Metro Manila Film Festival 2014’s Best Director Dan Villegas has found a new story to tell.
With blockbuster hits such as The Breakup Playlist, She’s the One, and English Only, Please under his belt, Dan puts aside the full-length, big romantic stories, and turns his attention to a small but heartfelt project about a young woman and her lola.
“The first time I saw the concept for Grandma’s Little Angel, I was excited to shoot it,” the award-winning director/cinematographer said.
Grandma’s Little Angel is about Kassie and her grandmother, Lola Linda.
Lola Linda used to run a chocolate business in their town, but circumstances led to the shop closing down.
When Kassie saw tears on her Lola Linda’s eyes, this left a mark and inspired her to restore the chocolate shop to its former glory.
Carrying the love for chocolate-making through the years, Kassie worked endlessly to recreate the business that she and her grandmother had.
Villegas saw a bit of himself in Kassie and knew that this will be something close to his heart.
“Everyone has a lola, or someone they love, so this is highly relatable,” he said.
“I was close to my own lolo, so I wanted to make this for him.”
He also drew inspiration from his own family and recalled fond memories of him and his dad.
“My dad is an OFW, so we value precious limited time together.
“So during the weekends we always have a barbeque at our old house, and we had different responsibilities, from setting up the grill to washing dishes.”
Once it was out, Kassie and Lola Linda’s heartwarming story quickly made its rounds online.
The simple but powerful visual storytelling of Villegas tugged the strings of people’s hearts all over the world—exactly how he hoped it would.
“I want the viewers to feel lucky that there people who love them, and that they should tell their loved ones how appreciated and cherished they are.”
See how success is best shared with the people who inspired it with Grandma’s Little Angel.