Multi-awarded actress Bela Padilla shared how she prepared, physically and mentally for her movie Mañanita during the movie’s press conference held earlier this week.
In Mañanita, Bela is Edilberta, an ex-sniper out to avenge her parent’s death on the hands of a kingpin. Thus, she was asked how she prepared for a role that’s typically associated with men?
"I do play soldier in the film," the actress answered. "More specifically I play a sniper/shooter po so I did have to train. I trained with actual soldiers in Camp Crame before we started shooting."
This is a totally new challenge for Bela, who’s recently been associated with hugot films (100 Tula Para Kay Stella, Meet Me in St. Gallen, The Day After Valentine’s).
"Weeks before nag-shooting po nag-training ako ng kung papano gumamit ng iba't ibang klaseng weapons,” Bela went on. “Not just the rifle. Pati galaw, paano maglakad. Lahat po 'yon tinuro naman po din sa 'kin."
The actress also learned on how to assemble rifle in just one minute.
Moreover, Bela had to wear prosthetics—which cover half of her neckline—during the entire filming process.
But all her efforts were rewarded well when Mañanita made it to the main competition of the 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival from October 8 to November 5.
Moreover, Bela said the festival organizers fell in love with Paul Soriano’s film.
"I'm very humbled kasi sobrang nagustuhan po nila yong pelikula over and over," Bela narrated. "As we've always say, one of the organizers of the festival po, si Yoshi, would always come up to us to tell us how much he loved the film. (He) would always tell us gandang-ganda sya sa Mañanita kaya nya kami pinasok sa main competition."
Aside from the festival organizers, Mañanita also had a wonderful acceptance from the Japanese audience.
"Kahit after the film they would come up to (us) to say how much they were affected by the movie," the Viva artist recalled. "I think nag-resonate talaga sa Japanese audience 'yong story ni Edilberta kasi she's very isolated. Lagi po s'yang mag-isa. Lagi po s'yang walang kausap. I think Japanese culture was also very much like that. They are really individuals."
With her experience with the festival attendees, ABS-CBN star couldn't help but appreciate how participative the Japanese audience was during the Tokyo International Film Festival.
"Ang ganda po ng mga tanong nila sa 'min kapag Q and A, kapag presscon. Talagang naintindihan po nila and ninamnam po talaga nila ang pelikula."
Catch Bela Padilla on Mañanita starting December 4 in cinemas nationwide!
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