'Tulad ng Dati' chronicles The Dawn's colorful history

In commemoration of The Dawn's 20th anniversary in the music industry, the rock group had a one-time screening of its semi-autobiographical film at the Premiere Theater of the SM Mall of Asia last November 8.

The screening of Michael Sandejas' Tulad ng Dati coincided with The Dawn's launch of its anniversary CD album that same night. This movie was Cinemalaya 2006's best feature-length film and won the awards for Best Sound and Best Editing as well.

Tulad ng Dati was dedicated to the memory of its founding lead guitarist Teddy Diaz, who was murdered in 1988 while on a visit to his girlfriend. In this fictionalized biography of the band, The Dawn members Jett Pangan (lead vocals), Francis Reyes (guitars), Buddy Zabala (bass) and JB Leonor (drums) portrayed themselves in the movie—blurring the lines between fact and fiction.

In an interview with YES! Online during the November 8 launch, Jett described the movie: "We play ourselves na parang totoong totoo. Actually, the plot is fiction. We play ourselves on how we survive that plot. It was a basic idea from Mike Sandejas. He said he always wanted to do a documentary on a band."

The Cinema Evaluation Board gave a "B" rating to Tulad ng Dati, citing excellent direction and a well-written screenplay. The film features solid performances by actors Ping Medina, who played the late drummer of The Dawn, Teddy Diaz; Mylene Dizon, who plays Katrina, Jett Pangan's lost love; and Agot Isidro, who plays Beth, the wife of Jett.

Celebrities who were present during the movie screening were Diether Ocampo, Kristine Hermosa, and Apo Hiking Society's Danny Javier. Diet (Diether's nickname) is himself a rock band member—he is the frontman for an alternative rock band named Blow.

Tulad ng Dati has competed in Korea's Pusan International Film Festival and was also included in the official selection of the Hawaii International Film Festival. Jett added: "[It was] featured in Hawaii and Korea. It never received any awards but the feedback was good."


Doing this full-length movie gives a different perspective to The Dawn guitarist Francis, who said: "After [making] the movie, doing an MTV is just like a walk in the park."

After the showing of Tulad ng Dati, the audience was given a preview of the music video of "Ang Iyong Paalam," which was directed by Quark Henares.





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