How ‘Spring’ started—director Joyce Bernal reminisces

NURTURING the growth of local filmmaking aren’t a messianic advocacy. So believes Erickson Raymundo, producer and founder of Cornerstone Entertainment.

“We work with almost everyone. We offer possibilities. We want to give opportunities to filmmakers and actors na pinaniniwalaan naming tatlo (Joyce Bernal and Piolo Pascual) na magagaling at may magagandang materyal pero hindi siguro bibigyan ng pagkakataon ng iba.”

10 years and counting. SPRING Films marks its 10th year. 

And Spring has sprung. 

Reminisces direk Joyce, “Si Eugene Domingo noong time na ‘yun, mayroon kaming pelikula na supportive lang siya at artista si Piolo. Tawang-tawa kami sa kanya. Sabi namin, gawan natin ‘to ng pelikula. Nakipag-meeting kami sa writer na gusto ni Eugene na si Chris Martinez. Lumabas ‘yung script. Ipo-produce namin ni Piolo. Wala kaming alam sa business kaya ipinabasa namin kay Erickson. Si Erickson gusto ng ariin ‘yung script. Tawang-tawa na. First draft pa lang. Kaya kami, ‘okay Erickson, kalma.’ Ideya namin ito.”

Spring Films share the loglines for their 10th anniversary.

We watched “Kuya Wes” topbilled by Ogie Alcasid and Ina Raymundo which will be shown sometime in March. 

Caught somewhere betweenn transactions and true love, a hopelessly naive remittance clerk becomes infatuated with and helps a beautiful customer in her time of need as his relationship with his younger brother spirals into disarray.

Next is “Sunshine Family.” A modern Filipino family in South Korea tries to mend its strained relationships when the father meets a hit-and-run accident and takes apart the car which wounded him.

“I’m Ellenya L.” Doing everything for internet clout, a young online influencer-wannabe seeks the help of a social media guru. Sparks fly and things spin out of control as she is tasked to create original content in a span of a week for feat of having to return to her humdrum job.

“Hayop Ka.” Avid Liongoren’s animated feature follows an attractive feline saleslady at a department as she figures in a love triangle beyween her mongrel janitor boyfriend and a high society businessdog.

“UP Project.” Boy meets girl in college, embarking on a wide-eyed exploration of sex, fears, love, and friendship in a time fraught with uncertainties.

“Istariray is Born.” A young, gay barangay singing contest mainstay goes to extreme lengths to become the front act of his ultimate idol Regine Velasquez.

“Puppy Love.” Based on an F. Sionil Jose short story, two childhood sweethearts-a small town boy and the daughter of the richest landowner in town-reunite after the decades that followed the Japanese occupation, only tp find that the changing times have broken them apart.

“Marawi.” The lives  of an 8-year old girl who survives by planting improvised explosives and an astute military private intertwine  during the 6-month Marawi siege with fear, vengeance, and hope poking out of the beleaguered city’s corners.

“The Bouncer.” A man hardened by violence  decides to turn  over a new leaf and reunites with his blind niece as he tries to defend the club he is working for from shady regulars. But at what cost?

“A Short History of Parking Lots.” In a time marked by transient and convenient relstionships, a young parking attendant finds herself at the intersection of a personal and unlikely crossroads.

“Ang Araw ng Itim na Nazareno.” In an alternate reality in 2019, the tyrannical President of th3 Philippines holds a mock snap election to regain the trust of his discontented constituents. Signs of a second Ice Age begin to loom in the background and a police intelligence officer takes radical measures to savw the country.

“Post Angst.” In what seems  to be a stoner film, music and medical marijuana thread together the stories of five men who try to face their own demons and explore uncharted territories  whwre existential crises and reality merge.

The promise of spring is the promise of growth, and there will always be Spring Films.

They are inviting us to join in the festivities of watching the 12 films and bask in the glory of a blooming Philippine cinema.

*****

COME FEBRUARY 4, the Eve of the Chinese New Year, there will be a celebration at Ana Abiera del Moral’s Delmo’s.

Celebrity Psychic Jovi Vargas joins in the fun to welcome the Year of the Earth Pig.

Delmo’s (short for Del Moral) is the newest watering hole of celebrities like OWWA Deputy Administrator Arnell Ignacio, Grace Ibuna, sexy actress Ynez Veneracion, Gretchen Barretto, and people from politics and high society.

The food especially prepared by Ana is superb and is something that her friends keep coming back to.

Jovi will be joined by Master Leo (who reads people’s auras) and Ms. Tess to give readings for the customers who will visit.

Kong Hei Fat Choi!

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