TBA STU­DIOS: Be­yond HEN­ERAL LUNA

YES! (Philippines) - - STARGAZING -

Tba Stu­dios is the merg­ing of three movie out­fits—tuko Film Pro­duc­tions, buchi boy en­ter­tain­ment, and Ar­tikulo Uno Pro­duc­tions—af­ter the huge suc­cess of its first joint ven­ture, the 2015 his­tor­i­cal film Hen­eral Luna, about na­tional hero An­to­nio Luna. It went on to bankroll some of the out­stand­ing movies of 2016: Women of the Weep­ing River (best pic­ture at Gawad Urian and the Qcin­ema film fes­ti­val), Sun­day Beauty Queen (best pic­ture at the Metro Manila Film Fes­ti­val), and 1-2-3 (open­ing film at the 2016 cine­malaya In­de­pen­dent Film Fes­ti­val). So far this year, Tba Stu­dios has come up with the quirky ro­mance I’m Drunk, I Love You, the psy­cho­sex­ual thriller Bliss, and the moral­ity tale Bird­shot, which won the crit­ics’ choice award at the re­cently con­cluded Pista ng Pe­liku­lang Pilipino. Next in line for the film com­pany are the movie adap­ta­tion of F.H. bat­a­can’s crime drama Smaller and Smaller Cir­cles, and a Hen­eral Luna se­quel— Goyo: Ang Batang Hen­eral, about na­tional hero Gre­go­rio del Pi­lar.

tba launch

July 26, 2017 mar­quee tent, edsa shangri-la manila man­daluy­ong city

TBA Stu­dios’ big bosses—(L-R) Vin­cent Ne­brida, pres­i­dent; E.A. Rocha and Fer­nando Or­ti­gas, ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers—led the for­mal launch of their film pro­duc­tion com­pany. “To all who share our pas­sion, to all our sup­port­ers in the press, in the me­dia, from the bot­tom of our hearts, we thank you,” Rocha said, adding: “Nando will say the last word here.” And his busi­ness part­ner ex­claimed: “Cheers!”

Event guests in­cluded (L-R) Cherie Gil; JC San­tos; mar­ried cou­ple and fel­low ac­tors Shamaine Cen­ten­era and Nonie Buen­camino; di­rec­tor Quark Henares; and Bem­bol Roco. Cherie has a sur­prise par­tic­i­pa­tion in a TBA Stu­dios project, still un­named at this writ­ing. JC plays a ma­jor role in 1-2-3. Shamaine is part of Bliss, and Nonie is in the cast of both Goyo and Smaller and Smaller Cir­cles. Quark works for an­other com­pany, Globe Stu­dios, which has part­nered with TBA Stu­dios in pro­duc­tions such as Bird­shot and The Mythol­ogy Class. Bem­bol is in the cast of Smaller and Smaller Cir­cles.

With Di­rek Jer­rold are some of his ac­tors in Goyo: Ang Batang Hen­eral: (L-R) Rafa Sigu­ion-Reyna, Stephanie Sol, Em­press Schuck, Robert Seña, and Nonie Buen­camino.

Nonie couldn’t hide his sur­prise when he was called on­stage by Di­rek Jer­rold. It was only then that the ac­tor learned that he’s part of the Goyo movie, where he will reprise his Hen­eral Luna role, as Felipe Buen­camino, who was among those who be­trayed the fallen hero. The ac­tor, in­ci­den­tally, is a de­scen­dant of Felipe.

“I’m glad to know that I’m part of it,” Nonie said, grin­ning.

“We’d just like to an­nounce that [the film ver­sion of] Arnold Arre’s awe­some graphic novel, The Mythol­ogy Class, is in de­vel­op­ment, and I’ll be di­rect­ing it,” Jer­rold Tarog (left) told the au­di­ence. Stand­ing be­side Di­rek Jer­rold on­stage is comic-book writer and il­lus­tra­tor Arnold Arre.

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