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Friday, December 06, 2019

Write About Love - MMFF 2019 entry is a 2 movie in 1 movie!

A director friend saw me after watching the red carpet premiere of TBA Studio's WRITE ABOUT LOVE movie. He said that wow! I'm  into these kinds of films, local movie. I think its rare for him to see me watching a local love story movie. I told him I'm here to support a friend and I like to watch because I'm familiar with the stars - Miles Ocampo, Yeng Constantino, Rocco Nacino and Joem Bascon.

The only movie reaction that I shared to him is that -- Ohh the movie and story today are good and its getting better and better, I only watch these kind of films whenever Im riding in a public aircon bus going to our province and there's this kind of bus liner who plays Filipino films - the mainstream movies with love story or romcon content on the bus' TV. I forced myself to watch it because its a 8 hours ride and I have nothing to do.

I told my director friend (not the director of this movie) that I learned from myself that I'm okay  to watch romcom movies and not the serious love story movies.

This movie - WRITE ABOUT LOVE is a movie that I can recommend and also a perfect movie this MMFF and Christmas season. This movie with  a new content for younger audience, with a more family oriented touch, and its more than just a movie.

WRITE ABOUT LOVE features 2 stories or 2 movies in 1 movie. Its a story of two young writers - Miles and Rocco,  as the creator of this upcoming movie, together they are challenged to finish the script of the movie. The two writers visualizes the story and the movie projected their movie starring Yeng and Joem. The story of their characters changes based on what's going on in the real world.

WRITE ABOUT LOVE can inspire new young writers as they can relate to the same feelings of the two main characters of Miles and Rocco, they can feel those obstacles, the deadlines and the intervention of personal issues that will keep them away from finishing the script. For non writers, they can feel the same thing too, as they absorb the happenings of the two stories in one movie.

The funny thing is that, at first I thought this movie is another THAT THING CALLED TADHANA movie, its a travel movie and very indie-ish. I just saw the movie trailer and its not really a travel movie!

The movie is about work of a writer, film making, as a single person, a broken hearted person, a family man, and about being a musician (Yeng's character)

Miles Ocampo
Miles and Yeng's character in the movie the one that catches my attention. They performed well and its very rare for me to see them in acting, Miles in a lead role and Yeng in a scripted version for a movie. We get to see Yeng back then in her Youtube vlogs, and her natural self projected well in the movie, goes the same for Miles. I want to see them more in other movies and I hope that the general audience support this film.

Rocco Nacino

WRITE ABOUT LOVE is a movie entry by TBA Studios for the MMFF 2019, showing this December 25, 2019.




Read here more details about WRITE ABOUT LOVE

TBA Studios’ Write About Love  is MMFF 2019’s movie-within-a-movie to watch

By employing an imaginative movie-within-a-movie storytelling treatment in Write About Love, Writer & Director Crisanto B. Aquino has provided a fresh take on how art imitates life and vice versa.

Call them romcoms or light-hearted dramas but given how well-received these kinds of films are at the box office, it’s reasonable to conclude that love stories are big with Filipino audiences.

But do great love stories just write themselves? How easy is it for screenwriters to develop a romantic film that will resonate with the masses?

If Write About Love, TBA Studios’ entry for the 45th Metro Manila Film Festival is any indication, the answer is it’s anything but easy. As our heroine known simply as Female Writer (played by Miles Ocampo) learned the hard way, writing a script that will get a major studio to greenlight the project for filming is not without its own pitfalls.

A hopeless romantic, she succeeded in getting one foot inside the door by initially presenting an original story called Just Us to a whole team of studio executives. A few days later, however, she gets a call back: Sorry, she’s told, but there’s an upcoming film with a similar plot.

But all is not lost. The studio heads would like a rewrite but only under the guidance and direction of a more experienced scriptwriter.

Enter Male Writer (Rocco Nacino), whose last film project became a box office hit.

Working together with a seasoned writer meant not just a few but a lot of dynamic changes to the original script. No more boy meets girl and the subsequent stages of falling in love (i.e. friendship, attraction, denial).

To the studio heads and Male Writer’s point of view, Just Us should be written as purely, a relationship story.

Enter the script’s characters namely Joyce (Yeng Constantino) and Marco (Joem Bascon) who are celebrating their first 100 days as a couple. In the script, Marco works as a construction engineer while Joyce is a talented singer for an up and coming band.

