'Hugot' film to have sequel? Angelica answers
MANILA - Angelica Panganiban on Friday vented her frustation over the circulation of copies of "That Thing Called Tadhana," her hit film that is still showing in theaters, and called out specific people online for patronizing piracy.
The Antoinette Jadaone movie had a limited release in November 2014 as part of the Cinema One Originals film festival. ABS-CBN's Star Cinema picked it up for widescale distribution and hit theaters nationwide early this month.
On Twitter, the 28-year-old actress shared several screenshots of Instagram posts, mostly from random users who appear to be watching the film on their laptops. Panganiban even commented on some of the posts, informing the users that downloading pirated copies of films is illegal.
In a series of tweets, Panganiban said, unedited: "Agh!!! D ko gets yung nanonood ng pirated tapos t-tag pa ko.. Alam ba nilang iligal yung ginagawa nila?? Respeto lang po sana. Pare parehas tayong pilipino.. Pero naghahatakan tayo pababa.. Nakakalungkot to.. Grabe."
She added: "Gusto kaya nila wala ng gawing pelikula ang mga artista? Dahil mawawalan na kami ng trabaho sa pag suporta nila sa piracy. Kahit kailan d nyo na makikita sa pelikula ang mga idols nyo.. :( mga kinakikiligan nyo? Kasi wala kayong respeto sa trabaho nila."
Hours before her Twitter tirade, Panganiban received a Best Actress award from Gawad Tanglaw for her role in "That Thing Called Tadhana" -- an honor she shared with screen veteran Nora Aunor. It was the second acting honor for her portrayal of Mace after also bagging the top prize in Cinema One Originals.
The awards ceremony was held at the University of Perpetual Help in Las Pinas City.
Speaking with ABS-CBN News on the sidelines of the event, Panganiban expressed her appreciation for those who made time to watch the film in theaters.
"Masayang-masaya ako kasi ang simple-simple nung movie, ang simple nung plot, ang simple nung dalawang karakter na bumubuo sa pelikula, and then naa-appreciate nila at nai-inspire sila ng pelikula," she said. "Nakakatuwa. Masayang-masaya kaming lahat."
As of Thursday, the film has already earned P120 million, according to Star Cinema.
Asked is she would be willing to reprise her role as Mace in a sequel, Panganiban said: "Napagka-challenging niyang karakter, so hindi ko alam. Mahirap. Mahirap sundan 'yung ganoong klaseng success, 'di ba? Hindi ko alam kung saan kami, kung ano'ng mangyayari."