Goodwill Booth , SMX Convention Center, Pasay City -Philippines
There were lot of people ,students and visitors at the 37th Manila International Bookfair at the SMX Convention Center .
Goodwill Bookstore together with its sister company Katha Publishing is also celebrating their 78th anniversary in the business. Aside from the usual celebrities , basketball players , motivational and inspirational people having autograph and book signing opportunities .
The visitors and invited guests at the MIBF event got an opportunity to preview back to back movies intended for local and hopefully film-festival entry for this year.
casts of Pusit together with Mrs. Maria Theresa Cancio-Suplico and Ms.Arlyn dela Cruz
The indie- movie was written, produced and directed by award winning television host , book author , journalist Ms. Arlyn dela Cruz of Philippine Daily Inquirer.
The movie is entitled #Pusit which is co-produced by Ms. Maria Teresa Cancio-Suplico which casts Mr. Jay Manalo, Ronnie Quizon , Mr. Mike Liwag , Mr. Rolando Inocencio, Mr. Lehner Mendoza, Mr. Zyrus Imperial , Ms. Tere Gonzales .
Ms. Arlyn dela Cruz together with some invited media and guests
Pusit is a gay linggo which means “positive ” , the film is not just awareness of AIDS and HIV in the country buy also Advocacy in the sense that they also wanted to help create more awareness . They also partnered with government agencies like Department of Health , local government units ( LGU’s ) and schools.
Another movie feature is #Higanti , which is very timely movie which tackles social issues , broken family ties, extra -judicial killings , guns, goons and gold . The film is Co-written by Mr. Rommel Ricafort, Esmeralda Cortez, Bimbo Papasin, and Mario Mendez. “Higanti “features Assunta as Leni, the long-suffering wife of Alex, a politician portrayed by Jay Manalo. “She’s very loving and kind, while her husband is a cheater and is involved in illegal activities,” she explained.
L-R Mr. Kiko Matos, Mr. Jon Lucas, Ms. Assunta de Rossi and Mrs. Maria Teresa Cancio-Suplico
casts, crews and celebrities of Higanti
The film also stars Meg Imperial as Assunta’s daughter Jean; Ms. Katrina Halili as Jay’s common-law wife Dolly; John Lucas as Jean’s brother Francis and Alwyn Uytingco as Jean’s boyfriend Justin , Kiko Matos as an NBI agent , Mr. DJ Durano ,Mr. Daniel Pasia , Gabriel Papasin, Ms. Ruby Ruiz , One Rommel Ricafort among others.
This is not the first time that Mrs. Suplico produced a film, the first one was ” Sa Ibabaw ng Lahat ” which casts Ms. Gloria Diaz ,Mr. Ronaldo Valdez , Mr. Eddie Garcia in 1975. The film was directed by Mr. Nilo Saez.
Note: There is still no tentative play date for both movies