The two writers must now find ways to complicate this initially happy relationship and inject the script with all sorts of drama. So that by the time the fictional couple reaches their 200-day anniversary, things were already rocky for Joyce and Marco. And it all finally came to a head when Marco makes Joyce choose between him or her career.

As the two screenwriters with contrasting views on love and relationship further develop the story, they start to realize that many of the choices and circumstances in Joyce and Marco’s lives are actually mirroring their own.

Like Joyce, Female Writer also comes from a broken family and is trying to find some sort of silver lining by creating a script based on her parents’ own love story which started as sweet and movie-worthy until her father left them for a woman he depicted as his “one great love.” Unlike the “true-to-life” story which Just Us is based on, Female Writer wants to end her story on a happy note.

Like Marco who later faces what seems to be something insurmountable midway to the story, Male Writer is also dealing with his own personal struggles, unbeknownst to Female Writer.

As the two writers slowly begin to set aside their differences and work together to create a compelling and believable story about love that movie audiences can relate to, the writing process leads them to a fulfilling path of self-discovery.

In the end, they realize what it truly takes – to write about love.

Write About Love will show viewers that writing a love story is as personal as it gets. Like Marco who becomes a total wreck when Joyce chooses her career, a parallel story in real time will show Female Writer getting hurt when Male Writer suddenly leaves her in the middle of an immersion trip just when things are beginning to click for both of them.

They may not realize it but the two writers are actually living in the movie that they themselves created. How it all plays out for both of them as well as for Marco and Joyce is what makes Write About Love stand out as it does away with all the contrivances that has characterized many other romcoms as of late.

Director Crisanto B. Aquino who co-wrote the script with Janyx Regalo is known for being the country’s most sought after First Assistant Director and has worked with the likes of directors Chito Roño, Olivia Lamasan, Rory Quintos, Laurice Guillen, Cathy Garcia-Molina and the master himself, Jerrold Tarog.

Clearly, this director knows what works and what doesn’t work.

By employing an imaginative movie-within-a-movie storytelling treatment in Write About Love, Aquino has provided a fresh take on how art imitates life or vice versa. Such a refreshing new approach to the genre may likely set some sort of a template for how love stories are presented on the big screen from hereon.

As further enhanced by the equally winning score by TBA’s most celebrated filmmaker Jerrold Tarog, it may not be surprising at all if Write About Love emerges as the sleeper hit of this year’s MMFF 2019.

Write About Love opens December 25 in cinemas nationwide and is TBA Studios’ official entry to the MMFF 2019. It recently received a G rating (suitable for all audiences) from the MTRCB and a B-Grading from the Cinema Evaluation Board.

The film’s official music soundtrack by Yeng Constantino is now out via Star Music Philippines.

Amiya Raya Holds Christmas Carol Choir Competition

Amiya Raya, a project of Community Creators, Inc., will host a Christmas choral competition on December 8, Sunday at Amiya Raya Highland Homes, Brgy. Guitnangbayan 1, San Mateo, Rizal. The event will start from 4 P.M and will end at 8 P.M.

As the Christmas season is fast-approaching, Amiya Raya hopes to share the spirit of joy and glad tidings to everyone by staging a community event dubbed as, “Colors of Christmas at Amiya Raya”. Ten (10) groups of students around Rizal and Marikina from Grades 4-6 will perform the official contest piece - “Colors of Christmas” and one (1) Christmas carol of each group’s choice.
Cash prizes will be given to the winners. The group who will bag the first place will receive P20,000.00; P12,000.00 for the second place; and P8,000.00 for the third place.
Amiya Raya invites us all to join them as they celebrate the true colors of Christmas through this event. Enjoy the majestic view of the Metro as the contestants serenade you with the classic Christmas songs. Cozy up with your friends and loved ones while feeling the cold breeze from the high lands of Rizal.
The development boasts its panoramic views of the city, Laguna de Bay and mountain ranges. The exclusive residential enclave offers spacious, open parks that will make you feel like you’re living in a resort. It is 250 meters above sea level and offers a cooler climate and is enveloped by the surrounding natural environs. For more information, visit Amiya Raya’s Facebook page - AmiyarayaOfficialPage or call 9386288 or 09299514169 and look for Ms. Rowena Ignacio.

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, Philippine Bloggers Network, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. Azrael's Merryland Blog is included in a list of top 50 Blogs in the Philippines , ranked 65th in Top 100 Blogs that Matter , 49 must read lifestyle blog in the Philippines. and rank 40th in 100 Top Philippine Blogs by Feedspot.
He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collect Transformers toys.
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