Did The Greatest Love teaser trailer copy a Visayan short film?

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"It's a very common situation sa buhay nating mga Pilipino ang nag-a-argue sa harapan ng table," Ricky Lee said about the possible similarity of the The Greatest Love and a Visayan short film.



The Greatest Love
's teaser trailer caught the attention of netizens when it was released in social media.

Many of them liked the exchange of dialogue between its lead stars—Sylvia Sanchez, Dimples Romana, Matt Evans, Arron Villaflor, and Andi Eigenmann—while in front of their dining table.

However, the particular scene was somewhat familiar to some netizens.

An actress from Cebu, Badidi Labra, who was part of the Visayan short film titled Inahan sa Kanunayng Panabang (Mother of Perpetual Help), gave her observation about The Greatest Love.

The said short film was one of the entries in the Sinulog Short Film Festival held last February.

On her status last July 4, she wrote about a teaser of an upcoming teleserye in one of the local TV networks.

It was the same day the teaser for The Greatest Love was released online.

Upon watching it, she said, “Parang dejavu teh at tinanong ko sarili ko bakit naudlot ang pag-iyak ko. Kaya pala, na-feel ko na ang feeling na ito nung nakita ko ang finish product ng Shortfilm na ginawa namin noong January pa[r]a sa Sinulog Shortfilm Festival.”

As she continued her Facebook status, Badidi seemed to imply the similarity of their short film and the said trailer.

Then, she urged her Facebook friends and followers to watch the former.

“Sabi nga nang ibang taga gawa ng pelikula, ang bawat istorya sa pelikula ay parang si Universe. Malawak.

“May pagkakataong meron talagang pagkakapareho ang bawat istorya ng mga pelikula, at hindi maiiwasan yun.

“Hindi nga ba?

“Mga kaibigan, paki-panood po ang maikling pelikulang ito at pagkatapos ay panoorin niyo rin po ang teaser ng Teleseryeng ginagawa ngayun ng isang malaking network.

“Kayo na lang po ang humusga. Kaon baga. Maraming Salamat. Kaon Placemat.”

The seven-minute film showed a mother and her three children, who were also arguing in front of their dining table.

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Like Sylvia's character in the upcoming teleserye, the mother in the short film is also suffering from memory loss.



COMMON PINOY SCENE.
At the press conference of The Greatest Love on Thursday night, July 14, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had the chance to get the reaction of its creative manager, critically acclaimed writer Ricky Lee.

Lee, who was informed about the issue on that day, told PEP, “Ako, wala akong alam at hindi ko napanood ang short film na 'yon.”

He explained that the story of The Greatest Love was formed by a series of brainstorming between their creative staff.

Witness ako sa creative team na for more than a year ay binubuo ang kwento nito.

Throughout that long process, nag-evolve siya nang nag-evolve nang nag-evolve.

Kumbaga, karamihan ng ideas dito ay nanggaling sa discussion.

In fact, may previous drafts na walang Alzhaimer's, nag-iba-iba. Nakita ko ang pag-evolve ng idea.”

He was quick to clarify, however, “Hindi ko pinagtatanggol because wala akong alam dun sa short film and I doubt kung may idea rin ang creative team.”

To further explain, Lee said about the dinner table scene, “It's a very common situation sa buhay nating mga Pilipino ang nag-a-argue sa harapan ng table, lalo na may birthday o may big occasion, ang mga miyembro ng pamilya, nag-aaway-away.

I mean, we've seen it in so many films and we've seen it in so many real life situations around us.

So, may ganung risk siguro na maging similar sa mga ganung situations.”




The teaser trailer is just a portion of a wider story about a mother who cared so much for her children.

In fact, during the press conference, another teaser was also shown to give members of the media the background about Sylvia's character.

Known for his screenplays about mothers, Lee promises that The Greatest Love will show a different kind of mother.

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He described, “Lahat naman ng nanay magkakapareho, pero magkakaiba rin.

Pero ibang-iba si Gloria. Yung kinaiba ng ibang nanay iba pa kay Gloria.

Bukod sa papalapit na dementia, Alzheimer's, yung pagkatao niya ay punung-puno ng contradiction.

So, ibang-iba siya sa mga nanay na nagawa ko dati maski na strong women sila.”

He also noted in the end, “Also, journey ito ng isang nanay... second chance ito ng isang babae sa pagiging nanay, second chance din niya sa kanyang great love even at her age.

So may dalawang kwento ang tinatahak niya, ang pagiging nanay at sa great love niya. Pero in the end, pamilya pa rin.”


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