MALAPIT-LAPIT nang mawala for 10 weeks sa bansa si Piolo.

Mag-aaral kasi siya ng eight-week course na Film Producing sa satellite campus ng New York Film Academy sa Florence, Italy. Makakasama niya ang kaibigang si Direk Joyce Bernal. “It’s been planned since last year,” sabi ni Piolo.

Aminado si Piolo na nalungkot siya dahil sa sinapit ng pelikulang Kuya Wes ni Ogie Alcasid, na co-producer ang Springs Films kung saan investor siya.

“We’re a bit sad because we weren’t able to get a lot of cinemas. And since we’re transitioning, people don’t want to go to cinemas anymore, if you’re not Marvel, so…

“We’re looking at… studying other platforms which we have. It’s just like when we came out with our first movie, Kimmy Dora. We were transitioning from analog to digital, and from film to digital.

“So it’s hard nowadays, we’re transitioning from cinemas to phones, TV. But we’re not giving up. As long as you know you have good content and good material.

“And we just wanna be able to champion Philippine cinema, you know, we’re celebrating 100 years this year. For me, that’s my contribution – to be able to pay it forward and give opportunities for people who want to be able to create and have a platform for them to show what they have.”

Nag-scriptwriting workshop na dati si Piolo kay Ricky Lee, pero hindi na iyon na-pursue ni Piolo dahil sa kanyang busy schedule.

May pangarap ba siyang magdirek ng pelikula?

“Wala po. Producing lang talaga,” tugon ni Piolo. “I don’t see myself becoming a director. I don’t find it appealing for me. I’d rather be in front of the camera than be the one calling the shots.

“Producing, it’s different, because it’s business.”

Masayang-masaya si Piolo na maging ambassador ng AMA University Online Education.

“I’ve been waiting for this. I’ve been praying for this,” aniya.

“I share the same advocacy with AMA, which is education. So, I’m just really happy with this partnership because that means I’ll be able to further my cause with the partnership I’m having with AMA, and that we’ll be able to inspire more people, especially Filipinos, to level up their skills, level up their education.

“I mean, you know, I will always tell my son, when he wanted to be in showbiz back in high school, I said, ‘At least give me a degree. Give me a diploma. Because I don’t want you being in the marketplace looking and feeling dumb. You have to have something between your ears.’ I firmly believe that education is the key to be able to advance in life.”


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