MTRCB allows 2 versions of 'The Healing'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 24 2012 03:50 PM | Updated as of Jul 24 2012 11:50 PM

MANILA, Philippine – The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has allowed to screen two versions of “The Healing” starring Vilma Santos.

A scene from the Star Cinema movie "The Healing"

The two versions of the horror movie that will be shown in theaters are the director’s cut, which is restricted to those18 years old and above, and an R-13 version.

Santos and movie director Chito Roño said this is the first time that the MTRCB has allowed this kind of arrangement.

“Nagpapasalamat ako na nailaban namin ito. Salamat din sa MTRCB. Let's give our audience the freedom of choice,” the veteran actress said.

Meanwhile, despite her acting achievements, Santos said she still feels pressured to do well in her movie.

“Yung awards definitely prestige 'yan ng isang artista. Kino-consider 'yan na pagbuo sa prestige ng isang artista na ikaw ay ma-recognize as a best actress. But at the end of the day, ang foundation ng isang artista ay box office pa rin. Kasi 'yan ang isang nagpapatagal sa iyo. Kaya kapag may ganyang mga showing, talagang walang tigil ang pagdarasal na sana naman ay kumita at manuod ang maraming tao. At sana’y magustuhan nila,” she said.

Just like other stars, Santos admitted she also gets jitters as the playdate of her movie nears.

“Ang bawat pelikula kong ginagawa, laging may pressure, may kaba pa rin ako. Lagi ko ngang sinasabi kay direk na kinakabahan na ako. In every movie that I do, every time na lalapit na ang showing, kinakabahan pa rin ako kasi siyempre gusto ko na maraming manuod,” she said.

“The Healing” will hit theaters on July 25.

It will revolve around the Filipino tradition of going to faith healers for guidance and treatment of ailments.

Aside from Santos, "The Healing" also stars Kim Chiu, Pokwang, Mark Gil, Martin del Rosario, Allan Paule, Cris Villanueva, Daria Ramirez, Ces Quesada, Ynez Veneracion, Simon Ibarra, Abi Bautista, Joel Torre, Chinggay Alonso, Mon Confiado and Carmi Martin.