MANILA, Philippines – Veteran actress Gloria Sevilla thanked Filipino boxing star Nonito Donaire Jr. for helping resurrect the Visayan movie industry through his movie “Palad Ta Ang Nagbuot” (Our Fate Decides).
Sevilla, dubbed as the “Queen of Visayan Movies,” co-starred with Donaire in the film, which is a remake of the movie that featured the late boxing legend Gabriel “Flash” Elorde.
“Isang karangalan na siya ang nagbukas ng pinto na ibalik muli ang Visayan movies,” Sevilla said in the press conference of Donaire’s arrival in Manila.
The actress said Donaire did well in his first movie, citing that the boxer was able to immediately bring out his emotions during the first day of shooting.
“Ang galing na bata, wala akong masabi… Pwede na siyang manalo ng award,” said Sevilla.
For his part, Donaire appreciated the time he spent with his co-stars, especially Sevilla, who helped him out in his foray into acting.
“She helped me out a lot. She taught me how to bring out emotions… she’s been there for me,” said the boxer.
He also said he had fun moments with his screen tandem, comedian Garry Lim.
“We’re always having fun in the locker room or in the backstage. Naglolokohan kami all the time,” said Donaire.
The movie was based on a 1969 film originally directed by Leroy Salvador.
The remake features Donaire, who portrayed a jack-of-all-trade Visayan who tried his luck in Metro Manila. There he falls in love with Inday (played by Starpower runner-up Krissel Valdez), a singer determined to get her family out of poverty.
The film, directed by Dandin Ranillo, also featured Baldo Marro, Max Surban, Sevilla and Lim.
The movie will be shown in local theaters starting October 31.