Manila, Philippines - THE STAR – Lilia Cantupay, local movies’ favorite and resident witch, was the star of the presscon. When she arrived, TV cameras were focused on her, smiling (toothless) and exchanging kisses (as in beso-beso) with friends. Ever since gaining stardom in an indie inspired by her life, an extra for decades, life was never the same for lola Lilia. She even won a best actress trophy and flew all the way to Italy to attend the showing of her starrer.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? – And what is Sun Shorts?
Sun shorts is a collection of digital films that shine the light on the value of love, family, friendship, foresight, and a positive outlook in life.
More info from Sun Life Financial.
Sun Shorts is Sun Life Philippines’ installment of a regional short film project called “Experience the Sun,” which is a collaboration between Sun Life Financial and filmmakers in Hong Kong, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The project brings to life the power and beauty of the Sun through the eyes of top directors across the region. Sun Shorts is an extension of this venture, made specifically for the Philippine audience.
Sun Shorts features five Filipino filmmakers sharing their interpretations of how life is brighter under the Sun. Beginning July 25, these films will be shown as a series in www.experiencethesun.com.ph.
STORIES UNDER THE SUN – Unitel’s veteran producer-storyteller Jun Reyes (“The Last Journey of Ninoy,” ‘Crying Ladies”) makes a trip down memory lane to tackle a love that transcends the test of time and shines brightly amidst the darkness of war in 1945.
Sought-after commercial director Jolly Feliciano departs from light-hearted themes to posit a lifetime of possibilities thru the eyes of a sick young boy whose hope burns brightly as the sun in “Life in a Day.”
Director-playwright Chris Martinez (“Here Comes the Bride,” “Kimmy Dora,” “100”) takes on the humorous side of the generational divide as an old woman’s faith and penchant for superstitions clashes with a young man’s cool confidence in a future well-planned in “Oh My Goth!” Lola Lilia stars.
Up-and-coming filmmaker Nic Reyes follows the travails of a young man whose penchant for “quick fixes” led him into tight-hole situation and finds enlightenment and redemption from a surprising character in the action-packed The Debt.
Jerrold Tarog (“Senior Year,” “Nino,” “Shake Rattle and Roll,” “Aswang”) lets his “Sun Dance” pump up the beat of friendship that empowers three young women to tackle life’s ebbs and flows with grace and elegance. These shorts show how much friends bring the brightness of sun into our lives.
Apart from the five films making up Sun Shorts, Jim Libiran (“Happyland”) brings to life a film called “Araw,” which forms part of Sun Life Asia’s regional project. “Araw” is based on a true story of a man who harnesses the power of the sun to create beautiful art and, in so doing, reconnects with his roots.
“Relationships are at the heart of Sun Shorts, with the sun as a symbolic light source, that brings hope and a promise of a brighter tomorrow to the characters in the films. As to our use of the digital platform, this is really due to the desire of Sun Life to communicate and engage a growing segment of the market who are online, while allowing them to experience our brand promise of a life that’s brighter under the Sun. It also shows the progressive spirit of Sun Life as it explores new ways of engaging the market,” said Sun Life Financial Philippines chief marketing officer Mylene Lopa.
MISSION – “We believe that inspiring Filipinos to go for their dreams is part of our mission to provide financial freedom for Filipinos. Through the magic of movies and the powerful medium of the Internet, we hope Sun Shorts can enlighten its viewers in ways that will make their outlook in life brighter,” affirmed Sun Life Financial Philippines president and CEO Riza Mantaring.
Sun Shorts kicked off with a radio promo where listeners are welcome to share their sunny stories via Twitter (@sunlifeph) and Facebook (sunlifeph). Another promo awaits everyone who watches the films online in Sun Shorts Fly to America! promo. After watching Sun Shorts films online, a viewer has to do is like it and post a comment for a chance to go to San Francisco.
(Sun Shorts digital films are produced by Sun Life Financial Philippines in collaboration with Unitel Pictures and supported by Star Magic, Cinema One and Sun Life Foundation. For details, visit experiencethesun.com.ph)