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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jan 22, 2016

Director Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil's 'Lakbay2Love' Is The First Film To Get A Grade A From The Cinema Evaluation Board

CONGRATULATIONS to writer-director Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil. Her “Lakbay2Love” is the first film to get a grade A from the Cinema Evaluation Board this year. The movie stars Dennis Trillo and Solenn Heussaff and opens in theaters on February 3. Marfil started her career as an assistant director to Chito Rono and Mel Chionglo.

As a director, she debuted in 2001 with “Angels”, which failed to make an impression, then with “Mga Pusang Gala” in 2005. In 2008, her Cinemalaya entry, “Boses”, about an abused child violin prodigy won her the Golden Screen best director award and was shown to much acclaim in film festivals abroad. Why did it take 8 years before she made another movie?

“Naging busy ako with ‘Boses’ na inikot namin sa iba’t ibang campuses at mga probinsiya for special screenings,” she says. “Also, dahil dito, nakapunta ako sa maraming bansa to attend the various film festivals where this was shown. Last year, yung son ko, dinala on a field trip ng class nila sa La Mesa Dam Ecopark. Na-in love ako sa lugar na ang daming bikers. Sabi ko, let’s do a bike movie. Then Yolanda happened, so sinama ko yung tungkol sa effects ng climate change sa environment. ‘Lakbay2Love’ is a bike movie with a beautiful love story, coming of age din and it’s also concerned about how we can help protect Mother Nature.”

The movie will have a green carpet premiere on January 29 at UP’s Quezon Hall Amphitheatre. The movie also has an original soundtrack with ten songs, including Solenn’s “Kilig”, Kai Honasan’s “Liwanag” and a new version of the Eraserheads’ “Overdrive” which becomes “Magba-bike ako”.