May Mi­nama­hal Re­dux

YES! (Philippines) - - Stargazing -

In 2011, the ABS-CBN Film Restora­tion Project was set up for the ar­chiv­ing and restor­ing of movies pro­duced by the Ka­pam­ilya net­work’s film­pro­duc­tion arm, Star Cin­ema. It has now dig­i­tally re­stored and re­mas­tered more than 150 ti­tles, in­clud­ing a few made by other movie out­fits.

The lat­est en­try to that list is May Mi­nama­hal, a ro­man­tic tale told with a dash of com­edy and drama by writer-di­rec­tor Jose Javier Reyes. It was re­leased in 1993, the year Star Cin­ema was es­tab­lished, as an en­try in the Metro Manila Film Fes­ti­val (MMFF) 25 sea­sons ago.

May Mi­nama­hal was the third movie ever pro­duced by Star Cin­ema af­ter the ac­tion flick Adan Ronquillo (star­ring Bong Revilla and co­pro­duced with Lily Mon­teverde’s Re­gal Films) and the big-screen adap­ta­tion of the sit­com Home Along Da Riles (star­ring Dol­phy).

“Although tapos na rin kami sa Adan Ronquillo ’tsaka sa Home Along Da Riles, this is the movie that every­body re­mem­bers, e,” ABS-CBN Film Restora­tion head Leo Katig­bak told YES! Mag­a­zine to ex­plain why May Mi­nama­hal was hon­ored with a red-car­pet screen­ing as a high­light of this year’s edi­tion of REELive the Clas­sics, an an­nual fes­ti­val of ABS-CBN Film Restora­tion’s works.

In­deed, those who have seen the movie ei­ther in cin­e­mas or on cable TV will never for­get how star-crossed lovers Car­l­i­tos (Aga Muh­lach) and Mon­ica (Aiko Me­len­dez) are able to over­come their dif­fer­ences in so­cial, eco­nomic, and fa­mil­ial back­grounds to hap­pily end up in each other’s arms.

Plus, Aga and Aiko also fell in love with each other while mak­ing this movie.

ABS-CBN artists who turned up at the event in­cluded (L-R): Sylvia Sanchez of the day­time soap Hang­gang Saan; Sylvia’s daugh­ter Ria Atayde and Joseph Marco of the re­cently con­cluded hit tele­serye Wild­flower; Mon Con­fi­ado of the Star Cin­ema hor­ror flick The Ghost Bride; Alex Me­d­ina of the prime­time drama se­ries The Good Son; and Luis Alandy, who had a spe­cial par­tic­i­pa­tion in the tele­drama As­in­tado, and his wife Joselle.

The peo­ple be­hind the suc­cess of May Mi­nama­hal in­cluded (L-R) di­rec­tor Jose Javier “Joey” Reyes and lead stars Aiko Me­len­dez and Aga Muh­lach. Di­rek Joey takes pride in the fact that their movie was the first rom­com made by Star Cin­ema, and it has...

ABS-CBN Film Restora­tion head Leo Katig­bak gave a short speech just be­fore the screen­ing. “Ang isang ik­i­natatakot namin for the long­est time is hindi mare-re­store itong pe­liku­lang ’to,” he said. “Kasi no’ng nag-uump­isa ang Star Cin­ema, ang ’binibi­gay...

Leo Katig­bak (left­most) posed for a pos­ter­ity shot with some mem­bers of the cast and the pro­duc­tion staff of May Mi­nama­hal: (L-R) Nikka Va­len­cia, Bimbo Bautista, Ogie Diaz, JoAnn Bañaga, Aiko Me­len­dez, Jose Javier Reyes, Aga Muh­lach, Boots An­son-Roa,...

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