Luis Alandy and Precious Lara Quigaman star in period film Buenavista


In the period film Buenavista, Precious Lara Quigaman is cast as Conchita, a lady who joins the rebel movement against the Spaniards. Her fiancé Horacio (Luis Alandy) tries to convince her to join him in Manila.


Kamakailan lang ay natapos na ni director Felino "Lino"Tañada ang principal photography ng Buenavista (Ang Kasaysayan ng Lucena). Isaitong indie film, ngunit malawak ang scope and concept. Isaitong "period movie" na sumasaklaw sa mga pangyayari noong 1800s.

Upang ipagdiwang ang 50th anniversary ng pagkakatatag ngLucena bilang isang lungsod sa August 2011, ngayon pa lang ay matindi na angginagawang preparasyon ng mga taga-Lucena para sa isang matagumpay naselebrasyon.

At isa nga sa highlights ng pagdiriwang na ito ay angpagpapalabas ng Buenavista (Ang Kasaysayan ng Lucena).


Tatangkain ng pelikula na ipakita ang mga importanteng pangyayari sa history ngLucena mula nang ito ay itinatag bilang isang baryo ng bayan ng Tayabas noong1580, hanggang sa panahon ng panghihimagsik laban sa mga Kastila noong 1890.


Mula sa script and direction nga ni Direk Lino (isang indie film director natubong Lucena mismo) ang Buenavista (Ang Kasaysayan ng Lucena) aypinangungunahan ng mga beterano at batikang artista tulad ni Eddie Garcia atDelia Razon.

Kasama rin dito and beauty queen turned actress PreciousLara Quigaman (Miss International 2005), Luis Alandy, Neil Ryan Sese atmaraming members ng Lucena local theater groups.

Gaganap din ng importanteng papel ang mga respetadong aktorna sina Ricky Davao at Roy Alvarez.

Ang pelikula ang una sa mga nakalinyang proyektona gagawin ng BJB Productions, isang bagong tatag na production company, incooperation with Book Media Press, Inc.

Nasa likod ng proyektong ito si Councilor Benny J. Brizuela,ang executive producer ng film na isang negosyante at member ngSangguniang Panglunsod ng Lucena, kasama ang malaking suporta mula saDepartment of Education-Lucena at iba't ibang civic organizations.


Ang iba pang staff ng Buenavista (Ang Kasaysayan ng Lucena) aysina: Norman Ragudo (production designer), Landon Cabañeros (artdirector), Romeo Reynoso (production manager), Peter Paul Pacheco (director ofphotography), Raul Manalo (editor).


SYNOPSIS: Fifty years after Ferdinand Magellan landed on theshores of the archipelago now known as the Philippines, came another Spanish conquistador,Captain Juan Salcedo. In 1583, Salcedo encouraged the exploration of moreunchartered territories south of Manila. Two Franciscan priests, standing atthe foot of Mt. Banahaw, saw a most beautiful virgin terrain and called it "buenavista" which literally means ‘good view' in Spanish.

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"Buenavista" eventually became a barrio of Tayabas andthrough the centuries it has been called by other names like ‘Oroquieta,'‘Cotta,' and finally ‘Lucena,' through an Orden Real Superior Civil issued inNovember 5, 1897 as a tribute to Father Mariano Granja, the town's first parishpriest, whose birthplace was Lucena in Andalucia, Spain.

During the eve of the people's final revolt against theSpanish regime in the late 1890's, many parts of the country were already inturmoil as sporadic uprisings occurred amidst the growing concern of theSpanish authorities to quell such rebellions.

Lucena was a calm and peaceful town but the threat of being overrun by the insurectos put the town on edge as nearby provinces fell into the hands of theKatipunan rebels one by one.

Against this historical backdrop, a story of enduring love,passion and scarred loyalties is woven into actual events and real situationsthat happened during its tumultuous history.

This fictionalized story revolves around a wealthy family ofLucena trying to live a normal existence amidst the growing insurrection goingon around them.

Don Mariano Zaldeña (Eddie Garcia) and his wife Doña CaridadZaldeña (Delia Razon) are avid supporters and loyalists of the localSpanish authorities (led by Ricky Davao as Gobernador Militar De Lorite) buttheir grandchildren have their own ideological persuasions that do not conformwith their grandparents' beliefs.

Horacio Zaldeña (Luis Alandy), the eldest of thegrandchildren, has just returned from Spain after studying medicine in a Madriduniversity. Upon reaching home, he learns to his dismay that his long-timesweetheart Conchita (Precious Lara Quigaman) and her family had joined theunderground rebel movement of the Katipunan.

Horacio tries hard to persuade her to come with him toManila so they could live as husband and wife, but Conchita is committed tothe movement's struggle and rejected his offer.

Find out what happens to the characters in this periodfilm.


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DIRECTOR'S PROFILE. Si Direk Lino Tañada ay hindi nabago sa daigdig ng sining. Through the years, naging mayaman na rin ang kanyangkaranasan sa teatro, television at film productions.

May degree ng Bachelor of Arts (Major in Film and TVProductions) mula sa Columbia College sa Los Angeles, California, si Direk Linoay nanirahan at nagtrabaho sa Hollywood for 15 years, bago tuluyang umuwi ditosa Pilipinas noong 1995.


Sa kanyang pag-uwi, nagtrabaho siya bilang direktor, writer, at producer para saiba't ibang production outfits sa Manila.

Siya ay hindi newcomer sa indie film production, dahilgumagawa na rin siya ng experimental digital films mula pa noon.


Way back in 1993, ang kauna-unahang "indie" film na sinulat at dinirek niya ayang Rich Boy, Poor Boy, a ‘coming out' film na pinagbidahan ng dalawangyoung non-actors, shot in two-twelve hour days.


Ginawa niya ang film for a talent fee of only P25,000 ngunit naibenta niya itosa isang American distributor for $10,000.

Kabilang sa kanyang past films as writer-director ay ang HanggangDito na Lamang at Maraming Salamat (2007) starring Noni Buencamino and JonSantos, Lukaret (2008) na solo Philippine entry sa New YorkInternational Film Festival last year, pinagbidahan nina Glydel Mercado, RalphMateo, at Johnron Tañada.

In 2008, ginawa rin niya ang Hi-Skul Life na tinampukanng 50 real- life students. Early this year (2009), dinirek niya rin ang Faustatopbilled by Perla Bautista and Tommy Abuel.

Nakagawa rin siya ng ilang television-movies (o "telesine")bilang writer-director sa U.S.: One Hand, One Heart (1988), Blacksheep(1989), Ina, Anak, Asawa (1990), Sigaw Sa Dilim (1992), HiramNa Manyika (1994), Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin (1995).

Sa Pilipinas ay ang May Luha Ang Bawat Puso(1991). At bilang direktor naman sa I Will Always Love You" (1995,USA/Phil.) at Beverly Hills Boys Club (1996, USA). Noong 1998,siya rin ang nag-direk ng TV series na Familia De Honor na ipinalabas saisang major network.


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