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Culion Movie Characters

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Culion MMFF 2019 Iza Calzado as Ana

“Ana”

Bata pa lamang si Ana noon ng dalhin siya sa Culion – isla na sinasabing lugar na walang makakaalis. Dinala siya dito dahil sa kanyang karamdaman na sa mga panahong iyon ay wala pang lunas. Subalit sa kabila nito ay nananatili pa rin sa puso niya ang pag-asang balang araw matutuklasan din ang lunas at lahat sila ay makakaalis sa isla. Ang pagmamahal niya para kay Kanor ang isa sa mga bagay na magbubuklod sa mga karakter sa kwento.

Culion MMFF 2019 Jasmine Curtis Smith as Doris

“Doris”

Si Doris ay isang English teacher sa isla ng Culion. Matalik niyang kaibigan sina Ana at Ditas; sa kanilang tatlo, siya ang pinakamasiyahin. Sa kabila ng kanyang karamdaman ay naniniwala siya na isang diwata ang darating at magbibigay ng lunas para sa kanilang sakit. Bagamat panahon pa ng pananakop ng mga Amerikano sa Pilipinas, hindi naging hadlang ito sa kanyang pangarap na makarating ng Amerika kasabay ng pangarap niyang makita ang buhay sa labas ng kolonya sa Culion.

Culion MMFF 2019 Meryll Soriano as Ditas

“Ditas”

Dala-dala ni Ditas ang alaala ng kanyang nakaraang buhay, isang buhay na puno pa ng ligaya, liwanag, at pagmamahal. Ang mga alaalang ito ang magpapahirap sa kanyang kalooban. At kasabay ng unti-unting pagkasira ng kanyang katawan dulot ng isang karamdaman ay unti-unti ring nilalamon ang kanyang puso at isipan ng malubhang kalungkutan. Makakawala pa kaya siya sa rehas na dulot ng kanyang mga alaala?

Culion MMFF 2019 Joem Bascon as Kanor

“Kanor”

Si Kanor ay isang simpleng mangingisda na nakatira sa isla ng Culion. Dahil lumaki na sa isla, kilala na siya ng mga tao at tinuturing na isa sa mga respetadong mamamayan ng Culion. Isa siya sa mga pasyenteng nagdurusa sa sakit na Hansen’s Disease nguni’t hindi pa ito malubha. Iniibig niya si Ana subalit ang nararamdaman ng dalaga para sa kanya ay kasing kumplikado ng kanilang iniindang karamdaman.

Culion MMFF 2019 Mike Liwag as Jaime

“Jaime”

Si Jaime ay masugid na manliligaw ni Doris. Isa rin siya sa mga pasyente sa Culion na tila nalimot nang mangarap at palaguin ang sarili at umaasa na lamang sa tulong na ibinibigay ng mga Amerikano. Subalit isang nakalulungkot na pangyayari ang makapagpapabago ng tuluyan sa kanyang pananaw sa buhay.

Culion MMFF 2019 Suzette Ranillo as Nay Mameng

“Nay Mameng”

Si Nay Mameng ay nabibilang sa grupo ng mga walang sakit na kung tawagin ay “sano”. Siya ang pinuno ng mga Pilipinong nurse na tumutulong sa mga maysakit na Hansen’s Disease. Naniniwala siya na ang Culion lamang ang lugar na handang kumupkop sa kanila, na dito lamang sila pwedeng mamuhay at mahalin ng iba, kaya nais niyang tanggapin ng mga pasyente na dito na sila habang buhay.

Culion Movie : An Official Entry To MMFF2019, A Story Now Ready to Be Told

Culion Movie #BreaktheStigma

The long wait is over. The Metro Manila Film Festival Executive Committee finally announced last Wednesday, October 16 the last 4 films that would complete the MMFF Magic 8, and “Culion” secured a slot. The announcement was held at Club Filipino in Greenhills and was attended by several members of Team Culion including Producer Shandii Bacolod, Iza Calzado, Mike Liwag, Nico Locco and Executive Producer Mrs. Gilie Sing of iOptions Ventures Corp.

It can be recalled that the first four films were announced in July, and were screened based on their completed scripts, while the last four were screened based on completed film submissions.

The weeks leading to the announcement have been nerve-wracking for Team Culion and everyone was hoping and praying that the movie would be selected, as everyone was excited for the chance to be able to tell the story in a bigger stage.

