JUST A THOUGHT: “If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything.” – Malcolm X
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MAN FOR OTHERS: As if in defense of Piolo Pascual, Mother Lily Monteverde revealed during a recent media event that the veteran actor shared part of his income from Northern Lights with staff and crew. It happened on the last day of filming.
Not one to advertise his good deeds to others, Piolo credited former co-actors for the showbiz practice, a tradition among big stars. He narrated that years ago when he did a movie with Regine Velasquez, the singer-actress gave away money envelopes to production people as a way of thanking them.
‘I think it’s a good practice, sharing one’s blessings. Let’s face it, we make a lot more than them,’ he said during the media conference held at Valencia Events Place in Quezon City.
The event was held in Valencia as Regal Films is one of the co-producers of the film together with Piolo’s own Spring Films and Star Cinema.
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GRATEFUL TO MOTHER LILY: Piolo said he was grateful to Mother Lily and daughter Roselle Monteverde for partnering with him in a dream project. Mother Lily recalled that Piolo did a film for Regal, I Think I’m In Love, opposite Joyce Jimenez, 14 years ago.
Piolo said he was thrilled to work with Regal again. He confessed he grew up watching Regal films. Back then, his one big dream was to become a Regal Baby.
At one point, the actor couldn’t help but feel sentimental that he shed a few tears. He said he was touched by Regal’s unwavering faith in him.
Piolo said the industry should be thankful to one Mother Lily who, against all odds, continues to produce movies, a passion that the two of them share.
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FATHER AND SON: Northern Lights (Journey to Love) connects to the phenomenon known as the northern lights, scientifically called aurora borealis.
Northern Lights talks about a father’s efforts to reach out to a long-lost son. It is the light of love that he has been longing for all along.
The film is directed by Dondon Santos of TV fame.
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FINDING A CONNECTION: Piolo said he immediately found a connection with the project the moment it was pitched to him. ‘I have never done a role like this before.’’
Northern Lights, opening March 29, also stars Maricar Reyes, Raikko Mateo, Tirso Cruz III. (NESTOR CUARTERO)