Millennials have their own way of bonding, of releasing tension, of planning their lives. And because of technology, they also have their own lingo in communicating their emotions. But the fact remains though that Filipinos put premium to familial ties. In the company of friends, barkadahan and walwalan are as important as going home to the family abode.
In the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) 2019 entry, “G!”, three Hashtags members of the ABS-CBN noontime show “It’s Showtime” give life to a typical millennial barkada movie — but with a twist.
Along with Boyband PH member Mark Oblea, McCoy de Leon, Jameson Blake and Paulo Angeles breathe life to characters that are relatable to a lot of young people in this dispensation as well as those who have gone through similar experiences in their youth. Joining them is youngstar Kira Balinger, and a little senior than them, Roxanne Barcelo.
From Cineko Productions, “G!” is the only tropa movie of the third edition of PPP, which runs from September 13 to 19 in theaters nationwide.
The story centers on a football player (de Leon) who is afflicted with cancer and wants to do everything in his bucket list together with his friends — including getting wasted and having fun to the max.
“I play Sam in the movie, a football player, the most adventurous sa barkada pero may cancer. Napakarami naming ginawa sa movie na siguradong ikatutuwa ng viewers. Basta ang saya lang, pero challenging. Sobrang ‘talon sa bangin’ yung mga eksena,” the young dancer-actor said.
It helped that they are all friends in real life, making the shoot to have been smoothsailing.
“Nakakatuwa, aminin natin [na] sa industriya[ng ito] kadalasan yung shoot may labanan yan, pagalingan, kumpetensiya. Sa amin dito, walang ganun, naipakita namin yung character namin na iba-iba po,” he said of their friendship during the mediacon held last week.
The others agreed, saying that they learned a lot while doing the movie and became closer to one another.
Director Dondon Santos, who is an avowed fan of coming-of-age movies, assured that everyone can relate to the story.
“‘G!’ is a series of the good times and bad times, meant to show the value of love, friendship, family, and life. We want to reintroduce the same classic feel in the current filmmaking scene. It is the story of its viewers, reflecting their own struggles and emotions as they come of age,” he said.
“It’s a very maloko movie, but it will touch your hearts. Animated pero the sense of realism is there. At the end of the day you’d want to talk to your best friend,” the young TV-turned-movie director added.