Costanilla: Max Surban stars in ‘Palad’-A A +A
Sunday, September 1, 2013
MOVIE. At long last, the remake of the Visayan film Palad Ta Ang Nagbuot is already slated for nationwide screening starting Nov. 20 this year. This movie was shot in August last year in Parañaque with California-based director Dandin Ranillo on top of the entire filming. It was fun working with him and the rest of the production crew. Ranillo tasked us to translate his Tagalog script into the dialect weeks before shooting started. He also asked us to appear as a boxing promoter when filming actually began.
Stars. Ranillo had to get boxing champion Nonito Donaire, a Boholano, and Davaoeña actress-singer Krissel Valdez to play the lead roles in this remake. We say remake because Palad was already filmed and shown in the ‘60s at the peak of Gabriel “Flash” Elorde’s boxing career. His being a first-time actor actually helped Elorde play his part so naturally, according to his leading lady Gloria Sevilla. We had a one-on-one talk with this veteran and award-winning actress who also told us that Elorde was actually a soft-spoken and shy person, a sharp contrast to his fierce persona on top of the boxing arena. The other stars in the Palad remake are Dionne Monsanto who is from Catmon, award-winning actress Suzette Ranillo, novelty singer Max Surban, comedian Gary Lim (son of veteran broadcaster Lou Arevalo) and Tagalog character actor Mon Confiado.
Vow. When we shot Palad, Ranillo vowed to do a quality Visayan flick that could withstand film criticisms and reviews. We believe he succeeded in this regard. In fact, we gathered that when he showed Palad in some parts of California last year, a lot of Visayans there were deeply delighted and moved by the movie’s plot. While it was Ranillo’s maiden directorial work, he was able to come up with a truly amazing production, one that could entice Visayans to proudly claim they are Visayans!
Commendable. Ranillo and the rest of those involved in producing Palad should be commended for joining hands. Despite the meager funds, they were able to produce a movie that’s worth showing anywhere. So on Nov. 20, be sure to catch Palad on its first day of showing and help pray that it would stretch to more than a week of screening in cinemas.
Teleseries. We were able to watch an episode of a local teleseries titled Manok ni San Pedro on TV5. Sadly, the directorial work and camera angling need a lot of improvement.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 02, 2013.