Manghuhula to open in cinemas on 09-09-09


Eula Valdes plays a fortuneteller who has the ability to foresee the deaths of the people whom she touches. The indie film Manghuhula will be screened in cinemas starting September 9, 2009.


Manghuhula, one of the Digital Lokal entries of the 2008 Cinemanila International Film Festival, will be shown on the big screen starting September 9 (09-09-09).

Director Paolo Herras (who is incidentally the second cousin of GMA-7 talent Mark Herras) pointed out that they chose this date early this year because it is an auspicious date.

This indie film stars Chanda Romero, Eula Valdes, and Glaiza de Castro as three generations of fortune tellers whose talents for predicting the future are abused or become a source of ridicule. "[Si Glaiza] meron din siyang talent na manghula kaya lang hindi pa fully developed. Bata pa, e, saka kulang sa practice. Umuusbong pa lang ang gift niya."

Eula describes her character Messina as someone who is considered a harbinger of death. "Ang nakikita niya kasi is yung death ng mga tao pag nahawakan niya. So, ang tingin sa kanya ng mga tao, salot."

She views her character's ability to predict the future as a curse rather than a gift.

"Yung dilemma din ng mga manghuhula, na hindi ganun kadali na magkaroon ka ng gift na ganun. Like yung sa akin, yung gift nung character ko, na nafoforesee mo yung death nang mahawakan mo, parang it's a curse more than a gift."

Produced partly through a grant given by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Direk Paolo says that this film was inspired because of the manghuhula that he met in his life. "Sa buhay ko kasi marami akong nakikilalang mga manghuhula. Naisip ko, after kong gumawa ng pelikula tungkol sa inumin [Lambanog] at pagkain [Rekados], gumawa naman ng pelikula tungkol naman sa baraha. Tutal, ang manghuhula ay madalas gamitin sa pelikula bilang tagatago ng sikreto pero wala pang pelikula kunsaan bida ang manghuhula."

When asked if he believes in fortunetelling, Direk Paolo points out, "Nagkakatotoo naman ang mga hula, marami-rami rin pero hindi naman dahil sa hula yun. Dahil talaga sa will at desisyon natin. Nasa sariling kamay pa rin natin ang kinabukasan at kapalaran natin."

In this film, Emilio Garcia is cast as the head of a syndicate that aims to take advantage of the fortunetellers and make money out of their talent.

"Parang barangay ng mga manghuhula 'yan, e. Isa ako sa parang namumuno sa organisasyon namin," said Emilio. "Si Eula kasi, isa sa mga magagaling na manghuhula na talagang may nakikita na pilit kong kinakalaban. Ganun 'yan e, laban kami. Ako, may nakikita, pero puro sa kasamaan. Kung meron man, dahil hindi naka-concentrate, mas nagconcentrate ako sa pera."

For his part, Emilio does not believe in fortunetelling. "Yun naman ang problema sa panghuhula e. Kapag nagkakataon na ang sinasabi mo, tama, pero dahil yung tamang mangyayari ay masama, akala tuloy ng tao ngayon, evil ka," laments Emilio.

He pointed out: "Kunwari ikaw mamamatay ka ngayon, bukas madidisgrasya ka. If tama yung mangyayari, mahuhulaan niya, pero ang dating sa tao, 'nakakatakot naman 'to.' Ang problema kasi sa Pilipino minsan, gusto pag nanghula, yung magaganda lang ang naririnig. Pag yung masasama, nagiging
negative sa kanila."


SYNOPSIS. An outcast and failed fortuneteller Messina (Eula Valdes) returns home to save her daughter (Glaiza De Castro) from a fate she herself escaped--the town's next fortuneteller. This fate was handed down from mother (Chanda Romero) to daughter.

Messina finds her daughter caught in debt and the squabble of a petty syndicate (Emilio Garcia, Pinky Amador) running a band of fortunetellers for the unwary, desperate answer-seekers. The only way to save her daughter is to embrace a gift she has vowed to give up: the ability to see the future no matter how bleak and inescapable. In order to improve her gift of prophecy, Messina seeks help from Rachel (portrayed by Bella Flores).

The indie suspense thriller also stars Pinky Amador, with the special participation of Angel Aquino, Epy Quizon, Mark Gil, Meryll Soriano, John Lapus, Mel Martinez, Tuesday Vargas, Candy Pangilinan, Herbert Bautista, and many more.

Watch out for Manghuhula on September 9, 2009 in major cinemas. It will have its premiere tonight, August 28, at Cinema 10 of SM Megamall.

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