Twenty-one years after it was first shown, Cedie: Ang Munting Prinsipe, the 1996 family-oriented Filipino film topbilled by Tom Taus, Jaclyn Jose, and Ronaldo Valdez, has been digitally restored and remastered by ABS-CBN. To celebrate such a milestone, a special screening of the movie was held at KidZania Manila indoor play city last November.
No less than the lead star of the movie himself, Tom Taus, now an accomplished 31-yearold disc jockey based in Los Angeles, California, and his screen parents, Jaclyn Jose and Ronaldo Valdez, were there to participate in that momentous occasion.
Tom was only 10 years old when he took on the title role in the Romy Suzara-helmed film, which was loosely based on Little Lord Fauntleroy, an 1886 children’s novel that has been adapted several times in different languages for film and television, including a Japanese anime version in 1988. In the Pinoy film adaptation, Jaclyn and Ronaldo played the parents of the munting prinsipe.
In his media interviews, Tom said that if a producer decides to bankroll a Cedie sequel—a “continuation,” as he put it—he would be willing to star in it. But the brother of former actress Antoinette Taus was quick to point out that he’d go back to acting only for the Cedie sequel, not for anything else. SPECIAL FILM SCREENING ABS-CBN THEATER, KIDZANIA MANILA BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY COMPLEx, TAGUIG NOvEMBER 5, 2017
Aside from Jaclyn (leftmost) and Ronaldo (rightmost), the young Tom (center) got strong support in the 1996 film from seasoned actors Susan Lozada (second from left, dressed as Jane), Noel Trinidad (third from left, dressed as Mr. Jefferson), and Anita...
All grown up and dashing, Tom Taus led the taking of the requisite groufie during the event. The groufie included, besides Tom himself, Jaclyn, and Ronaldo, and the sea of young fans smiling in the background.