Patricia Javier supports brother Israel Canlapan: S’ya talaga mahilig umakting

WHO WOULD have thought that in his first acting job, an acting award, a Best Actor plum at that is what Patricia Javier’s brother Isra(el) Canlapan will receive from the recently concluded 2nd Film School Manila Film Festival from FSM.

At the dinner tendered by Patricia for her dear brother after the awards held at the Cinematheque Manila, the beaming sister said, “Actually, s’ya talaga ang mahilig umakting. Maliliit pa kami lagi na siya sumasali ‘pag may get together tapos paaartehin siya.”

Why didn’t Isra push it?

“Hindi kasi ako nakakaluwas. Kaya, nung may mga artista na nadayo sa amin sa Antipolo, pagkatapos noon, wala na. Nagkahiwalay din kami nina Ate, ng mga pamilya namin noon. Pero talagang matapos ang ilang taon, sama-sama na kami talaga. Naging super close naman kami.”

His movie where his leading lady is no less than an award-winner herself, actress Ara Mina bagged the Best Actress award. How was he picked by the only 17 year old director Lara Summer Callanta for “Majik?”

“Sina Ate Gen (Patricia), si Ara, magkakaibigan ang mga ‘yan. Ang Mama (Claudine) ni direk Lara, photographer na kaibigan din nung dalawa. Kaya, nung gumagawa na ng pelikula si Direk Lara, ako na pala ‘yung naisip niya para sa karakter ng madyikerong may magandang kwento ng buhay.

“Isa pong magician ang role ko as Jojo na nagkasakit. Itinuloy ng anak nya hangang makapag aral ‘yung anak sa UP, tapos po ngayon ipinagagamot ng anak niya ang tatay niya kasi nabulag na po ‘yung tatay niya. Totoong buhay po ito. Kaya po ang ganda po ng story.

“Hindi po ako nag audition nakita lang po nila sa FB ko ‘yung ginagaya ko si Boyet (Ken Chan). Tapos po nag kita kami sa clinic ni Doc Rob tinanong na po nila ako kung gusto ko po raw na mag shooting kasama si Ara. Syempre po Tita, oo kaagad ang sagot ko. Si Ara ‘yan!

“Kinabukasan tumawag sila. Na pumayag daw po si Ara na ako ang makapareha. Kaya po tuwang tuwa ako. Kasi maipapakita ko na po ‘yung totoo na gusto ko po na umarte. Na matagal ko na po itinatago sa Ate ko…Kasi po iniisip ko dati pang pogi lang yung pag-aartista pero mali po pala. Pwede po pala sa lahat kahit anung itsura mo basta marunong ka umarte.”

Director Lara was mentored by instructors Emir Kahn Bautista, Dennis Lucero, Dale Custodio, Robert Quilao, Nani Naguit, Pao Pangan, Shiela Alcasid, Eman Pascual, Yves Patron, Dos Ocampo, Emmanuel dela Cruz, Khalil Banares and Mico Michelena-the very same people who mentored Harlene Bautista and produced “Rainbow Sunset” and is now at the helm of her first directorial job.

Lara’s classmates include Jerald Rarugal, Vince Angulo, Jimmo Garcia, Zach Iñigo and Kurt de Leon.

Though the Best Director plum was not given to her, Direk Lara believes that, “Like what my Mom told me, I am young and there will be a myriad of opportunities out there for me. Ngayon pa lang, nabuo ko na ang isusunod kong story sa “Majik.” Drama rin. About family. I am just happy that in this movie, both my actors were given such honors.”

Will acting be Isra’s career now?

“Nagbibiruan na nga kami ni Ate. Baka hindi ko na raw siya pansinin. Kung meron naman, bakit hindi. Lalo na kung project ni direk Lara. Na-inspire ako lalo. Magaganda ‘yung anim na short films. Kaya makikita natin ang mga paparating na bagong mga direktor ng industriya.”

The other films featured at the 2nd Film School Manila Film Festival are Jejugal’s “Biyahe,” Iñigo’s “Cheers,” Garcia’s “Ang Traffic Parang Pag-Ibig,” De Leon’s “Paano Maging Super Hero” and Angulo’s “Gising.”

Isra’s dream now is to have a project with his Ate.

“Naunahan ko pa raw kasi siya magka-award, eh.”

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