Monday, September 10, 2012

Piolo Pascual Looks To Producing More Films


MANILA, Philippines – Even with so much on his hands, Piolo Pascual remains passionate about accomplishing more for his career and in testing his artistic limits, especially when it comes to producing films.

The award-winning actor and singer revealed to Bulletin Entertainment and select members of the media that,. “We have many concepts na gusto naming i-develop."

"So lumalabas na lang ‘yon, bigla nalang naiisip mo ‘yung mga ganung konsepto. We’re working on a couple of concepts na sana mag-materialize in the next couple of months," he further intimated.

His first venture into producing came in the form of “Manila,” a twin bill independent film helmed by esteemed directors Raya Martin and Adolf Alix, Jr., released in 2009. That year became a big one for Piolo as “Manila” had a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival in France. It was also the opening film at Cinemalaya Cinco.

The same year also marked the release of “Kimmy Dora: Kambal sa Kiyeme,” the box office, critically-acclaimed film he produced. Its sequel, “Kimmy Dora and the Temple of Kiyeme” was released just last June.

Piolo does not dismiss the possibility of a third “Kimmy Dora” film, given that “maganda nang franchise ‘yon para kay Uge (lead star Eugene Domingo) and marami pang idea na puwede nating laruin.” He noted, however, “hintayin natin si Chris Martinez (writer) tsaka si Joyce Bernal (director). Sila naman ‘yung utak nun eh."

His personal life has been quiet since his split from KC Concepcion last year. Nevertheless, the 35-year-old Kapamilya star is happy even without a special someone.

“Trabaho muna. Masaya ako sa trabaho…” he said. Indeed, he maintains his bankability more than 10 years since his career took off. He's gearing for a TV series with Angelica Panganiban, as well as a movie in which, he hinted, would see him in his most offbeat role to date.

Another thing that keeps him occupied is sports.

“Nag-Ironman (triathlon) kami pero I just did the bike leg so I really wanna be able to do all three—swim, bike, and run—and that’s what I’ve been training for in the last couple of months kaya masaya, masarap,” Piolo added.

Of course, Piolo also tends to his daddy duties to 14-year-old son Iñigo, who has returned to the US to resume his studies after a two-month vacation in the Philippines.

“He was with me during summer in the States so para kaming kambal na magkasama, hindi kami nagkakahiwalay, kahit sa’n ako kasama ko siya. It was good na we had time together,” he enthused.

Piolo graced the gala night of Sun Shorts held Sept. 7 in Resorts World Manila. The event showcased five digital films by Filipino directors, which were produced by long-running insurance company Sun Life Financial-Philippines (of which Piolo is an ambassador) in collaboration with Unitel Productions.

The short film collection features visually captivating works by Jerrold Tarog (“Sun Dance”), Jolly Feliciano (“A Life In A Day”), Chris Martinez (“Oh My Goth!”), Nic Reyes (“The Debt”), and Jun Reyes (“1945”)—all of which underscore the values of friendship, family, love, chasing one’s dreams, embracing possibilities, as well as positivity.

These films can be viewed via and

“Experience the Sun: A Collection of Shorts from Sun Life Asia,” will also be released in October, and will include Jim Libiran’s “Araw” (Philippines), Stanley Wong’s “Jing Yat” (Hong Kong), and Joko Anwar’s “Suncatchers” (Indonesia).


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