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Aljur Abrenica and Kris Bernal reunite for indie film Edsa

by Patricia Simone Dauz
Mar 2, 2016

“The entire film is treated with a light hand. No heavy handed-moralism here. The finale of the film is a hyperbolic rendition of the mentality we would always observe among Filipinos,” said Alvin Yapan in his director’s statement about his latest film titled EDSA.

In the movie, Aljur Abrenica plays Jun, a snatcher in his 20s, while Kris Bernal plays Carla, a nurse in her late 20’s.

Direk Alvin believes viewers can relate to their story, which he describes as an “interaction between ordinary citizens and criminal elements.”

The film depicts three stories about six individuals whose lives intersect in EDSA.

Anton (Hayden Kho) is an opportunistic entrepreneur who develops a bond with a teenage urchin Ben (John Manalo) after a series of unfortunate events.

Jun and Carla cross paths during an accident, which causes both to reexamine their values and develop feelings for each other.

The audience favorite was the story of former OFW-turned-taxi driver Emong (Allen Dizon) who comes to the aid of two teachers from the province: Edna (Sue Prado) and Kristine (Mara Lopez).

Their conversation revolves around the K-12 system and whether or not the country should follow world standards in basic education requirements. Eventually, their first ride doesn’t become their last as Emong develops a profound admiration for Edna and he shows them around the city.

The last time, the Kapuso loveteam of Aljur and Kris acted together was in the GMA-7 show Wagas about eight months ago. On the silver screen, they were previously paired in 2008 for the movies Loving You and Nandito Ako, Nagmamahal Sa ‘Yo. This is their first time working with Direk Alvin, the same as indie regular Allen Dizon.

“Tulad ng ibang director na nakatrabaho ko na, relax lang siya [Direk Alvin]. Cool na cool. Particular lang siya sa mga hitsura namin kasi gusto niya para maging makatotohanan yung mga eksena tungkol sa mga tunay na tao sa EDSA, wala kaming make-up. Marami siyang take, paulit-ulit kasi gusto niyang maperpekto and mga eksena. Detalyado siya,” Allen said about his experience.

The actor was recently awarded the 8th NCCA Ani ng Dangal along with several artists for the cinema category. He also replaced Cesar Montano as the lead star in Lando at Bugoy, a new film by Vic Acedillo, Jr., because of Cesar’s busy schedule.

Allen is off to Dublin, Ireland on March 9 to attend the 4th Silk Road Film Festival where his film Iadya Mo Kami (Deliver Us), directed by Mel Chionglo, is in the main competition.

He will also be shooting alongside Ai-Ai de las Alas for the Kapampangan film Area (to be directed by Louie Ignacio) starting March 25, which is a Good Friday.

The other principal cast members of EDSA also include Joem Bascon (Bong), Lance Raymundo (Renan), Simon Ibarra (Miyong), Boy Nieves (SPO4 Borja), Upeng Galang-Fernandez (Sister Grace), Joel Erastain (Jessie), Josh Colet (Phillip), Tetchie Ong (evangelist), and Rikki Kwek-Mathay (TV reporter).

EDSA is produced by Madonna Sanchez and aims to recall and relive, with regret and hope, the promise of People Power during the 1986 EDSA Revolution.

The film also celebrated the 30th anniversary of the historic EDSA revolution. For inquiries about future screenings, you may contact 0917-8385145 or 0920-9547857.

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