Enchong Dee and Erich Gonzales show their "natural rapport" with each other on I Do

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Erich Gonzales and Enchong Dee bring life to a complicated story of marriage and teen pregnancy in the Star Cinema film I Do. Based on a true story, this romantic dramedy is directed by Veronica Velasco, the same director behind the acclaimed film Inang Yaya.




Walking down the aisle has never been this complicated. For one young girl, it took her four times to finalize her wedding plans before she eventually tied the knot with her beloved groom.


"I Do is based on a true story. Sa movie, tatlong beses nag-attempt na magpakasal ang characters pero in reality, apat na beses nangyari," reveals director Veronica Velasco in a phone interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) earlier today.


"Totoong kwento ito ng isang girl na nabuntis noong 4th year college niya. Hanggang ngayon, sila pa rin ng guy. True love ito!"


Direk Veronica describes I Do as a "roller coaster ride alternating between tears and laughter." She considers this to be her first mainstream movie after helming the acclaimed Maricel Soriano film Inang Yaya (2006) and the 2009 Cinemalaya Best Picture Last Supper No. 3.


How was it like working with the lead stars, Enchong Dee and Erich Gonzales?

"Totoong-too ang makikita nila sa movie. Ang pagiging cariño nila, pikunan then mamaya magtatawanan. Grabe ang kulitan sa set! The way na mag-asaran sila, it’s very typical of kids today," says Direk Veronica.


She also observed that Enchong and Erich are very comfortable with each other--whether it’s on-camera or off-camera. "Pareho silang sweet sa isa’t isa. May natural rapport sila."


But it wasn’t all fun and games for the lead stars since they had to shoot a lot of dramatic scenes for the movie. Direk Veronica pointed out: "There are a lot of confrontation scenes in the movie and it can be very hard for them. After ilang beses na ginagawa nila ang eksena, nakakapagod na for them."


"Our movie deals with teenage pregnancy...first act pa lang, mabubuntis na si Erich but I wanted to keep it light," she says. "It’s a coming-of-age story of young lovers. I hope I Do will be able to translate that into film."


Veronica Velasco collaborated with Jinky Laurel for the screenplay of I Do, which tackles the story of two young people who believe they are destined for each other despite their contrasting backgrounds.

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Their beautiful plan to exchange "I do’s" is hampered by obstacles, including the unexpected pregnancy of Yumi Punongbayan (Erich) and the objection of the family of Lance Tan (Enchong) to the relationship.


This film was shot in 21 days in a span of one-and-a-half months. Their scenes were mostly shot in the city, including three churches in Metro Manila.

Aside from Enchong and Erich, I Do also stars Dennis Padilla, Isay Alvarez, Richard Cepeda, Janus del Prado, Nash Aguas, Jun Urbano, Eliza Pineda, Alwyn Utingco, Jane Oneiza, Allyson Lualhati, Che Ramos and Joyce So. Pokwang will have a special participation while Pinoy Big Brother Double Up big winner Melai Cantiveros will be introduced in this movie.

I Do will open in Philippine theaters this Wednesday, September 29. The red-carpet premiere will take place at SM Megamall on September 28.


International screenings:

DATE VENUE
October 1-14Micronesia Mall, Guam
October 5-November 5
Clearview Bergenfield Cinemas, New Jersey
October 15-21UA Horton Plaza, San Diego
October 15-21Regal Village Square Stadium, Las Vegas
October 15-21Parkway Plaza Stadium 12, Seattle
To be announced
UA Stonestown Twin, San Francisco
To be announcedCerritos Stadium Cinema, Los Angeles

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