From Print to Reel: Precious Heart Romances Present "Precious Pelikula"

Precious Hearts Romances launches first Precious Pelikula Filmmaking Contest that aims to breathe life to well-loved pocketbook stories through the eyes of six talented filmmakers.

In April 2016, Precious Pages Corp., the publisher of Precious Hearts Romances, called on amateur filmmakers nationwide to participate in this momentous project. A total of 40 applicants, from students to film enthusiasts, sent in their portfolio in the hopes of being able to enter the competition.

Ten applicants were shortlisted. They chose from a selection of PHR titles on which they formulated a film concept as out-of-the-box as they could while still maintaining the romantic personality that Precious Hearts Romances has embodied. From their pitches, five applicants and a ’wild card’ were granted a much-coveted spot. They are:

  • Marco Mata of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila - Fallin’ For You by Heide Colette;
FALLIN’ FOR YOU is a story about moving on. Two young people meet at a bus stop after just experiencing a painful break-up with their respective partners. After the first meeting, they keep bumping into each other and each meeting signals a new phase in a budding relationship.

  • Ian Abaya of Asian Pacific Film Institute - Her Own Brand of Hero by Sofia;
A famous model starts a video blog to reveal his love for a writer who does not have a clue about his affections for her. The blog begins with his exposition of how to make a girl fall in love with a man and ends with him confessing his love for the heroine.

  • Paolo Pascual of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila - Angel Bautista’s Dreams CafĂ© 4: Dream Master;
Georgina returns to the place where she found and lost her first love. There, she meets mysterious stranger who turns out to be the country’s no.1 singer and songwriter. Although the first meeting started out in indifference and animosity, the two eventually becomes close and begins a journey of letting go and falling in love again.

  • Miguel Potestades of Collosus Films - Mga Apo Ni Rustica: The Girl in His Arms by Rose Tan;
APO NI RUSTICA (THE GIRL IN HIS ARMS) is a romantic comedy about a witch’s granddaughter who refuses to inherit her grandmother’s other worldly powers. In order to do so, she must find a man who would sleep with her and that was it. But then she ends up falling in love with this man. How does love fit in her life?

  • Richmond Cadsawan of Far Eastern University - Me, Myself and Peregrine by Jamie Black; 
The love story of Peregrine and Timothy is rooted from all the way back from their college days. They start out as friends and fall in love somewhere along the way. However, Timothy suddenly leaves Peregrine for no apparent explanation. After several years, they meet again. He wants them to pick up where they left off but she is not sure if she is ready to believe in him again.

  • Carl Ruiz of De La Salle College of St. Benilde - Kensi’s Unconventional Love.
A lawyer specializing in domestic violence is placed under a witness protection program. His protector is a woman agent of theSpecial Tactics Division (STAID). Despite the dangers the two face and amid the bickering over matters big and small, they find out they are attracted to each other and fall in love.

Each was given a grant to produce their respective films. A special screening was done on September 3, 2016, 2pm, at SM Manila Cinema 4 where viewers took part in a live voting for their film of choice. The event was graced by Mr. Segundo Matias himself, President of Precious Pages Corp., together with five of the six authors: Sofia, Rose Tan, Kensi, Angel Bautista and Heide Collete. The directors' respective production and artistic teams were also present.

“Sa dami ng kuwento na ginawa namin sa loob ng 25 years, naisip namin na maiba naman at ma-interpret ang mga ito ng mga director at gawing pelikula. Gusto naming ma-extend [ang imahinasyon] hindi lamang sa pagbabasa kundi pati sa video. Gusto rin naming magbigay ng chance sa mga bagong filmmakers,” shares Mr. Matias.

The top three films will be announced and awarded at the Manila International Book Fair on September 18, 2016. Winners will also receive the following cash prizes:
  • 1st place - P100,000.00
  • 2nd place - P50,000.00
  • 3rd place - P25,000.00
  • People’s Choice – P10,000
Love transcends any medium, whether paper or reel. These six filmmakers are determined to tug at your heartstrings with adaptations of the stories that made readers cry, laugh and fall in love. Get ready for this roller coaster ride of emotions.

For more information, check out the Precious Pelikula Facebook page.



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