Vilma Santos in a scene from "Ekstra"
MANILA -- Veteran actress Cherry Pie Picache lauded Batangas Governor Vilma Santos for finally doing an indie film with "Ekstra," an entry to this year's Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.
"That was been the hope before. Kasi ngayon hindi naman sa bumubuhay but (the movie industry) is becoming more alive and colorful because of these indie films. It is very good news for all of us that the likes of Vilma Santos are trying this," said Picache, a veteran of several indie movies, including the acclaimed "Foster Child," also for Cinemalaya.
Picache is also part of "Ekstra," which is directed by Jeffrey Jeturian and about bit players in the local movie industry.
"I was part of it, nag-cameo ako. That what was I discussing nga with Ate Vi na 'Pie, ganito pala.' You know for actors like us -- I can only speak for myself eh -- napakasarap ng journey na gumawa ka ng hindi ka tali o nalilimitahan. So she's very happy, very excited na ganito pala. Parang she was saying all the years that she'd been working, iba na naman ito," she said.
This year's Cinemalaya festival continues the trend of more mainstream actors making indie movies. Apart from Santos, other stars appearing in Cinemalaya entries include Gretchen Barretto, Paulo Avelino, Jake Cuenca and Lovi Poe.
"I think it is good news for everybody. The mainstream can continually do what they are doing and they are doing their best. Ang indie, ganoon din, magaling din nagpo-produce, so mas masaya para sa lahat. So gawin natin lahat ito," Picache said.
Asked about the performance of Santos in her first-ever indie project, Picache said:"Perfect: Ang galing, ang cute."
Picache is now busy promoting the commercial release of her indie project "Boses," which will hit theaters nationwide on July 31.