ACTOR Marlon Hofer, in a Facebook post, revealed how Cebuano talents were treated on the set of “Jaqueline Comes Home,” the movie about the 1997 kidnapping and murder of the Chiong sisters, Marijoy and Jaqueline.
Cebuanos, who were supposedly hired as extras for the movie, didn’t have adequate food, and were directed to stay for more than 24 hours on the set. Some went home disappointed because their promised “extra” roles did not materialize.
“We were patient in waiting for our turn and worked overtime,” said Hofer in an open letter to director Carlo J. Caparas. “Unfortunately, many were sent home because as the talent coordinator advised, we were wrongly or mistakenly texted to report on the set. What makes it worse, a measly P500 was all we got paid.”
The picture is directed by Peach Caparas, Carlo’s daughter. Carlo is producing the film.
But things seemed better yesterday.
Hofer said Carlo apologized for the incident.
“Pasensya na. Gagawan natin ng paraan na mapabuti at mapasaya ang mga Cebuano talents, dahil pagpinasaya natin ang isang tao, pinasaya na din natin ang mundo (I apologize. We will find a way to improve the situation and make the Cebuano talents happy, because if we can make one person happy, we have made the entire world happy),” Hofer quoted Carlo, who gave him this message.
The talents who were sent home during the previous days were called to the shooting yesterday in Lapu-Lapu City. The shooting was at the Mactan Shrine.
SunStar columnist Sam Costanilla said the film will be shot entirely in Cebu.
Hofer hopes that this will propel the development of Cebuano filmmaking.
The movie, which is under Viva Films, will star Alma Moreno, Joel Torre, Ryan Eigenmann and AJ Muhlach.
Hofer said those who had gripes against the Caparas father and daughter are expected to continue as talents. (Sarah Aunzo/Pit Intern)