"Kahit Isang Saglit" merges Filipino and Malaysian talents

"This will be a collaboration of two countries, of ABS-CBNand Double Vision (Malaysia). And ifthis is successful, it will open a lot of opportunities for the two countriesand will pave the way for more projects of this kind," said Direk Gilbert"Manong" Perez about Kahit Isang Saglit in a previous interview withABS-CBN Interactive before he passed away.

Witness the teamwork of Filipino and Malaysian actors in themovie-like teleserye Kahit Isang Saglit starting this Monday, September 15,on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida.

In this new teledrama, ABS-CBN collaborates for the firsttime with a Malaysian foreign production outfit called Double Vision. This teleserye brings together Filipino actor Jericho Rosales and Malaysian TV actress andmodel Carmen Soo.

They will also be joined by veteran Pinoy actors—AlbertMartinez, Christopher de Leon, Isabel Rivas, and Malou de Guzman; and Malaysianactors—Louisa Chong, Soosan Hoh, and Awal Ashaari.

With actors that come from two different countries, DirekJerry Sineneng said that it wasn't that hard to direct them together.

"In terms of directing, napakadali naman kasi napakahusaynila. I'm so blessed, Manong [GilbertPerez] was so blessed to be given a set of really, really good actors. Pagdating sa taping, they're all committed,they're all professional," relates Direk Jerry, who replaced Kahit IsangSaglit's original director, the late Direk Gilbert "Manong" Perez.

Direk Gilbert handled the first few episodes of KahitIsang Saglit. Unfortunately, he wasnot able to finish the series when he died of a heart attack last July.

Direk Jerry relates his experience as he takes over theresponsibility left by his director friend. "Noong una kasi talagang kabang-kaba ako, nasimulan na nga kasi niManong [Gilbert] beautifully, ang ganda-ganda ng ginawa niya. I was wondering gaano kaya kadali nakuha niManong 'yong trust ng mga Malaysians na 'to.

"Surprisingly, on our first day, ramdam na ramdam ko na rin'yong acceptance sa akin ni Carmen. Itold her, ‘We need each other's help, ha? Hindi ako 'yong utos lang nang utos, I need your help, too.' And shegave it to me right away naman, the trust, the rapport."

TRIBUTE TO MANONG. Kahit Isang Saglit also serves as atribute to the late Direk Gilbert since this was his last TV project. The co-production between Malaysia and the Philippines was supposed to be called A Time for Us but in honor of Manong, the title was changed to Kahit Isang Saglit. It will be recalled that KahitIsang Saglit (2000) is also the title of Direk Gilbert's movie that starred Judy Ann Santos and Piolo Pascual.


In line with this, Direk Jerry assures that what will come out in KahitIsang Saglit will most likely represent what would Direk Gilbert do if he'sthe one directing it.

"Pakiramdam ko naman po paraho kami ng wavelength niManong," says Direk Jerry. "This is notthe first time we work together. Nagsasaluhan kami ng direction noong gumawa tayo ng Ariba! Ariba!,Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara. 'Tapos, I read all the scripts, then, I previewed all the materials,ganun po ang ginawa ko.

"I was fortunate enough na noong time na nag-recover siManong, nadadalaw ko siya ng madalas bago siya inatake ulit. Nakukuwento naman niya sa akin 'yong visionniya, 'yong plano niya.

Medyo natuwa nga ako, he told me himself na, sinabi rin poni Tita Cory [Vidanes, ABS-CBN Head for TV Production], ‘Ikaw lang ang pwedengpumalit sa akin dito.' So, na-encourage na ako, nagkaroon na ako ng confidencena, ‘Okay, you trust me.' So, feelingko naman, alam naman po niya ang working style ko, feeling ko, okay din."

Kahit Isang Saglit will highlight the lives of Rocky(Jericho Rosales) and Garie (Carmen Soo) who will cross paths in Malaysia asthey pursue different things in life. Rocky, a member of a drug enforcement group, is in search of the man whokilled his father; while Malaysian-born Garie hopes to meet her long-lostFilipino father (to be played by Albert Martinez).

Follow the fate of Rocky and Garie in Kahit IsangSaglit starting this Monday, September 15, on ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida.





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