MANILA -- The decision to include horror flick "K(ampon)" as one of the entries to this year's Metro Manila Film Festival has proved to be polarizing for the fans of its lead star, Kris Aquino.
While a good many of her followers celebrated the fact that she is all set for a return to the big screen, there were some who advised her to rest for the sake of her health and family.
A particularly harsh one even suggested that she should retire to "save [her] horror career" as she has no real chance of beating the box-office takes of entries led by Vice Ganda and Anne Curtis, and Vic Sotto and Maine Mendoza anyway.
The comment was made under a post by Aquino where she asked her followers if she should pass the role to a different actress because of her sickly condition.
Aquino could not help but reply and admit: "There’s no way to beat or even equal them. Nakaapak naman sa lupa ang paa ko."
Although she added: "Pero hindi masama ang hangarin na mabawi ang puhunan at gumawa ng movie na may 'tapang' ang kuwento."
"Clearly underdog ako. I have had no regular free TV exposure for almost 4 years, unlike Bossing, Maine, Anne, and Vice so hindi ganoon kataas ang expectations -- in essence less pressure.
"I saw the movie budget [and] feasible siya from a business perspective. Straight and real talk, hindi ko talaga in-expect to be chosen. Why? Kasi may entry si Robin Padilla na horror. And meron ang Ten17 productions ni Direk Paul Soriano."
She also acknowledged that Senator Bong Go was included in the panel in charge of overseeing the selection of entries.
"Why would a festival under MMDA choose a movie starring Kris Aquino, right? Alam na alam kong hindi namin panahon ngayon but maybe Senator Bong Go, who is in the executive committee, is really a man who plays FAIR and looks beyond politics."
"Direchong sagot ha, kung wala sya sa committee it would be easier for me to decide. But a door was opened for me after so many had been shut. Kaya napaisip na puwede pa rin pala to go beyond our perceptions & have faith."
It remains unclear whether Aquino has already made a decision to push through with "K(ampon)," which will pair her with Derek Ramsay under the direction of King Palisoc.
Aquino's last appearance in an MMFF movie was back in 2015.
The first four entries for the 2019 edition were announced last Wednesday.