Actress Bela Padilla hopes for career growth as scriptwriter

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During the conceptualization of the award-winning MMFF entry 10,000 Hours, Bela was tapped to write the script. But due to previous commitment, the niece and co-actor of Robin Padilla in the movie declined the offer. However, she feels proud that some of her suggestions were used in the movie.


Bela Padilla is happy that after all her years in showbiz, she finally has caught the attention of the public.

“I think all people need a break.

"I’m happy that I got it in 10,000 Hours,” said Bela Padilla in an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) after the press conference of Sa Ngalan ng Ama, Ina, at mga Anak last Thursday night, January 23.

During the event, the young actress was praised by entertainment columnist Ogie Diaz for her effective portrayal of Maya Limchauco, the aggressive news reporter in 10,000 Hours.

The niece of action star Robin Padilla was also one of the actors in the movie who received positive feedbacks from the people who watched it.

Bella was expected to bag the Best Actress award during the MMFF Gabi ng Parangal.

Unfortunately, she lost it to Diamond Star Maricel Soriano for her role in Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy.

However, Bela still felt grateful for being given the same distinction in the recent 12th Gawad Tanglaw Awards.

The 22-year-old actress acknowledged her co-actors in the movie, especially her Tito Robin, for making her job easy.

“Naging sobrang dali kasi ng trabaho ko sa 10,000 Hours dahil lahat ng tao doon kilala ko.

“Lahat ng tao madaling katrabaho, madaling kasama.

“Feeling ko, kaya ako nanalo bilang Best Supporting Actress [in Gawad Tanglaw] dahil ‘yong sinuportahan ko namang artista ay napakagaling din.

“Lahat halos ng kaeksena ko mabigat.

“Si Tito Robin ang kaeksena ko and nanalo rin siya ng Best Actor [in MMFF].

“I feel that we all helped each other.

“I’m happy that there are other people in the industry who will help you out, not necessarily your relatives.

“Marami kang taong makikilala na tutulungan ka talaga so, nakakatuwa.”

NOT JUST AN ACTRESS. Bela Padilla's participation in the award-winning 10,000 Hours went beyond acting.

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She also helped in conceptualizing the story.

Bela was, in fact, credited by the movie screenwriters Ryllah Epifania Berico and Keiko Aquino when they received the Best Screenplay award during the MMFF Gabi ng Parangal.

Read: 10,000 Hours dominates MMFF 2013; Robin Padilla and Maricel Soriano win top acting awards

Bela said, “Actually, nakalimutan ko na noong tinawag ako sa stage noong araw na ‘yon, nakalimutan ko na.

“Gusto ko lang talaga noong araw na ‘yon na manalo ng Best Supporting Actress.

“That was very unexpected for me so, thank you to everyone.”

SCRIPTWRITING. At the start of 10,000 Hours, Bela was tapped to write the script. She related to PEP that she declined because she was working on a teleserye at that time

She recalled, “I was gonna do a TV show. I was gonna start Love and Lies kaya hindi ko nagawa.

“Nahiya ako na-decline ko ‘yong pagsulat ng script.

“But I’m very happy kasi ‘yong sumulat ng script ay sobrang talino and nanalo rin siya ng Best Screenplay.

“Actually, hindi ko na hiningi na isama ‘yong pangalan ko [sa credits]."

Nevertheless, Bela said, “I’m just happy na ginamit nila ‘yong mga suggestions ko.

"‘Yong mga concepts na naidagdag ko sinunod nila.”

She also told PEP, “Marami akong scripts na nakatago.

“Dati gusto ko sana mag-Creative Writing sa U.P. [University of the Philippines]."

“Actually, mayroon akong na-pitch na story dati na soap.

“Nagamit naman nila ‘yong concept. Hindi ko na lang kung anong show pero nagamit nila.

“Kahit hindi ginamit ‘yong script mismo, just for them to use the concept from me was a big pat-on-the-back for me.

“I was only 19 years old when I suggested the story.”

According to her, that was probably one of the happiest moments in her career in showbiz so far.

“Nakakatuwa kasi kapag nakita mo na sa TV na ginawa nila, parang that’s very reassuring,” said Bela.

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Certainly, her creative contribution in 10,000 Hours was not the last time that the movie and television industry would benefit from Bela's talent behind the camera.

She herself assured, “Definitely."


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