DIREK COCO: As movie producers contemplate their projects intended for the Metro Manila Film Festival, Coco Martin issues an announcement.
He will star in and direct “Ang Panday,” a film based on and inspired by the successful film series that starred the late movie king Fernando Poe Jr.
Panday, a semi-mythical character, was created by Carlo J. Caparas as a serialized komiks novel. FPJ starred in four “Panday” movies, every one of them a big hit at the MMFF.
“Panday” was eventually remade by Ramon “Bong” Revilla with Peque Gallaga as director. Jinggoy Estrada also starred in a movie whose story was inspired by the “Panday” komiks series as directed by Carlo himself. On TV serials, “Panday” was played by Jericho Rosales and Richard Gutierrez.
WHAT TO OFFER: After six “Panday” movies and two or three TV drama series based on the same legendary character Flavio, what has Coco to offer, both as actor and director of the new “Ang Panday?”
Coco is known to be quite involved with story development on shows that he leads. He creates scenarios and sub-plots for “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” finds the right actors to guest on the show, and assists in its overall direction.
Creatives-wise, Coco is ripe as a director. He has trained with the best mentors, foremost among whom is Brillante Mendoza, who launched him in a series of indie films (“Masahista,” “Tirador,” “Serbis”). Coco has been so closely associated with Brillante who once considered him his signature actor. It isn’t any wonder that Coco should turn to Brillante to guide him in his first venture as a filmmaker.
Coco can, thus, have the best of both worlds. As a certified hitmaker on TV and in a couple of movies, he has the commercial edge so to speak.
BALANCING ACT: On the other hand, his vast experience in the world of indies where Brillante has taught him well can serve as his inspiration in providing his first film as a director just the right amount of artistry to balance what Coco stands for in the eyes of his public. That he is now a certified commercial star.
The fact that Coco has chosen a widely popular komiks material, a legend in its own right, augurs well for the box office prospects of his first film. It is a franchise project that has proven its worth many times over in the past. It has a definitive hook with young audiences, which is the primary market of the MMFF.
Coco isn’t saying, but most likely, he is “Ang Panday’s” co-producer.
ACTOR-DIRECTORS: Before Coco, many other actors turned directors.
Eddie Garcia and Laurice Guillen are considered the most successful among them. They won many awards both as actors and directors.
Laurice has won the prestigious Urian for director and actress.
Eddie’s finest films (as director) include “Atsay,” “Saan Nagtatago Ang Pag-ibig,” “Pinagbuklod Ng Langit.”
Laurice’s best films are, among others, “Salome,” “Tanging Yaman,” “American Adobo.”
Other actors-turned-directors (movie, TV, or even commercials) include Cesar Montano, Ricky Davao, Dingdong Dantes, Gina Alajar, Joel Torre, Richard Gomez, Michael de Mesa, Albert Martinez, Robert Arevalo.
Decades back, actors like FPJ, Leroy Salvador, Eddie Rodriguez made the successful transition from actor to director.
On a flight of fancy, even Amalia Fuentes, Nora Aunor, Vilma Santos, and Chanda Romero tried directing films.
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This rings true in a viral video uploaded by Smart, wherein a mother reaches out to her millennial daughter via text messages all throughout the day but the daughter only gets the opportunity to look at the messages when she gets home.
In a touching scene, she makes sure she spends quality time with her mother via video call.
Happy Mother’s Day!
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