Richard Quan enjoys doing 'indie'


Posted at Oct 14 2008 09:35 AM | Updated as of Oct 14 2008 05:35 PM

Veteran character actor Richard Quan said he is enjoying his time doing more independent films.

In an interview with, Quan, who is part of indie film "UPCAT" produced by Cinema One Originals, said that he does not mind doing films with low-budget as long as it has a good story.

"Mas preferred ko ‘yong interest ng tao, I make it a point na interesado ang mga tao," he said.

"Kung masaya ba ako sa work, kung maganda ba yung character ‘yon na lang ang reward ng actor. The reason why maraming tumatanggap dahil mas interesting ‘yong role, mas interesting na story kasi hindi ganoon kamahal. So willing talaga na gumawa ang mga director at willing din itong ginagawa ng mga artista," Quan added.

Quan who recently worked with Gloria Romero, Robert Arevalo, Armida Seguion-Reyna and Eddie Garcia for the film "Fuchsia" shared that he already made 16 to 18 independent movies since last year.

Quan said that like in "UPCAT" he had fun working -- especially with the new breed of actors and actresses like Hiyasmin Neri and Felix Roco.

Youth oriented

"UPCAT," which is one of the seven movies that received a P1-million grant from Cinema One Originals is the story about would-be passers of the University of the Philippine (UP) entrance examination.

According to Quan, UPCAT (UP College Admission Test) tells a story of three high school friends who badly want to enter the premier state university

It presents their struggles as they try to define themselves amid conflicts with their families and with each other.  

"In this film, I played the character of Michael, siya ang nag-review doon sa UPCAT passers wannabe siya, ‘yong last resort... pero ‘yong character ko ay naka-cross sa ibang characters at in the end mayroon siyang revelation," he said.

The actor said that the film is worth watching since it depicts the lives of ordinary high school students who wanted to pass college entrance exams.

"First of all bihira tayong makapanood ng youth-oriented films, I think this is the first time as far as I know wala, kasing masyadong naririnig na youth-oriented indie films," he said.

"UPCAT" film will be shown from December 3 to 16 at Robinsons Galleria Mall.

Quan who just finished taping his part for ABS-CBN's television series "Iisa Pa Lamang" is also set to do another indie film titled "Dead Na Si Lolo" with stars Elizabeth Oropeza and Gina Alajar.

He said that the film is written and directed by Soxy Topacio.