Last September 4, 2012, Everything Cebu participated in the press conference for multi-awarded Cebuano film director Remton Siega Zuasola’s upcoming project entitled “P.”
“P” is Zuasola’s tribute to Blessed Pedro Calungsod, who will soon be canonized as the second Filipino saint.
According to the Director’s Statement, Zuasola made a pact with Blessed Pedro Calungsod that if his dream of becoming a film director would come true, then he would make a film about his fellow Visayan. To quote, Zuasola said “Today, I am about to venture into yet another milestone in Cebuano cinema - an idea whose time has come when I heard about his canonization, and that there’s no better time to make the film than now.”
The film “P” tells the story of Peter, Pierre and Pedro. Peter is a surgeon and his wife will be played by no less than the lovely Ms. Angel Aquino. The young musician, Pierre, will be portrayed by Matteo Guidicelli and Akiko Solon will be his onscreen girlfriend. Donna Gimeno, who played the lead role for “Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria,” will appear as Pierre’s band mate. The promising young Cebuano actor, Eli Razo, will play the role of Pedro. A chance encounter will change the lives of these three individuals.
The crew will begin production within the next few months as they are scheduled to release the film in April 2013, which should be timely for Calungsod’s feast day celebration.
In 2009, Zuasola received the Ishmael Bernal Award for Most Outstanding Young Filipino Filmmaker for his short film, “To Siomai Love.” In 2010, it was recognized as Best Short Film at the 33rd Gawad Urian Awards. This short film entry to the Cinemanila International Film Festival was also an official selection in international short film festivals, such as the Indio Bravo Film Festival in the U.S. and the S-Express Film Festival in Bangkok, Thailand.
Zuasola made his first feature film debut with “Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria,” which garnered a number of awards including Best Director and Best Picture at the 34th Gawad Urian. The film was also an official entry into international festival circuits while also reaping prestigious awards in the process. Among these awards are Cinemanila International Film Festival’s Best Southeast Asian Film Award, the Jeonju International Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize (South Korea) and the Jogja-Netpac Asian Film Festival’s Best Asian Film Award (Indonesia).
It was also an entry at film festival competitions in Asia, Russia, Spain, Austria, and U.S.A.
In 2011, Zuasola was conferred the Ani ng Dangal Award by The Office of the President of the Philippines and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). The recognition was for “his excellent contribution and achievement to Philippine Cinema.” The Province of Cebu has also given him the Governor’s Citation Award for “bringing pride and honor to Cebu,” as his films have Cebuano cinema into the international stage.
The producer for “P,” Ms. Beverly Tañedo, has a decade of experience in film production.
Her interest in film started in 2000, when a locally produced documentary used her research work as support material.From working as a Segment Producer at Bigfoot Productions in 2003, she joined Poppoli Films in 2006. As the Production Manager of the international production company, she as involved in the creation of the highly-acclaimed film, “The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela.” The film won the Teddy Award for Best Picture in the 2008 Berlin Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize Award in the Cinemanila International Film Festival, among other recognitions.
Tañedo has co-produced three Cinema One Originals, which have all received recognition. In 2010, she co-produced “Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria,” and in 2011 “My Paranormal Romance” and “Di Ingon Nato.”
Susan Henry is the executive producer for “P.”
According to Ms. Henry’s statement “Cebu is abounding with talents and I am a believer of these gifts. It is my intent to help nurture these capacities, bring these to the forth, and help form a prolific Cebuano film industry.”
With her unwavering confidence in the Cebuano talent and a vision of producing quality local films and shows, she founded Susan Henry Entertainment Productions Inc. (S.H.E. Productions). S.H.E aims to “stir the local consciousness on the Cebuano cinema and bring it to the global arena.”
The promising young Cebuano actor, Eli Razo, will play a major role in Zuasola’s upcoming film. Although of Filipino‐Spanish descent, Razo has facial characteristics that closely resemble the illustrated portrait of Blessed Pedro Calungsod, which is why Zuasola found him perfect for the role of Pedro.
In 2011, Razo became the first acting scholar of the International Academy of Film and Television. He worked as an assistant and apprentice to Alex Murphy. Razo also attended the Repertory Master’s Class under Pinky Amador and Bill Atwood. He has, since then, appeared in several short films and has even experienced co-producing a feature film by a Los Angeles-based production company. Earlier this year, he was given the lead role in “Feeling the Faith,” which is an entry in this year’s Sinulog Film Festival. He won Best Actor for his convincing portrayal of the lead character.
Razo also has background in theater acting having portrayed the roles of Tony in “West Side Story” and Lun Tha in “The King and I.” Both productions were with under Benjie Diola, who is a renowned Cebuano theater director.
In addition to his budding career in the film industry, Razo is also a registered architect.