Piolo and Angel immerse themselves as cowboys

Angel Locsin and Piolo Pascual studied horseback riding from renowned equestrians in preparation for their roles as Arah and Migo, respectively. Love Me Again (Land Down Under) will open in cinemas nationwide starting January 15, 2009.

First paired in the ABS-CBN primetime soap opera Lobo, the tandem of Piolo Pascual and Angel Locsin will now be seen on the big screen as they portray cowboys who work in Bukidnon and Australia.

In preparation of their first Star Cinema movie together, Love Me Again (Land Down Under), Piolo and Angel spent a month to train in horseback-riding under Olympian Vic Barba. Angel even sustained injuries during the training and while they shot their film in Bukidnon. In fact, a piece of rope hit Angel's eye and she had to be rushed to a hospital two hours away from their location in Bukidnon so doctors could take a look at her injury.

During the January 9 press conference of Love Me Again, the stars and the director, Rory Quintos, recalled the difficulties that they encountered while working with animals for this movie.

"Sa Bukidnon, we have Filipino cowboys who help us...They're really hands on. Doon sa Australia, wala kaming animal trainor, so kami nagtatatakbo, carrying our equipment to run after the cattle."

How did they manage to include shots of endemic Australian animals such as kangaroos? Direk Rory recalls with a laugh, "Yun yung mga tsamba shot...talagang inaabang-abang namin, pag nakakita kami ng kangaroo, takbo! Take the shots of the kangaroo! Pag nakakita kami ng mga birds, takbo na naman!"

Later on, Direk Rory admitted that she is fond of the great outdoors and that horseback riding is really her favorite sport.

COWBOY LESSONS. PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Angel at Piolo to list three lessons that they learned about cowboys while doing this movie.

Piolo points out, "Three lessons that I've learned about cowboys, anything goes. Sa Bukidnon, na-appreciate namin yung sa kanila na kung ano yung meron, you know, yun lang. Then, napakasimple ng buhay. Second thing, siguro mas appreciative sila sa nature. That's one thing I realized na talagang hindi mo kailangan ng mga gadgets, hindi mo kailangan ng mga kung ano-anong mga material na bagay to enjoy life. And third thing na natutunan ko is talagang to make life simple. The best things in life are free. That's what we realized that's what we experienced in Bukidnon."


Angel added, "Actually ganun din po talaga, napakasimple nilang tao kaya na-in love kami talaga ni Piolo sa kanila, e. And kahit siyempre ang yaman ng tao dun nasusukat sa kung gaano kalaki yung lupa at saka yung mga pananim nila. Pero pag titignan mo yung tao, napakasimple. May nakasama kaming natutulog sa rancho tulad namin ni PJ [Piolo's nickname]. Nandun lang po siya sa labas tapos may takip lang po yung mukha niya, ok na siya matulog. Napaka down to earth talaga pero ang yaman-yaman niya. Natutunan ko rin kung paano sila makitungo sa tao, pantay-pantay saka napaka-magalang po nila."

What physical requirements should aspiring cowboys have?

Angel answered by saying, "Unang-una dapat po mabilis ka pong tumakbo. Kailangan po talaga mabilis kang umiwas, tumakbo, umilag, yan kailangan dahil medyo lugi tayo pag di natin yan nakayanan, di ba? And bilib po ako sa kanila kasi hindi po sila naninigarilyo. Bawal po sa kasi hihingalin nga po sila."

SYNOPSIS. The romance of Migo (Piolo Pascual) and Arah (Angel Locsin) in the Philippines is rudely interrupted by economic necessity. Feeling that the glory of her hometown in Bukidnon was slowly disappearing, Arah hides off to Australia to seek a greener pasture, never mind if she ahas to work in a ranch as cowgirl. There, Arah accepts accepts money from an Australian rancher in exchange for a contract. Her decision breaks the heart of Migo who opted to remain in Bukinon, believing that the place's glory days would be back in no time. When that didn't happen, Migo follows Arah to Australia where they have to confront issues concerning not only their livelihood but also their interrupted romance.

Love Me Again (Land Down Under) will open in cinemas nationwide starting January 15, 2009.

Trailer courtesy of Star Cinema





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