By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
April 29, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH, California – Jericho Rosales is back at the prestigious Newport Beach Film Festival, where his independent film career took off with a Best
Actor award in 2011.
This time, Rosales is showing off his latest indie movie, “Alagwa.”
“The first one was like a blur, you know what I mean? Everything was all excitement,” he said, “We’ve been through more film festivals and it opened my eyes to so many things about filmmaking, about the business about acting.”
The movie is written, directed and pitched to Rosales by Ian Lorenos and the theme of human trafficking is influenced by an urban legend in Manila’s Chinatown where Lorenos grew up.
“May isang urban legend, sana walang bata ang natakot. Lahat kami, kabataan namin, natakot kami doon sa kwentong ‘yun and hindi na naalis sa isipan natin. So I ended up making a story revolving around that urban legend,” Lorenos said.
Hollywood stars came to watch the movie, which has gotten rave reviews and a slew of awards, including Filipino-American Hollywood actor Sean Michael Afable.
“Jericho is awesome, he’s such a great actor and this film is a film that needs to be heard. The message of it is awesome and human trafficking is a really big topic right now,” Afable said.
“Awards are bonuses, that’s how I see it. We’re grateful enough [that] we got picked,” Rosales said.
Since its premiere earlier this year, “Alagwa” won several awards at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) International Film Festival and the Philippine Movie Press Club.
Kapamilya star Bugoy Cariño, who plays Rosales’ son in the film, also took home several acting awards.
After a successful festival circuit, Rosales is now aiming for a nationwide Philippine release.
In the meantime, he and Lorenos are already planning a second joint project.