Be Captivated by the Waves of Siargao The Movie


Are you a beach “surfing” fan or surfer yourself? Siargao The Movie is your best bet of film for this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival starting December 25.
 
Deviating from his previous serious projects, Direk Paul finally dips his hands into the lighter romance-drama genre with his first travel-themed movie focusing on the story of a woman who is finding, recreating and rebuilding herself in the picturesque island of Siargao.

It was very light. It was very peaceful. I really had the most fun shooting this film out of all my films,” he said.

More than showcasing and promoting the beautiful island and its majestic tourist spots, Direk Paul also aims to create an awareness to match the province’s booming tourism.

Now that we have this voice, we have this media attention, we also want to make sure to create an awareness that let’s take care of Siargao. Let’s take care of the beauty of Siargao, the beauty of the beaches. Let’s respect the locals and let’s not saturate it,” he explained saying that they made sure to interlace their advocacy into the film’s script and their ongoing promotional efforts.

The movie headlines Erich Gonzales, Jericho Rosales and Jasmine Curtis-Smith.

Although Direk Paul’s ­Ten17P Productions has produced Jasmine’s indie film Transit (2013), Siargao is the first time that he gets to direct her, Erich and Jericho.

I’ve always thought ‘This girl has it!’ She takes her craft seriously and I’ve always wanted to work with her as a director,” he said of Jasmine.“What was nice about Jasmine was even when we were shooting, she was really immersed to the experience.”

Although he’s long been wanting to work with him, Direk Paul shared that he wasn’t able to get Jericho’s approval right from the get go.



When I was starting to think of my actors, of course Jericho was top of mind. Jericho has been a good friend of mine for how many years.I pitched it to Echo it wasn’t a yes agad it was more of ‘Let’s meet usap muna tayo, kape muna tayo.’ Tapos we talked and talked and we talked and talked more,” he described.

When we went to Siargao, Erich had a really crash course on surfing and she did it. I mean it’s not easy to get up on your surf board but she did it. I remember pa when we had our dinner she had cuts and bruises all over her legs and her arms pero go parin siya,” he said.

Erich, for her part, couldn’t be any happier that she’s returning into the big screen after four years and with her first-ever title MMFF entry at that. 

One brave woman who also had her share of Siargao waves, Jasmine did all her very best in all her surfing scenes after al the training she received just like Erich. 

Jasmine shares, "This was also the same time I was very busy attending to my Ate Anne's wedding preparations. Being in Siargao with my co-actors was a perfect time to bond with them and also an opportunity to contemplate and ponder about life and what lies ahead." 


The film also saw a lot of first for Erich including surfing, cliff jumping, going to Siargao, riding the motorbike and working with her co-stars and her director.

Nandoon kami for a like a month, I mean balikan naman. Sobrang ganda ng experience namin dun kasi parang you’re working pero at the same time parang nagbabakasyon karin doon,” she said.


            

Siargao The Movie is also the first pairing of Erich and Jericho.

Well it’s nice to be back to be back and to do a movie na… nakaka-excite ito yung story mismo. And then siyempre yung setting niya, one of the beautiful destinations in the country and swerte tayo na napasali rin siya sa Metro Manila Film Festival,” she said. 

Erich describes their set as “one big happy family” as she learned life lessons from Jericho, got along well with Jasmine and appreciated the passion of Direk Paul for his craft.

 “We all got along, like what I said kami-kami lang and andun eh. Nagtutulungan rin kapag kailangan ng example sa camera or ilaw, tulong-tulong walang diva or ano,” she adds.

The film also saw a lot of first for Erich including surfing, cliff jumping, going to Siargao, riding the motorbike and working with her co-stars and her director.

Siargao The Movie is not only a romantic movie but also advocates love for nature and the preservation of the island itself as a premiere surfing destination aside from La Union, Baler and Bicol.


Direk Paul finally made it to this year's MMFF line up. But, according to him, he’s looking forward to experiencing one particular thing this coming Metro Manila Film Festival season.

Personally, I’m looking forward to finally having one of my films watched by a lot of people. Yun lang. Most if not all of the films I’ve done in the past, my audiences are very niche lang. It would be nice to see the cinema more than 50% full. Sanay ako sa 10 people lang watching my film, 20 people watching my film, 30 people watching my film,” he concludes.

Expect lots of breathtaking surfing scenes and sexy beach bodies from the rest of its cast, Roxanne Barcelo, Will de Vaugh, Suzette Ranillo, Will Dasovich and professional surfer Luke Landrigan, with pro surfing coach Manuel Melindo. 

Expect lots of breathtaking surfing scenes and sexy beach bodies from the rest of its cast, Roxanne Barcelo, Will de Vaugh, Suzette Ranillo, Will Dasovich and professional surfer Luke Landrigan, with pro surfing coach Manuel Melindo.

Let's all go the beach this Christmas and in cinemas in support of #SiargaoTheMovie ♥





Siargao The Movie (Teaser)


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