By luigi bernido
Matinee idol Gerald Anderson rejoins the indie scene as he stars in “AWOL,” an official entry in the first Pistang Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP).
According to push.abs-cbn.com, the 28- year old actor who is often seen in mainstream films was really happy that the movie was included along with 11 other indies.
“Sobrang na-excite ako para sa movie. Tungkol to sa isang sundalo na nag-AWOL so sobrang interesting at sobrang action, jam-packed. Actually medyo nasa high pa din ako kasi two days ago ko lang napanuod kasi ipapalabas na nga.”
He also admitted that despite the film’s small budget, he is happy because this is a good start for Filipino movies.
The actor is also thankful to the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and PPP for choosing their movie.
“I’m just happy and blessed na may mga ganitong opportunity ako na ipinagkakatiwala sa akin kaya thank you po.”
“AWOL” is an action-thriller movie directed by Enzo Williams and produced by Skyline. The movie is about Lt. Abel Ibarra (Anderson), team leader of an elite sniper group who wants out of the battlefield to spend more time raising his young daughter.
The 12 entries in PPP also features other veteran names in showbiz. These include Cherry Pie Picache starring in “Pauwi Na (Pedicab),” Candy Pangilinan starring in “Star na si Van Damme Stallone”, and John Arcillain “Birdshot.”
The 12 entries in the first PPP include “100 Tula para kay Stella,” “Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B,” “AWOL,” “Bar Boys,” “Birdshot” and “Hamog.”
Other entries include “Paglipay (Crossing),” “Patay na si Hesus,” “Pauwi Na (Pedicab),” “Salvage,” “Star na si Van Damme Stallone” and “Triptiko.”
All 12 entries will have a one-week exclusive screening from August 16-22 in all cinemas nationwide. PPP is a project of the Film Development Council of the Philippines.