MANILA – Renowned Filipina stage actress Joanna Ampil, who is based in the U.K, has returned to the Philippines to promote her upcoming movie “Larawan.”
Based on Nick Joaquin’s novel “A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino,” the movie tells the story of sisters Candida (Ampil) and Paula (Rachel Alejandro), whose family got into financial trouble after their father, painter Don Lorenzo Marasigan, became unable to produce artworks.
Paula and Candida decide to take a boarder Tony Javier (played by Paulo Avelino in order to have a source of income.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Ampil said they are hoping that the film will make it to this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival.
“We only have high hopes. This is a film that will outlive us. This is a very important literary piece. The play was written by Nick Joaquin who is a National Artist and the score was by Ryan Cayabyab who will soon become a National Artist also. It’s very, very important in that sense,” she said.
Ampil also believes moviegoers will like it because Filipinos are known to be natural music lovers. “I think that’s why it will have that appeal. It’s a musical. We Filipinos love our music,” she said.
"Larawan" is Ampil's first-ever movie.
“The filming process was so enjoyable. I knew exactly what I was doing so I was relaxed… Actually, I did quit twice but GR (Rodis, her manager) didn’t let me go. So I said I’ll just carry on doing this even if it will cost my health. But in the end, it was a fantastic result,” she recalled.
Also part of the movie are Zsa Zsa Padilla, Celeste Legaspi, Nonie Buencamino, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Robert Arevalo, Ogie Alcasid, Dulce, Nanette Inventor, Bernardo Bernardo, Noel Trinidad, Rayver Cruz, Jaime Fabregas and many more.
Aside from promoting “Larawan,” Ampil is also in the country to release her single “Memory” from “Cats.” She is currently playing Grizabella in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.
“You just really have to find a window in your schedule and come here to do the promotions and do the rest of the recordings,” Ampil said on ANC’s “Headstart.”
“Memory” will be released worldwide on iTunes and Spotify on June 17.