy yung regalong binigay saaking regalo ng Diyos at i-enjoy ko ang perang kinikita. Yun ang natutunan kosa pelikula, naco-connect ko rin sa totoong buhay. Hindi naman pwedengnapapagod tayo lagi. ‘Wag na nating hintayin pa na mamamatay ka bago ka mag-enjoy."
The stars of 100 are expected to grace the gala nightof the said film on July 15 (Tuesday) at the Cultural Center of thePhilippines.
SYNOPSIS. 100 chronicles the last three monthsof a cancer stricken woman who has a list of things to do before she dies. Herlist of tasks, mostly closures and practical undertakings, expands to theworldly and the spiritual as people close to her share her last days. The filmexamines the betrayal of the body, celebrates the senses and contemplates the endof life and how to live it. A light-hearted, briskly paced, youthful take on aclassic subject, 100 stars Mylene Dizon, Eugene Domingo, Tessie Tomas (who plays Mylene's mother),TJ Trinidad (Mylene's husband), Ryan Eigenmann, Simon Ibarra, and others. Under the creativesupervision of Marlon Rivera, 100 is written and directed by ChrisMartinez.
Direk Chris also wrote the screenplays of Bridal Shower,Bikini Open, Sukob, and Caregiver. As playwright, he haswon several Palanca Memorial Awards and the NCCA Grand Prize for his plays inEnglish and Filipino. As theater artist, he directed the stage adaptation of TemptationIsland, the call center monologue Welcome to IntelStar and adapted ZsaZsa Zaturnnah for the stage. His first short film, Bakas, won forhim a CCP Award for Alternative Filmmaking. He is also the author of LaughTrip and Last Order sa Penguin which earned a National Book Awardnomination.
For a living, he directs TV commercials. 100 is hisfirst feature-length directorial job.