"Kahit Isang Saglit" merges Filipino and Malaysian talents

by Nerisa Almo
Sep 13, 2008
"This will be a collaboration of two countries, of ABS-CBN and Double Vision (Malaysia). And if this is successful, it will open a lot of opportunities for the two countries and will pave the way for more projects of this kind," said Direk Gilbert "Manong" Perez about Kahit Isang Saglit in a previous interview with ABS-CBN Interactive before he passed away.


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

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

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

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

"In terms of directing, napakadali naman kasi napakahusay nila. I'm so blessed, Manong [Gilbert Perez] 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 Isang Saglit's original director, the late Direk Gilbert "Manong" Perez.

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Direk Gilbert handled the first few episodes of Kahit Isang Saglit. Unfortunately, he was not able to finish the series when he died of a heart attack last July.

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

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

TRIBUTE TO MANONG. Kahit Isang Saglit also serves as a tribute 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 Kahit Isang Saglit (2000) is also the title of Direk Gilbert's movie that starred Judy Ann Santos and Piolo Pascual.

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

"Pakiramdam ko naman po paraho kami ng wavelength ni Manong," says Direk Jerry. "This is not the 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 si Manong, nadadalaw ko siya ng madalas bago siya inatake ulit. Nakukuwento naman niya sa akin 'yong vision niya, 'yong plano niya.

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

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

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

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