MANILA -- In a generation where moviegoers are obsessed with romantic comedy, science fiction and apocalyptic stories, first-time filmmaker Sunshine Lichauco de Leon chose to deviate from the bandwagon by retelling the story of her 104-year-old grandmother.
"Curiosity, Adventure, and Love" features the story of Jessie Lichauco or Tita Jessie -- an American woman who journeyed thousands of miles to marry a man she barely knew.
De Leon said curiosity, adventure, and love lead her grandmother's quest for fulfillment -- thus, the title of the film.
"Everything she has done is inspired by those three words," de Leon told ABS-CBN News in an interview.
Tita Jessie, who was 18 when she arrived in the country, witnessed how Filipinos fought for their independence during the World War II. In the film, she gives a first-hand account of how a nation reconstructed itself from havoc.
According to de Leon, the film also aims to remind the present generation that beyond technology, there is a life worth living.
"Sometimes, in the chaos of our busy lives, we're just using too much technology and computers; it's easy to be distanced from things; it's easy to be busy to do something, to take the time. And it reminds us that you're not too busy, to look someone in the eye and say, "Are you okay? Can I help you?" she said.
With a strong message to tell, "Curiosity, Adventure, and Love" has recently received a Special Jury Prize at the World Premieres Philippines Film Festival.
De Leon said she is currently coordinating with movie houses, organizations, schools, and television networks to make the film available to more Filipinos.
Overwhelmed by the positive feedback from the audience, de Leon's team is also considering to release online and DVD copies of the film.
"Curiosity, Adventure, and Love" will hold its final screening on Saturday, July 9, at 9:00 p.m. in Cinema 11, SM North EDSA. -- With report from MJ Felipe, ABS-CBN News