Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Lovi and Gina whip up a revolution in “Lakambini”

Award-winning actresses Lovi Poe and Gina Pareno take on very challenging roles as they star in the Gregoria de Jesus biopic “Lakambini” to be directed by Jeffrey Jeturian and Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil. The screenplay of the film, which won first prize in the 2014 Palanca Awards, is by Rody Vera.

Gregoria de Jesus took on the name “Lakambini” when she was part of the revolutionary group headed by her husband Andres Bonifacio. Lovi portrays the young rebel Gregoria while Gina takes on the role of the senior Oryang whose recollections frame the story.

The film presents Gregoria in her 60s recalling the turbulent but passionate adventures with Andres and the birth of the Katipunan up to the treachery that led to her husband’s death. Her memories are sparked by her wonderful and meticulous cooking for her family and second husband, musician and general, Julio Nakpil.

Lovi thrilled to be part of the film. She declared on her Instagram. “Very excited and at the same time nervous for this project. I will portraying a role of a very influential person that made history in our country.” Gina declared that she is delighted. “Kakaiba ang karakter ko,” said the veteran actress. She added that she is happy to be reunited with Jeffrey who directed her in “Kubrador,” which earned for Gina raves in the international filmfest circuit. Both Lovi and Gina were special guests at the 140th birthday of Gregoria de Jesus held in Bahay Nakpil Quiapo recently.
Direk Ellen is just as excited especially because she was able to get Jeffrey Jeturian of “Kubrador, Ekstra and Be Careful with my Heart” fame  to agree to be the project’s principal director.  “Jeffrey is a dear friend, so well-accomplished and I believe, the project is so up his alley!”

A teaser of the film has been released online wherein Lovi, as Gregoria, is preparing a dish with coconut milk, only to be interrupted by a more urgent call to defend the motherland.

To watch the “Lakambini” teaser, like Lakambini on Facebook or search for Lakambini Movie Teaser: “Secret Ingredient” on YouTube.

“Lakambini” is slated for a mid or late 2015 playdate.

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