MANILA – The lead stars of “The Achy Breaky Hearts” have finally broken their silence after pirated copies of the Star Cinema movie started circulating on social media.
On Instagram, actress Jodi Sta. Maria thanked all those who have already seen the movie in cinemas, saying their love and support mean a lot to the entire team behind the film.
However, Sta. Maria said it saddens them that illegal links of the movie are being shared online considering all the hard work that they have put into it.
“Let’s support the local movie industry by reporting illegal links of the film to [email protected],” she urged her followers.
“Let’s all work together for the better future of the local film industry.”
Sta. Maria’s call to stop piracy was echoed by co-star Richard Yap.
Ian Veneracion, meanwhile, lamented over what could possibly happen in the future if film piracy continues.
“Huwag sana dumating ang araw na wala na tayong mapanood na pelikula dahil wala nang mag-aaksaya ng utak, pagod, pawis, panahon at pera kung ninanakaw lang din naman,” he said.
“The Achy Breaky Hearts” earned P14 million on its opening day on June 29.
Star Cinema, in a statement, denounced the act of uploading footage online without their consent, claiming that piracy is one of the major factors that has been "slowly killing" the local movie industry.
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