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Maram, ang pinakang di ko nagustuhan siguro dun sa ending is
You didn't get the ano eh...
And that's the statement that it's trying to make as well.
Really? So, tell us about Ang Huling El Bimbo pala.
Kasi I think this is probably one of the most popular na talagang alam ng mga tao in the mainstream, diba?
Parang most plays kasi parang di naman...
So, mas alam pa nga natin yung mga productions from abroad like Miss Saigon, diba?
Kasi syempre we have actors playing parts in those productions.
Pero yung locally made, you are part of it.
So, can you tell us about that project?
That will forever be a blessing for me.
Because that's the most successful thing that I've ever been a part of, so far, hopefully.
Sobrang tama kayo.
We barely know a lot of original Filipino material.
Especially when it comes to theater, like mainstream success.
And we were blessed enough to have that discography of the Eraserheads
to be able to use that discography to create this story.
So, how I got in, and I always have some really weird pivotal stories in my life
when it comes to the milestones.
I was doing a production also with the same company, Resorts World.
I was doing a production called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang a year before, 2017.
And one afternoon, they asked,
you guys wanna read a script? We're trying to develop the next show.
I'm like, okay, sure, of course. I said yes.
And then I found out it was Eraserheads.
Oh my God, I wanna do this.
So, thankfully, I was able to read it.
And then, you know, it went on the shelf for maybe like three months.
And then they asked me to read again.
They asked me and a couple of other people to read.
So, we were invited to read.
And as it turns out...
What does it mean to read?
To read, you are given the script, and then you do the scenes.
You read through the play.
You are in a round table.
Yes, a table read.
That's what it's called, a table read.
So, we were reading.
And I read for the part of Hector.
And one more reading after that,
it became the reading audition.
Because the thing is, the people in that room,
everyone who auditioned for that part,
they were already familiar with those people.
Because we were already working in the same industry and things like that.
So, the lead characters, they were very, very specific.
What kind of look did they want?
What kind of vibe did they want?
So, yeah, after that reading audition,
and this is where the pivotal moment is,
the day I ended my six-year-long relationship
is the same day that I got the role.
So, literally, one door closes and, you know, a window opens.
So, it's like a pivotal moment over a pivotal moment over a pivotal moment.
So, that's how I got the role.
I got the call after that.
And, yeah, I got to do Ang Huling El Bimbo.
And like you said, you know, the commercial success that we owe to,
of course, the creators of the show
and the brilliant discography of the Eraserheads.
So, it's a once-in-a-lifetime ride that I will forever enjoy.
Actually, one thing about Huling El Bimbo,
I don't know, maybe there's a spoiler alert.
I really loved it.
The best thing about Huling El Bimbo is
the emotions that I felt while watching.
Although I would have to say,
my criticism is that I wasn't really happy with the ending.
How it ended, right?
But the brilliant part of Huling El Bimbo,
because the first half is like, wow, it's so elating.
You hear the soundtrack of your life, basically.
And then you see a lot of optimism.
And, well, being in college, right?
Feeling like it's taking you back,
especially people from my generation.
Those are my college and high school days.
And then, right before, in the middle,
there's a cool twist,
like, wow, where the hell did that come from?
So now, and then Black,
because for those who don't watch the play,
there's something like a break, right?
So that's what it's called.
So after that intermission,
you don't know what's gonna happen, right?
You don't know what's gonna happen.
It's like you were taken, you're so happy,
and then you're suddenly attacked and knocked out.
So without giving way too much of the story,
the thing I didn't like about the ending is
it never, you guys, you.
No, I'm with you.
You didn't get the, what would you call it?
The character wasn't really redeemed.
And you didn't, no comeuppance.
That's the word, maybe.
No comeuppance for those.
And that's the statement that it's trying to make as well.
In life, there are so many things that are unresolved.
And those are the things that happen.
Like, there are a lot of things that happen out there,
you know, in society,
that, nothing, right?
That's the statement that it's trying to make.
That like, the stupid, the coward,
has a story as well.
It's also part of society.
It's the ugly part of society.
It's that mirror that it holds up to society.
So that we can look at it and think,
what can we do so that this doesn't happen again?
You know, and it's, yeah, exactly.
That's exactly what it's trying to say.
So you think it's, from the get-go,
it's that the intention of the writer and the creators?
When we were creating the show,
we were all pretty much involved in it.
You know, the actors were very involved in creating the characters as well.
So, yeah, when we were developing the show,
it's the, that's the thing.
It's catharsis by way of catharting.
Catharsis by way of catharting with those who are left.
That's it. It's the ones we leave behind.
So what we can salvage.
I see. So you have that in mind
when you were playing the parts?
When we were creating the characters,
of course, we couldn't judge the characters.
You know, that's unknown.
You can't judge your character as you're portraying your character.
Because if you do, that would be suicide, right?
You'd already be judging the character,
which means you'll play him evil,
or you'll play him like an asshole, right?
So evil people don't think they're evil.
Assholes don't think they're assholes.
So it should be an involved process
where you really take in, right,
what that person is thinking, what their motivations are.
That's precisely what we had to do.