“I felt sick before the announcement and I wasn’t sleeping well. As a first timer, I didn’t know what to expect,” Executive Producer Gilie Sing shared.

She added, “After we were announced, it felt good but I was shaking inside. I was close to tears while I was explaining on stage about our movie!”

Culion’s producer, Shandii Bacolod also felt anxious before the announcement. “To be honest, may hesitations ako na um-attend noong MMFF announcement. Kinakabahan ako kase na-experience ko na ‘yan noong 2016. The anticipation, the waiting, it’s crazy. Pero tumuloy ako as advised by my EP, Ms. Gilie Sing. When CULION was announced as part of the MMFF Magic 8, naiyak si Ma‘am Gilie. Grabe ang sigawan at saya nila Iza, Mike and Nico. Ako naman, ‘di ako naka-react nang bongga. I sort of became catatonic. Nag-flash lahat sa akin ang pagod, the waiting, the sleepless nights, lahatBumaliktad ang stomach koHaha. Nag-sink in lahat sa akin na pasok na kaminoong nakaalis na ako ng venue. I am very happy and very proud,” said Bacolod.

With the announcement of Culion’s inclusion to this year’s MMFF, Team Culion’s mission to move past the stigma associated with Hansen’s Disease and the island of Culion in Palawan is slowly becoming a reality. The film hopes to raise awareness about the disease and debunk the old myth that it is highly contagious and incurable. Years ago, Mr. Peter Sing (who formed iOptions with his wife Gilie) learned about the story of Culion and he wanted to share its importance with the current generation who would hopefully pass it on to the next. One effective method that he could think of to share the story was to produce a film, and that’s what he did. 

The project started two years ago and the aim was to have it compete at the Metro Manila Film Festival as they believe that it is the best way to deliver the film’s message because of the festival’s wide network and audience. 

The support that the film has been getting from the public after it launched its first teaser trailer has been overwhelming, and many have already expressed their desire to watch the film. Even National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera, who is the head of the MMFF selection committee, has showered “Culion” with praise.

Producer Shandii Bacolod shared on Facebook a video of a very beaming and emotional Lumbera talking to Iza Calzado and praising “Culion.”

“Sharing this video that almost made me cry. Grabe super emotional kami ni Maria Izadora Calzado,” Bacolod shared.

“He also spoke to me briefly and said Pumalakpak ako. Pinaiyak niyo ako. Tell Ricky (Lee) and Alvin why do they keep making films na napakasakit!‘” Bacolod added.

The stamp of approval, from no less than a National Artist, definitely speaks volume about the quality of the film and caliber of the people behind it. And the bar is certainly set very high with the best of the best working on the film — director Alvin Yapan, scriptwriter Ricky Lee, cinematographer Neil Daza and producer Shandii Bacolod.

Director Alvin Yapan himself could not contain his joy upon hearing Culion’s inclusion to the MMFF.

Hanggang ngayon nanginginig pa rin ako sa announcement na kasali tayo sa Metro Manila Film Fest ngayong 2019. Tagumpay ito ng Culion, ng buong bayan ng Culion. Tagumpay ito ng produksyon ng Culion. Tagumpay ito ng lahat ng Pilipino na sa kabila ng pang-aalipusta, ng stigma, ng pagmamata, ay nananatili pa rin tayong mabuti, nanatili pa rin tayong may pag-asa, at nananatili pa rin tayong naniniwala sa pag-ibig,“  Yapan shared.

Meryll Soriano, who plays one of the female leads, was also beaming with pride for Culion and shared her pride at the accomplishment.

In an interview right after the announcement, Soriano said, “Tagumpay! Tagumpay! Masayang, masayang, masaya ako na nakapasok ang aming pelikulang Culion for MMFF 2019. Kasi talagang pinaghirapan namin. Hindi siya yung parang showbiz na sinasabi naming “pinaghirapan namin yung pelikula”. Pinaghirapan talaga namin at pinaganda namin ito. And it’s really a film that we want to be part of Metro Manila Film Festival. Kaya’t nagpapasalamat talaga kami na nakapasok kami. Tapos na yung sigawan pero, yes! Talagang masaya kami.

Although the journey took two years to complete, “Culion” the movie, now an official MMFF contender, is finally ready to fulfill its duty.