Piolo Pascual is proud of the Filipino and we should also. It was an inspiring Sunday joining fellow bloggers at Star Cinema office for Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis with the Ultimate Hearthrob Piolo Pascual. The 8-hour film bagged the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize for showcasing a different expression of cinematic art. Piolo recalled unforgettable experiences especially the speech of Direk Lav Diaz aside from the infamous photo opportunity he didn't take with Hollywood veteran actress Merryl Streep and Clive Owen.
He remembered how he joined the cast in Bulusan Sorsogon to shoot specific scenes. It was an in-depth type of immersion shooting in remote areas and Piolo recognized its advantage in getting into his character as Simoun/Crisostomo Ibarra. He shared how he researched his character and read more papers about Rizal. With much awe at how Direk Lav mixed the fictional characters with mystical figures and history, Piolo tried to explain to us how to better appreciate Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis.
It's cinematic art according to Piolo and we should watch it to better understand our culture. A trip to history with the poetry of Direk Lav Diaz will give you a clearer perspective who to choose this coming elections according to him. After the Berlinale, director Lav Diaz received 80 more invitations for screening. We will watch Hele because we believe in the Filipino and we will help convince the public majority to trace where we developed that culture of indifference. We have to make haste regardless of the length of the film. It will be my first time to watch an 8hour film and I'm already excited. Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis is showing on March 26 at selected cinemas. Join the Hele Challenge by visiting https://www.facebook.com/helesahiwaganghapis/