A different ‘Maria Leonora Teresa’

 Iza Calzado

Iza Calzado

No, this isn’t the famous doll Tirso Cruz 3rd gifted Nora Aunor during their phenomenal onscreen tandem in the 1970s—the three-foot doll that fans of “Guy and Pip” regarded as their love child, who in fact inspired an original composition.

The year 2014’s Maria Leonora Teresa is a horror-drama movie from Star Cinema, directed by Wenn Deramas from a script written by Keiko Aquino, and centered on the interconnected lives of three mothers who lost their daughters to a tragic accident.

This unimaginable tragedy left their mothers Faith, Julio and Stella with indelible and unbearable grief. They will do anything and everything to keep the memories of their daughters alive and to cope with their pain. They seek professional help from a doctor who offers them dolls that look exactly like their deceased daughters. Peculiar as it may be, the mothers accept the doctor’s offer, but soon discover that the dolls will not bring them relief but terror beyond their wildest imaginations.

 Jodi Sta. Maria

Jodi Sta. Maria

It should be noted that Deramas departs for the very first time in the comedy genre that endeared him to the entire nation. Here he weaves a tale of terror and heartache.

“This is the very first horror film that I ever directed and I am so excited,” Direk Wenn said. “Sometimes we have to be careful of what we wish for because it just might come true. Maria Leonora

Teresa shows us how far mothers are willing to go for the love of their children. In the end, acceptance will set us all free and we have to face our fears at one point in our lives or the other.”

The film features an ensemble cast that consist of some of the most accomplished actors in the industry today namely Iza Calzado, Zanjoe Maruod and Jodi Sta. Maria.

Just like the director, Iza also ventures in her first horror film under Star Cinema as she plays the role of Faith, the loving mother of Maria. Describing the film as both “exciting and challenging,” the actress once again displays her brilliance in drama.

At the movie’s grand press conference on Thursday at the Dolphy Theater, Iza shared, “The closest thing to being a parent that I’ve ever experienced is helping take care of my stepbrother, who is now 11 years old. But in this movie, I realized that iba pala talaga ang pagmamahal na ibinibigay mo pay may inaalagaan kang tao at ikaw ang responsable sa pagpapalaki sa kanya.”

Zanjoe Marudo

Zanjoe Marudo

Zanjoe, on the other hand, takes a break from comedy as he plays the role of Julio, a gay teacher who is the adoptive parent of Leonora. “May rapport talaga ako sa mga bata,” revealed Zanjoe in getting into character for the movie. “May mga pamangkin akong bata kaya hindi na naging mahirap sa akin na mag-adjust at maramdaman ang pagiging parent. Pero dito may added challenge of being a closeted gay parent.”

Lastly, Jodi, who is now popularly known as Maya in Be Careful With My Heart, is one of the country’s most versatile actresses with a career that spans two decades. In the film, she portrays Stella, the overprotective mom of Teresa.

“Siyempre po bilang isang ina, sigurado ako na masakit po na mawalan ng isang anak lalo na kung doon na halos umikot ang mundo mo at ang buhay,” expressed Jodi, who delivers another heart-tugging portrayal.

Playing the title roles are three of the most talented child actors in the industry today, Red Bustamante, JC Movida and Juvy Bison.

Maria Leonora Terera is a spine-chilling horror flick for the whole family. It teaches moviegoers on how to deal with the loss of a loved one and accept the pain that goes with it to eventually move on.

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  1. Dennis Magarso on

    I watched the movie yesterday and yes, I might say that the plot of the story was superb. The “gulat” factor and the look-behind-you scenes, added with an excellent musical score are definitely different from the other Filipino-made horror movies Ive watched. As in ang lakas ng sigaw ko kahit mag isa lang akong nanonood. Definitely, a must-see horror movie today!