When Carlo Aquino was announced as a surprise addition to Nadine Lustre's movie "Ulan," most of his fans were happy for him. It, of course, signaled that the actor doesn't intend to slow down anytime soon, coming off a movie that made P300 million in the box office.
But a choice few saw it as opportunity to attack his new co-star, speculating that the only reason Aquino was tapped as a replacement for Xian Lim was to take advantage of the current hype surrounding him, and labeling Lustre, whose last movie earned a modest P92 million.
This prompted "Ulan" director Irene Villamor, best known for the blockbuster "Sid and Aya: Not A Love Story," to step in.
She told the fan: "The world is already full of hate that any ill wish to anyone should be treated back with kindness, with an understanding of the soul and not with apathy to the human condition.
"Spread love, my dear. Let us now add to the drudgery. And that is for everyone too. I thank you. My first response and last."
"Ulan" is currently on its 12th day of filming. It is scheduled for a 2019 release. It also stars Marco Gumabao and AJ Muhlach.
Lustre and Villamor have been cautious not to detail the plot of "Ulan," but hinted that it centers on the actress' character as she experiences three kinds of romantic love.