By Nestor Cuartero
JUST A THOUGHT: “Love is the answer, and you know that for sure; Love is a flower, you’ve got to let it grow”. – John Lennon
PAST THE LOVETEAM: “I flew past the window where loveteams are concerned,’’ states Bela Padilla, actress, screen writer and film producer.
What she’s saying is that it’s rather too late in the day for her to think of forging a loveteam with JC Santos, or any other actor for that matter. No matter if she and JC plus their “Tula’’ director are reuniting a year after they made their first movie hit, “100 Tula Para Kay Stella,” last year’s top grosser, at 100 million plus, in year one of Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP).
“100 Tula” also bagged PPP’s Audience Choice Award.
HEARTBREAKERS SILA: Bela and JC are back together as heartbreak champions in “The Day After Valentine’s,” an official entry to the 2018 Pista, opening nationwide on Aug. 15.
For his part, JC Santos says he, too, doesn’t want to feel confined by a loveteam as he wants to work with other actresses. He shares a certain chemistry with Bela, whom he describes as like a sister to him.
“We are so close, we have the same trips in life,’’ he says.
FILMED IN HAWAII: Director Jason Paul Laxamana explains he’s telling a different love story through “The Day After Valentine’s.”
“Many regard Feb. 15 as the day for the other woman or the other man. It can also be the day for the broken-hearted.’’
“The Day After’’ is the story of a girl who likes “broken things.” By chance, she hangs out one Valentine’s day with a guy who couldn’t move on from a failed relationship.
Shot mainly in Hawaii, the movie is backed by “hugot’’ soundtracks, including“Akala” by Marion Aunor; “Taguan” by John Roa; “For the Rest of My Life” by Bela Padilla.
Produced by Viva Films, rated PG by MTRCB, Graded A by Cinema Evaluation Board.