The wait is over.
The online phenomenon Diary ng Panget, which scored 12 million hits on the free literature website Wattpad, and thereafter, stayed on top of bestseller list when it was published in 2013, is coming to life on April 2 via movie magic.
Denny, the 20-year-old author of the successful teen tome, flew in from Italy last week to help Viva Films promote the movie adaptation of the “simple story” she wrote when she was only 14.
She told The Manila Times that she worked closely with the production to ensure that her novel’s fans will not be disappointed to see their favorite characters jump from page (or tab, as the case may be) to screen.
“I was very involved in the entire pro–cess—from approving the script to choos–ing the cast, and even in making a go out of the scenes,” she elaborated. “And yes I’m very satisfied with what Viva has done.”
Panget is also set to launch four fresh faces to full stardom: Nadine Lustre, Andre Paras, Yassi Pressman and James Reid under the direction of Andoy Ranay from a script by award-winning Mel del Rosario.
Nadine is a former Pop Girls member, Andre and Yassi are two of the newest MTV Pinoy DJs, and James is the big winner of Pinoy Big Brother Teen Clash in 2010.
The novel breathes life to bestselling author Denny’s characters Rhea “Eya” Rodriguez (Nadine), Chad Jimenez (Andre) Cross Sandford (James) and Lorraine “Lorry” Keet at Willford Academy. The teen romance-company, touted to be this year’s biggest youth-oriented movie, tells the colorful tale of Eya, a plain-looking, clumsy but hard–working girl with an extraordinary character.
Eya earns a scholarship at the topnotch Willford Academy, a school for beautiful, smart but mostly snobbish students. Life at Willford is nothing but an uphill climb for this female lead as she works as part-time food assistant to support herself through school. This is compounded by her miserable life as a personal aide to multi-millionare businessman Mr. Sandford’s only son, Cross.
Cross is the most popular guy at Willford Academy. He is the student council president, star athlete and commercial model. Eya’s ward is nothing but disrespectful and arrogant.
He even nicknamed her “Panget” and dumps seemingly endless tasks on her. But Eya’s determination, wit and resourcefulness put her at par with her privileged torturer. And just like that, Cross has met his match.
Meanwhile, adding to the movie’s youthful groove is the Diary ng Panget original soundtrack album. It carries the love theme “No Erase,” by James and Nadine, “Paliguy-Ligoy” by Nadine and another duet, “Di Ko Alam” by Andre and Yassi. The OST album is co-produced by Flipmusic Records and Viva Records.
For more information, log on at Diary ng Panget The Movie Facebook fanpage or visit Viva Entertainment Inc.’s Facebook account.