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Posted by : Pinoy Screen and Stage Sunday, March 5, 2017

Since the movie has a con artist as the protagonist, producer Ferdinand Lapuz and Direk Joel shared their experiences with having been duped. Ferdinand recalled an unpleasant memory where coincidentally, someone named “Boy Hapon” harangued him into giving up a valuable possession. On the other hand, the director himself remembered that when he was still a student and a corps commander, a group of male classmates invited him to hang out at a bowling alley, only to be mauled. They actually wanted to get back at him for being a strict officer.

“Yung taong yun [real-life Bhoy Intsik], wala na po yun, patay na. Pero noong araw, yun ay buhay pa, yun ay con artist dun sa area [a barrio in Cavite] na yun  bagamat hindi lahat ng nangyari sa pelikula ay nangyari sa buhay ni Bhoy Intsik,” said the film’s director, Joel Lamangan.

Raymond Francisco, TV commercial director and stage actor, is looking to stage his big comeback as a full-time actor with this title role. Known as “RS Francisco” to many in the entertainment industry, his recent films were Bwaya and Amor y Muerte. However, he was able to fine tune his acting chops via his plum roles in the productions of UP SAMASKOM and Dulaang UP during his college days. This film is also produced via his company, Frontrow Entertainment.

His co-star is Coco Martin’s younger brother, Ronwaldo Martin, who first made his mark in the indie film industry via Ari: My Life with a King. Itwas followed by Eduardo Roy Jr.’s film that’s highly praised by critics. This film was his eventual ticket to playing another nuance laden character, Marlon Pogi. Raymond elaborated why they chose to cast Ronwaldo. “Nakita ko yung Pamilya Ordinaryo. He’s very very raw, he’s very very fresh. Wala siyang bad acting habits so naisip ko na magandang contrast yan sa character ni Bhoy Intsik na very complex, very layered…napakarami niyang facets sa buhay, tapos makakakita ka ng isang fresh na character sa movie.” Direk Joel concurred. “Ang kailangan sa role na ito ay isang bagamundong bata.” He even went as far as saying that Ronwaldo has the potential to surpass his older brother.

The movie also stars Jeric Raval, Mon Confiado, Elora EspaƱo, Jim Pebanco, Tony Mabesa, Shyr Valdes, Mike Lloren, and Liz Andogan.

It will be shown from March 9 to 14 in SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, Gateway, and Glorietta 4 Cinemas as part of the Sinag Maynila 2017.

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