A Journey Home will premiere on October 3

by Nerisa Almo
Sep 24, 2009
(From left) Toni Gonzaga, Cha Cha Canete, John Manalo and Joem Bascon portray a family in the indie film A Journey Home.

The actors of A Journey Home all had the same reason for accepting a role in this indie film: to impart lessons about life and family.

Toni Gonzaga, Joem Bascon, John Manalo, and even its director, Paul Soriano, all agreed that their talent fee for this independently-produced film was never an issue since they saw it as an opportunity to give back.

"I didn't really think twice about the project," related Toni to the media during the press conference of A Journey Home last Saturday, September 19. She continued, "Gaya ng lagi kong sinasabi, binibigyan ko ng panahon ang ibang proyekto, bakit hindi ko bibigyan ng panahon si Lord? Siyempre, sa Kanya naman galing ang lahat ng ito."

Joem, on the other hand, said that he considered his mother in accepting this project. He explained, "It's more of, 'yon nga, gusto naming gawin 'yong film, and very inspirational siya. Kinunsider ko rin for this film my mom, gusto niyang makakita na medyo family story naman ang gagawin ko.

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"Ayun, being a Christian also, I considered doing this film din. For me, hindi naman naging issue ang talent fee, e. Basta as long as I believe in the project, alam mong ibibigay mo ang best mo, hindi siya magiging issue, e. Basta alam mo kung ano ang maikukwento mo sa tao."

Toni and Joem's son in the movie, John Manalo, added, "Isa lang naman po ang goal namin dito, mapalaganap 'yong aral at words po ni God. Ang director po namin dito, ang totoong direktor naman po natin sa totoong buhay ay si God, kaya bakit po natin tatanggihan, e, 'yong project para kay God."

Direk Paul takes pride in the fact that his first full-length feature film is an inspirational movie like A Journey Home. He said, "I said three years ago, it was a talent that was given to me by the Lord. He gave me a talent to be a director. So what's better way to give back to Him is to use the talent that was given to me, to give back to Him and to His kingdom."

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SYNOPSIS. A Journey Home is an offering from Jubilee Evangelical Church that focuses on the importance of mending relationships. Its light drama story will make the audience reflect on their relationships especially when it comes to their family.

Estranged from his family for twenty years, Dante (Soliman Cruz) decides to come back and face his abandoned children, Raffy (Joem) and Kristine (Athena Tibi). While Dante is eager to make amends with them, Raffy does not want him back into his life. He realizes, however, that meriting forgiveness from a hardened heart requires much more effort that what he bargained for.

When an accident forces Raffy to take Dante into his house, Dante learns how his own failure as a father has made an impact on how his son acts as the head of his family. In his effort to make things right between himself and Raffy, Dante develops a bond with Raffy's wife Gayle (Toni Gonzaga) and his grandkids, Jake (John Manalo) and Tinka (Cha Cha Canete of Goin' Bulilit). Dante also rediscovers his love for music that Raffy's son is also passionate about.

With his growing relationship with Raffy's family, Dante begins to glimpse some hope for a second chance.

For how long can Raffy harden his heart? Will Dante finally get his second chance at happiness?

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Joem summarized the story by saying, "It's about me growing up in a broken family na iniwan kami ni Soliman Cruz. I'm trying so hard not become my father, ending up to the point na nagiging sira na rin ang family namin. Kasi nga, I tried so hard na ayokong maging katulad niya na sobrang napapalayo na ako sa family ko, sa asawa ko at sa mga anak ko. Mas nagiging complicated siya when my father came back."

Athena Tibi stars as Kristin, the younger sister of Raffy who is equally scarred by their father's abadonment yet more forgiving in nature. She was last seen as a cast member in the musical play N.O.A.H. (No Ordinary Aquatic Habitat).

Lance Raymundo plays the chronic philandering husband, Henry, whose principles in life leave much to be desired. Lara Morena stars as Emmy, the efficient assistant of Raffy in his lending agency while Tia Pusit stars as Tita Nenita, the friend of Gayle who gives hope to Dante.

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A Journey Home will be screened at SM Megamall Cinemas 8, 9, and 10 on October 3. It will be shown at the Alabang New Life Christian Center on October 10 at 5:00 p.m. Another screening will take place at SM Megamall on October 17 (Saturday) at 7 pm.

This indie film has been approved for competition in the upcoming Gideon Flame Christian Film Festival.

For inquiries regarding screening bookings, please call J.E.C. Marketing Head Ms. Cherie Lyne Ong (0917-8233139) and Ms. Andra Lee (0917-8201059).

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(From left) Toni Gonzaga, Cha Cha Canete, John Manalo and Joem Bascon portray a family in the indie film A Journey Home.
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